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
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.
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.
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.
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.
OLD TIMERS SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC “SINGING TIME N MACON”
6 p.m. Aug. 22, Calvary Community Chapel, 5483 Columbus Road. Singers and musicians expected to be featured will be the Senators Quartet, Travelers Quartet, Naomi and the Segos, Harmony Boys, Klaudt Indian Family, Southman Quartet, Ronnie Thompson Trio, the Phillippians Quartet, Sons of Song, Camp Meeting Boys, Glory Land Trio, Smile-a-While Quartet and others. 478-808-1604. Donations accepted.
MIDDLE GEORGIA RED BACK CHURCH HYMNAL SING
5-7 p.m. Sept. 12, Bethany Baptist Church, 365 Pea Ridge Road, Juliette. An instrumental prelude will start at 4:30 p.m. To sing in the choir, please arrive 30 minutes early and make your way to the choir. Books will be provided to those in the audience as well as the choir so that all can participate. 478-501-0262. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Aug. 15, Library Ballroom, 652 Mulberry St. $15 in advance; $20 a the door. 478-957-7728.
SWAIN AND THE HIGHWAY SOULS ALBUM RELEASE PARTY
10 p.m. Aug. 15, Billy’s Clubhouse, 1580 Forest Hill Road. Blend of blues, funk, soul, rock and R&B. Concert and “All I Need” album release party. www.SwainAndTheHighwaySouls.com. Free.
FAREWELL CONCERT FOR JESSICA
5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 16, Joe Cullison’s home. Barbecue and covered dish dinner event followed by concert. Featuring Jessica Whaley, Shelby Phan, Rowdy Hood, Sam Whaley, Patrick Pritchard and Joe Cullison. Orchestration will include acoustic guitar, mandolin, acoustic bass, dobro, fiddle and three part harmonies. RSVP at www.acousticproductions.com to receive the location’s address. $20.
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.
BUFFINGTON’S GREENWAY CONCERT SERIES
Oconee River Greenway, 420 E. Greene St., Milledgeville. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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. This week: 5:15 p.m. Clinton House Band, 7 p.m. Still Cruisin. 478-825-4118 or www.clintonopry.com. Free; donations accepted.
HOLLONVILLE OPRY HOUSE
6:30 p.m. Saturday, Ga. 362, Hollonville. This week: Ray and Norma Jean, Gospel Gazette and Kirkland and Friends. 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: 5 p.m. House Band, 7 p.m. Herrell Parry Show. 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 p.m. Down the Hill Country Band, 7:30 p.m. Ray Knighton and Wanelle Collins and Phoenix Band. Contact Randy, 478-363-1274. Free; donations accepted.
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.” Oct. 11: “Testament of Youth.” Special documentary presentation at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20: “Amy.” 478-742-2000. www.maconfilmguild.org. $5.
SENIOR CINEMA: “PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2”
2 p.m. Aug. 12, Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Free for senior citizens; $5 general admission. 478-742-2000.
MOVIES ON THE LAWN
Movie begin at dark, Central City Park, downtown Macon. Hosted by Macon-Bibb County Parks and Recreation. Bring blankets and chairs; outside food and drinks are permitted. Aug. 21: “Maleficient.” Sept. 4: “Big Hero 6.” Sept. 18: “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” Oct. 2: “Annie.” Oct. 16: “The Dark Knight.” In the event of rain, movies will be cancelled. 478-751-9280. Free.
PEDAL WITH A PURPOSE
Aug. 15, Plantation Mill Shopping Center, 4993 Russell Parkway, Warner Robins. Bike ride with options of 64 miles, 32 miles or 16 miles to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Georgia. Pre-register at www.pedalwithapurpose.myevent.com.
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.
LAWN MOWER PULL
1 p.m. Aug. 22, Southern Pines Ag and Expo Arena, 575 Southern Pines Road, Dublin. Modified lawn mowers pulling a weighted sled for distance. Proceeds from this event will help meet critical needs around the world through BGMC boys and girls missions. 478-697-6379. $5; free for ages 4 and younger.
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.
GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT: BUNCO FOR THE BRAIN!
