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Garage PARKlet in Downtown Macon

Come on up for 24 hours of reimagined space on the top level of Mulberry Street Parking Garage! Free and open to all, the Garage PARKlet will activate this underused space. 

Park goers can expect live music by a diverse range of Macon musicians, artisan market, yoga, interactive art, park games, green space, and more.

A 2017 Knight Cities Challenge grant recipient, the Garage PARKlet invites all types of people to come on up and create the fun in this temporary park, an otherwise underutilized parking deck.

Want to GET INVOLVED? 
Vendor sign up: https://goo.gl/forms/WG8YOz8zKD7hydEE2
Volunteer sign up: http://signup.com/go/KRyqyhE

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Macon Lands #4 on Trivago's "Best Value American Destinations"

Bang for Less Buck: Best Value America Destinations for 2017

There's something special about Small Town, USA destinations that offer a unique experience for travelers over bigger cities. Small communities that pack a serious punch and offer big value, without big spending. Thanks to Trivago, Macon, GA is now officially one of these "homegrown destinations with great hotel prices and a history of satisfied travelers that often get overlooked in favor of bigger names."

Trivago recently ranked Macon, GA #4 on the "Best Value Destinations for 2017" citing The Big House Museum, Tubman Museum, Ocmulgee Riverwalk Heitage Trail, Cherry Street, Ocmulgee Indian Mounds as favorite  "What To See & Do" and  Nu-Way Weiners, The Rookery and Dovetail as favorite "What To Eat" destinations.

Big thanks to Trivago for helping put our little town on the map for "Bang for Less Buck" travelers!

Here's the full review of What to See, Do and Eat from Trivago:

1) The Big House Museum

Also know as the Allman Brothers Band Museum, the boys, their families, and friends lived here for three glorious and formative years before making it big. The house is open to visitors looking for memorabilia and touching reminders of the band’s history.

2) Tubman Museum

Since 1981, this museum has dedicated its efforts towards the preservation and exhibition of African-American history, art and culture. It is the largest museum of its kind in the United States and teaches the story of African-Americans through exhibits, publications, and classes.

3) Ocmulgee Riverwalk Heritage Trail

Running over 11 miles long, this popular trail is perfect to skip, jog, rollerblade or bike your way around town. Locals love to float down the river in the summer or you can wind your way with a paddle and canoe. Stop into the historic Riverside Cemetery, a city landmark, to pay your respects while enjoying the tranquility.

4) Cherry Street

If you’re after a taste of the party, Cherry Street is the heart of Macon after dark. From an arcade bar to dive bars and live music stages, it bustles with action.

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5) Ocmulgee Indian Mounds

This historic national park holds traces of 17,000 years of continuous human habitation. Ceremonial mounds, temples, and trenches showcase the engineering skills of ancient Southeastern Native American cultures. It is also the site of the annual Ocmulgee Indian Celebration, held annually in September.

6) Nu-Way Weiners

Having celebrated the big 1-0-0 last year, the hotdog stand and its original Cotton Avenue location have been dishing up secret recipe chili hot dogs under the bright lights of its original neon sign to the delight of residents and visitors alike.

7) The Rookery

This hangout bar is known for playful menu names that highlight some favorite Macon personalities, including a Ray Charles burger and the Jimmy Carter Shake. Enjoy them best with a craft beer on their outdoor patio and catch some live music.

8) Dovetail

This farm-to-table restaurant was applauded in the magazine Southern Living for its incredible pre-Prohibition era cocktails and delicious food. Their spin on Southern food has brought a modern edge to comfort food while supporting regional farmers and purveyors.

For Trivago's entire list of Best Value American Destinations for 2017, visit: http://room5.trivago.com/best-value-destinations-2017/

Mercer Law Preview Day

Mercer Law Preview Day

One of the best ways to get a feel for school is to visit where you'll be spending your time in and out of Law School. Mercer University invites you to join Mercer Law Preview Day on Saturday, January 28 for the opportunity to tour Mercer Law School, meet faculty and current students, and experience what life in Macon is all about. 

Reboot Retrocade Grand Opening

Get "Nerdy" at Reboot Macon

Macon's newest bar and "retrocade" is now open in Downtown Macon at The Lamar! Reboot Retrocade offers arcade games, board games, "nerdy" cocktails and many more ways to relive your favorites from the 70s, 80s and 90s.

Didn't make the Grand Opening? No problem. They're now open 7 days a week:

Sunday-Thursday 1pm to 10pm
Friday 1pm to Midnight
Saturday 11am to Midnight

Be sure to stop by and check it out. The perfect new and different addition to the Downtown Macon family!

Here are photos from the Grand Opening:

$3 Million Offered in Macon's Downtown Challenge

$3 Million Offered in Macon's Downtown Challenge

Have an awesome idea for Downtown Macon and its surrounding neighborhoods? Two local foundations are funding $3 million over the next three years to make community dreams a reality.

""We so often look to outside experts when in reality we have the experts here. Sometimes all it takes is a little money," said Beverly Blake, Knight Foundation program director for Macon."

Downtown Macon Continues to Grow & Thrive

Downtown Macon Continues to Grow & Thrive

It's no secret, Downtown Macon is becoming more vibrant everywhere you turn. Now home to 40 restaurants, 15 bars, 13 music & entertainment venues and multiple apartment & loft options, Downtown Macon's cultural offerings and quality of life have made it a remarkable place to live, work, and play.