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Everything You Can Do in Atlanta This Memorial Day Weekend

Johnny’s Hideaway dance party and grill cuts from STK.

Believe it or not, it’s already Memorial Day weekend, and that means a longer break, grilled food, and yet another pandemic-affected holiday. With most of the frills of social gatherings absent, we have to find new and innovative ways to celebrate and observe this year. Luckily, there’s a lot of great things happening this weekend, and they’ve all been compiled into a quick, easy list for you -- just how you like it. Here’s everything you can do in Atlanta this Memorial Day weekend.

Party night after night with Johnny’s Hideaway DJ livestream

Saturday, May 23 - Sunday, May 24
Johnny’s Hideaway is hosting a virtual party two nights in a row in honor of the Memorial Day weekend. From 8pm to midnight, the Atlanta late-night standard’s livestream will be on Twitch, ready for anyone who’s looking to dance. With the tunes taken care of, the only thing you need for your at-home dance party is the booze. And remember, it’s a long weekend.
Cost: Free

Participate in a Netflix watch party

Friday, May 22
A movie that was initially scheduled to be released early April, Lovebirds -- starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani -- pivoted to a straight-to-Netflix release in light of the pandemic. It’s finally releasing to the public this weekend, and Atlanta’s Women Who Code network is hosting a digital watch party of the film at 7pm on Friday. It’s a free girls night activity that only requires a Netflix subscription.
Cost: Free

Experience a digital iteration of the Alpharetta Arts Streetfest

Friday, May 22 - Monday, May 25
COVID-19 has caused the complete cancellation of several of the city’s most beloved annual events, which makes the ingenuity of select festivals and large-scale events during this time even more impressive. Stretching from Thursday to Monday, the Annual Alpharetta Arts Streetfest returns for its 16th year as a completely digital event, and participants will be able to shop for incredible art and work from over 75 local artisans with a few clicks and keystrokes.
Cost: Prices vary

Have an at-home paint-n-sip

Friday, May 22 - Monday, May 25
It’s been months since you’ve been able to BYOB to a quaint artsy function, so we don’t blame you if you’re hurting a little on the inside. Combat that blues and have a tipsy paint party from the comfort of your own home. Several of the city’s paint-n-sip studios have at-home paint kits that you can do solo dolo, and -- even better for the more artistically challenged -- Painting with a Twist has kits that compliment virtual classes.
Cost: $35-$37

Fire up the grill with cuts from STK

Friday, May 22 - Monday, May 25
Even though social distancing is keeping Memorial Day functions to a minimum, it just wouldn’t quite be a summer holiday without a cookout. STK understands this, so it’s equipping Atlantans with high quality steakhouse cuts that they can throw on the grill themselves. The prices are definitely a bit steep, but the meat packages also include instructions courtesy of the chef, access to STK Radio, and dining credit that can be used for future visits.
Cost: Prices vary

Attend MomoConline

Friday, May 22 - Monday, May 25
Although this year’s MomoCon was unfortunately cancelled, the real ones know that geek culture can never die, so it’s not too big a surprise that MomoCon was able to transition into an online shindig this year. Cleverly coined as MomoConline, the yearly convention is offering a virtual experience chock-full with everything you’d expect -- panels, games, and cosplay.
Cost: Free

Go to a parking lot party at DBA Barbeque

Monday, May 25
In addition to offering a nice variety of Memorial Day family meal kits to-go, DBA Barbeque hopes to bring a little holiday tradition back into a coronavirus-minded Atlanta by hosting a socially distanced parking lot party. With markings to keep parties apart, you can still safely interact with your fellow Atlantans. Food, beer, wine, and alcohol will all be available.
Cost: Prices vary

Honor fallen soldiers with a digital tribute

Monday, May 25
With all of the festivities that typically come with Memorial Day weekend, many people tend to treat the holiday perfunctorily, but it’s important to understand the true meaning of Memorial Day Weekend. To help people honor our country’s military service members who have fallen in conflict, USAA is leading a digital effort that encompasses Snapchat filters, augmented reality, downloadable digital content, and poppy-centric DIYs.
Cost: Free

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Joshua Robinson is an Atlanta-based contributor who can’t believe that we’re already celebrating Memorial Day, and this weekend he’s also remembering all of the Atlantans who have fallen due to the COVID-19 pandemic.