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Everything You Can Do in Atlanta This Weekend

Relax with virtual yoga and drink beer for social justice.

Despite the resurging pandemic and the cancellations and closings that have been enforced as a result of it, Summer 2020 is still mesmerizing us with those summertime vibes. At the moment, nothing feels more compelling than simply going out and enjoying the weather, but it’s crucial for all of us to remain as safe and responsible as possible when leaving our homes. Grab your mask and be sure to keep adhering to social distancing measures -- because having to self-quarantine due to catching COVID-19 will definitely put a damper on your summer. Here is everything you can safely do in Atlanta this weekend.

Close out the Salute to Sandy Springs campaign

Friday, July 10
Sandy Springs
This year, the annual Salute to Sandy Springs festival had to adapt to the ongoing pandemic by transitioning into a week-long promotion across Sandy Springs area restaurants, and this Friday marks the final day of the campaign. With more than 30 restaurants and bars participating, there’s bound to be one on the list that you missed out on, so close out this year’s festival by eating great local food and voting for the best dishes in the area.
Cost: Prices vary

Experience some Laughter Yoga

Friday, July 10
Online
This year has forced us to approach life differently, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. However, the discomfort that comes with it can be a lot to endure, so finding joy and relaxation throughout everything going on is crucial. Celeste Greene, the director of Laughter Yoga Atlanta, is providing a virtual resource to bring a little bit of laughter and peace to your weekly routine. She hosts a Zoom-based Laughter Yoga event every Friday at 11:30am, so try something new this weekend and attend one of her sessions.
Cost: Free

Explore new ways to support Atlanta’s Black community

Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12
Online
Our curated guide of Black-owned businesses and social justice organizations has been seriously updated, so spend your weekend devouring a take-out mukbang from Black restaurants or learning how you can help out a local nonprofit organization. In order for long-lasting change to take place, we have to stay focused on the police brutality and systemic racism that the world has witnessed this summer.
Cost: Prices vary

Watch Atlanta United’s MLS return

Saturday, July 11
Online
If you’re an Atlanta sports lover, then the absence of live and televised sporting events has probably been a rough pandemic-related adjustment to get used to. Luckily, this weekend presents a moment for you to finally exhale as Atlanta United FC -- as well as Atlanta United 2 -- returns with their first MLS game in months. The team is participating in the MLS is Back tournament that’s being held in a bubble environment at Disney World Orlando, and the first game is against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday at 8pm. Tune in via ESPN.
Cost: $5 for ESPN+ subscription

Help change the world by drinking beer

Saturday, July 11
Underwood Hills
Second Self Beer -- as well as several other breweries like Eventide, Orpheus, and New Realm -- has joined the Black is Beautiful campaign, an international fundraiser for social justice. All you have to do to support the brewery’s mission is buy some beer. Starting this Saturday, Second Self’s Black is Beautiful beer -- a whopping 10% imperial stout -- will be available in cans and on draft in the tasting room, and its proceeds will go directly to the New Georgia Project.
Cost: Prices vary

Raise money for social justice education with Atlanta’s professional sports teams

Saturday, July 11 - Sunday, July 12
Online
Virtual 5ks have become one of the coolest post-pandemic events this year, and now several Atlanta sports teams are teaming up to host one for a great cause. The Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Track Club, and Atlanta United have joined ranks to present the One ATL Team 5k. All the money raised goes toward educating people about the history of racism in the United States, and you get a cool shirt that features the logos of all of the teams participating.
Cost: $30

Get tested for COVID-19 

Friday, July 10 - Sunday, July 12
Multiple locations
There has been an influx of new COVID-19 cases. In addition to wearing a mask, social distancing, and quarantining whenever possible, another way to help stop the wrath of this coronavirus is to know if you have it or not and can act accordingly. Georgia’s Department of Health has a long list of state-sanctioned locations where you can get tested for the virus, and NACCHO also has an easy to navigate platform that shows you the closest testing sites to your zip code.
Cost: Free

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