Events in Macon for Nov. 24-30


Shaila Warren

The Big House in Macon was home to members of The Allman Brothers. Other family, friends and even roadies lived here from time to time.

It’s Thanksgiving week and Macon is celebrating. There are opportunities to volunteer, holiday lights to see, local music to hear and that’s the start.

Thursday, Nov. 24

Happy Thanksgiving! This holiday offers a great chance to volunteer to help those in need. The Brookdale Resource Center at 3600 Brookdale Ave. is seeking volunteers to help serve Thanksgiving lunch. Those interested in helping can register at the Brookdale volunteer calendar website.

Friday, Nov. 25

Main Street Christmas Light Extravaganza 

Downtown gets into the holiday spirit with more than 500,000 colored lights. The light show is synchronized to music arranged and composed by the Macon Pops and other local musical artists. The show runs nightly until January 1 and replay each hour from  6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This free event spans four blocks of Poplar Street and can be experienced by car or on foot. To celebrate the opening night of the extravaganza, the Macon Pops will perform a free live concert at 6 p.m. at Poplar and First Streets.    

Nov. 25-Jan. 1, 6-10 p.m.; Free; Poplar Street, 31201;

Saturday, Nov. 26

The Allman Family Revival at the Macon City Auditorium

A benefit show for the Big House Museum features The Devon Allman Project, Duane Betts, Donovan Frankenreiter, George Porter, Jr., Maggie Rose, Larry McCray, Alex Orbison, Jimmy Hall and Melody Trucks. Funds raised will go to the museum on Vineville Avenue that was home to the Allman Brothers Band in the early 1970s.

8 p.m.; Tickets start from $35 and are available at; 415 First St., 31201; (478) 803-1593;

Sunday, Nov. 27

Kids Pottery Program at Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park

Little ones and their parents will enjoy learning about pottery and making their own piecesbased on the Native American coil method. All supplies are included at this ranger-led event.

2-2:30; Free; 1207 Emery Highway, 31217; (478) 752-8257;

Monday, Nov. 28

Favorite Things at the 567 Center for Renewal

Patrons will find a wide array of affordable art and decor created by local craftspeople and artists at this exhibit which runs until Dec. 23. All items are available for purchase for $100 or less. 

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; Free entry; 456 First St., 31201; (478) 238-6051;

Tuesday, Nov. 29

Climbing 101 at Macon Rocks Climbing Gym

The pandemic got many of us away from our desks and back into nature (if only briefly). For people looking to strengthen or even build their outdoor hobbies, Macon Rocks Climbing Gym offers Climbing 101 classes. The 90-minute class teaches students the basics of rope climbing. Students will be instructed how to belay, tie a figure 8 run-through knot and complete safety checks. There is a maximum of four people per class and students should sign up in pairs at least one week prior to a Tuesday or Thursday class date. In addition to the 101 class, Macon Rocks offers advanced classes for more experienced climbers.

Noon-10 p.m., Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Noon-8 p.m. Sundays;  $15 members, $30 non-members (comes with two gym day passes); Ages 14 and up; 527 D.T. Walton Sr Way, 31201; (478) 216-5941;

Wednesday, Nov. 30

Macon Music Review with Charles Davis and The Velvet Sound at Grant’s Lounge

Each Wednesday Charles and the Velvet Sound will celebrate Macon’s musical heritage by covering the hits and deep cuts that have connections to Macon. From Little Richard to Elvin Bishop, if you love Macon music, live music, and local music, you should be there.

7:30 p.m.; $5; 576 Poplar St, 31201: (478) 746-9191;