It's June and that means Pride Month! And we know what you're thinking. "Wait, doesn't Atlanta celebrate Pride in October?" And the answer is yes, but the proud and friendly citizens of Atlanta find opportunities to celebrate diversity no matter the time of year. Here are just some of the exciting and educational events we found happening throughout June.
Plus! It's the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and many events below will be honoring the LGBTQ historical milestone.
Saturday, June 1
- Out in the Park @ Six Flags Over Georgia
Six Flags Over Georgia and Atlanta Pride welcome all to enjoy a day of fun with an exclusive all-you-can-eat meal at JB's Sports Bar and Grill plus unlimited beer and wine.
- All Stripes' Kick Off to Pride Party @ The Gulch
Atlanta United's LGBTQ fan club will host a tailgate party before the match against Chicago Fire with catering from Las Margaritas and a raffle to win some swag.
- OutWorlders Game Night @ Fulton County Library
Gaymers unite at the Fulton County Library for a night of games, fun and friends.
(📷 Kevin Rose, AtlantaPhotos.com)
Sunday, June 2
- LGBTQ History Tour @ National Center for Civil & Human Rights
Narrated by local LGBTQ historian Dave Hayward and others, this two-hour tour offers a glimpse into the past with an afternoon of fun. Shuttles launch at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.
Wednesday, June 5
Thursday, June 6
- A Grassroots Fundraiser with Mayor Pete @ TBA Location
America's first openly gay major party presidential candidate will be stopping in Atlanta to discuss restoring trust in government, generational justice, and entrepreneurship in communities of color.
Friday, June 7
- AGLCC LGBT Summit + Expo @ Marriott Hotel-Century Center
This day-long conference includes a networking expo, general sessions, reception, keynote presentation, and more! With interactive panel discussions with local and national business leaders, and an overview of the state of today's LGBT economy.
Saturday, June 8
- Drag Queen Bingo @ Holy Taco
Play a fun game of bingo with Atlanta's best Drag Bingo Caller and Trivia host DJ DeWayne Morgan as The East Atlanta Queens of the Strut entertain players between games with prizes. EACA is sponsoring the first round of chips and salsa.
- Ariana Grande: Sweetener World Tour @ State Farm Arena
See ally and LGBTQ activist Ariana Grande during her world tour stop in Atlanta.
Thursday, June 13
- Drag Bingo with Tiffany Diamond and Fierce Ice @ Whole Foods Market - Midtown
Play bingo at the city's newest Whole Foods on Market in the Capital Commons coffee bar with Atlanta's premier drag queens, Tiffany Diamond & Fierce Ice. After bingo, stay to watch an episode of RuPaul's Drag Race.
Friday, June 14
- Atlanta Braves Pride Night @ SunTrust Park
Fans who arrive early at the pregame party will receive a Braves Pride shirt, plus a performance by DJ Kimber, from Nonsense at the Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre.
Saturday, June 15
- Atlanta Pride Run and Walk @ Piemont Park
Open to families and pets, the 28th annual 5K at Piedmont Park is hosted by Joining Hearts and Front Runners Atlanta.
- Atlanta Roller Girls Pride Bouts @ Yaarab Shrine Center
Atlanta Roller Girls are rolling out the rainbow carpet to celebrate LGBTQ skaters, the community, and their favorite game. Watch a double match after checking out Atlanta LGBTQ-based companies and nonprofits in the courtyard.
- Evening for Equality @ Loews Atlanta Hotel
Hosted by Georgia Equality, this annual formal soiree honors individuals for making a positive impact in the community.
- Rainbow Pub Crawl @ My Sister's Room
Hop around 10 bars celebrating the 50th anniversary of Stonewall with exclusive drink specials and waived cover charges.
(📷 D.J. Pulce, Atlanta Pride Run & Walk)
Monday, June 17
- Queers on Film: Paris is Burning @ the Plaza Theatre
See the newly RESTORED version of the 1990 documentary "Paris is Burning." Featuring Q&As with some of Atlanta's most iconic house members. Andre Mizrahi (House of Mizrahi), Tony Revlon (House of Revlon) and Kierra Focks (House of Escada).
Friday, June 21
- Stonewall 50 Exhibit @ Atlanta City Hall (through June 28)
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, the City of Atlanta Government and Creative Approach invite everyone to Atlanta City Hall for a very special Stonewall 50 exhibit honoring 50 key figures in the fight for LGBTQ equality.
Saturday, June 22
- People-Powered Pride Workshop @ Gallery 992
An afternoon of learning and strategy to address issues that impact the LGBTQ community. Attendees will practice skills to advocate for issues, meet organizations that are doing the work, and learn the ins and outs of changing policy in Atlanta.
- Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus: I See You- 50 Years After Stonewall @ St. Lukes Episcopal Church
The choral concert weaves a story through LGBTQIA history, recounting the struggle of early activists who sacrificed to protest police brutality and unjust treatment of a marginalized community.
(📷 courtesy of Dan Lax)
Sunday, June 23
- 50th Anniversary of Stonewall Presented by Lexus @ The Marquee Club
Revel in sounds by special guests DJs Anonima & Alexander atop The Fox Theatre's iconic rooftop overlooking the Midtown skyline while enjoying light bites, curated cocktails, free swag provided by Lexus and more.
Wednesday, June 26
- Southern Fried Queer Pride @ The Bakery Atlanta
This Atlanta-based queer and trans alternative Pride festival and collective celebrate Pride Month with five days of legendary dance parties, catalyzing community discussions, provocative art galleries, A BALL and so much more.
Saturday, June 29
- Drag Queen Story Hour w/ Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms @ Atlanta City Hall
This kid-friendly (and the young at heart) event features children's literary readings from Mayor Bottoms and Miss Terra Cotta Sugar Baker, plus complimentary face painting, fun activities, playtime with popular Atlanta mascots, snacks and more.
- Stonewall 50: The Legacy of a Movement @ My Sister's Room
Local Atlanta bar My Sister's Room honors the historic milestone with a day of poster making, a panel and a Big Rainbow Cabaret Extravaganza.
- Coro Vocati Presents Considering Matthew Shepard @ Byers Theatre at City Springs
This powerful and emotionally gripping musical about the life and legacy of hate-crime victim Matthew Shepard features moving vocal performances, rich orchestrations and compelling visuals on the 20th anniversary of Shepard's tragic death.
- Atlanta United Unity Match @ Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta United soccer team celebrates their LGBTQ community with a special match verses Montreal Impact. Attend the pre-party and receive a 200-level matchday ticket, an ATL UTD Unity themed fanny pack, access to the Coca-Cola pre-party at The Home Depot Backyard, three beverages, and a meal.
Sunday, June 30
- Stonewall March @ North Avenue MARTA Station
Ending Pride Month, show your support for the LGBTQ community with the Atlanta Pride Committee's first Stonewall March. Everyone will step off at the North Avenue MARTA Station and end at Piedmont Park for a rally featuring speakers from the community at large.
- Drag Queen Story Hour @ Posman Books at Ponce City Market
Have a story read to you by a fabulous drag queen at Posman Books located in Ponce City Market. Children of all ages are welcome to come and enjoy! A new drag queen is featured each month.
Explore more LGBT events and Things to Do here and don't forget to mark your calendar for Atlanta's Pride Festival and Parade in October.
TJ Jackson is a digital marketing specialist for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.
This blog post was originally published in 2018.