“THE BIT WAY” MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL
11 a.m.-9 p.m. May 30, Oconee River Greenway, Milledgeville. Music by The Norm, Free Lance Ruckus, Hott with Harry Leggs, The Matt Brantley Band, Mississippi John Doude, Scott Little, Julie Overvold and more. Inflatables, local produce, arts and crafts and more. Concessions available. www.facebook.com/TheBitWay. Free admission.
Never miss a local story.
9 a.m.-7 p.m. June 6, 273 Railroad St., Gray. Music, arts and crafts vendors, food and games. Free. www.mainstreetgray.org.
GEORGIA PEACH FESTIVAL
June 6 in Byron and June 13 in Fort Valley. Parade, concerts, arts and crafts vendors, pageant and the world’s largest peach cobbler. Visit www.gapeachfestival.com for event information.
JUNETEENTH FREEDOM FESTIVAL
10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 6, Mattie Hubbard Jones Playground: Pleasant Hill Neighborhood reunion, with Linwood Cemetery Discovery Walk at 10 a.m. at Historic Linwood Cemetery, Pursley Street. 5-8:30 p.m. June 7, Homeland Village, 2910 Napier Ave.: Community Heritage Book and Film Celebration; showcasing black authors, film pioneer Oscar Micheaux and the legacy of black filmmakers; free. 9 a.m.-noon June 8-10: Macon Black History and Heritage Tour by van; open for reservations, 478-718-8067; free. 9 a.m.-noon June 11, Tubman African-American Museum: Education Solutions Symposium; a program focusing on solutions to some of the crucial challenges facing the American education system. 10 a.m.-noon, Douglass Theatre, and 4-8 p.m., Rosa Jackson Center, June 12: Real Talk Hip-Hop Summit; includes free workshops, community forum and mini-concert; 478-361-2880. 1-9 p.m. June 13, Tattnall Square Park: Juneteenth Freedom Festival; featuring Terrie Ajile Axam’s Total Dance Theatre, the Middle Georgia Jazz and Blues Allstars, the Dream Tour Hip Hop Suite “Appreciation Live,” poetry, living history presentation, exhibits, children’s games, food and vendors; 478-718-8067 or 478-737-3319.
CHILDREN’S SUMMER ART CAMP
9:30 a.m.-noon, June 8-12, 15-19, 22-26 and July 6-10, 13-17, Perry Arts Center, 1121 Macon Road, Perry. For ages 6-13. Drawing, painting and pottery. Beverly Ussery, 478-893-1570 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Susan Verrochi, 478-287-5262 or email@example.com. $100 per child per week; $90 per child per week for families with multiple children, includes all supplies and a snack.
FIRST SATURDAY VILLAGE MARKET
9 a.m.-1 p.m. the first Saturday of every month, Mercer Village, adjacent to Mercer University. Fresh produce, handcrafted jewelry, soap, pet products and more. Free to attend. market.mercervillage.com.
9 a.m.-1 p.m. the second Saturday of every month, Wesleyan College, 4760 Forsyth Road. The event features a variety of locally grown and produced items ranging from flowers and organic fruits and vegetables to baked goods, art and crafts. 478-757-5233. Free.
STATE FARMERS MARKET
8 a.m.-dark daily, 2055 Eisenhower Parkway. Farmers selling fresh produce, as well as dealers year-round.
4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Market Park Pavilion, 222 E. Hancock St., Milledgeville. Shop a variety of produce and more from local and regional vendors. www.milledgevillemainstreet.com.
BOLINGBROKE FARMERS MARKET
3-6 p.m. first, third and fifth Tuesdays, parking lot of the Country Oaks Farm and Pet Supply, Bolingbroke. A food-only market featuring grass-fed beef, pork and organic chicken, organic produce, farm fresh eggs, jellies and jams, boiled and roasted peanuts and bakery products. www.bolingbrokefarmersmarket.com.
3:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Tattnall Square Park. Locally grown and produced vegetables, dairy, meat, desserts and more. Free to attend. www.chwg.org.
INTERNATIONAL CITY FARMERS MARKET
1-6 p.m. Thursday, Watson Boulevard and Maple Street, in front of Perkins Field across from Robins Federal Credit Union, Warner Robins. Featuring Georgia-grown/made foods. Local, seasonal produce, meat, milk and more. 478-225-7626.
THE ORIGINAL FARMERS MARKET
8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Abba House Thrift Store parking lot, 2089B U.S. 41 S., Perry.
