After the devastating but necessary cancellation of last year's pride events, Atlanta is ready to go all in for Pride Month in 2021. The actual Pride Festival has been postponed to October, but you can still celebrate officially in June.
Celebrate Pride ATL Style
Join a parade, sign up for LGBTQIA+ outings, patronize LGBTQIA+-owned businesses and restaurants all June long. Here's a handy Pride Month round-up to get you started.
Atlanta Pride Run
Whether you join the Atlanta Pride Run at Piedmont Park or run virtually, it will feel good to get a little exercise for a good cause. The entry fee for the 5K is $30 for an in-person ticket and $35 for virtual runners. Run for LGBTQIA+ awareness and help raise money for the race's community partners. For the last 30 years, runners have been gathering in the park to show their Pride and support for LGBTQIA+ Atlanta residents, and everyone is excited to have the event back post-pandemic. Prizes and swag will be given to the top three overall men, women, 40+, 50+, 60+, under 10, and transgender runners.
Out Night At The Georgia Aquarium
The Georgia Aquarium is expanding on its popular evening cocktail experience with Out Night, a 21 and over, socially distanced event. Enjoy an evening of extended aquarium hours with the LGBTQ+ community. Each ticket includes three cocktails, so no cash will have to be exchanged. The evening's ambient soundtrack will be provided by DJ Seth Breezy and DJ Ree De La Vega. The event takes place June 25th from 7-10 p.m., with additional dining options available in the Cafe Aquaria until 9 p.m. Tickets will not be available at the door. Enjoy an intimate look at the exhibits and feel like you've got the aquarium all to yourself. Face masks are required unless actively sipping a cocktail or enjoying food in the designated dining areas.
LGBTQIA+ Rebel n' Protest
Pride started as a protest at the Stonewall Uprising in New York City. Today, the LGBTQIA+ community is still fighting the noble fight even during pride. On June 25th, starting at 2 p.m., marchers will arrive at Liberty Plaza and continue marching towards Woodruff Park. The final destination is the State Capital building. Marchers want the politicians to know that they will continue to love unconditionally and refuse to conform to societal or conservative expectations. There will be a balloon release ceremony and raffle contest too. Stand up for the Atlanta LGBTQIA+ community as an ally.
Paint, Pole & Pride
Get creative and enjoy a positive body workout at Paint, Pole & Pride. Saturday, June 26th, from 5-8 p.m., learn a beginner pole routine (no experience necessary) and express yourself through paints. With the price of admission, you get your own pole to slay and be sexy on, a 12 x 14 canvas, paint supplies, and an open bar. There are BYOB options too. This event is very limited, with only 9 participants max. It's a spicy way to start the weekend, get together with friends, and feel good in your skin.
LGBTQIA+ Nightlife in Atlanta
Woofs prides itself on being a full-service gay sports bar offering friendly service and an environment where all facets of the LGBTQIA+ community are welcome. Woofs gives back to the community by supporting local non-profits, sporting groups, and GLBT causes. It's the best place in the city to watch your favorite teams score while chowing down on world-class pub grub. Start with loaded tater tots and jumbo wings. The chargrilled burgers come in beef, turkey, and Impossible and can be customized with cheese, grilled onions, bacon, and more. Any sandwich (except Woofs Monster Club) can be turned into a wrap upon request. The French dip and the turkey Reuben are not to be missed.
My Sister's Room
My Sister's Room (MSR) has been Atlanta's number one lesbian bar for over two decades and all are welcome. The fun vibes, great music, and safe space make it the perfect inclusive place to celebrate throughout Pride Month. In fact, MSR is a proud sponsor of Atlanta Pride. There are nightly events like drag shows, karaoke, comedy, burlesque, and a whole lot more. MSR serves plenty of local beer, and the menu has lots of vegetarian options too. The battered cauliflower is renowned throughout Atlanta as an excellent veggie substitute for chicken wings. Choose from various wing sauces like lemon pepper, Cajun, peach, honey bbq, and garlic parmesan. There are also options like tacos, hot dogs, and chicken tenders. The deep-fried corndog is devilishly good.