Sizzling Summer Festivals and Events in Atlanta

Edited by Mikkel Hyldebrandt

As the summer sun begins to shine brightly over Atlanta, the city’s vibrant festival scene comes alive, offering a plethora of events that celebrate diversity, culture, and community. From LGBTQ+ pride celebrations to music and art festivals, Atlanta’s summer calendar is packed with exciting gatherings that cater to all tastes and interests. Here’s a guide to some of the most anticipated festivals and events, with a special focus on LGBTQ+ and LGBTQ-friendly happenings.

Atlanta Pride Run 5K

Date: June 2, 2024

Location: Piedmont Park

Kicking off the summer with a burst of energy, the annual Atlanta Pride Run is a 5K event that celebrates diversity, health, and inclusivity. Organized by Front Runners Atlanta, this run welcomes participants of all skill levels and is a fantastic way to show your pride while staying active. The event features a scenic route through Piedmont Park and culminates in a vibrant post-race celebration. Learn more at frontrunnersatlanta.org.

Kink Down South Weekend

Date: June 7-9, 2024

Location: Various Venues in Midtown, including Blake’s on the Park and Atlanta Eagle

For those looking to explore the more adventurous side of life, Kink Down South Weekend offers a series of workshops, parties, and social events that celebrate the kink and BDSM community. This inclusive event is open to all, providing a safe and welcoming environment to learn, share, and connect with others who share similar interests. Highlights include the grand fetish ball, educational seminars, and social mixers. Learn more at kinkdownsouth.com.

Juneteenth Atlanta Parade & Music Festival

Date: June 21-23

Location: Piedmont Park

With many deep ties to the Civil Rights movement, our city is a prime spot to learn about and celebrate Juneteenth on June 19 each year. The main event: the Juneteenth Atlanta Parade and Music Festival! Learn more at juneteenthatl.com.

Southern Fried Queer Pride Festival

Date: June 24-30, 2024

Location: Clutch Community Center & Little 5 Points

For their 10th year the Southern Fried Queer Pride Festival is doing it big – the largest artist market yet, doubling the events and programming, adding an outdoor stage, and so much more – while continuing to queer Atlanta and the South through the arts and community. Learn more at southernfriedqueerpride.com.

Joining Hearts Weekend

Date: July 26-27, 2024

Location: Piedmont Park Greystone Pool House and Various Venues

Hearts is an annual fundraiser supporting Atlanta’s LGBTQ+ community, particularly those affected by HIV/AIDS. The weekend features a series of events including dance parties and the centerpiece event – the Joining Hearts Main Event. Held at Piedmont Park, this celebration combines entertainment with a purpose, raising funds and awareness for a vital cause. Learn more and get tickets at joininghearts.org.

Global Black Pride 2024

Date: August 27 – September 2, 2024

Location: Piedmont Park and Various Venues

One of the most significant celebrations of Black LGBTQ+ pride in the country, Global Black Pride is a vibrant blend of culture, empowerment, and entertainment. The weekend features a range of activities, including health and wellness fairs, live performances, panel discussions, and the iconic Pure Heat Community Festival. This event is a powerful expression of unity and pride, drawing attendees from across the nation. Learn more at globalblackpride.org.

Other Notable Festivals and Events

Atlanta Summer Beer Fest

Date: June 22, 2024

Location: Historic Fourth Ward Park

Beer lovers unite for the Atlanta Summer Beer Fest, an annual celebration featuring over 200 beers, ciders, and wines. With live music, delicious food, and a fun, laid-back atmosphere, this festival is a great way to spend a summer day in the city. Learn more at atlantasummerbeerfestival.com.

Atlanta Ice Cream Festival

Date: July 27, 2024

Location: Piedmont Park at Charles Allen Dr.

Beat the summer heat at the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival, where you can indulge in a variety of ice cream flavors and other sweet treats. This family-friendly event also includes health and wellness activities, live entertainment, and contests. Learn more at atlantaicecreamfestival.com.

Piedmont Park Arts Festival

Date: August 17-18, 2024

Location: Piedmont Park

The Piedmont Park Arts Festival is a two-day event that celebrates the visual arts, featuring over 250 artists showcasing their works. From paintings and sculptures to photography and crafts, this festival offers a rich cultural experience in one of Atlanta’s most beloved parks. Learn more at piedmontparkartsfestival.com.

Atlanta’s summer festival scene is a testament to the city’s diverse and inclusive spirit. Whether you’re looking to celebrate LGBTQ+ pride, enjoy live music, savor delicious food, or appreciate the arts, there’s something for everyone. Mark your calendars and get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant festivities that make Atlanta a summer hotspot!

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