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DOWNTOWN

Welcome to Downtown Macon, where history, culture, and community converge to create an unparalleled city experience. From its rich musical heritage to the revitalization of iconic venues and the thriving local arts scene, Downtown Macon is a vibrant hub that celebrates the past while embracing a new narrative for the present and future.

Step into our neighborhood and be immersed in the echoes of legends like Otis Redding, Little Richard, and the Allman Brothers Band, who launched their careers on downtown’s historic stages. Walk in their footsteps at the newly renovated sound studios and museum at Mercer Music at Capricorn or go rock climbing in the former Capricorn offices. In every corner of downtown Macon, the streets are alive with sounds of Macon’s local music scene that builds on the legacy of the past.

With over 700 lofts and 1,100 residents, downtown Macon is alive with energy. Discover an abundance of dining options, eclectic retailers, and entertainment venues that cater to all tastes. Experience the thrill of signature events and festivals that bring the community together year-round, while enjoying craft cocktails, diverse performances, and a thriving foodie scene.

No matter who you are or where you come from, Downtown Macon welcomes you with open arms. Join us and be part of a vibrant, distinctly local community that invites you to create your own memorable moments and forge connections that will last a lifetime.

Why do people love downtown Macon?

“I love the walkability and how there’s always something going on. I also love how easy it is to get vegetarian options just a short walk away”

- Nico Fox

“Downtown gives the people of Macon that coveted “third place” to spend time, and a sense of community that is unmatched.”

- Amanda Grace

“For me, downtown Macon is more than a destination, it is where I find joy interacting with an intertwined mosaic of diverse humanity, culture, community, and love.”

- Charlotte Renee Storey

“I love how downtown Macon is historic and hip with something to do for everyone!”

- Jordan Kirksey

“It's a best-of-both-worlds downtown from the 1859 Hay House to the newfangled indie record store. I love all of it!”

- Becky Sandoz Carlisle

“Downtown is home. No matter where I am or what I’m doing, I just feel like I’m at home and my heart is content.”

- Sarah Mullis

“Unplanned sidewalk conversations with neighbors we know and neighbors we get to know. Of course, being able to walk to restaurants and concerts is also a plus.”

- Josephine Larkin Bennett

“It’s home. The nightlife is always a new surprise. It’s full of history and good times. I peace of me will always be in downtown Macon, Georgia.”

- Amber Chastain

“I found myself in downtown Macon. I found a community of people who push and inspire me to be the best version of myself. No matter where I go, there is always something to do or a new adventure waiting.”

- Taija Clark

“I love that downtown Macon is just the right size. Not too big to feel lost, but not so small that it’s boring”

- Laurel Kelly Bowers-Eady

“Downtown is where my parent's love story began in the 50's! As I walk the streets, passing the Bibb theatre with its renewed radiance, I get teary-eyed thinking of their first date. Her father said, "I don't want you marrying that boy!" She replied, "We're just going to the movies." They were married for 52 years before they died 6 weeks apart.”

- Laura Gillette Robertson

“The revitalization that’s happened over the past 15-20 years has been significant, and it’s exciting to witness downtown come back to life firsthand! All the murals and beautiful artwork popping up reaffirms the growth and positive vibes.”

- Mindy Attaway

Experience Downtown Macon

Middle Geogia’s Nightlife Hub

 Experience the vibrant nightlife scene in downtown Macon, the beating heart of Middle Georgia. From historic music venues, like Grant's Lounge, that hosted legendary artists, to trendy bars serving craft cocktails, like Kinjo Kitchen + Cocktails, downtown Macon is the ultimate destination for a memorable night out. Immerse yourself in the energy, enjoy live performances, and savor the unique atmosphere that sets our nightlife apart.

Dog-Friendly Destination

Bring your furry friends along and explore downtown Macon, a dog-friendly haven where pets are welcomed with open arms. Enjoy walks along the scenic Ocmulgee Heritage Trail, visit dog-friendly establishments, and embrace a community that values the companionship of our four-legged family members. We even have a dog park bar! Downtown Macon is a place where both you and your furry friends can create unforgettable memories together.

Foodie paradise

Indulge your taste buds in downtown Macon, a culinary paradise where flavor and creativity collide. From farm-to-table establishments to charming cafes and diverse eateries, downtown Macon offers a delightful array of dining options. Whether you're craving Southern classics, international cuisine, or decadent desserts, our local restaurants and food establishments will satisfy your every culinary desire.

Local Loved Businesses

Discover the vibrant tapestry of local businesses that shape the essence of downtown Macon. From unique boutiques and art galleries to specialty shops and community-driven enterprises, downtown Macon is a hub of local creativity and passion. By supporting these cherished businesses, you contribute to the durability and vitality of our community, creating a stronger, more vibrant downtown experience.

Live Music Scene

Immerse yourself in the rich musical heritage of downtown Macon. With a thriving live music scene, our city pays homage to its iconic past while embracing new talents. From intimate venues like JBA, who showcases local artists, to renowned theaters hosting national acts, downtown Macon offers a stage for every musical taste. Discover the magic of live performances and let the music transport you.

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