Let the countdown officially begin. The 40th Atlanta Pride Festival is just two weeks away and the Atlanta Pride Committee has released the full event lineup.
Events range from the kickoff party at the Aquarium Friday night to a kickball tournament, the Dyke March, the commitment ceremony and, of course, the parade on Sunday.
Here’s your Pride schedule:
Friday, October 8th
Atlanta Pride VIP Party
The Georgia Aquarium: Enter Ocean Ballrooms
-Atlanta Pride’s Annual VIP Party features complimentary food and drinks. This event is our premier event for our individual donors and sponsors. For details about on how to receive tickets for the party, please visit our website and click “donate now”. Location and further details will be sent to our ticket holders.
Official Atlanta Pride Kickoff Party
The Georgia Aquarium: Enter Main Entrance
-Start Pride weekend off right and explore the aquarium with special after-hours viewings, cash bars for 21+ and the beats of DJ sensations Martin Fry and Scott Anthony. Go green and party responsibly by carpooling (Parking $10 per car), or with a five-minute taxi ride from Midtown.
Tickets are $18 in advance, $25 at the door.
Official Atlanta Pride Kickoff After Party
Best of the 80’s: Pride Edition!
The Jungle Club: 2115 Faulkner Rd. NE
-Immediately following the Official Kickoff Party at the Georgia Aquarium, Jungle takes your Pride experience into the early morning hours with DJ Ed Bailey.
Saturday, October 9th
Pride Kickball Tournament
Presented by the Flaming Sugarbaker Sisters
Piedmont Park Ball Fields (Located near the 12th & 14th Street Gates)
Join Atlanta’s chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence as they take on some of the City’s best sporting teams in a Kickball Challenge! Spectators are encouraged to cheer loudly for their favorite team.
Piedmont Park Playground (Located next to the pool house)
Fun for the whole family! This all-ages event features children’s games and activities. Free water will be provided. Join other LGBTQ parents for a chance to network!
Presented with support from TransQueer Nation
Assembly at 1:00pm, Steps off at 1:30pm
Meadow Overlook (near Charles Allen Gate)
This march celebrates and promotes visibility of the Trans community. The march takes place on the festival grounds and all Trans people and Trans Allies are welcome to participate. We encourage individuals to make and bring signs supportive of Trans issues. Please stay positive in your message.
“Rejuvenation: Fun in the Garden”
The Dock (Located near the 12th Street Gate)
YouthPride in partnership with Kaiser Permanente invite you to take a break from the party and refresh yourself with some simply healthy living tips. Join us for yoga, step aerobics, and tai chi demonstrations by Kaiser professionals. Plus, don’t miss our healthy cooking demonstrations full of great food to keep you going. Participants are invited to wear their favorite garden party hats.
Atlanta Pride Literary Showcase
1:30pm – 3:30pm
Piedmont Park Pavilion (Bud Light Stage)
Join us for Atlanta Pride’s eighth annual literary showcase. The event highlights the works of local writers and poets. Authors will also be available to sign books during the showcase.
Assembly at 5:30pm, Steps off at 6:00pm
Charles Allen Gate
This march is dedicated to the empowerment of the women of Atlanta and beyond. The Dyke March, with its focus on women, unites to create an atmosphere of inclusion and community. The march is open to all women loving women (trans-inclusive) of any race, culture, orientation, ability, health, socioeconomic level, family structure, faith or age! This march is a time to demonstrate our commitment to nurture and build a new tomorrow, united for equality and justice. We call on all women of Atlanta and beyond to join us as we march. We call on all women of Atlanta and beyond to join us as we march.
The Dyke March begins at the Charles Allen Gate of Piedmont Park. It travels west on 10th Street to Peachtree Street, where it turns north. The March continues on Peachtree Street, then turns east onto 14th Street and heads back into the festival. The March ends at the 14th Street Gate of Piedmont Park.
Please be advised that the Atlanta Police Department is responsible for enforcing all applicable state laws and local ordinances during Pride events. Such statutes may include, but are not limited to: public decency, alcohol, controlled substances, public safety and standard vehicle insurance requirements
Piedmont Park Pavilion (Bud Light Stage)
This non-denominational ceremony gives couples the opportunity to pledge their commitment to each other publicly before friends and family. Couples who wish to register pay a small fee. Click here for details and registration
Official Atlanta Pride Women’s Party
Peach Mega Dance Party
Presented by Curve Magazine
9pm-3am, 18 & over
Center Stage/The Loft: 1374 West Peachtree St
Curve Magazine and Pandora Events host the hottest women’s party in the South! Join us for the signature Peach Party event! DJs, entertainers, and women from all over the world. $15 advance/$25 door/$60 VIP
Sunday, October 10th
The Annual Atlanta Pride Parade
Sponsored By Delta Airlines
Kicks off at 1:00 p.m.
The Annual Atlanta Pride Parade is the largest parade in the City of Atlanta. Join tens of thousands of spectators as we celebrate our pride on the streets of Midtown.
The Parade will step off from the MARTA Civic Center Station. The parade merges off of Ralph McGill onto Peachtree Street and travels north. It then turns east on to 10th Street and follows 10th Street to the Charles Allen Entrance of Piedmont Park, where the Parade officially ends.
Please be advised that the Atlanta Police Department is responsible for enforcing all applicable state laws and local ordinances during Pride events. Such statutes may include, but are not limited to public decency, alcohol, controlled substances, public safety, and standard vehicle insurance requirements.
YouthPride Entertainment Block
Bud Light Stage
The YouthPride Block features the talents of young LGBTQ people ages 13-24 in an array of musical, spoken word, dance, and drag performances. This event is made possible by a partnership with YouthPride, an Atlanta-based advocacy and support group for LGBTQ youth. To learn more about their programs or how to help, visit www.youthpride.org
The Starlight Cabaret
The best drag entertainment that the city has to offer. The Starlight Cabaret closes out Pride weekend each year and is always a crowd pleaser. This year marks the 15thanniversary of the Starlight Cabaret!
Official Atlanta Pride Closing Party
Produced by Chris Coleman
9:30pm-3:00am, 21 & over
Opera Night Club: 1150 Crescent Avenue Northeast
Chris Coleman closes out Pride Weekend with a spectacular party at Opera Night Club. Party features DJ/Producer Manny Lehman and DJ Luis Perez.
In the Park all weekend:
Pride Human Rights Exhibit
Piedmont Park – The bridge over the lake
This year’s Pride exhibit celebrates 40 years of Atlanta Pride and Atlanta’s LGBT community. The panels highlight important people and events over the last 40 years who have made our community what it is today. In addition to highlighting Atlanta’s LGBT history, we will also be highlighting some of Atlanta’s current LGBT heroes, members of the community whose work, seen and unseen, has helped us progress in our common goal of justice and equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people living in Atlanta.
The Community Health Expo
Piedmont Park – The Marketplace
Located in the BLUE market section, the Community Health Expo gathers community health and service organizations in one central location. Whether you need a hepatitis vaccine, information on preventing breast cancer, an HIV test or general information on staying healthy, these organizations can help.