MACON BEER FESTIVAL
3 p.m. Aug. 22, downtown Macon. Walk from venue to venue, sampling dozens of beers from across Georgia. Event benefits Pints for Prostates. Advance tickets are recommended, as the event has sold out in previous years. $35 and $75. Tickets at www.thegrandmacon.com. More information at www.facebook.com/themaconbeerfest.
GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIR
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Oct. 8-18, Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter, Perry. Exhibitions of arts and crafts, animal shows, rides, food, live performances and more. For tickets or more information, visit www.goergianationalfair.com.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 17, Second Street, Cochran. Arts and crafts, food and entertainment. Cochran-Bleckley Chamber of Commerce, 478-934-2965.
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 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.
FAMILY FUN DAY
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 1, Heritage on Houston Church, 905 Main St. Food, fun and family. 478-752-5185. Free.
6:30 p.m. Aug. 1, Sandy Valley Baptist Church, 1124 S. Houston Lake Road, Warner Robins. 478-396-8139. Donations accepted.
SAINT KOLBE FEAST DAY CELEBRATION
6 p.m. Aug. 14, St. Joseph Catholic Church, 830 Poplar St.: feast day Mass. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 15, St. Joseph Catholic Church: Mass followed by symposium featuring Mike Aquilina and Father Denis Wilde. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15, David J. Zuver Performing Arts Center, Mount de Sales Academy, 851 Orange St.: wine and cheese and silent auction followed at 7:30 p.m. by a piano concert featuring Father Wilde. Celebration is in honor of the feast day of Saint Kolbe and the one-year anniversary of the Saint Maximilian Kolbe Center for Life, 1157 Forsyth St. www.kolbecentermacon.org. 478-257-4425. Free.
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
BUFFINGTON’S GREENWAY CONCERT SERIES
Oconee River Greenway, 420 E. Greene St., Milledgeville. 5 p.m. Aug. 8: Mississippi John Doude, Matt Brantley Band and FreeLance Ruckus. 7 p.m. Sept. 12: the Norm. Grab a blanket and listen to some tunes alongside the Oconee River. Free. www.visitmilledgeville.org.
SECOND SUNDAY CONCERT SERIES
Coleman Hill Park, downtown Macon. 6 p.m. Aug. 9: Praise Fest featuring Soul Intentions, Ministers of Praise, Anointed Ones and the Beulahland Bible Church Mass Choir; 6 p.m. Sept. 13: TBA; 6 p.m. Oct. 11: 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.
8 p.m. Aug. 15, Library Ballroom, 652 Mulberry St. $15 in advance; $20 a the door. 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 email@example.com for address. $20.
7 p.m. Oct. 9, Central City Park, downtown Macon. Parking starts at 2 p.m. $47 in advance; $52 day of. www.lukebryan.com/farmtour.
GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIR CONCERTS
Concerts in Reaves Arena, Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter, Perry. Oct. 10: Alabama. Oct. 17: Rascal Flatts. $50. Free outdoor concerts (with paid gate admission) on Oct. 8 and 12-14 include Three Dog Night, Charlie Daniels Band, En Vogue and the Marshall Tucker Band. For tickets or more information, visit www.goergianationalfair.com.
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.
END OF SUMMER DANCE
7:30-10:30 p.m. Aug. 8, Howard Community Center, 5645 Forsyth Road. 7:30-8:15 p.m. lesson in the foxtrot by Dianne Kent. Dressy casual, light refreshments, additional dishes are welcome. Sponsored by Greater Macon Chapter No. 6059 of USA Dance. 478-743-7970. $7 USA Dance members, $10 nonmembers, $5 students with current ID.
DANCE FOR LIFE: DANCING WITH THE QUES
8 p.m.-1 a.m. Aug. 8, Alexander Ballroom, 3670 Eisenhower Parkway. Hosted by Omega Psi Phi, Motivating Youth and Corps D’Elite Initiatives. Featuring old school/new school jams, ballroom dance exhibition and step show. Roger Jackson, 478-320-4756, or Martha McAfee, 478-957-5673. $30 in advance.
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. 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. 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. 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.
MACON FILM GUILD
Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9: “I’ll See You in My Dreams”; Sept. 13: “The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.” 478-742-2000. www.maconfilmguild.org. $6.
TASTE OF THE ARTS: HAVANA NIGHTS
7-10 p.m. Aug. 1, Terminal Station, Cherry Street, downtown Macon. Wear Cuban-inspired outfits. Food and drinks from celebrity chefs, silent auction and dancing. Benefits the programs of the Macon Arts Alliance. $40 in advance; $50 at the door. www.maconartsalliance.org.
