Discover What's Happening Around Lake Oconee This July

There’s always something great going on in Georgia’s Lake Country, whether you’re a local or just visiting. Read on to find out what’s up in Lake Oconee this July! 

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Celebrate the Fourth

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Wednesday, July 3: Independence Day Concert & Picnic

Come to the front lawn of the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center from 6pm to 9pm for the annual Independence Day Concert and Picnic, this year featuring live music from the Athens Classic City Band.


Wednesday, July 3: Summer Concert Series

Enjoy a summer concert at the Ritz Carlton Reynolds Lake Oconee in Greensboro at 7pm, and watch an Independence Day fireworks display afterwards. *This event is for hotel guests only.


Thursday, July 4: Justin Dukes at Georgia Butts BBQ

Eat some BBQ at Georgia Butts while enjoying a country music afternoon on the banks of Lake Oconee from 12pm to 3pm. 


Thursday, July 4: Josh Hilley at Georgia Butts BBQ

Continue the Independence Day fun with more music from 6pm to 9pm at Georgia Butts BBQ. 


Thursday, July 4: Pool Party at Southern Cross Guest Ranch

Come to Madison for a July 4th pool party from 7pm to 10pm. Admission includes cookout, use of pool, yard games, soft drinks, and fireworks. Children under 4 get in free. Call 706 342 8027 or email mail@southcross.com for reservations.   





Fantastic Festivities

Friday, July 5: First Friday at OBC

Enjoy a First Friday party at Oconee Brewing Company from 6pm to 9pm with Ripe Thing Market, a low country boil, and the Dreaming of Ice Cream truck, featuring live music from Dave Tebo.


Saturday, July 20: All New Museum & Peoples’ Choice Classic Car Show

Come to Memory Lane Classic Cars in Eatonton from 4pm to 10pm for a Peoples’ Choice car show, a showing of Mr. Jerry’s all new collection, along with music, auctions, food, and raffles. Bring your own lounger and enjoy!


Fun Fundraising


Saturday, July 20: Wreaths Across America - Putnam County Poker Run

From 9am to 3pm in Eatonton, take part in this fundraiser by collecting cards at various locations to win prizes—more info coming soon!




Get Cultural and Creative

Thursday, July 11: Opening Reception for The Lighter Side of Steffen Thomas

Come to the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art in Madison from 6pm to 8pm for music and glowing refreshments celebrating the opening of a show that will let you discover the hidden fun and new meaning of special Thomas paintings by shining a black light flashlight at the art. Wear your black light best and take a glowing selfie!



Friday, July 12: Corks and Canvas, Sunflower Theme

Come to Mod Podge Mama in Milledgeville from 7pm to 10pm for a BYOB painting class.


Saturday, July 13: Petite Picasso, Owl Theme

Come to Mod Podge Mama in Milledgeville from 10am to 12pm for a painting class for elementary school age children to adults.


Saturday, July 13: Alice Walker 75 - A Celebration of the Author's 75th Birthday

Come to The Plaza Arts Center in Eatonton between 10am and 9:30pm to join the Georgia Writers Museum for this special one-day celebration of author Alice Walker’s 75th birthday—Walker will be traveling back to her hometown for the festivities. Tickets, on sale now, are expected to sell quickly.



Saturday, July 13: Cactus Theme Painting

Come to Mod Podge Mama in Milledgeville for a painting class for older children and adults from 2pm to 4pm.


Saturday, July 13: Corks and Canvas, Guitar Theme

Come to Mod Podge Mama in Milledgeville from 6pm to 9pm for this BYOB painting class.

Friday, July 19: Corks and Canvas, Flamingo Theme

Come to Mod Podge Mama in Milledgeville from 7pm to 10pm for this BYOB painting class.


Saturday, July 20: Mommy and Me Fish Theme

Come to Mod Podge Mama in Milledgeville from 10am to 12pm to share painting fun with your little ones.


Saturday, July 20: Owl theme painting

Come to Mod Podge Mama in Milledgeville from 2pm to 4pm for this class for older children and adults. https://www.facebook.com/events/829795090736691/ 


Saturday, July 20: Corks and Canvas Dragonfly Theme

Come to Mod Podge Mama in Milledgeville from 6pm to 9pm for this BYOB painting class.


Monday, July 22 through 24: Creative Finishing 3-Day Boot Camp

From 9am to 5pm Monday through Wednesday, 44 Marketplace in Eatonton is hosting a boot camp that will teach you everything you need to know about furniture finishing—class size is limited to just 5 people, so don’t wait to register!


Friday, July 26 through 28: Damn Yankees

At 7pm on Friday and Saturday, and 2pm on Sunday, The Plaza Alliance for the Performing Arts presents this live musical event in Eatonton at the Plaza Arts Center. Tickets on sale now.


