Events in Macon May 18-24


Liz Fabian

This Kevin Scene Lewis portrait of Flannery O’Connor outside the Quill bar of the Woodward Hotel is one of a growing number of murals in downtown Macon.

This week we’re featuring music by legends, a crafty afternoon, a lesson in city biking and a boozer for the bookworms. 

Thursday, May 18

The Beach Boys at the Macon City Auditorium

While only one of the original Beach Boys is a part of this incarnation of the group, the music still sounds like old times. Founding member Mike Love leads the band in recreating their greatest hits at this too-fun-to-miss concert.

7:30 p.m.; Tickets start at $46.75 at; 415 First St., 31201; (478) 803-1593; 

Friday, May 19

Cosmic Charlie-Dark Side of the Dead at the Capitol Theatre 

Athens band Cosmic Charlie celebrates the 50th Anniversary of  Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” album with a hybrid Grateful Dead/Pink Floyd cover show. Cosmic Charlie will play the entirety of the “Dark Side of the Moon” album with some Grateful Dead jams to start and end the show. 

8 p.m.; Tickets start at $20 at  382 Second St., 31201; (478) 257-6391;

Saturday, May 20

Summer Kickoff Two Hand Touch Rugby at Carolyn Crayton Park 

Macon’s amateur rugby team, the Macon Love, is holding an open session on Saturday for anyone interested in learning more about rugby. The team will be teaching the two-hand touch version of the game, which is easier on novices. The team encourages attendees to bring cleats if they have them.

11 a.m.- 1 p.m.; Men and women of high school age and older welcome; Free; Carolyn Crayton Park: 150 Willie Smokie Glover Drive, 31201 

Sunday, May 21

Ceramic Charcuterie Board Workshop at StARTup Studios

What’s more impressive than making a charcuterie board? Actually making the board itself. This class offered by StARTup Studios covers materials and instruction on how to make your own custom charcuterie board that will have your dinner party pals devastated by envy of your ceramic skills. 

3-5 p.m.; Ages 12 and up; $65 tickets available at; 1055 Riverside Drive, 31201; (478) 254-1830;

Monday, May 22

Quill at The Woodward Hotel

Quill is a hotel bar like you’d find in movies from the 1940s. The space itself is cozy-bordering on small-with a sultry, art deco vibe. There’s also a rooftop patio available with shade sails, a fire table and murals of literary greats from Georgia. The cocktail menu is well curated and sometimes literary itself. Definitely a place for grown-ups wanting to escape the college-town bar scene. 

5-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, closed Sunday; 350 Second St., 31201; (478) 361-4055;

Tuesday, May 23

Urban Confidence: Adult Bike Class at the Elaine Lucas Senior Center 

This free class by Bike Walk Macon is designed for the intermediate biker who would like to learn how to bike in an urban setting. Attendees will learn how to communicate with other commuters, how to use dedicated bike infrastructure and the state and local laws covering biking. Participants should bring their own bikes and helmets. Bike Walk Macon has a few bikes available to learn with should they be needed. 

6-8 p.m.; Ages 18 and up; Free with registration at; 132 Willie Smokie Glover Drive, 31201; (478) 335-1236

Wednesday, May 24

Telemarket with John Fernandez at Fresh Produce Records 

Athens band Telemarket brings their moody sounds to Fresh Produce with a live show. The show will open with an ambient clarinet set by musician John Fernandez.

6 p.m.; Free with donations encouraged; 567 Cherry St., 31201; (478) 297-1494;