MEET ME AT THE MARKET
3-7 p.m. Saturday, Homeland Village, 2910 Napier Ave. Organic farming exhibits, fresh vegetables, fruit smoothies, drum circle and more. www.facebook.com/homeland-village-organic-market.
FORT VALLEY FARMERS MARKET
8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, next to the railroad tracks on Lowe Street, Fort Valley. Local produce and plants for sale. 478-825-5286.
FALL LINE FARMERS MARKET
9 a.m.-noon, second and fourth Saturdays, through September, Harrisburg Park, 237 Harrisburg Road, Milledgeville. Fresh produce, breads, crafts and more. 678-561-0784.
“FRONT PORCH FAITH”
6 p.m. May 30, Macon “E” Church, 5399 Hartley Bridge Road. Christian comedy with a gospel message by Val and Ed Elliott. Presented by the Daily Bread Drama Team. Fellowship and refreshments follow the performance. 478-731-5538.
FIFTH SUNDAY SING
6 p.m. May 31, Friendship Baptist Church, 3139 Friendship Church Road, off U.S. 129, Twiggs County. Featuring Vessels of Praise. 478-731-5009.
THE PERRYS AND LOGAN SMITH AND SMITH FAMILY
7 p.m. June 12, Bethany Baptist Church of Bolingbroke, 365 Pea Ridge Road, Juliette. 478-974-0002. Bring a non-perishable food item for church food bank.
7 p.m. June 17, Calvary Community Church, 5483 Columbus Road. www.theshepherdsonline.net. 478-808-1604.
6:15 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, Bill Hardin Music, 4661 Chambers Road. Open rehearsal and sing-along. Group singing, duets, solos, etc. Light refreshments served. Bring your favorite sound tracks and books. Instruments will be furnished. 478-737-1520. Free.
MUSIC AND VARIETY
8 p.m. May 29, Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. Southern rock band. Tickets are available at www.coxcapitoltheatre.com or by calling 877-987-6487. $25-$480.
JOHNNY ROQUEMORE AND THE APOSTLES OF BLUEGRASS
7:30 p.m. May 30, house concert at Joe’s. Address provided upon RSVP to Joe Cullison at 478-335-3895 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. www.acousticproductions.com.
JAZZ IN THE COURTYARD
Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 7 p.m. May 31: the Ken Trimmins Jazz Quartet. 7 p.m. June 28: Oscar Jackson and Friends. 7 p.m. July 26: GQ Jazz Quintet. Free. 478-742-2000. www.douglasstheatre.org.
ART ALEXAKIS OF EVERCLEAR
8 p.m. June 5, Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. Art Alexakis, frontman for Everclear will share stories from the road plus new songs. Tickets are available at www.coxcapitoltheatre.com or by calling 877-987-6487. $15-$440.
THE AL EVERIDGE JAMBOREE AND RAY MELTON MUSIC MAN AWARD SHOW
Noon-5 p.m. June 6, conference building, Georgia State Farmers Market, 2055 Eisenhower Parkway. Phyllis Cole, co-founder of the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame, will present the Ray Melton Music Man Award. Local musicians, bands and a fiddler’s session led by the legendary Frank Maloy and the Fiddlin’ John Carson Group. Fiddlers should be present before noon to sign up. Refreshments served. 478-955-2081 or 478-929-1874. Free.
STAND BATTLE ROYALE COMPETITION
1 p.m. June 6, Macon Coliseum, 200 Coliseum Drive. Cheer on the dance team with the best moves. Presented by Dirt Road Entertainment. Regina Smith, 478-228-2174. $23 advance, $28 at door.
AN EVENING WITH RICKEY SMILEY
8 p.m. June 6, City Auditorium, 415 First St. Comedian Rickey Smiley is guaranteed to bring the laughs. Plus, music by AJ the DJ. $43, $53 and $63. www.ticketmaster.com.
J. RODDY WALSTON AND THE BUSINESS
8 p.m. June 14, Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. www.coxcapitoltheatre.com. $15.
SECOND SUNDAY CONCERT SERIES
Coleman Hill Park, downtown Macon. 6 p.m. June 14: TBA. July 12: TBA. Presented by Bragg Jam. Cash bar and food available for purchase. Picnics, lawn chairs and pets are welcome. No tents or grills. www.braggjam.org. Free.
MUSIC AT THE MOUNT
Mount de Sales Academy’s Zuver Center Amphitheatre, 851 Orange St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., music begins at 7 p.m. June 26: TBA. www.musicatthemount.com. $10. Optional dinner for an additional $10.