Aug. 29, Summer’s Landing, 600 S. Kimberly Road, Warner Robins. Huge silent auction, 50/50 raffle, food, mocktails and more. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Georgia. 478-328-3800, extension 24. $25 advance; $85 for table of four.
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.
A NIGHT OF BARBERSHOP HARMONY
7 p.m. Sept. 12, Porter Auditorium, Wesleyan College, 4670 Forsyth Road. Hosted by Heart of Georgia Barbershop Chorus to benefit the Heart of Georgia Hospice. Also featuring Confederate Harmony Brigade. hogchorus.org/tickets.htm. 478-345-7464. $15; $10 seniors, military and students.
KOMEN CENTRAL GEORGIA RACE FOR THE CURE 5K RUN/WALK
9 a.m. Sept. 26, Mercer University. Race for the Cure raises funds 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.
“HEALING FOR THE HURTING” SYMPOSIUM
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 7; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 8, Museum of Aviation, Warner Robins. Hosted by World Intercessory Network and Making our Minorities Smart (M.O.M.S), a local non-profit. Guest speakers: Brett A. Scudder and Brenda K. Carradine. Agencies, victims and advocates are invited to come together to discuss topics such as suicide prevention and intervention, abuse, domestic violence, mental and emotional wellness, bullying and such. www.jointcapabilities.com. Free.
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.
6 p.m. Sept. 14, Middle Georgia Regional Library, 1180 Washington Ave. In addition to discussing her newest novel, “The Sea Keeper’s Daughters,” author Lisa Wingate will give a presentation about “Preservation of Story,” providing tips and instruction to the audience on how to write their own family stories. Refreshments will be served; free. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 15, First Methodist Church, Zebulon. Luncheon with Wingate signing books and again speaking about “Preservation of Story.” Luncheon tickets are limited and can be reserved by calling 770-567-2014. Public signing at 1:30 p.m. at the church.
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
HIGH FALLS STATE PARK
76 High Falls Park Drive, Jackson. Fun Weekend Activities: 2-5 p.m. Aug. 8-9. Water games, learn how to track animals and learn about butterflies; $5. Twilight Night Paddle: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8 and 6:45 p.m. Sept. 5. 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. Glow-N-the-Dark Putt-Putt: 8 p.m. Aug. 14: Play Putt-Putt with glow sticks; $6. Paws on the Falls: 5 p.m. Aug. 15 and 9 a.m. Aug. 30. 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.
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.
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.
INDIAN SPRINGS STATE PARK
678 Lake Clark Road, Flovilla. Junior Angler Fishing Rodeo: 9:15 a.m. Aug. 15. Children younger than 16 are invited to learn how to be responsible fishermen while enjoying time at the park. Bring your own poles and tackle; bait provided; free. Museum Tours: 2-4 p.m. Sept. 5 and Oct. 3. 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.
“BACK TO SCHOOL RALLY”
6-8 p.m. Aug. 21, Bloomfield Park, 4115 Lions Place. Bounce houses, popcorn, face painting and book giveaway. 478-781-6000.
BUTTERFLY BIO BLITZ
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 22, Ocmulgee National Monument, 1207 Emery Highway. Participants will help collect data and identify the different species of butterfly on the park grounds. Participants will be given a butterfly bio blitz T-shirt and water bottle. The park will provide cameras, binoculars and field guides while supplies last. Participants are encouraged to bring their own cameras, binoculars and field guides if possible, and appropriate clothing is required including long pants and closed-toed shoes, sun protection, bug spray, water and snacks. Children’s education and craft programs available; toddler story time at 11 a.m. Park ranger Angela Bates: Angela_Bates@nps.gov or 478-752-8257, extension 219.
LABOR DAY AT JARRELL PLANTATION
10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sept. 5, Jarrell Plantation Historic Site, 711 Jarrell Plantation Road, Juliette. Living history demonstrations of old time labor. Visit vegetable and herb gardens and wander through 20 original farm buildings at your own pace on the half-mile walking trail. No food is sold, so bring a picnic lunch. www.georgiastateparks.org. 478-986-5172. $6.50 adults; $4 youth; free for children 5 and younger; group rate available.