Black Gay Pride Atlanta turns 22 with packed event schedule

As thousands flock to town over Labor Day Weekend, this year’s calendar sees the return of popular events, the launch of new ones, and as always, the attendance of some big-name celebrities.

In The Life Atlanta turns up the heat on activities this year at host hotel Atlanta Marriott Buckhead and a “LGBT Greeks” theme that also includes the new Picnic in the Park at Candler Park on Sunday. 

Not to be outdone, party planners at events under the online umbrella AtlantaBlackPrideWeekend are also popping. They throw the annual Pure Heat Festival in Piedmont Park on Sunday. That’s in addition to dozens of options to keep your planner popping Thursday through Monday. Their host hotel for seminars and workshops is the Georgian Terrace.

Here are the best bets from both, plus a more one-off parties and special events that your favorite bars are hosting.

Thursday, Aug. 30

VIP Welcome Reception

Georgian Terrace Hotel, 9 p.m.

atlantaprideweekend.com

 

StripHer & Pretty Girl Hideout

Suite Lounge, 10 p.m.

atlantaprideweekend.com

 

 

Friday, Aug. 31

Pride Marketplace

Marriott Buckhead, all day

inthelifeatl.org

 

History of Black Gay Atlanta

& Opening Ceremonies

Marriott Buckhead, all day

inthelifeatl.org

 

Naked Hustle Women’s Day Party

Magic City, 3 p.m.

atlantaprideweekend.com

 

Pre-Game Mixer for Men

Georgian Terrace, 5 p.m.

atlantaprideweekend.com

 

Queen Sheba Comedy Show

Georgian Terrace, 7 p.m.

atlantaprideweekend.com

 

100 Men Strong Dinner & Mixer

Georgian Terrace, 7 p.m.

atlantaprideweekend.com

 

Southern Comfort Party

Marriott Buckhead, 7 p.m.

inthelifeatl.org

 

MEGA Live Ladies Lounge

Truth Lounge, 10 p.m.

atlantaprideweekend.com

 

Grown Folks Women’s Party

25+ with Bombshell Boogie

241 Edgewood, 10 p.m.

atlantaprideweekend.com

 

SpeakFire Erotic Poetry

Marriott Buckhead, 10:30 p.m.

inthelifeatl.org

 

 

Saturday, Sept. 1

Pride Marketplace

Marriott Buckhead, all day

inthelifeatl.org

 

Pride Health Expo

Marriott Buckhead, all day

inthelifeatl.org

 

LGBT Greek Brunch & Expo

Denard Conference Center, 12 noon

inthelifeatl.org

 

WetHer Block Party

Opera Atlanta, 3 p.m.

atlantaprideweekend.com

 

Black Gay Pride Film Festival

Marriott Buckhead

inthelifeatl.org

 

Men’s Ultimate Day Party

Georgian Terrace, 5 p.m.

atlantaprideweekend.com

 

Literary Cafe

Marriott Buckhead, all day

inthelifeatl.org

 

All White Party

595 North Ave., 10 p.m.

inthelifeatl.org

 

TraxxGirls Big Bang

Westside Cultural Arts Center, 10 p.m.

atlantaprideweekend.com

 

Saturday Night Live Men’s Party

Georgian Terrace, 10 p.m.

atlantaprideweekend.com

 

 

Sunday, Sept. 2

LGBT Greeks in the Park

Candler Park, 12 noon

inthelifeatl.org

 

Pure Heat Community Festival

Piedmont Park, 12 noon.

atlantaprideweekend.com

 

Men Who Brunch

Georgian Terrace, 12 noon

atlantaprideweekend.com

 

Black Gay Pride Fashion Show

Marriott Buckhead

inthelifeatl.org

 

Soul Food Poetry Slam

Georgian Terrace, 12 noon

atlantaprideweekend.com

 

Culture Club Day Party

421 Edgewood, 5 p.m.

atlantaprideweekend.com

 

White Party

Marriott Buckhead

inthelifeatl.org

 

Celebrity Showtime

Tongue & Groove, 10 p.m.

atlantaprideweekend.com

 

 

Monday, Sept. 3

I Am, Aftermath

Candler Events Center

inthelifeatl.org

 

Barbecue Day Party for Men

Georgian Terrace, 4 p.m.

atlantaprideweekend.com

 

Some Like It Hot for Women

Alibi Rooftop, 5 p.m.

atlantaprideweekend.com

 

TraxxGirls Strip Club

Onyx, 10 p.m.

atlantaprideweekend.com

 

Pure: All White Party

Truth Lounge, 10 p.m.

atlantaprideweekend.com

 

 

MORE EVENTS

Labor Day Rock Events

rockstarsproduction.com

 

Wassup N ATL

abp2018.eventbrite.com

 

Atlanta Eagle

atlantaeagle.com

 

My Sister’s Room

mysistersroom.com

 

Bulldogs Bar

facebook.com/bulldogsbaratlanta

 

Midtown Moon

facebook.com/midtownmoon

A version of this feature originally ran in Q magazine. Read the full issue below.