Atlanta Events Calendar
Events in Atlanta
Atlanta gay pride is alive and kicking, as you can see from our annual events. Our Gay Atlanta events calendar spills over with social, philanthropic, political and sports events year-round. Some of the biggest and most popular Atlanta gay pride events in the country happen here - the entertaining and provocative selections in LGBT cinema showcased during the "Out on Film" festival, the Atlanta Pride Festival drawing thousands to its Piedmont Park marketplace and parade down Peachtree Street, and Mondo Homo where the LGBT indie crowd holds a multi-day festival featuring music, poetry and more. Check out our 10 largest and most popular LGBT events or search the Atlanta events calendar
for a complete lineup of both straight and gay Atlanta events and festivals!
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
No city celebrates Dr. King's birthday like the great civil rights leader's hometown, and Atlanta's black gay clubs enjoy their second-busiest weekend of the year during MLK weekend. The citywide march honoring Dr. King also always features an LGBT speaker.
Human Rights Campaign Dinner
Raising well over a quarter-million dollars a year for the Human Rights Campaign, the Atlanta HRC dinner is a standard-bearer throughout the nation. The annual black-tie affair features the leading activists and entertainers advancing LGBT rights, and honors local LGBT leaders and allies for their work to make Georgia more accepting.
An extra dose of "fun" is added to "fundraising" each summer during the Joining Hearts party, which donates 100 percent of proceeds to HIV/AIDS services. The annual pool party regularly features fireworks, free flowing drinks and plenty of shirtless boys, and has raised more than $1.3 million to fight AIDS over the last two decades.
Black Gay Pride
What began as informal house parties has grown into the largest Black Gay Pride celebration in the world. The masses of black LGBT individuals who gather in Atlanta each Labor Day weekend is incomparable, as are the mind-blowing parties and community-empowerment seminars. Atlanta's reputation as a black gay mecca is magnified during the first weekend of September, especially when thousands gather in Piedmont Park on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend.
Southern Comfort Conference
Founded in 1991 in Atlanta, the Southern Comfort Conference has grown to one of the largest and most diverse transgender gatherings in the country, drawing hundreds for seminars, health services, high-profile speakers and plenty of social events.
Out on Film
The most entertaining and provocative selections in LGBT cinema are showcased during the "Out on Film" festival each fall. Approaching its silver anniversary, Out on Film is one of the oldest LGBT film festivals in the country, and strives to bring multicultural films and other titles that otherwise would not receive big-screen distribution.
There is not a more powerful reminder of the progress of LGBT Atlantans than the annual LGBT Pride festival, which attracts an estimated 300,000 attendees each year. Having survived a move from the last weekend in June to the cooler month of October, Atlanta Pride continues to draw thousands to its Piedmont Park marketplace and parade down Peachtree Street.
AIDS Walk Atlanta
The spirit of community and purpose is always on display at AIDS Walk Atlanta, when thousands gather in Midtown to remember those lost in the epidemic and pledge solidarity against the disease. Now in its third decade, AIDS Walk Atlanta has raised millions of dollars for local non-profits combating HIV/AIDS.
One of the most poignant signs of LGBT Atlantans' commitment to their city and neighbors is the mound of toys on display each December at the annual Toy Party. In less than a decade, the event has grown into one of the largest social events of the year, and has collected thousands of presents for needy children during the holidays.