UPDATE: To watch Garth Brooks live-stream an acoustic concert, go to his Facebook page. The free virtual event happens on Monday, March 23rd at 7 p.m.
This is a calendar of virtual events, which are starting to spring up as a community response to current conditions.
We’re posting live-streamed concerts, museum tours, history talks, opera performances, and even music lessons as virtual events. You’ll even find some St Patrick’s Day events on Tuesday. AND, popular children’s book authors are generously hosting story hours, where they read their books on a live stream.
There’s one major difference between participating in a virtual event and just streaming Netflix from your coach — and that’s interaction. With most virtual events, you can write comments, send emoticons or stickers, or even ask questions and get a response.
If you know of a live-streamed event that should be on our calendar, or have ideas for other types of content that would help you in these days of social distancing, please let us know. You can email email@example.com.
We don’t just have to highlight Atlanta events, because a virtual event can reach anyone around the globe. BUT, it would be great to support some of our local musicians, who’ve basically been stripped of their livelihood overnight as venues are closed and events are canceled.
You may also be interested in:
- 12+ FREE streaming services for movies, TV shows, sports, and audiobooks
- Children’s book authors host virtual story times
- FREE Xfinity wi-fi hotspot access for everyone
A word about suggested donations — if you can support an artist with a small tip, or by buying a t-shirt or CD, please do. But if your own income is depleted because of our current circumstances, you should feel free to enjoy a virtual performance anyway. No one is judging you.
You can live-stream an event on a computer, laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. If you have a smart TV or a Fire Stick, you can watch on the big screen through various apps or a built-in browser. There’s more info about available apps in these articles by LifeWire and by Wired.com.
The most common platforms for a virtual event are YouTube, Facebook LiveStream, and websites maintained by venues or performers. You may also find events that take place via virtual meeting platforms, like Zoom or GoToMeeting.
Please be patient with the hosts of these events if the technology is a little wonky. Everyone is adjusting to something different right now.
We’re adjusting our content as well. In the next few days, you can watch for lists of online resources, like interactive websites for kids now that schools are closed.
We’ll also add some info about parks, trails, etc. where you can be out in nature while keeping your distance from other people.
Day-by-day calendar of virtual events
Since these events are being held in all different time zones, we had to do some quick calculations in our head, to get the Eastern time. Please, when you click through to the event website, check our time zone math!
These events also appear on our regular events calendar, which we’ve all but given up on — because we can either spend our time adding cancellation notices, or we can work on content that may be useful to you during this challenging time.