Everything You Can Do in Atlanta This Weekend

Drink some wine in the afternoon and tune in to the Atlanta Film Festival.

Unless you’re a Falcons fan, September has been one of the most wholesome months of 2020. This month wasn’t too hard on our souls, so it’s ironic -- and almost laughable -- that it zoomed past us. It’s already the final weekend of September, so let’s bid farewell to a month that was actually kind of cool. Here’s a chunkier list than usual for you, with all the great events and activities that you can do in Atlanta this weekend to cap off September.

Get a dose of ROO-ality

Thursday, September 24 - Saturday, September 26
Bonnaroo may happen one state away, but it’s one of the most notable music and arts festivals in the South. You may not have been able to attend over the past years, but thanks to the pandemic, you can now get a taste of the legendary music gathering from the comfort of your home. Hosting entirely through YouTube, Bonnaroo’s virtual ROO-ALITY experience will feature original programming, archival sets from historic artists like James Brown, and new performances from Big Gigantic, Denzel Curry, Big Freedia, and more.
Cost: Free

Experience the 44th Atlanta Film Festival

Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27
Locations vary
The fight against COVID-19 continues -- make no mistake about that. However, Atlanta is no longer letting the pandemic block the experiences that the city looks forward to every year, and the return of the Atlanta Film Festival this weekend proves that. For the 44th edition, screenings will be held virtually and through drive-ins, making the festival both a safe and memorable experience. Scan over the festival’s schedule, and figure out which films you’ll be checking out this weekend.
Cost: Prices vary

Escape Atlanta without going too far

Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27
Locations vary
While our passports still won’t be able to get us into many countries abroad just yet, many of you probably long for an exotic or foreign vacation, but luckily Atlanta has little pieces of the world sprinkled throughout the city and the metropolitan area at large. Check out our guide to escaping Atlanta, and plan your weekend trip accordingly.
Cost: Prices vary

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

Friday, September 18 - Sunday, September 20
Locations vary
National Hispanic Heritage Month is officially underway, so don’t hesitate to participate in the month-long celebration of the contributions, achievements, and influence that the Latin-American community has had on Atlanta and the country as a whole. From hitting up Plaza Fiesta to chowing down at one of the best Latinx-owned restaurants in the city, our guide to supporting Atlanta’s Latinx community is an excellent intro to nonprofits, restaurants, retail, and other businesses that you should familiarize yourself with.
Cost: Price varies

Tailgate for the return of the SEC

Saturday, September 26
Inman Park
The insanity of the SEC returns this Saturday when the conference’s shortened, conference-only schedule begins. Whether you’re an Alabama fanatic, a Florida Gator’s fan with a fighting spirit, or a devotee to the defending champs at LSU, it’s safe to say that you’ve probably been looking forward to this weekend for a long time. If you’re looking for a safe, outdoor way to experience the games, look no further than Hampton + Hudson, who will be showing every game on indoor and outdoor TVs and also offering $3 beers for attendees.
Cost: $3+

Pull up to the Parking Lot Concert

Saturday, September 26
College Park
The Parking Lot Concert is still going strong, with a recently sold-out A-Town Bash two weeks ago to attest to that. This go-round, the drive-in-style concert is taking things back to the early 2000s and swapping the throwback rap vibes for throwback R&B vibes, featuring Lloyd, Pleasure P, and Bobby Valentino. The PLC’s last event sold out quickly, so hurry and buy yours if you’re interested in singing alongside R&B legends from the comfort of your car. 
Cost: 60+

Have a lunchtime wine-tasting

Saturday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27
West Midtown
This weekend, wine-o-clock starts at noon at Le Colonial. Day-wine the right way with a prix-fixe three-course meal, complemented by wines from the Rombauer Vineyards. From noon to 3pm, attendees will be graced with a lunch curated by Executive Chef Richard and Rombauer wines selected by Beverage Director Etienne Penny. If you’re looking for an excuse to get dressed up (and possibly be a little boujee), this is it.
Cost: $125

Unwind with Jay-Z-themed yoga

Sunday, September 27
If you’re a Hip-Hop purist and a yoga enthusiast, then prepare for some Y to the Izz-O, G to the Izz-A. Atlanta Social Yoga is hosting open-air patio yoga this weekend with a sprinkle of rap, soundtracked by the greatest rapper of all time (at-least in the writer’s eyes) -- Jay-Z. As a plus, enjoy a complimentary beer afterwards from the Sweetwater Taproom.
Cost: $20

Register to vote

Saturday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27
It may not be an activity to plan a whole evening out of, but registering to vote is still an important thing for you to do this weekend! The deadline to register in order to participate in the upcoming election in November is Monday, October 5. It can be done entirely online, so take a few minutes to guarantee your status as an eligible voter.
Cost: Free

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Joshua Robinson is an Atlanta-based contributor. Follow him on Instagram at @roshjobin.