Explore Macon

Check out some great things to do in Macon!

Help Macon celebrate the Year of Georgia Music with these unique, cultural and historical experiences.

Rock Candy Tours

Rock Candy Tours is a music history tour company that showcases the legacy of Macon, Georgia’s rich music history. Once home to artists like Little Richard, Otis Redding, James Brown and the Allman Brothers Band, Macon was listed among legendary studio engineer Tom Dowd’s “Five M’s” of music towns, joined by Manhattan, Miami, Memphis and Muscle Shoals.

Jessica Walden and Jamie Weatherford founded the company in June 2011 in response to the closure of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. They believed Macon’s storied music history didn’t have to live in a museum, but already existed on its sidewalks, street corners, historic structures and if the walls could talk, they would sing.

Through family stories and extensive research, Rock Candy Tours was created with the hopes to honor, preserve, protect and downright show-off some of the most fascinating and colorful historic sites of the South. These are the stories that music was made of!

Rock Candy Tours offers weekly public walking tours and opportunities for private walking, group and step-on tours with an array of experienced guides and bona fide music fan-experts.

Find more info about the tours and book yours today!

The Big House Museum

It was the home to The Allman Brothers Band’s original members, their families, and various friends from 1970 to 1973. The Big House was renovated by The Big House Foundation and opened in November 2009 as an interactive museum dedicated to identifying and preserving the history of The Allman Brothers Band.

The museum is open from Thursday through Saturday 11am – 6pm (last tour at 5:30pm)

More information – http://www.thebighousemuseum.com/

Otis Redding Foundation

Otis Redding was dedicated to improving the quality of life for our community through the education and empowerment of its youth. Established in 2007 by Mrs. Zelma Redding in her husband’s honor, the Otis Redding Foundation, with its roots in music, has created educational awareness programs in the arts and humanities. These programs encourage individual and team participation, build self-esteem and instill discipline. To honor Otis’ dream, the Otis Redding Foundation provides opportunities for youth to improve their academic performance by helping them make choices in life that enrich rather than endanger. By providing programs that ignite dreams in our future generation of leaders, we remain dedicated to connecting the universal relevance of music to serve as a catalyst for education and other youth oriented initiatives.

Mission Statement:

The Otis Redding Foundation’s mission is to empower, enrich, and motivate all young people through programs involving music, writing and instrumentation. Each partnership and program sponsored since its inception in 2007 supports the philanthropic commitment of Otis Redding to empower and enlighten all young people to fulfill their dreams.

Otis Redding Center For Creative Arts hosts many different levels and types of music lessons

You can also visit the center and learn more about Otis Redding’s life and music at the mini-museum and gift shop!