Events in Macon, Georgia on July 4
MACON, Ga. — Have a good 4th of July week! Don’t despair if you can’t make it to the beach as Macon has a host of events, from art exhibits to fireworks, to keep you busy.
Dungeon & Dragons Game Night on Reboot
Reboot Retrocade & Bar continues to be one of the coolest places in town for like-minded nerds (and we say it ourselves as nerds). On Thursday they will be hosting a Dungeon and Dragons game night. It’s a one-shot game that will last four hours (four hours flies by when you’re deep in D&D territory). Priority seating will be given to beginners. Retrocade will provide the materials but encourages potential players to bring their character sheets, dice, and miniatures with them.
7pm-11pm; Free; 566 Cherry Street, Macon, 3120; rebootmacon.com; 621-4861
Tributaries and topographies
Local artist Mariana dos Santos Furlin promised herself on New Year’s Eve 2021 to make more art and hold her first public art exhibition. This solo exhibition, which runs from July 1 to August 21 at Startup Studios, is a direct result of that promise. The approximately 18 watercolours, tissue papers and pens on display are what Fulin calls his “evolution of style”.
6-9 p.m., free, 1055 Riverside Drive 31201; startupstudios.art; 254-1830
How is it the first Friday in July already? 2022 flies by our side. There’s no better time to see what downtown has to offer than the first Friday. As usual, there are dozens of activities, including free admission to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, extended hours at 7th Street Salvage and Frankie’s Boutique, and the spooky “Macon Macabre” walking tour. by Rock Candy. Prices and times vary between downtown vendors. We recommend calling ahead.
5:30-11:30 p.m., prices vary, downtown Macon; maconga.org/events/first-friday
Ethan Payne at the Society Garden
American Idol contestant and protege of country music superstar Luke Bryant, Ethan Payne performs on the Society Garden Outdoor Stage on Saturday. In the past, Macon native Payne has opened for Ricky Skaggs, Suzy Bogguss and Mark Willis. It looks like Nashville has their eye on him, so grab him while you can.
8:30 p.m.-11 p.m.; Free, 2389 Ingleside Ave, Macon, 31204; thesocietygarden.com; 508-7095
Ol’ Time fourth at Jarrell Plantation
Celebrate the 4th of July weekend at Jarrell Plantation with live bluegrass music, old-world carnival games, relays and races and see the farm come to life with demonstrations of farming skills like beekeeping, spinning, weaving, wood-stove cooking and more. Stay for a slice of watermelon and a midday reading of the Declaration of Independence. Then at 2 p.m., join Tom Bonnell for “Inside the hive” a look at a year of activity in a hive in Georgia.
10.30am-3.30pm; Admission $6 to $8.50; Jarrell Plantation Historic Site 711 Jarrell Plantation Road, Juliet, 31046; explore.gastateparks.org; 986-5172
Vibezfest hosted by Ari the Don
Vibez, Cherry Street’s popular brunch, bar and steakhouse, celebrates its first anniversary with an epic blast. There will be a Summer Vibes fashion show, six DJs and two live performers featured at the event. VIP tents are sold out, but general admission is still available.
Free Art Day at StART Up Studios
If you’re looking for a place to explore your creativity without judgement, then Free Art Day at StART UP Studios is for you. In this new weekly series, StART Up provides attendees with a free canvas and paints and gives customers the time and space to create whatever they want. The studio also has a craft beer bar in case you need some lubrication to get those creative juices flowing.
2.30-6.30 p.m., free; 1055 Riverside Drive, 31201; startupstudios.art; 254-1830
4th of July fireworks at Lake Tobesofkee
Is it even 4th of July if you don’t see the fireworks at Lake Tobo? We would say that is not the case. If you plan to attend, we have good faith that you should arrive much earlier than the 9 p.m. fireworks start time, as the doors close at 8 p.m. and the event is expected to be packed. Sandy Beach will have the best view of the fireworks, so be sure to lay down your blanket there.
9 p.m. for the fireworks but the gates close at 8 p.m.; $3 per person with children 6 and under, free; 6880 Moseley Dixon Road, Macon, 31220; maconbibb.us; 803-4556
Quiz night and karaoke at the Colibri
On Wednesday evenings, The Hummingbird Stage & Taproom, with your host Chris Bryson, hosts a fun little day out. You and a few friends (hopefully your smartest ones) can compete in 3 rounds of brain teaser questions. The winners of each round receive a pitcher to share between the team. The big winner receives a bar tab for the night. Questions start at 7 p.m. Once the champion is crowned, it’s everyone’s turn to win, because the karaoke starts around 9 p.m. Hosted by Man Intheboxx, and all the glorious tunes that come with it.
7 p.m.; Free; 430 Cherry Street, 31201; thebirdstage.com; 741-9130
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