31. King of Pops hosts Yoga In The Park, a free weekly gathering of thousands at Historic Fourth Ward Park on Tuesdays. Breathe, stretch, shake, let it go with hundreds of new, “namaste”-ing friends. And eat a popsicle.
32. Should you spend a day competing in a giant paper-airplane toss? Pushing people around, or letting them push you, in a wheelbarrow race? Entering an obstacle course with giant Jenga and Connect Four setups? YES, you should: attend Atlanta Field Day.
33. Running fast is more fun and less painful when you make other people do it with you. Register your team of two or four for The ATL Relay 10k and 20k now, and have a grand time sprinting around Castleberry Hill.
34. Do you believe? Can you run? If you answered yes to one or more of those questions, sign up for the extraterrestrial-themed 5k Area 13.1. Dress like an alien, and run.
35. You don’t just run in the Jogger 5k -- you run through The Goat Farm Arts Center, Westside Cultural Arts Center and other spots where paintings, installations and more creative works will be displayed for your running-while-viewing pleasure. It ends at Monday Night Brewing, so self-improvement is not your only goal.
36. Why wouldn’t you attend Imagine Music Festival, a three-day electronic music festival at the Atlanta Motor Speedway? You can attend normally Aug 26-28, or get the VIP treatment which comes with clean, cool toilet access, Champagne toasts, expedited entry and pit access. Hell, you could camp(/ball) out in an RV and park in an area that overlooks the entire festival grounds, with private security. Imagine THAT.
37. Don’t let the fact that artsy people leave an assortment of doll heads sprawled around a nature preserve, named it Doll’s Head Trail, and left signs freak you out (okay, a little). It’s a beautiful hike, there are plenty of people around to reassure you that it’s not a murder trap, and the entire artistic message is about not littering. But still, maybe don’t do it alone.
38. It’s legal to spray-paint the partially city-owned, partially privately held Krog St. Tunnel, which connects Cabbagetown and Inman Park. They, whoever “they” are, quietly white-wash it every few weeks or so, allowing creative types to start over, and nobody goes to jail because it’s kinda supposed to be tagged. So be sure to take a picture; it’ll last longer.
39. Pick from 200 hard rock, punk, and glam tunes, backed by a live band, at Metalsome heavy metal karaoke every Tuesday. It literally rocks. Get there early for a free slot, and pay $20 (or whatever they say) if you want to go again, or perform a duet with a friend. How the hell can you respectably pull of “Wanted Dead or Alive” without a fake Jon Bon Jovi (you) and a fake Ritchie Sambora (whoever)?
40. Yes, the Weeds & Wine event sounds illegal, but it’s actually a great way to tell people you did something great for the environment this summer. Don’t mention that you were motivated by the free booze that neighboring restaurants and bars give volunteers who come every week and help remove invasive weeds near the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum so that the trees, native plants, and grass look more visually appealing. Say you did it because you love Atlanta.