Pride brings Big Freedia, Ava Max, Zara Larsson and Bright Light Bright Light

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Former hints of Pride activities last week became clearer on Tuesday in an Atlanta Pride Committee newsletter, then crystalized Wednesday with the announcement of eight musical headliners.

Tuesday’s email laid out exactly when promised virtual events would take place over Pride Weekend, Oct. 10-11. The entertainment announcement listed recording artists as part of the Oct. 11 schedule.

The grand finale night of Pride Weekend now includes Big Freedia, 24kGoldn, Bright Light Bright Light, Kristine W, Lewis Capaldi, Zara Larsson, Ava Max and DJ Babey Drew.The Sunday slate puts those entertainers before the local drag-stravaganza Starlight Cabaret. Todrick Hall will provide a pre-recorded message for the entertainment block as well.

Saturday night holds the Rising Star Cabaret and other acts. Register in advance to stream Saturday and Sunday entertainment blocks.

Most activities take place on Atlanta Pride’s Facebook Live and Instagram Live feeds. The full schedule below includes links for some of the events that take place on other platforms.


Filling up

Bright Light Bright Light, Zara Larsson and Ava Max (l-r)

Bright Light Bright Light is the performing moniker of gay British pop singer Rod Thomas. He first made waves in Atlanta in 2017 and dropped a new album last month.

Larsson and Max return to the lineup alongside Atlanta Pride veterans Freedia and Kristine W. Artists Capaldi, 24kGoldn and Drew are new to most Pride audiences.

Special events include a virtual town hall on the impacts of COVID-19 on queer Atlanta, a virtual 5k, a Charis Books author talk with Pamela Sneed, and Wussy Mag’s “High Visibility” queer photography exhibit.

Rather than a parade in the age of cornavirus, CBS46 broadcasts its original one-hour Pride special on Oct. 11, at 1 p.m. Instead of traditional vendor booths in the park, Pride promises an interactive virtual marketplace over the 48 hours of Pride Weekend.

Pride Week programming also includes wellness classes, discussions on diversity, faith and suicide prevention, as well as programming for families and older LGBTQ people.

Official Atlanta Pride schedule

Now through Oct. 15

Rainbow Run Virtual Pride Run


Sunday, Oct. 4

Gender, Diversity & Disability Discussion, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.


Tuesday, Oct. 6

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Lunch & Learn, 12 noon – 1 p.m.


Get to Know Queer & Trans History with ATL Queer = Asian, Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta and Rakhsa, Inc., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Pamela Sneed “Funeral Divas” with Charis Books & More, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Thursday, Oct. 8

Combatting COVID in the LGBTQ Community, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Pride Nondenominational Service, 6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Young Adults Talk, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Friday, Oct. 9

“High Visibility” Photography Exhibition Opening Night, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Sweet Tea Queer Variety Show, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.


Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11

Delta Virtual Marketplace, all day

Interactive vendor booths and resource fair

Wellness Room

Family Zone

Gray Pride Presented by AARP

Scavenger Hunt with prizes


Saturday, Oct. 10

Atlanta Pride Yoga with Kashi Atlanta, 10 a.m. – 12 noon


Trans Health with AbsoluteCare, 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m.


Voguing with Jeterbydameter, 4:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Queer Code Podcast, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.


Shooting Stars Cabaret, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.


Sunday, Oct. 11

Southern Flex Pride Workout Hour, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.


Drag Queen Story Hour with Terra Cotta Sugarbaker, 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.


CBS46 Atlanta Pride Television Special, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.


Queer Chorus Performances with AGMC, OurSong & Atlanta Women’s Chorus, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Starlight Cabaret & Entertainment Block, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Stream Pride activities and find more information on the Atlanta Pride website.


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