SUMMER’S NIGHT PICNIC AND DANCE
6:30 p.m. doors open, 7:30 p.m. band begins, Aug. 15, City Auditorium, 415 First St. Benefits Pine Pointe Hospice, Navicent Health. Attendees should pack their own picnic basket and bring their beverage of choice. Dance to the sounds of the Grapevine Band. To purchase tickets, visit www.navicenthealth.org/snpd or call 478-633-4483. $35; $250 table for eight.
OPEN CAR AND MOTORCYCLE SHOW
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 22, Shrine Park, 222 Mecca Drive. Registration: 9 a.m.-noon. No judging; dash plaques to the first 100 entrants. Food, music, door prizes and more. All Proceeds benefit the Klassic Autos in support of the Al Sihah Transportation Fund. 478-952-2572; 478-972-8735. Car registration is $20 before Aug. 15; $25 after. Free to spectators.
SUPERHERO 5K AND FUN RUN
8 a.m. 5K walk/run, 9 a.m. fun run, Aug. 29, Middle Georgia State University’s Warner Robins campus, 100 University Boulevard, Warner Robins. Runners are asked to dress as their favorite superheroes. Hosted by Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Houston County and Middle Georgia State University. Benefits children in foster care. Velicia Y. Lowe, 478-542-2141, extension 336, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Register by Aug. 14 at www.casaofhoustoncounty.org/2015Superhero5k.html. $25 for 5K registration; $12 for fun run registration.
FREDDIE FOR A DAY “MACON-STYLE”
8-9 p.m. Sept. 5, Library Ballroom, 652 Mulberry St. Celebration dedicated to Freddie Mercury of the band Queen. Benefits local AIDS research foundations. www.libraryballroom.com.
KOMEN CENTRAL GEORGIA RACE FOR THE CURE 5K RUN/WALK
9 a.m. Sept. 26, Mercer University. Race for the Cure raises funds to use on efforts to address disparities related to breast cancer in our community. Pre-register at www.komencentralga.org. 478-390-4828. $35 adult runners, $30 adult walkers, $15 survivors.
WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S
5 p.m. registration, 6 p.m. walk, Sept. 26, Retreat at Bridle Farms, 125 Langston Circle, Perry. One-mile walk with food trucks and dancing to the Grapevine Band. For information, contact Emily Bowden, Alzheimer’s Association/Georgia Chapter, 886 Mulberry St. 478-832-4822. Free to walk; those who raise $200 get a Walk to End Alzheimer’s T-shirt.
HISTORIC MACON FLEA MARKET
Oct. 2-3, former Karsten-Denson Hardware Store building, 536 Third St. Preview Party: 6-9 p.m. Oct. 2; $20 for Historic Macon members, $25 for non-members, includes a light supper with beer and wine and the opportunity to shop before the sale opens to the public. Saturday Sale: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 3; free. All proceeds benefit Historic Macon Foundation. Tax-deductible donations of items to be sold including furniture, china, kitchen goods, garden gadgets, art, and everything in between are now being collected (no mattresses, clothing or electronics). Donated items can be left on the back porch of the Sidney Lanier Cottage, 935 High St. For larger items, such as furniture or large amounts of boxed objects, Historic Macon will arrange pick-ups. To schedule a pick-up, call Emily Hopkins, 478-742-5084. www.historicmacon.org/fleamarket.
GET POP CULTURED
Barnes and Noble Booksellers, The Shoppes at River Crossing, 5080 Riverside Drive. Dr. Seuss Spectacular: 7 p.m. July 31. 478-474-0161.
PAULA MOSHER WALLACE BOOK SIGNING
10 a.m.-noon Aug. 1, Taste and See Coffee Shop and Gallery, 546 Poplar St. Paula Mosher Wallace will sign copies of her book, “Bloom in the Dark.” Free. 478-238-5191.
6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 6, Perry-Houston County Library, 1201 Washington St., Perry. Hosted by the Central Georgia Genealogical Society. Doors lock at 6 p.m. A beginner’s workshop will be offered from 6-6:45 p.m. or patrons may immediately begin using the online computer genealogy programs available. Bring laptops, research logs, notebooks and pencils. CGGS members will be available to assist. 478-987-7260. Limited space; call the library to make a required reservation, 478-987-3050. www.cggs.org.
HISTORIC PRESERVATION MEETING
5:30 p.m. Aug. 10, Ingleside United Methodist Church, 3187 Ridge Ave. Staff members from the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources will hold a public information meeting concerning the proposed Ingleside Historic District and the National Register of Historic Places. Light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Historic Macon Foundation. 478-742-5084. Free.
CENTRAL GEORGIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
7 p.m. Aug. 10, Flint Energies Conference Room, 900 Ga. 96, Warner Robins. Christopher Stokes will speak about, “Some Strategies for Confronting a Brick Wall.” Guests are welcome. 478-987-7260. www.cggs.org.
