If you love listening to live music, going to festivals, cheering at sporting events, and learning about history and culture, Macon is the place for you. Here are just a few highlights that Macon has to offer.
Arts, Entertainment & Culture
The last Saturday of July is Macon’s ultimate summer music festival where, rain or shine, 60+ bands take on 12 stages and put on one unforgettable show after another in a jam-packed, country, rock, blues, electronic and soul-infused night.
The Otis Redding Foundation
The Otis Music Camp takes place over 11 days in June in Macon, for ages 12-18.
Established in 1921, the Douglass Theatre hosted early jazz and blues greats such as Otis Redding, Bessie Smith, and Little Richard. Today, the Douglass Theatre hosts events including the HBCU Arts Series, summer camp, and live performances.
Learn more about Macon’s musical heritage, music-themed walking tours, and local live music venues.
Amerson River Park
Amerson River Park contains 180 acres of pristine forests, meadows, and wetlands surrounded by a river oxbow.
Cherry Blossom Festival
The annual 10-day festival centers around Macon’s 350,000 Yoshino cherry trees in full bloom every March.
Macon’s Mercer University is the only private university in Georgia with an NCAA Division I athletic program and fields teams in eight men’s and nine women’s sports. The university competes in the Southern Conference for most sports.
Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame makes a difference in the lives of our youth and honors the struggle, perseverance, and achievement of our state’s best teams, athletes, and coaches.
Magnolia Soap Box Derby
Macon’s longstanding tradition of Soap Box Racing, continues with this annual derby held on the second Saturday in April.
The Hay House is a historical landmark in the heart of Macon. Built from 1855 to 1859 in the Italian Renaissance Revival Style, the Hay House is open for tours, weddings, and events.
The Tubman Museum is the largest museum in the nation dedicated to educating people about the art, history and culture of African Americans.
Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park
Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park is a prehistoric American Indian site, with 17,000 years of human history. The Paleo-Indians first came to Middle Georgia during the Ice Age.
Macon Beer Fest
Started in 2010, the Macon Beer Fest has grown into one of the top Georgia premier craft beer events. Macon Beer Fest offers over 100 varieties of craft beer and wine, and the event raises awareness about the risks of prostate cancer.
Museum of Arts and Sciences
The Museum of Arts and Sciences showcases objects of artistic, scientific, historical, and cultural value that have inherent significance to the people of Central Georgia.