Atlanta Black Pride returns for Labor Day weekend

People walk by and visit the vendor booths during the Pure Heat Community Festival celebrating Atlanta Black Pride Weekend in Piedmont Park on Sunday, September 2, 2018. (Photo: STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC)

The celebration is about to make its epic return!

Atlanta Black Pride is one of the largest Black LGBTQ+ events in the United States. With the can’t-miss festival, celebrity hosts, performers, parties, comedy and brunches, the weekend expects more than 140,000 attendees annually.

The music festival is one of the biggest attractions during Atlanta Black Pride. This year’s festival, entitled “Pure Heat Community Festival,” is free and will take place at Piedmont Park on Sunday, Sept. 4 and will include amazing music and live performances. If previous performers are any indication of how incredible the festival will be, attendees should be excited about who will hit the stage. Previous performers include Cardi B, Lil’ Kim, Keyshia Cole, Tamar Braxton, Trina and many more. No details on who will be gracing the stage just yet but just know, it will be epic.

While the music festival is a highlight for many attendees, there will be so many parties and events taking place throughout the week and weekend. It’s even broken down to female and male events. Some of the female events include a block party and poetry slam. On the male side, there are events like a film festival and vendor marketplace – and those are just to name a few. There will also be an influencers dinner to celebrate accomplishments while highlighting individuals and organizations who seriously impact and contribute to the LGBTQIA+ community.

The festival isn’t just a good time, it also has a major impact on the city. Atlanta Black Pride Weekend & Pure Heat Community Festival had an approximate $3 million economic impact on Atlanta in 2018.

If you’re ready for a fun and fabulous time, get ready for Atlanta Black Pride Weekend – it takes place throughout Labor Day weekend, starting on Aug. 31 and wrapping up on Sept. 6. For more details about the events, and all things ATL Black Pride, visit

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