MACON, GA (April 27, 2023) — Visit Macon is hosting a week worth of local events to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week. Visitors and the local community can partake in a variety of events throughout the week that showcase all Macon has to offer. From our historic and photo-worthy attractions, legendary live music, and notable filming locations, each event highlights what makes Macon unique.
Sunday, May 7
Launch of the Macon Photo Spots Trail
Download the free "Tour Macon" app on Apple or Google Play, find your favorite photo location, take a selfie, post it and tag @visitmacon #MaconMemories #WhereSoulLives. All posts between Sunday, May 7th and Wednesday, May 10 will be entered to win free tickets to the Thursday night show at Grants Lounge.
Tuesday, May 9
Public Service Appreciation Day
9AM - 4PM at Visit Macon Downtown Visitor Center
All medical staff, law enforcement, fire, educators, and county employees are invited to stop by Visit Macon to grab a refreshment and snack in thanks for your work to keep Macon safe and welcoming for all of our visitors.
I AM Macon Training
10AM at Visit Macon
Free and open to the public
I AM Macon is an interactive customer service program designed to unite and educate the business community about the branding of Macon as a superior visitor and meeting destination. Understanding how to reach out and communicate to visitors will help both your business and the city as a whole. Learn more here.
Wednesday, May 10
Fundamentals of Google Business Profiles
3PM at Visit Macon and via Zoom
Open to any local hotels, restaurants and attractions who are looking to make their online presence more accessible to visitors. Google Business Profiles are the single largest source of organic (non-paid) exposure for businesses online and may be the first impression with Macon visitors. During the webinar attendees will learn:
How their business is surfaced in Google search and travel products
Claiming and verifying your business profile
Keeping core business information current
Overview of tools available in Google
Macon Music Revue
7:30PM at Grant's Lounge
Charles Davis & The Velvet Sound performing the Macon Music Revue, highlighting Macon’s music history.
Karaoke w/ Willie D of Fresh Produce Records
9:30PM at Grant's Lounge
Grab a mic and sing your favorite songs at karaoke hosted by Fresh Produce Records Willie D.
Thursday, May 11
Jake Xerxes Fussell
7:30 pm at Capricorn Sound Studios. 6:30 Reception with light hors d'oeurves - $35
The Guardian calls acclaimed singer and guitarist Jake Xerxes Fussell "one of the great magpies of American song, collecting forgotten, tarnished gems with a folklorist’s zeal." The Columbus, GA native has released four albums, including 2022's Good and Green Again, called "the most conceptually focused, breathtakingly rendered and enigmatically poignant record" of his catalog.
9PM at Grant's Lounge - $15
Rolling Stone describes Los Angeles-based Sunny War as "one of the best new voices in roots music" and notes that the singer/songwriter's acoustic street-punk poetry hits a new peak" on her just-released album, Anarchist Gospel.
Friday, May 12
Need for Speed Movie Screening
10AM and 1PM at Visit Macon Downtown Visitor Center - Free and open to the public
Saturday, May 13
42 Movie Screening
10AM and 1PM at Visit Macon
Free and open to the public
“National Travel and Tourism Week is an annual celebration of the role of tourism in economic development and creating vibrant communities. In Macon, we are celebrating the many industries that bring the city to life and make it an attractive destination for our visitors” says Senior Vice President & COO at Visit Macon, Aaron Buzza. “We hope everyone will join us in celebrating visitors, our partners and the success we’ve had together.”
About Visit Macon: The mission of Visit Macon is to unify and lead our community in marketing the Macon-Bibb County area as a superior visitor and meeting destination. Visit Macon promotes Macon, Georgia to travel writers, meeting planners, group tour operators and leisure travelers in an effort to bring people and revenues into the community and area businesses. http://www.visitmacon.org