JIM HURST AND ROBERTO DELLA VECCHIA
7:30 p.m. June 27, house concert at Joe’s. RSVP to Joe Cullison, 478-335-3895 or email@example.com. $20.
TOTALLY RADICAL ’80S REVIVAL
8 p.m. June 27, Library Ballroom, 652 Mulberry St. Dance the night away in your best ’80s gear to music by Legenderry & the Big Hairy Monster tunes from Bon Jovi, Peter Gabriel, Duran Duran and more. Hear your favorite hair metal jams with Trooper. $10. 478-957-7728.
8 p.m. Aug. 22, Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. Tickets are available at www.coxcapitoltheatre.com or by calling 877-987-6487. $35-$500.
7:30 p.m. Sept. 11, house concert at Joe’s. RSVP to Joe Cullison, 478-335-3895 or firstname.lastname@example.org. $20.
7:30 p.m. Oct. 16, house concert at Joe’s. RSVP to Joe Cullison, 478-335-3895 or email@example.com. $20.
POETIC PEACE OPEN MIC NIGHTS
8 p.m.-midnight every first and third Wednesday, Midtown Key Club, 435 Third St. Open mic for poets, musicians, singers, comedians, lyrical emcees and more. Hosted by Y-O with DJ Ron and Soulistic. 478-719-2054. $5.
MACON SHAG CLUB
6:45-9 p.m. Thursday, American Legion Post 3, 5530 Thomaston Road. 478-960-3450. Free.
8 p.m. Friday, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 9, 4493 Houston Ave. Featuring the Dixie Pride Band. 478-784-1454. Public welcome. $7.
8:30 p.m. Saturday, VFW Post 658, 4864 Harrison Road. Band: Five Hits Band. Singles welcome. 478-474-3663. $7.
PAIRS AND SPARES SQUARE DANCE
6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday (except for holidays), North Macon Park Recreation Center, North Macon Park Drive. Caller is Lee Dixon. Free to anyone who is a member of any square dance club. 478-477-6863.
WESTERN SQUARE DANCERS OF MACON SQUARE DANCE CLUB
7-9 p.m., the first, third, and fifth Thursday, Howard Community Club, 5645 Forsyth Road. Caller: Tom Wood. 478-935-8364. Free to anyone who is a member of any square dance club.
ROBINS RAMBLERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB
7-9 p.m. Tuesday (except the third Tuesday of each month), Warner Robins Recreation Center, 800 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins. Caller is Bud Whitten. 478 235-9200. Free to anyone who is a member of any square dance club.
IRISH REELERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB
7:30-9:30 p.m. second and fourth Friday of each month, Southwest Laurens Elementary School, 1799 Ga. 117, Rentz. Caller: Lee Dixon. 478-293-8771. Free to anyone who is a member of any square dance club.
OAK GROVE JAMBOREE & OPRY HOUSE
6:30-10 p.m. Friday, Oak Grove Community Center, 1134 Ga. 126 South, Cochran. Dancing and country music with the Foskey Family Band and the Faulk Family Band. 478-308-4559. Free.
OLE CLINTON OPRY
5:30-10 p.m. Friday, 215 Old Ga. 18, Gray. 478-825-4118 or www.clintonopry.com. Free; donations accepted.
HOLLONVILLE OPRY HOUSE
6:30 p.m. Saturday, Ga. 362, Hollonville. This week: the Wranglers, Flint River Bluegrass and Bonnie Ridge Bluegrass. 770-228-4832 or www.hollonvilleopry.com. Free; operated on donations.
4-9 p.m. Saturday, south onto Powersville Road off Ga. 247 Connector between Warner Robins and Ga. 49. This week: 4:30 p.m. House Band, 6 p.m. Still Cruisin, 7:30 p.m. the Lady Grands. Also open 7 p.m. Monday night, jam and open mic. 478-328-0678 or www.powersvilleopry.com. Free.
WAGON HOUSE OPRY
6:30-10 p.m. Saturday, 699 Altman Road, Haddock. This week: 6:30 p.m. Wagon House Band. Contact Randy, 478-363-1274. Free; donations accepted.
JULIETTE OPRY HOUSE
5:30 p.m. every first Saturday, front porch local bluegrass jam; 7 p.m., open mic stage show; 8 p.m., headliner stage show. Ga. 87, Juliette. Call 478-335-3895 for tickets or buy online at www.acousticproductions.com. $17.
