Events this week: Thursday August 11 to August 17, 2016

Highlights of events in and around Macon and Middle Georgia for the week of August 11-August 17, 2016. We try to select an eclectic mix of events that one might not think of when planning a day out. If you have suggestions for coming events, please fill out our submission form.


Thursday August 11, In Forsyth, Meadows Gun Club and Shooting School is hosting a 50 Target Fun Shoot. It begins at 5 PM and shooters must be on the course by 7 PM. Entry fee is $30 and includes a round of sporting clays and dinner. Awards for the best 3 in each class and the best overall shooter. Later will be Shooting Under the Lights which begins at 8:30 PM. For more details, see their ad or visit there Facebook page.

Wild Wings Café is having Taco and Rita Night with live music by Scott Little. It begins at 5 PM and runs until 10 PM. It features $2 tacos and $3 margaritas. Live music starts at 8:30 PM. The restaurant is located at 5080 Riverside Dr. in the Shoppes at River Crossing.

Isobel Deal preparing to jump into the block pit at Sky Zone. Photo courtesy Lauren Deal.
Isobel Deal preparing to jump into the block pit at Sky Zone. Photo by Lauren Deal.

Ocmulgee Mountain Biking Association is having a Beginner and Chill Ride. Their Facebook page states “New to mountain biking? Just getting back on the bike? Just want a chill, conversation-pace ride? Come out to LH Thomson for a social ride with a slow pace and a focus on having a good time and improving your technical skills. ” It begins at 6 PM at L. H. Thompson Trail, 7800 NE Industrial Blvd in Macon.


Friday August 12, The Benjamin Olsen Trio at the Bearfoot Tavern. The Benjamin Olsen Trio is a three man blues/funk group founded by Benjamin Cummings of The Dirty Doves and includes J.J. Mills and Walt Robinson. It starts at 9 PM and runs to midnight.

Sky Zone Macon at 245 Tom Hill Blvd in Macon is having a $10 60-minute Jump Pass available from 1-3 PM as part of their homeschoolers program. Tickets available at Sky Zone. For more information, consult their homeschooler schedule.


Saturday August 13, Saint Kolbe Feast Day Celebration at the Kolbe Center in Macon. Events include a weekend Mass, presentations and a piano concert. Guest speakers include Damon Owens, author and ETWN television personality and Father Dennis Wilde, associate director of the Priests for Life, professional pianist and former professor of music at Villanova University. For more information refer to their flyer.

Macon Progress and Macon Love bottles
Beer and floating are featured in the Macon Beer Company and Ocmulgee Outdoor Expeditions event this weekend. Photo by Doug Deal

Macon Beer Company and Ocmulgee Outdoor Expeditions are having a Boat and Beer Float event which includes a float down the river in a kayak or canoe, a brown bag lunch, brewery tour and a beer tasting. Tickets are $65 for a single person kayak or $130 for a two person canoe and come with the shuttle ride to and from the river and the brewery, lunch, tour, tasting and a souvenir glass. It starts at 11 AM and boats will be in the water around 11:45 AM. Space is limited and tickers can be purchased online.

Soul Train: Taste of the Arts is an event by the Macon Arts Alliance at terminal station, 200 Cherry St in downtown Macon. The event is a fundraiser for local programs such as Arts Roundtable, Ovations365 Arts and Culture Community Calendar, Mill Hill East Macon Arts Village, Amplify Creative Entrepreneur Program, and the Macon Arts Gallery. Featured activities include tasting stations, Silent and Live Auctions, a dance party and photo booth. It runs from 7-10 PM and tickets are $40 in advance and $50 on the same day and are available at Eventbrite.

Antique Steam Engine Demonstration hosted by the Jarrell Plantation Historic Site in Juliette. Visitors will be able to sound the whistle atop the Jarrell Plantation ‘Mill Comple,’ and see their stationary steam engine in action.  It runs from 2 to 4 PM and is $4-$6.50 per person. The address is 711 Jarrell Plantation Rd in Juliette.


Sunday August 14, Rhythm N’ Jazz on the Dock sponsored by the Rhythm N’ Jazz on the Dock Foundation.  The event is at Gateway Park at 301 Riverside Dr. in Macon. Musicians include Ed Dunbar, lead singer of the Drifters, Under The Boardwalk and others. The event is free and runs from 6 to 9 PM.

“A Bigger Splash” presented by the Macon Film Guild at the Douglass Theatre at 355 MLK Blvd. in Macon. This movie is an R rated crime drama directed by Luca Guadagnino and starring Tilda Swinton.


Tuesday August 16, Macon-Bibb County Commission Meeting. 6 to 8 PM at 700 Poplar St. in Macon. The Commission will be voting to accept out of town AllSouth Tubing to replace Ocmulgee Outdoor Expeditions as the concessionaire for tubing, canoeing and kayaking on the river.

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