Destination Downtown: Weekend Extravaganza

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Start your weekend off right with the many events happening on First Friday! First Friday presented by Robins Financial Credit Union is your ticket Downtown Macon, and this month you can join in on the First Friday Fun Zone, the First Friday Garage Meet, and the Jane’s Walk – Tour of Progress.

Lawn games will be set up at the First Friday Fun Zone at Cherry and Third Street from 5:30 – 8:00 PM. Kids and grown-ups are also welcome to make Mother’s Day cards with Rhonda Miller of Thoughts Speak Greeting Cards.

Sponsored by GEICO, come enjoy a night of cars at the First Friday Garage Meet from 6:00 – 10:00 PM! Meet at the top of the public parking deck beside The Douglass Theatre on the corner of MLK Jr. Blvd. and Mulberry Street for a fun night with the Macon community and cars galore.

Learn more about our community by participating in Jane’s Walk, a program organized by Bike Walk Macon! Named for legendary urbanist and activist Jane Jacobs, Jane’s Walks are citizen-led walking tours that enable citizens to see their city “through other people’s eyes.”

NewTown Macon will host a Tour of Progress Jane’s Walk led by President and CEO, Josh Rogers of NewTown Macon. See the transformation of #DTMac firsthand and learn more about how our historic buildings are being transformed into vibrant spaces to live, work and play. There will be a total of nine stops on this tour on Friday, May 3rd, from 6:00 – 7:00 PM.

Check out more Jane’s Walks held throughout Macon this weekend here.

There are also multiple special art and culture events happening on First Friday! Take a stroll through the alleyways and enjoy Bright City, a major public art experience that brings light & photography to Macon’s unique alleyways making them an easier, more vibrant way to explore downtown. Photographs have been turned into light boxes and presented along the brick path of Macon’s 2nd Street Lane. Join The 567 Center for Renewal for the opening of their Best Brush Forward exhibit, featuring artwork by students of painting instructor BSmithBrushworks! You can see the new exhibits and meet the artists from 6:00-9:00 PM. There will also be a new popup exhibit by Don Dougan, Marti Forkner and Micah Goguen opening on Friday at the Macon Arts Gallery! Meet the artist, Jeffrey Whittle, at an opening reception at Macon Arts Alliance from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. Visit and enjoy Travis Jean Emporium’s Opening Reception for Priscilla Esser with live music by Sean Williams! Learn more about all of these awesome events here.

You don’t want to miss the inaugural Tubman African American Museum Film Festival! Throughout May 3rd – 5th in historic downtown Macon, there will be screenings of independent documentary films, a gumbo celebration lunch, special screenings of Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities and Always in Season. Join special guest producer Stacey Holman and guest director Jacqueline Olive in this special festival downtown. More information about the festival schedule and tickets can be found here.

From 12:00 – 9:00 PM on Saturday, May 4th, celebrate your love for free comics and Star Wars by joining Comics Plus of Macon on Free Comic Book Day!

Golden Bough Bookstore is also celebrating Star Wars Day and Free Comic Book Day with Storytime With a Jedi at the Bookstore! Join in from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM or from 1:00 – 2:00 PM.

Another great place to celebrate your love for all things Star Wars is Reboot Retrocade & Bar! Join in on the Third Annual STAR WARS DAYS! Festivities include First Friday Star Wars Trivia with “Talk Nerdy to Me Trivia” on Friday, a Lightsaber Rave with a free Silent Disco on Saturday, and Cinco de Cantina drink specials with a movie marathon on Sunday. ” Yoda not want to miss all of Reboot’s events this weekend.

Join Piedmont Brewery and Kitchen for their 2 Year Anniversary Party! From 12:00 – 6:30 on Sunday, May 5th, help celebrate Piedmont Brewery’s success in #DTMac! There will be a whole smoked hog, sling half-priced house beers, local live entertainment, and a cornhole tournament. Join in on the fun!

The Spring Stroll of Macon Houses and Gardens is taking place all weekend from May 3rd – 5th! With Floral Design Workshops, Lectures, and tours galore, this event is guaranteed to leave you with an appreciation for all things Spring.

As you are enjoying these events this weekend, do not forget to use #DTMac while you’re posting for a chance to be featured on our social media!