SPRING MOVIE SERIES
Luther Williams Field, Central City Park, downtown Macon. All movies at 8 p.m. Bring blankets and chairs or sit in the stands. Outside food and drink permitted, but concessions will be available to purchase. Movies canceled in the event of rain. Free. 478-751-9280. June 12: “The Lego Movie.” June 26: “The Wizard of Oz.”
MACON FILM GUILD
Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. June 14: “’71.” July 12: “White God.” Special documentary presentation: 7:30 p.m. July 21, “The Wrecking Crew.” 478-742-2000. www.maconfilmguild.org. $6.
MACON FILM FESTIVAL
July 16-19. Passes are now available. www.maconfilmfestival.com.
PROGRESSIVE WINE TASTING
5-8 p.m. June 5, downtown Perry. Benefits the Perry Downtown Merchants Association. Participants start the event at the parking lot on Carroll Street between Two Friends and James Farmer, where they will receive a wristband and card that they show to receive one sample of wine at each of the participating merchants. Also featuring live music. 478-224-1127. $15.
KOMEN CENTRAL GEORGIA SWING FOR THE CURE GOLF CLASSIC
11:30 a.m. check-in and lunch; 1 p.m. shotgun start, June 19, the Landings Golf Club, 309 Stathams Way, Warner Robins. Benefits breast cancer research, local breast health education, screening and treatment projects. Information and registration available at www.komencentralga.org or call 478-390-4828. $320 four person team; $80 per golfer.
RIDGE RUN FOR ADOPTION FATHER’S DAY CELEBRATION
8 a.m. 5K, 9:15 a.m. Kids’ Fun Run, June 20, the former Elam Alexander Academy, 3769 Ridge Ave. All proceeds support Covenant Care Adoptions. For registration and more information, visit www.ridgerun5K.com or call 478-457-7067. $25 prior to May 30 and $30 after May 30 for the 5K race, includes T-shirt; free kids’ fun run, does not include T-shirt; $15 kids or $20 adults phantom runners, includes T-shirt.
CHEF HUGH ACHESON BOOK SIGNING
2 p.m. May 30, Robinson Home, 470 First St. Chef Hugh Acheson will sign his book “The Broad Fork Cookbook” and host a cooking demonstration. Free. $35 VIP passes available, includes a copy of the cookbook, reserved seating and priority signing line placement. 478-738-0610.
CENTRAL GEORGIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
7 p.m. June 8, Flint Energies Building Conference Room, 900 Ga. 96, Warner Robins. Featuring Meredith Langley of F Stop Photography discussing photo restoration, conversion of slides to discs, slide shows and transfers of home movies to DVD and Blueray. Attendees are invited to bring an aged or damaged family photo in need of restoration for assessment. 478-987-7260. www.cggs.org.
AUTHOR RACHEL IVERY BOOK SIGNING
Noon-2 p.m. Aug. 22, Goodwill Industries, 5171 Eisenhower Parkway. Author Rachel Ivery will be signing her children’s book, “Daniel the Fastest Horse.” Free. 478-475-9995.
PAINT THE SIDEWALK WITH CHALK
10 a.m.-noon, May 30, Perry Arts Center, 1121 Macon Road, Perry. Kids ages 1-12 are welcome to come have fun with sidewalk chalk. Susan Verrochi, 478-287-5262 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
AMERSON RIVER PARK GRAND RE-OPENING
11 a.m.-7 p.m. May 30, Amerson River Park, off Riverside Drive. Kids activities at 11 a.m.; opening ceremony at 2 p.m.; music starts at 3 p.m. Food trucks all day. Free admission. Park at Hutchings Career Center, 2011 Riverside Drive, and take the free shuttle to Amerson River Park. No alcohol permitted.
TASTINGS AND TOURS
1-6 p.m. May 30, Macon Beer Company, 345 Oglethorpe st. Tour the facility and taste the locally made beer. www.maconbeercompany.com. $10, includes a souvenir Macon Beer Company pint glass, which includes five tasting tickets.
INDIAN SPRINGS STATE PARK
678 Lake Clark Road, Flovilla. Museum Tours: 2-4 p.m. June 6, tour the museum, learn about the park, its history and upcoming events, free. A $5 per car parking fee is required for all events. 770-504-2277.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 13, Miller-Murphy-Howard Building, Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter, Perry. Reptile and exotic animal show hosted by Repticon Reptile and Exotic Animal Expos. www.reptiday.com. $10 adult, $5 kids 5-12, free for kids under 5.
