First Weekend February in Macon, Georgia

February continues the awesome energy that was January’s First Friday of the year. If you remember, there was Roger Riddle and ClarkAfterDark’s DJ set, James Hance photography and a plethora of art openings. So let’s start with the Arts!

You’ll find more art than you can shake a stick at in Macon, Georgia. Start at the Opening Art Reception at the Gallery of the Macon Arts Alliance. Snacks and drinks are offered, which makes their early start time optimal for those looking to have a gander before heading to dinner. If you choose to eat on Cherry Street, don’t forget to stop by the 567 for their First Friday Art Opening and should you find your way to Mulberry Street (and I think you should), The Contemporary Arts Exchange has a plethora of art for your viewing pleasure. And don’t forget about the Tubman’s new opening reception featuring the work of Freddie Styles. Visual arts is not the only arts on the menu as Steve Berry celebrates the 170th Birthday of Macon’s renaissance man, Sidney Lanier. 

The music doesn’t stop either, and if you want to go to them all, you’ll be in for a late night. Which we like in these parts. Roasted will host an art showing as well as a DJ set. What’s fantastic is that the artists are Heidi Clinite and Mitch Edward Longan and even more fantastic is the DJ is Roger Riddle. If you remember getting down with yo’ bad self at Roasted to Roger Riddle, this looks to be another night like that!

At Fowl Play, you’ll get your music on with Homeless Hill.

At the Rookery, Australian country musician Chris Pickering, with a new beer on tap, Allagash Black. Try them both!

At the Bird, you’ll hear the musical stylings of The Holidays.

If you venture outside of downtown and head to Mellow Mushroom on Bass Road, you’ll get an earful with Back City Woods and special guests Nick Malloy, Louise Warren, and The Vineyard.

If you want to shake shake shake… shake shake shake… shake your booty, you’ll have plenty of chances to do so. Whether you go to the “Anything but Clothes” party at the Powerstation with DJ Laylo Lopez or head to Element for the First Friday “Alkoholiks” party, with two amazing DJs in both rooms. 

Don’t think the fun ends with the last note on Friday night! Saturday has plenty to keep your heart racing and your feet stomping.

The Bookin’ It 5K, Fun Run, and Band Party, sponsored by the Junior League, will start our with your racing heart and end up with your dancing feet. Join them at Wesleyan College at 8am for the 5K, at 8:45 for the Fun Run, and at 8pm at the Blacksmith Shop to watch the Finesse Band pull out all the musical stops.

For those of you who are writers, you may want to get into the Steve Berry writers workshop at Sidney Lanier Cottage. Lessons from a Bestseller will be an exciting walk through writing the best book you can write as Berry shares tips he’s learned while crafting best sellers. 

If it’s music you want, of the country variety, you’ll do well to check out Josh Maloy and Kirk Sauer at the 567! 

You’ll find Barry Darnell and the Mobile Slim Band bluesin’ it up at the Hummingbird Stage and Taproom.

On Sunday, we’re only doing things that involve the Super Bowl! Will you find us shucking oysters at Billy’s? Eating wings at Fowl Play? Catching the game on the multiples screens at Bearfoot Tavern or just posted up at the bar watching with Roger or Chuck at the Rookery? Where will you watch the Super Bowl and why?

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