Monday, July 29: Corks and Canvas, Sunflower Theme

Come to Mod Podge Mama in Milledgeville from 10am to 12pm for painting class fun.




Keep the Kids Busy

Drop in Craft Mondays in Morgan County, Mondays from 9am to 6pm

Come to the Morgan County Library in Madison on Monday, July 1, 8, and 15 for some free, kid-friendly crafts that parents can enjoy too! 


Every Tuesday in July from 9am to 12pm

The Milledgeville FUMC welcomes kids in 5th grade and younger for games, a snack, and a bible lesson every Tuesday—a nursery is provided for younger kids. July 2nd- Party in the USA, July 9th- Superhero Day, July 16th- Movie Morning, July 23rd- Art Gallery, July 30th- Water Day.


Tuesday, July 2: Mary Poppins Returns

Come watch the Tuesday afternoon movie from 2pm to 4pm at the Morgan County Library in Madison.


Tuesday, July 2: Ken Scott, Magician

From 2pm to 4pm the Eatonton Putnam County Library welcomes you to a performance from 3-time winner of the Greater Atlanta Magician of the Year Award, Ken Scott. Ken has been featured on CNN, America’s Funniest Home Video, and has performed at the White House five times.

Every Tuesday at Georgia Butts BBQ: Mark the Magic Man

Come to eat some barbeque and enjoy some magic every Tuesday in July—kids eat free with each paid adult meal. 


Wednesday, July 3: Science Tellers- Aliens!

From 2pm to 4pm at the Morgan County Library in Madison, discover a fun show about two curious kids who get mixed up with a family of aliens and the space scientist chasing them all.

Drop-in Craft Saturdays at the Eatonton Putnam County Library

Come to the Eatonton Putnam County Library on Saturday, July 6, 13, and 20 from 10am to 4pm to join in the creation of fun kid crafts inspired by the summer reading theme: A Universe of Stories! 


Tuesday, July 9: Marc Griffiths the Ventriloquist

The Morgan County Library hosts a performance from Marc Griffiths, ventriloquist, and his space animals from 3pm to 5pm.


Wednesday, July 10: Magician Jeff McClure

Come to the Hancock County Library from 1:30pm to 2:30pm for a live magic show.




Every Thursday in July, starting July 11th: Miss Mag’s Storytime

Come hear the Queen of all Storytime from 10:30am to 11am at the Greene County Library in Greensboro, every Thursday in July starting July 11th.




Thursday, July 11: The Southeastern Snake Encounter

From 11am to 12pm at the Green County Library in Greensboro, you and your child can learn all about reptiles and their habitats, as well as how to avoid snake bites, snake identification, and first aid, from Jason Clark.


Thursday July 11 and 18: Game Thursdays

For two Thursdays from 2pm to 8pm, the Morgan County Library in Madison will host Game Thursdays—drop in for this kid friendly event.




Thursday, July 11: The Incredibles 2

Come to the Eatonton Putnam County Library from 2pm to 4pm for a fun movie and snacks.




Tuesday, July 16: The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Enjoy this kid-friendly movie from 2pm to 4pm at the Morgan County Library in Madison.


Tuesday, July 16: Dewayne Reynolds, Dr. Magical Balloon

Come to the Eatonton Putnam County Library from 2pm to 4pm for a show of magic and balloon artistry suitable for small children.




Wednesday, July 17: Balloon Blast Off

From 10am to 11am at the Morgan County Library in Madison, Dr. Magical Balloon will take kids on a space adventure featuring rockets, aliens, and, of course, balloons.




Wednesday, July 17: Pajama Movie Day- Space Dogs

Kids can watch Space Dogs in their pajamas at the Greene County Library from 11am to 2pm.




Wednesday, July 17: Dr. Magical Balloons

From 11am to 1pm, the Morgan County Library in Madison is hosting a show of magic and balloon artistry for kids.




Thursday, July 18: Inside Out

Enjoy another great movie and snacks at the Eatonton Putnam County Library from 2pm to 4pm.




Tuesday, July 23: End of Summer Reading Party

From 11am to 1pm, the Eatonton Putnam County Library hosts this event with food, fun, and grand prizes to celebrate all the fun kids had this summer at the library.




Wednesday, July 24: End of Summer Reading Party

The Morgan County Library in Madison will be hosting it’s summer reading fun celebration from 11am to 1pm.




Get Active




Saturday, July 20: Bartram PM 6/3

On the site of the 2018 Old Capital Classic 6/3, this nighttime bike race through 10 miles in the Bartram Wildlife Management Area in Milledgeville will take place from 6pm to midnight! Click the link above to register.




Saturday, July 27: FireFly Tri- SuperSprint

From 7am to 10am in Madison, take part in or just watch the 200-yard swim at the Morgan County Aquatic Center, the 7-mile bike course through downtown, and the 2-mile run local neighborhoods, or just enjoy the two-day Firefly Festival that follows with games, food, face painting and more.




