Black Gay Pride Atlanta turns 22 with packed event schedule

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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.


StripHer & Pretty Girl Hideout

Suite Lounge, 10 p.m.



Friday, Aug. 31

Pride Marketplace

Marriott Buckhead, all day


History of Black Gay Atlanta

& Opening Ceremonies

Marriott Buckhead, all day


Naked Hustle Women’s Day Party

Magic City, 3 p.m.


Pre-Game Mixer for Men

Georgian Terrace, 5 p.m.


Queen Sheba Comedy Show

Georgian Terrace, 7 p.m.


100 Men Strong Dinner & Mixer

Georgian Terrace, 7 p.m.


Southern Comfort Party

Marriott Buckhead, 7 p.m.


MEGA Live Ladies Lounge

Truth Lounge, 10 p.m.


Grown Folks Women’s Party

25+ with Bombshell Boogie

241 Edgewood, 10 p.m.


SpeakFire Erotic Poetry

Marriott Buckhead, 10:30 p.m.



Saturday, Sept. 1

Pride Marketplace

Marriott Buckhead, all day


Pride Health Expo

Marriott Buckhead, all day


LGBT Greek Brunch & Expo

Denard Conference Center, 12 noon


WetHer Block Party

Opera Atlanta, 3 p.m.


Black Gay Pride Film Festival

Marriott Buckhead


Men’s Ultimate Day Party

Georgian Terrace, 5 p.m.


Literary Cafe

Marriott Buckhead, all day


All White Party

595 North Ave., 10 p.m.


TraxxGirls Big Bang

Westside Cultural Arts Center, 10 p.m.


Saturday Night Live Men’s Party

Georgian Terrace, 10 p.m.



Sunday, Sept. 2

LGBT Greeks in the Park

Candler Park, 12 noon


Pure Heat Community Festival

Piedmont Park, 12 noon.


Men Who Brunch

Georgian Terrace, 12 noon


Black Gay Pride Fashion Show

Marriott Buckhead


Soul Food Poetry Slam

Georgian Terrace, 12 noon


Culture Club Day Party

421 Edgewood, 5 p.m.


White Party

Marriott Buckhead


Celebrity Showtime

Tongue & Groove, 10 p.m.



Monday, Sept. 3

I Am, Aftermath

Candler Events Center


Barbecue Day Party for Men

Georgian Terrace, 4 p.m.


Some Like It Hot for Women

Alibi Rooftop, 5 p.m.


TraxxGirls Strip Club

Onyx, 10 p.m.


Pure: All White Party

Truth Lounge, 10 p.m.




Labor Day Rock Events


Wassup N ATL


Atlanta Eagle


My Sister’s Room


Bulldogs Bar


Midtown Moon

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



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