Ah, Macon in July. You’ve heard me mention once or twice that summer in Macon has turned into the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” and July is when this city just shines.
The inaugural Summer Theatre Festival has already kicked things off, and the Macon Film Festival will begin Thursday and run through July 24. Add four days of “Festie Bestie” events to bridge the week to Bragg Jam, and you’ve got yourself one packed July.
This year, the list of Festie Bestie events is a glorious sight to behold. After the Macon Film Festival wraps up July 24, the reel fun keeps going July 25 with a cooking class of “Classic Dishes from Classic Movies” at Robinson Home.
On July 26, the Macon Film Guild presents a screening at the Douglass Theatre of the heartbreaking and inspiring documentary, “They Will Have To Kill Us First,” which tells the story of Mali musicians fighting to perform under the rule of Islamic extremists.
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The Macon Beer Company celebrates the bottling of Macon Movies and Macon Music (created in honor of the Film Festival and Bragg Jam, respectively) on July 27.
Macon soul favorites the Grapevine will rock a free concert at Coliseum Northside’s beautiful lawn on July 28.
Which brings us to the Bragg Jam Patron Party on July 29, kicking off a weekend of Bragg Jam festivities. The entertainment will be brought by former Out and About columnist DJ Roger Riddle, who will be returning to Macon for a set of David Bowie and Prince tunes for a night of “Purple Stardust.”
July 30 starts off with some family-friendly fun at the Bragg Jam Arts & Kids Fest at 10 a.m. at Cherry Street Plaza, with the Concert Crawl taking place all across the city starting at 3 p.m. With more than 80 bands scheduled to perform at 20 venues across the city, it’s sure to be another packed night of music, bringing thousands of fans downtown to experience the best Macon has to offer.
Hear great music from locals like Floco Torres Big Band, Robert Lee Coleman, Elroy Love and Travis Denning, to risers like Frankie Cosmos and Dylan LeBlanc, and the exciting headliners Shakey Graves, Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors, and Josh Thompson. Look out for those last three names: they’ve all been hard at work at their crafts and careers, and are about to become music fan household names.
More information about the Festie Bestie events, as well as the Macon Film Festival and Bragg Jam events, is available at festiebesties.org.
Leila Regan-Porter is the administrative assistant at the Otis Redding Foundation, the marketing co-chair for Bragg Jam and president of the Main Street Macon board. Email her at email@example.com.