JARRELL PLANTATION HISTORIC SITE
Jarrell Plantation, 711 Jarrell Plantation Road, Juliette. Juneteenth Get Outside Day: 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 13. Celebrate the 150th anniversary of emancipation with living history demonstrations that focus on the contribution by African Americans to Georgia’s heritage and culture. Jarrell is open regularly for tours from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Admission: $4-$6.50. www.georgiastateparks.org. 478-986-5172.
PUBLIC FISHING AT JAVORS LUCAS LAKE
6 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday-Sunday through June 28, Javors Lucas Lake, 150 Broach Lane Road. Fishing will not be available May 25. MWA Kids Fishing Derby: 7-10 a.m. June 13; registration begins at 6 a.m., and the friendly competition is open to children ages 3-16. www.maconwater.org.
FORT HAWKINS HISTORIC SITE
Noon-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Maynard Street at Emery Highway. Explore the early American frontier fort, Blockhouse Replica and archaeological dig site. June 14: National Flag Day and Summer Adopt-A-Spot Cleanup. July 4: Independence Day Celebration. Aug. 1: Halstead Family Reunion. Aug. 1-2: Stoneman’s 1864 Raid and Macon’s Defense. Sept. 19-20 Ocmulgee Indian Celebration. Oct. 31: Halloween Ghost Watch and Fall Adopt-A-Spot. Nov. 11: Veterans Day Salute. Nov. 21-22: Kilpatrick’s 1864 Raid and Macon’s Defense. December weekends: Frontier Fort Christmas. 478-742-3003. www.forthawkins.com. Free.
HAY DAY, FLAG DAY
June 14, Hay House, 934 Georgia Ave. During this family-friendly event, see the house decorated in red white and blue, in honor of our nation’s flag. Take a self-guided tour, make a craft and enjoy light refreshments. Free. www.hayhousemacon.org.
HIGH FALLS STATE PARK
76 High Falls Park Drive, Jackson. Paddling 101: 9 a.m. June 20. Learn the basic strokes and test your skills paddling on the lake. For ages 8 and older; pre-registration required; $10. A $5 per car parking fee is required for all events. 478-993-3053.
INDEPENDENCE PARADE AND FREEDOM FIREWORKS
6 p.m. parade, June 28, Washington, Main and Courtney Hodges, Perry. Featuring hometown heroes, military units, floats and more. 7 p.m. gates open, 9:30 p.m. fireworks, June 28, Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter, Perry. West parking lots Kids Zone for kids; bring picnics, no alcohol or dogs. Hosted by Perry Area Chamber of Commerce, 478-987-1234. Free for spectators.
WWE LIVE SUMMERSLAM HEATWAVE TOUR
7 p.m. July 12, Macon Coliseum, 200 Coliseum Drive. Featuring “The Viper” Randy Orton vs. Rusev (with Lana), Dolph Ziggler vs. “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus and more. Card subject to change. www.ticketmaster.com. 800-745-3000. $18 and up.
OCMULGEE NATIONAL MONUMENT
Guided Earth Lodge tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Ocmulgee National Monument, 1207 Emery Highway. Free. 478-752-8257.
856 Mulberry St. Tours offered 10 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 478-745-5982. $6 for adults; $5 for seniors and military; $3 for students with college ID.
934 Georgia Ave. Tours offered 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Last tour at 3 p.m. each day. $11 adults; $10 seniors and military; $7 students; free for children under age 6 and members of the Georgia Trust. 478-742-8155. www.hayhousemacon.org.
NEEL REID TOURS
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and by special appointment, Federated Garden Clubs of Macon Inc., 730 College St. Guided tours of historic 1910 Joseph Neel House designed by Georgia architect Neel Reid. 478-742-0921. www.fgcmacon.org. $5.
MACON-BIBB COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION WELLNESS CLASSES
Zumba in the Park: 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Tattnall Square Park, downtown Macon. Free, suitable for all levels; bring water and wear athletic shoes. All classes canceled in the event of rain. 478-751-9280.
POLAR BEAR DEN
10:30 a.m. first Tuesday of month, Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road. Story time plus crafts for ages 2-5. $5 per child; free for adults. www.masmacon.com. 478-477-3232.
SKY OVER MACON
8 p.m. the fourth Friday of each month, Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road. Explore the constellations and planets visible from Middle Georgia, then see a live presentation in the Mark Smith Planetarium. If the sky is clear, view the night sky through powerful telescopes. Free with museum admission, $5-$10. 478-477-3232.