Summer in downtown Macon is an experience like no other, as the sun shines brighter and the city comes alive. From exciting events to new business ventures, there is a lot to do and see in Macon’s vibrant downtown district.

Here are five ideas for enjoying your summer in downtown Macon.

Check out the newest businesses

If you’re of drinking age, you can indulge your taste buds at downtown Macon’s recently opened cocktail bars. Treat yourself to handcrafted cocktails in a modern setting at Apt. 77, or explore Middle Georgia’s craft distillery, Longleaf Distilling Co. For an underground speakeasy experience, head to Black Cat Liquor & Libations (password required) below Kinjo Kitchen + Cocktails, and find some of Macon’s best margaritas at Daisy Tequila Bar.

Enjoy First Friday

Join in the city’s First Friday celebrations. First Friday is an electrifying monthly event where the streets come alive with live music, art exhibitions and a vibrant atmosphere. As you walk the streets of downtown Macon, you’ll see musicians on the streets, dinner specials that will make your mouth water, and people from all walks of life hanging out together. The next events are July 7, Aug. 4 and Sept. 1.

Go rock climbing

Looking for a unique way to stay active (and cool) this summer? Head to Macon Rocks, downtown Macon’s indoor rock climbing gym. Beat the heat while challenging yourself on their impressive climbing walls. It’s a great way to stay in shape, try something new and connect with fellow adventure seekers. Pro tip: Mercer students get a discount when they climb.

Attend Bragg Jam

Mark your calendars for July 29. Macon’s annual music festival, Bragg Jam, returns with a killer setlist. Experience the magic as talented artists and bands take the stage in iconic venues throughout downtown Macon. This year, the festival has eight stages featuring more than 40 performances. Get ready for a day filled with incredible music, unparalleled energy and unforgettable memories.

Vote for the best fries

Indulge in your love for fries at the Downtown Macon French Fry Fight. On July 13, restaurants will offer delicious and creative French fry specials. Sample unique creations all day and cast your vote for your favorite. A winner will be crowned later based on the votes. This is the second year of the culinary war, so be sure to check it out.

While summer is a special time in downtown Macon, the vibrancy and excitement extend throughout the year. Stay connected with all the happenings by following Downtown Macon on Facebook and Instagram


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