Atlanta Pride Survival Guide

Atlanta Pride is back! We've compiled a few tips to help you survive all the fun you're going to have.
  • Here are a slew of tips for a fun Pride Festival in Atlanta. (Atlanta Pride Committee, Inc. & Jeremy Melendez)
    Here are a slew of tips for a fun Pride Festival in Atlanta. (Atlanta Pride Committee, Inc. & Jeremy Melendez)
  • You'll need a code to get into Red Phone Booth, a speakeasy. (Red Phone Booth).
    You'll need a code to get into Red Phone Booth, a speakeasy. (Red Phone Booth).
  • The food hall at Krog Street Market is home to some great restaurants.
    The food hall at Krog Street Market is home to some great restaurants.
  • Piedmont Park is headquarters for the Atlanta Pride Festival.
    Piedmont Park is headquarters for the Atlanta Pride Festival.

Welcome to Atlanta, home of the largest Pride Festival in the Southeast. Here are a few tips to help you navigate around the festival and the city. Be safe and have fun.

  • Official Pride Schedule
    First things first: Here’s the complete list of Pride events, because we don't want you to miss a thing.

  • Weather Forecast
    The long-range forecast for Atlanta Pride brings warm, but not hot, daytime temps (in the 70s) and cool and comfy nighttime temps (in the 50s), when a light jacket might be in order. Right now, there’s no rain in the forecast, but it wouldn’t hurt to be prepared.

  • Rapid Transit
    Piedmont Park is headquarters for Atlanta Pride, but if you need or want to, say, go into Buckhead, walk to the Arts Center Marta Station, just behind the Woodruff Arts Center, and hop a northbound train to the Buckhead station on the red line or Lenox station on the gold line. You also can take Marta straight from the airport to a station nearest your hotel. 

  • Georgia Law
    Talking on your cell phone or even having it in your hands while driving is against the law in Georgia. Officers will not give you a warning ticket. You will be fined.

  • Nightlife
    You’ll undoubtedly want to unwind with friends while enjoying a cocktail or a cold one. Here’s a guide to Downtown nightlife and yet another to nightlife in Buckhead. If dive bars are your thing, then check this list. And, finally, Edgewood Avenue has become a hot spot for nightlife that you may wish to check out.

  • Brunching and Parade Watching
    For some bucks, you can watch the parade from the Georgian Terrace Hotel’s Livingston Restaurant + Bar. You get a great view plus a brunch buffet and cocktail.

  • If You Forgot Something
    Perhaps you forgot your toothbrush or you need some protein bars. Head a little north on Piedmont Avenue to Ansley Mall, where you’ll find CVS and Publix as well as Starbucks, Panera Bread and a whole lot more. There’s a Kroger just a few steps away, too. Please remember to hydrate throughout the festival. Perhaps pick up some water while you're at the drugstore or grocery store. 

  • Southern Eats – Barbecue and Fried Chicken
    If you have a hankering for some great ‘cue, take a look at our Barbecue Smackdown. Or if it’s fried chicken you crave, we’re here to help.

  • Food Halls
    Atlanta is home to several outstanding food halls. Read about all of them here, and learn about specific restaurants at Krog Street Market here.

  • Music, Music, Music
    If you're feeling jazzy then scan this list. If you love DJs you’ll want to read this.

  • Mimosas anyone?
    Here’s where to get bottomless mimosas in Atlanta.

  • Romance in the stars?
    Consider one of Atlanta’s top date-night restaurants.

  • Family Time
    If you’ve brought the kids, take a look at this list of where to stay in Atlanta with kids, kid-friendly things to do on weekends and playgrounds perfect for families.

  • Charger
    Remember to bring a portable charger because, Yikes!, your phone may run out of charge just when the perfect photo appears in front of you. 

For even more things to do in Atlanta, click onto our 50 fun things to do or scroll through our calendar of events.

Journalist Carol Carter writes and edits for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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