Events in Macon Oct. 20-26

This week brings three festivals (Greek, jazz and beer), one country star, a haunted walking tour, spooky ice skating and more. 

Thursday, Oct. 20

Gary Allan at the Macon City Auditorium

Country music star Gary Allan brings his Ruthless tour to the Macon City Auditorium on Thursday. Allan has several country No.1 hits under his belt including, “Man to Man,” and most recently, “Every Storm.” 

7:30 p.m.; $63-$471, tickets available at; 415 First Street, 31201; (478) 803-1593;


Spirits in October Tour at Riverside Cemetery

This popular guided walking tour allows Macon’s living to mingle with the dead. Local actors play famous Maconites that are buried at Riverside Cemetery. This year’s tour theme is “Menus & Memoriums” featuring legendary Macon chefs and restaurant owners such as the founders of Nu-Way Weiners. This not-so-scary tour is appropriate for all ages. 

6-9 p.m. Oct. 20-23 and Oct. 28-30; General Admission $15, tickets available at; 1301 Riverside Drive, 31201; (478) 742-5328;



Friday, Oct. 21

15th Annual Central Georgia Greek Festival at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church

A celebration of all things Greek, this festival is a red-letter day for both culture vultures and foodies. The weekend-long festival has live music from the band Bouzouki Express, traditional Greek dancing performed by the Hellenistic Dancers of Marietta, tours of the Greek Orthodox Holy Cross Church, and Greek cuisine that would make even yiayia proud. 

11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday; Free entry; 859 First St., 31201; (478) 621-0744;


Saturday, Oct. 22

19th Annual Jazz and Arts Festival on Riverdale Drive

Part jazz concert, part art market, part block party, the Jazz and Arts Festival combines all of it into one event. There will be art booths, kids’ crafts and food vendors but the real draw is the music. This year’s headliner is Atlanta-based trumpeter and vocalist Joe Gransden.

Noon- 6 p.m.; Free; 200 Block of Riverdale Drive, 31204;


Macon Beer Festival

Put on by the Rotary Club of Downtown Macon as a benefit for the “Pints for Prostates” program which educates men on the importance of health screenings and early detection of prostate cancer, the festival website says, “it’s a health fair disguised as a beer festival.” The festival offers over 100 varieties of beer and wine, a cornhole tournament where the winning team receives $100, a 5K race, a pub crawl and live music. 

2-7 p.m. for VIP and 3-7 for General Admission; $100 for VIP, $35 for General Admission tickets available at; 450 Third St., 3120;


Sunday, Oct. 23

“Kiki’s Delivery Service” showing at Hello Boba Cafe

In this anime feature film, young witch Kiki, (voiced by Kristen Dunst), moves to a seaside town where she begins a delivery service, but when she begins doubting herself her magical abilities start to wane. The 1997 film, directed by Hayano Miyazaki and dubbed into English from its original Japanese, also stars Debbie Reynolds, Phil Hartman and Janeane Garofalo. The film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 98% Fresh.

6:30 p.m.; Tickets are $15, including a large drink; 359 Third St., 31201; (478) 201-9311;


Monday, Oct. 24

Amerson River Park

Enjoy the fall colors with a visit to Amerson River Park. The Ocmulgee River runs through this 180-acre park which features stunning views of the river, a handicapped-accessible playground and seven miles of paved trails. The park’s winter hours begin on Nov. 1 and are 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. but until then the park closes at 8 p.m.

7:30 a.m.- 8 p.m. daily; Free; 2551 North Pierce Drive, 31204; (478) 803-0484;


Tuesday, Oct. 25

Boo Bash on Ice at the Macon Coliseum

Presented by Macon Learn to Skate, this family-friendly public skating session will have Halloween inflatables, goody bags, spooky lighting and Macon Learn to Skate instructors on hand for those who may need a little help. 

6-7:30 p.m.; Ages 4 and up; General Admission $12 which includes skate rental; 200 Coliseum Drive, 31217; (478) 803-1593;


Wednesday, Oct. 26

Witch Craft Beer Crawl at Fall Line Brewing

Witchcraft and craft beer are the themes of this pub crawl. With the $6.66 entry fee attendees receive a witch hat, a broom, and a punch card to complete during the crawl. The six participating locations (Fall Line, Just Tap’d, Ocmulgee Brewpub, Macon Beer Company, Piedmont, and Reboot) will offer $6 craft brews. Those who return their completed punch cards are entered to win a black magic gift basket.

6-10 p.m.; $6.66 tickets available at; 567 Plum St., 31201; (478) 200-1957;