“MACON HISTORY” SALON SERIES
5:30-7 p.m. Sidney Lanier Cottage, 935 High St. Talks and tours related to the fascinating and unique history of Macon, hosted by Historic Macon. Aug. 14: Wimberly Treadwell will lead a tour of Macon’s downtown alleys, beginning in the alleyway between 551 Cherry St. and the Rookery; reservations required, contact Kim Campbell at email@example.com or 478-742-5084; $10 for Historic Macon members, $15 for non-members. Sept. 8: Matt Jennings and Stephen Taylor, authors of “Images of America: Macon.” Unless noted otherwise, admission is free for Historic Macon members, $5 for non-members and $3 for students. www.historicmacon.org.
FRIENDS OF ROSE HILL ANNUAL MEETING
5:30-6 p.m. reception, 6-7 p.m. program, Aug. 18, Sidney Lanier Cottage, 935 High St. Chris Howard, the Friends of Rose Hill committee chair, will present an update on the state of the historic Rose Hill Cemetery. Special guest Neale Nickels from Historic Oakland Cemetery will conclude the meeting with a presentation on monument maintenance and conservation. Free and open to the public; donations accepted. www.historicmacon.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.
MISS PEACH BLOSSOM PAGEANT
2 p.m. Aug. 22, Pulaski County Board of Education Auditorium, 72 Warren St., Hawkinsville. Any girl age 0-24 is eligible to compete. Sponsored by the Miss Georgia Peach Scholarship Board. Winning queens ages 4 and older receive paid entry in the Miss Georgia Peach Scholarship Pageant. Deadline to enter is Aug. 15. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 478-923-3846
BACK-2-SCHOOL FREE SCHOOL SUPPLY GIVE-A-WAY
3-6 p.m. July 31, Southwest Magnet High School and Law Academy, 1775 Williamson Road. Free school supplies for parents and youth. Refreshments served. Joe Lindsay, 478-737-2066; Ira Foster, 478-955-8662.
BACK 2 SCHOOL GIVE AWAY
9-11 a.m. Aug. 1, Beulahland Bible Church, 1010 Newberg Ave. Popcorn, hot dogs, school supplies, health vendors and more. 478-784-1555.
INDIAN SPRINGS STATE PARK
678 Lake Clark Road, Flovilla. Museum Tours: 2-4 p.m. Aug. 1 and Sept. 5. 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.
HIGH FALLS STATE PARK
76 High Falls Park Drive, Jackson. Twilight Night Paddle: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1 and 8. Enjoy the setting sun in this ranger-led, 3-mile canoe trip to Buck Creek. For adults and children 8 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. Reservations required; $15 includes boat and gear. Paws on the Falls: 5 p.m. Aug. 1 and 15. Bring your dog and leash for a hike on the trail; $5 per dog. A $5 per car parking fee is required for all events. 478-993-3053.
ELKO MUD BOGGIN
2 p.m. gates open, 7 p.m. racing, Aug. 1, Ga. 26, Elko. Fast track and mud track races. $10, free for children under 8. 478-988-8297. www.elkoboggin.net.
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. 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. 478-746-0704. www.forthawkins.com. Free.
BACK TO SCHOOL BLAST
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 8, Frank Johnson Community Center, 2227 Mercer University Drive. Hosted by Hands Community Outreach, Frank Johnson Community Center, Spirit of Ruth Women’s Ministry, Saving Our Sisters Network of Middle Georgia and True Gospel Christian Church. Free school supplies, food and clothing along with a health seminar and health screenings. Donations needed; drop-off points are Dot’s-Forget-Me-Nots Clothing Boutique, 623 Cherry St.; Flava USA Fashions, 646 Shurling Drive; and Habersham Records, 1375 Pio Nono Ave. 478-743-2587 or 478-751-9274.
“MISS ELIZABETH’S” TEA PARTY
4 p.m. Aug. 8, Cannonball House, 856 Mulberry St. Enjoy having refreshments, tea and coffee in the historic dining room and a visit from Miss Elizabeth (re-enactment), the last “living” relative to reside in the house. Reservations required by Aug. 5 and tickets are limited. $15. Call 478-745-5982 to reserve your space.
6-10 p.m. Aug. 14, 100 block of West Hancock Street, Milledgeville. Music by the RX Band. Includes activities for the entire family, including trolley rides, special sales at downtown businesses, outdoor dining, giveaways and more. 478-414-4014.
1-7 p.m. Aug. 14, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 16, McGill Marketplace and Heritage Hall, Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter, Perry. www.gwf.org. $8 adults; $5 ages 6-12 and older than 65; free for ages 5 and younger with an adult.
OCMULGEE OUTDOOR EXPEDITIONS
9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Ocmulgee Heritage Trail parking lot, adjacent to Spring Street. Float the Ocmulgee River in a canoe or kayak. Float trips include canoe/kayak, paddle, life jacket and instructions. $30. www.ocmulgeeoutdoorexpeditions.com. Reservations recommended by calling 478-733-3386.
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.