Where to Eat, Drink, and Party During Atlanta Pride

Atlanta is a city that lives its LGBTQ Pride all year long, but when National Coming Out Day rolls around in October, the capital of the queer South pulls out all the stops and puts on the Southeast’s largest Pride celebration. With three official parades, countless parties, and an overabundance of incredible festival offerings, this year’s Atlanta Pride promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Here are some of the essential official and unofficial Pride events to check out around town this weekend, along with maps to the best LGBTQ bars, where to grab brunch, and other guides to dining in Atlanta. — Robbie Medwed

The 48th Atlanta Pride Festival

When: October 12-14, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
Where: Piedmont Park in Midtown

Pride Marches

Most people are familiar with Sunday’s massive parade down Peachtree Street, but the Trans and Dyke marches and rallies have been important events in their own right for years during Atlanta Pride.

Trans March and Rally
What: Celebrating and promoting the visibility of Atlanta’s Trans community
When: Saturday 1:15 p.m. (assemble); 1:45 p.m. (march)
Where: 10th Street from the Charles Allen Gate at Piedmont Park up to Peachtree

Dyke March and Rally
What: Creating an inclusive community with a focus on women loving women
When: Saturday 4:30 p.m. (assemble); 5 p.m. (march)
Where: 10th Street from the Charles Allen Gate at Piedmont Park up to Peachtree

Atlanta Pride Parade
What: Main festival parade
When: Sunday, 12 p.m.
Where: Peachtree Street from Civic Center MARTA to 10th Street at the Charles Allen Gate

Special Festival Events to Know

Sobriety Meet Up
What: A gathering space for those on all paths of recovery for mutual support
When: Saturday, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Overlooking the dock near the 12th Street gate at Piedmont Park

Youth Liberation Space
What: A space for queer and trans people aged 14-25 to hang out and relax
When: Saturday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Meadow at Piedmont Park

Sweet Tea: A Queer Variety Show
What: A special Pride edition of the long-running show
When: Sunday, 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Heineken Stage at Piedmont Park

Parties and Celebrations

Atlanta Pride extends far beyond the gates of Piedmont Park in Midtown. Here are some of the best bets for parties happening throughout the weekend.

Amen: The Pride Show (21+)
What: Drag as spiritual practice with the Amen Gurlz and the Kourtesans
When: Thursday, 10:30 p.m.
Where: Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room, Ping Pong Emporium, Edgewood Ave
How Much: Free
The upstairs room at Church is not ADA accessible.

Sugar Shack: A Queer Pride Dance Party from Southern Fried Queer Pride (18+)
What: A night of dancing, music, drag, and more. No shame, all pride.
When: Friday, 9 p.m.
Where: 529 Bar, East Atlanta Village
How Much: $7

Heaven Pride Party With DJ FreeCity
What: Pride party at Piedmont Park
When: Friday, 9 p.m.
Where: Park Tavern, Midtown
How Much: $25

Official Aquarium After Party (21+)
What: Official Pride post-kickoff party
When: Friday, 9 p.m.
Where: Heretic Atlanta, Cheshire Bridge Road
How Much: $25

Femme! Dance, Music, and Performance Art! presented by Wussy Magazine
What: A celebration of women in music and art
When: Friday, 10 p.m.
Where: The Deep End, Old Fourth Ward
How Much: $10

Drag Queen Brunch
What: Annual drag queen brunch with Sandy Springs, Amber Divine, and DJ Shailon
When: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours, Westside
How Much: $25, call 404-350-5500 for reservations

Electric Circus presented by My Sister’s Room (18+)
What: Official women’s event of Atlanta Pride
When: Saturday, 9 p.m.
Where: Opera Nightclub, Midtown
How Much: $25+

Alaska Thunderfuck Peep Show (18+)
What: Live pin-ups, burlesque, and drag
When: Saturday, 9 p.m.
Where: The Deep End, Old Fourth Ward
How Much: $5, more at the door

GEARED with DJ Neon the GlowGoBear (21+)
What: Leather and gear party
When: Saturday, 10 p.m.
Where: Atlanta Eagle, Midtown
How Much: Free

“Untitled” (21+)
What: A party for the unapologetically black & queer
When: Saturday, 10:30 p.m.
Where: Space 2, 485 Edgewood Avenue
How Much: RSVP for free before 11 p.m.

HRC (Human Rights Campaign) brunch at Empire State South
What: Official Pride festival brunch
When: Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Empire State South, Midtown
How Much: General admission $100

Pride on the Terrace
What: Pride parade brunch on the terrace with live DJ
When: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Livingston Restaurant at Georgian Terrace Hotel, Midtown
How Much: $75, reservations required: info@thegeorgianterrace.com or call 404-898-8300.

Papi’s Unlimited Pride Love Sunday Brunch
What: Unlimited food and drinks at the Latin classic restaurant
When: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Las Margaritas, Cheshire Bridge Road
How Much: $15-$25

Tossed Salad hosted by Brigitte Bidet (21+)
What: Sunday night official after party
When: Sunday, 10 p.m.
Where: My Sister’s Room, Midtown

Check out the list of maps below for suggestions on where to grab breakfast and coffee in the morning to the city’s essential LGBTQ bars to Atlanta’s best late night and 24-hour restaurants.

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