Celebrate Pride month in Atlanta: 10 events supporting LGBTQIA+ community

06/28/2021 — Lawrenceville, Georgia — Neena Owusu-Ansah, Director of Programs for Lost and Found Youth, participates in a photo booth during the inaugural Gwinnett County Pride Party in the plaza outside of the Gwinnett County Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville, Monday, June 28, 2021. (Alyssa Pointer / Alyssa.Pointer@ajc.com)

In June, the nation recognizes Pride month, and Atlanta participates in a big way. From 5K runs to athletic events to brunches and concerts, there are lots of ways to show support for the city’s LGBTQIA+ community. Here are our recommendations.

Heyday: Pride Kickoff Edition

Confetti, singalongs and the best 80s dance tunes: What better way is there to kick off Pride month? DJ Kimber will spin all your favorites from Cyndi Lauper to Lionel Richie, Bon Jovi, Prince and more! Feel free to dress in keeping with the theme of this 21+ event.

Location: The Basement; Website: basementatl.com; Date: June 1; Time: 9 a.m.; Admission: $10-$15

Atlanta Pride Run

Run or walk this 5K, which supports an atmosphere of safety, acceptance and respect. Sign up for the in-person event at Piedmont Park, or participate virtually, and receive a free, race-themed tank top. Proceeds go to local charities assisting those HIV has impacted.

Location: Piedmont Park; Website: frontrunnersatlanta.org; Date: June 2; Time: 8 a.m.; Admission: $45 (until May 30 at 11:59 p.m.)

Atlanta Dream Pride Night

Come on out to see Gateway Center Arena decked out for the night when Atlanta’s WNBA team celebrates Pride! Expect giveaways, Pride merch and special video board graphics as the Dream takes on the Connecticut Sun.

Location: Gateway Center Arena; Website: dream.wnba.com; Date: June 2; Time: 3 p.m.; Admission: $25-$190

Gwinnett Pride

Spend the day in Historic Norcross celebrating Pride with food, drink, vendors and entertainment. Since May 2019, the Visibility Club has brought this festival to Gwinnett County. This year’s performers include Nachlanta and Tucker Aye Alxndr.

Location: Thrasher Park; Website: gwinnettpride.org; Date: June 8; Times: noon to 7 p.m.; Admission: Free

Beyonce Drag Brunch

Show up for brunch and hear Queen Bey’s hits from her current, Cowboy Carter era! This performance will star Canzara SZN, Drew Friday, JayBella Banks and more. These brunches make the perfect backdrop for birthday and engagement parties; 18+ recommended for attendees.

Location: City Winery Atlanta; Website: citywinery.com/atlanta; Date: June 9; Time: 11 a.m. - doors, 12:30 p.m. - show starts; Admission: $25-$35

Gay Paris

Atlanta Freedom Bands presents an ode to the City of Light in anticipation of the approaching Olympic games. Music by French composers will fill the night alongside cabaret offerings from guest vocalist Rachelle Barr. Come on out and enjoy a program meant to connect the Olympic legacies of two cities!

Location: The Church at Ponce & Highland; Website: atlantafreedombands.com; Date: June 15; Time: 7 p.m.; Admission: $20 - general, $15 - seniors, $10 - students

Braves Pride Night

Purchase a Pride ticket package to see the Braves take on the Detroit Tigers, and you’ll open up a whole evening of activities. Alongside your game ticket, you’ll gain automatic entry to the pregame party at the Coca-Cola Roxy from 5:20 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. And you’ll get a Braves Pride shirt to commemorate the night!

Location: Truist Park; Website: mlb.com/braves; Date: June 18; Time: 5:20 p.m.; Admission: $42-$99

Drag Storytime with Siberia the Queen

Social-emotional growth, acceptance and diversity are the orders of the day when Siberia the Queen presents storybooks at Mister John’s Music in Avondale Estates. And one lucky attendee will be named diva of the week and get to work a magical runway and lip-synch!

Location: Mister John’s Music - Avondale Estates; Website: misterjohnsmusic.com Date: June 23; Time: 4 p.m.; Admission: $30 per child with one adult included

Southern Fried Queer Pride

The 10th annual iteration of this Pride festival will once again dish up the art and entertainment in Little Five Points. Dance parties, variety shows, workshops and more will take place over this week-long event, and you’ll get a chance to browse its biggest artist market yet.

Location: Little 5 Points; Website: southernfriedqueerpride.com; Date: June 24-30; Time: varies by festival event; Admission: varies by festival event

Atlanta Pride Bar Crawl

Love and unity are the orders of the day during this whirlwind crawl filled with rainbow flags, costumes and live entertainment! Check in at Brewdog, and use the digital crawl map to find stops where you can refresh yourself with Pride-themed cocktails. And continue your embrace of authenticity, acceptance and love with a free afterparty. A videographer and photographer will be on hand to catch special moments.

Location: Brewdog; Website: eventbrite.com; Date: June 29; Times: 2-11 p.m.; Admission: $9.99

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