Below are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the Atlanta Pride Festival. Take a look and see if your question is answered below.
The Atlanta Pride Festival is always held the second full weekend in October. This usually coincides with the weekend prior to National Coming Out Day. In 2024 the dates are set for October 12-13, pending permit approvals.
While you're welcome to bring food and drinks, we encourage you to support our vendors: We discourage bringing beverages, coolers, or food onto the festival grounds to ensure the funds from on-site beverage sales go toward maintaining a free Atlanta Pride Festival for all. Purchases of food and drinks within the festival area help cover event operating costs. Kindly note that glass bottles are not permitted on the premises, and any outside alcohol is subject to confiscation.
According to the City of Atlanta's ordinance, pets are not permitted in Piedmont Park during Class-A festivals, such as Atlanta Pride. Those attempting to bring animals to the site may be issued tickets by the Atlanta Police Department. Service animals, however, are an exception to this rule.
In accordance with the City of Atlanta's ordinance, grills or BBQs are not permitted in Piedmont Park during Class-A festivals, including Atlanta Pride. Individuals attempting to bring these items on-site may face ticketing by the Atlanta Police Department.
Feel free to bring lawn chairs and umbrellas. Tents are permitted in designated areas, but please refrain from staking them. You can use sandbags or water weights to secure your tents. Please note that any personal belongings, including tents, left on the grounds overnight will be removed.
We respectfully request that you leave your weapons, including firearms, at home.
Pursuant to the City of Atlanta's ordinance, no smoking is allowed in Piedmont Park. Patrons attempting to smoke on-site are subject to ticketing by the Atlanta Police Department. Participants are not allowed to smoke in the Parade line up area or during the parade.
Information, including maps, is available throughout the park. Look for our staff and Festival Services volunteers throughout the park and near the gates.
Use of bicycles, vehicles, skateboards, scooters or skates/roller blades is prohibited on the festival grounds during the Atlanta Pride Festival. However, participants are encouraged to bike to the park. Free Bike Valet stations are located in the Meadow near the BeltLine.