Events in Macon May 25-May 31


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This week we have a taste of Polynesia, a jazz combo playing the courtyard; a look at hearts and more. 

Thursday, May 25

Marie Ortiz at Grant’s Lounge

Local singer-songwriter Marie Ortiz takes the stage at Grant’s Lounge. Ortiz is a city favorite, having played nearly every stage in town. Her newly released single is called “Just Call Me Baby”.

9 p.m.; $10 tickets available at; 576 Poplar St., 31201; (478) 746-9191;

Friday, May 26

Peek at Preservation Walking Tour with Historic Macon 

Local historian Elliott Fernandez leads this walking tour of homes which received the Historic Macon Preservation Award. The tour will focus on how these historic homes were brought back to life by care and hard work. The tour will last around 90 minutes, and participants are encouraged to wear walking shoes.

6 p.m.; $15 tickets available at, cost includes one drink at Quill/The Woodward Hotel; Tour leaves from Quill/The Woodward Hotel 350 Second St., 31201; (478) 742-5084;

Saturday, May 27

Hawaiian Swing Revisited at The Museum of Arts and Sciences

This swinging luau will feature Hawaiian-inspired music from the Macon Pops and food trucks. Concert-goers are encouraged to come dressed in their best Hawaiian shirts for this concert at the museum’s outdoor amphitheater. Outside food and drink is permitted so bring some snacks and enjoy a little bit of Polynesia in Macon.

6 p.m.; $10 for kids, $25 for adults, tickets available at;  4182 Forsyth Road, 31210; (478) 477-3232; 

Sunday, May 28

Jazz in the Courtyard at The Douglass Theatre

If it’s summer, then that means the jazz in the courtyard. The Douglass’ Theatre free weekly jazz concert series kicks off on Sunday with Alphonso Thomas and Moments Notice. Cool hepcats should make sure to bring a chair and some snacks with them to the event. 

7 p.m.;  Free; 355 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. 31201; (478) 742-2000;

Monday, May 29

Ranger Guided Hike of the Funeral Loop at Ocmulgee Mounds

On this one mile hike an Ocmulgee Park ranger will explain the history of the part and discuss local plants along the way. Participants are encouraged to bring hiking shoes and water. The hike begins at the parking lot next to the Funeral Mound. 

9:30 a.m.; Free; 1207 Emery Highway, 31217; (478) 752-8257;

Tuesday, May 30 

Max’s Favorite Float- Ocmulgee Outdoor Expeditions

A little farther afield from Macon, but well worth the drive is Ocmulgee Outdoor Expedition’s “Max’s Favorite Float” adventure. Participants can rent a single person kayak, a tandem kayak or canoe for this 2 hour paddle through the easy waters where the Towaliga River enters the Ocmulgee just above the town of Juliette. The put-in point is on Highway 83 and the take-out is at the Juliette River Park. The self-guided trip is good for beginners and for experienced paddlers. A brief paddling lesson and lifejacket fitting precedes the float.

Tours begin hourly at 9 a.m. with the last tour leaving at 2 p.m.; $60 and up; (478) 733-3386;  

Wednesday, May 31

Work of Heart Mini-Camp at the Museum of Arts and Sciences 

This two-hour mini camp for rising second through fifth graders teaches kids all about hearts. Children will be able to listen to a lizard’s heat at the mini-zoo, connect hearts to objects and exhibits at the zoo, disect a heart and creat a heart craft to take home.

1-3 p.m.; $20 per child, tickets available at; 4182 Forsyth Road, 31210; (478) 477-3232;