Get Into Food and Drink




Every Monday in July: Monday Night Flights at Georgia’s

From 6pm to 10pm every Monday at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds in Greensboro, let Georgia’s resident Whiskey expert put together a featured whiskey flight for your pleasure.




Every Saturday in July from 8am to 1pm: Harmony Park Farmer’s Market

Come to Eatonton’s Harmony Crossing on any and all Saturdays in July for this huge farmer’s market celebrating 12 years of fun. For vendor space and availability, contact Priscilla Roberts at 706-931-0190 or PriscillaR@VHarmonyCrossing.com




Every Saturday in July: Mark The Magic Man @ Georgia Butts BBQ

Enjoy a great lunch and fun magic every Saturday between 12pm and 3pm at Georgia Butts in Eatonton.


Every Saturday in July: Saturday Bourbon Class at Georgia’s

Come to the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds in Greensboro on Saturdays in July from 2:30 to 3:30 to learn all about the history, process, and flavor profile of bourbon from Georgia’s resident expert. This experience includes samples and has limited availability, so call Guest Relations at 706.467.7135 to secure your reservation.




Wednesday, July 10: Three Course Wine Dinner

Come to the Linger Longer Steakhouse at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds between 6pm to 8pm for a 3-course communal dinner with wine pairing from the resident sommelier. Learn the origin, history, and flavor profile of each wine you’ll be drinking. Space is limited, so call the Restaurant Coordinator at 706.467.7059 to secure your reservation. 




Sunday, July 14, 21, and 28: Georgia’s Backyard BBQ

For three Sunday nights before the summer concert series, enjoy meat fresh off the grill along with veggies and fresh herbs, all served family style with salads, appetizers, and drinks prepared for each table. Seating starts at 6; call the concierge at 706.467.7130 for information and reservations.




Feel the Music



Every Monday in July: Music Bingo

Get addicted to high-energy Music Bingo fun at Georgia Butts BBQ in Eatonton from 6:30pm to 8pm every Monday.



Wednesday, July 3:  U Pang at Georgia Butts BBQ

Live music in Eatonton from 12pm to 3pm. 



Wednesday, July 3: Tim Cadiere & the Washboard Road Band at Bone Island Grillhouse

Live music in Eatonton from 6pm to 9pm.



Wednesday, July 3: Josh Beck Band at Georgia Butts BBQ

Live music in Eatonton from 6pm to 9pm. 



Every Thursday in July: Open Mic Night at Georgia Butts BBQ

Join in and perform, or just eat and enjoy the show from 6pm to 9pm every Thursday night.



Friday, July 5: Adam Thompson at Georgia Butts BBQ

Live music in Eatonton from 1pm to 4pm.



Friday, July 5: Tim Cadiere at Georgia Butts BBQ

Live music in Eatonton from 2pm to 6pm. 



Friday, July 5: Justin Huff at Georgia Butts BBQ

Live music in Eatonton from 6pm to 9pm. 



Saturday, July 6: Tiger Bragg Band at Georgia Butts BBQ

Live music in Eatonton from 7pm to 10pm.



Saturday, July 6: OPAS Summer Concert featuring Drive Country Band

Come to the annual summer concert at the Oconee Gold Course Reynolds from 7:30pm to 11:30pm.

Sunday, July 7: Ronnie Pittman at Georgia Butts BBQ

Live music in Eatonton from 5pm to 9pm. 



Wednesday, July 10: Eli Bell at Bone Island Grillhouse

Live music in Eatonton from 6pm to 9pm.



Saturday, July 13: Motown on Main - Featuring The Groove Crew Band

Live music and food trucks at Oconee Brewing Company in Greensboro from 7pm to 10pm—concert benefits Greene County Family Connections.



Wednesday, July 17: Tim Cadiere & the Washboard Road Band at Bone Island Grillhouse

Live music in Eatonton from 6pm to 9pm.



Friday, July 19: Josh Courson at GA Butts BBQ

Live music in Eatonton from 7pm to 10pm. 



Saturday, July 20: The Pine Box Dwellers at Buffingtons

Live music in Milledgeville from 9pm to midnight.



Wednesday, July 24: Josh Hilley at Bone Island Grillhouse

Live music in Eatonton from 6pm to 9pm.



Saturday, July 27: Matt Rogers LIVE at Oconee Brewing Company

Live concert with Matt Rogers and his full band from 7pm to 10pm in Greensboro. Special guest performer Maggie Renfroe. Tickets expected to sell out, so get yours early.



Saturday, July 27: The Bitteroots at Amici Milledgeville

Live music in Milledgeville from 11pm to 2am.



Wednesday, July 31: Ronnie Pittman at Bone Island Grillhouse

Live music in Eatonton from 6pm to 9pm.