This weekend is full of things to do in Atlanta, be they virtual or in-person. Here are some safe ways to have fun in ATL and ways to help Atlantans. Note: Many attractions are requiring a mask to keep you, other customers and employees safe. When in doubt, BYO PPE.
Let Your Geek Flag Fly
(📷 Dragon Con)
Labor Day won't be quite the same this year (more social distance, fewer jam-packed MARTA rides), but Dragon Con is still on... online, that is. Catch the gaming, cosplay, panels and more safely from your own home.
See the Sights (Safely) in Atlanta
Get face to facemask with Atlanta's civil rights history, urban and Southern culture, film locations and more. Not ready to pump the pedals yet? No problem, there are also a slew of new virtual tours to check out the city. See the selection of ATL tours here.
Picture the Dream
Brian Selznick (American, born 1966), "...she closed her eyes and sang...," from When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson: The Voice of a Century by Pam Muñoz Ryan (Scholastic Press, 2002), Liquitex acrylic, collection of the artist. (c) 2002 Brian Selznick.
Check out the latest in children's book inspired exhibits at the High. Picture the Dream: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement through Children's Books allows children and adults alike to witness the movement through captivating and powerful illustrations. If you are unable to visit in person, check out the website for free online content. Be sure to visit the gift shop, which has each of the exhibit-featured books available for purchase.
See Black History Landmarks on Auburn Avenue
(📷 James Duckworth, AtlantaPhotos.com)
As an epicenter of the civil rights movement, Atlanta is steeped in landmarks of historic significance. Take a self-guided tour down Auburn Avenue with our guide.
Explore Atlanta, Indoors and Outdoors
- Civil rights is woven into the fabric of the city. Read up on the artist and scholar Fahamu Pecou's top picks for civil rights landmarks in Atlanta, learn more about his art and academic work and engage with other Black artists in Atlanta virtually or on walking tours.
- Yes, some of Atlanta's major attractions are opening their doors again, but adapting their hours and safety practices to make sure all visitors stay safe. Here is our regularly updated list of who's open and what's different.
- Take a virtual bike tour and see what Atlanta is really like (without burning 8,000 calories). Whether you're planning a visit soon or want to explore the city in-depth, the fastest (and most social-distance-appropriate) way to see the city is the FlyCycle virtual bike tour.
- Grab takeout or (better yet) get low- or no-contact curbside delivery. Or, here's our growing list (updated regularly) of restaurants with dine-in service in Atlanta. Expect some changes as restaurants comply with new sanitation guidelines and safety requirements.
Black-owned Businesses in Atlanta You Should Know
Looking to show your support for Black-owned businesses in the Atlanta area? We've compiled a (huge) list of businesses owned by African American ATLiens.
Support Black-owned Restaurants in Atlanta
(📷 Melissa McAlpine)
Atlanta's small and minority-owned restaurants have already suffered tremendously as a result of COVID-19. Black-owned businesses and restaurants need a lift now more than ever due to the global pandemic and current national unrest. Here is a guide to Black-owned restaurants around the city to patronize.
Donate to Black-owned Organizations and Nonprofits supporting Black Community Efforts
These organizations fight for equality and civil rights in America today. Your support makes a tangible difference.