Events in Macon April 6-12


April’s First Friday event features an Easter Egg scavenger hunt. Photo courtesy of NewTown Macon

This week in Macon, we have a new exhibit at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, a First Friday Scavenger Hunt, a free concert and an event that is considered a high point of Macon’s social calendar. Also, you may want to brush up on the works of Duran Duran if you plan on playing bingo. 

Thursday, April 6

Music Bingo at Barks N Brews

Bingo, 1980s jams and dogs may be the Venn Diagram overlap you’ve been looking for. This outdoor bar/dog park has become a favorite of Maconites and their pups.The “brews” of barks and brews include draft beers, ciders, seltzers, wines and spritzers.The Bingo event will be based on music of the 1980s, so come armed with all of your Bananarama knowledge.  

6 p.m.; Free without a dog, $10 day pass with a dog; 695 Riverside Drive, 31201; (478) 721-4928;

Friday, April 7

April First Friday 

This month’s First Friday is packed with events for families and singletons alike. For the little ones, there will be an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt. The person who finds the golden egg will have their name entered into a raffle for a chance to win a four-person inflatable pool. For the adults, EDM jam band Bootz & Katz are playing a free show in front of the Bibb Theatre, there is Nicolas Cage cosplay and trivia at Reboot Retrocade and Bar and for the older kids (or kids at heart) Monster Jam is at the Macon Coliseum. The First Friday Facebook event page has more information on start times and other First Friday events. 

Saturday, April 8

Magnolia Soap Box Derby at Washington Park

One of the highlights of the Macon Social Calendar. Hundreds of people descend on Washington Park to watch three rounds of custom built soapbox cars hurling down Magnolia Street. The crowd favorite is the “Shadetree” races, where community built cars go for style rather than speed in their soapbox car designs. In addition to the races, there will be 12 food trucks, DJ B3 spinning tracks, performances by Streetline Percussion and Hayiya Dance Theatre. New to the event this year will be “STEAM Zones” where children can learn the basic Physics concepts that make the derby cars travel so quickly. The event happens rain or shine so make sure to check the weather before you head out. In addition, parking is at a premium that day so if you are able to walk to the event, that’s recommended. If driving is a must, parking can be found on High and Cherry Streets. Washington Library and the Post Office will tow unauthorized cars, so avoid parking there.

10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.; Free; College Street and Magnolia Street;

Sunday, April 9

Second Sunday featuring Scott Baston and Friends at Coleman Hill

Local rock musician Scott Baston (formerly of Moonshine Still) headlines this month’s free concert series organized by Bragg Jam. Coleman Hill offers stunning views of downtown and attendees are encouraged to bring picnics and camp chairs (Coleman Hill has ants, so chairs are recommended over blankets.) Animals are welcome as long as they are leashed.

6-8 p.m.; Free; 285 Spring St., 31201;

Monday, April 10

Storytelling, Flute, and Visual Art Performance by Randy Kemp at Middle Georgia State University

Middle Georgia State University continues its “Reclaiming the Native South” series with a performance by renowned musician of the Native American flute, Randy Kemp. In addition to the musical work, Kemp will perform storytelling and visual art. 

6:30 p.m.; Free; Arts Complex Rehearsal Hall, 100 University Parkway, 31206;

Tuesday, April 11

Storytellers at Grant’s Lounge

Those who listen to “The Moth” podcast will be familiar with the ethos of Macon’s monthly Storytellers events. This month’s story theme is “Concrete Jungle.” Two featured storytellers, this month it will be Tedra Huston and Paul D. Bauknight Jr., will tell their true stories of being caught between a rock and a hard place (metaphorically, at least). Attendees are encouraged to tell their stories as well. To volunteer a story sign up here. Remember to keep stories to five minutes and to avoid hate speech. 

7-9 p.m.; Free; 576 Poplar St., 31201;

Wednesday, April 12 

Georgia Sports Hall of Fame

The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame is a celebration of the athletic talent found in Georgia. New to the museum is an exhibit on the University of Georgia’s 2022 National Championship win alongside previous exhibits such as the history of the Negro Baseball League. This year, the hall inducted 12 new athletes including former Braves player Andruw Jones, former UGA football coach Mark Richt and junior tennis player phenom Al Parker. Braves baseball fans can also see the 2021 World Series Champion trophy and ring that Braves Manager Brian Snitker loaned to the hall.

10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Closed Sunday and Monday; $8 Adults, $6 Seniors, Military and College Students, $3.50 16 years old and under. 301 Cherry St., 31201; (478) 752-1585;