Atlanta, Georgia. – The Atlanta Pride Committee (APC) is pleased to announce that the Official Kickoff Party will return to the Georgia Aquarium in 2018.  This long-running event that kicks of the Festival weekend, is scheduled for Friday, October 12, officially kicking off the Southeast’s largest Pride Festival, happening October 13-14.


Atlanta Pride Executive Director, Jamie Fergerson, noted, “The Atlanta Pride Committee and the Georgia Aquarium established a relationship 9 years ago, and as a result, we now have a wildly-popular event that marks the official start of the festival weekend.” 


Fergerson continued, “Hosting the Official Kickoff Party at the Georgia Aquarium is a perfect way to showcase one of Atlanta’s most beautiful and award-winning attractions to our out of town attendees and hometown guests alike.”


“Georgia Aquarium is ecstatic to once again be hosting the Official Atlanta Pride Kickoff Party on October 12, 2018. This is the ninth year we’ve been the premier venue for this award-winning event,” said Will Ramsey, Vice President of Sales for Georgia Aquarium.


He continued, “We look forward to welcoming the LGBTQ community, family members, and friends from around the world to begin the weekend of Atlanta Pride festivities. Georgia Aquarium is proud to celebrate and support diversity, and the Atlanta Pride Kickoff Party is just one way to show our support of the LGBTQ community.”


As always, the Aquarium team has lined up an impressive offering of entertainment for attendees, including Atlanta based DJs Mark Gordon and Kevin Durard.


Atlanta Pride recommends that you purchase tickets early as the event is anticipated to sell out again this year!

The Official Kick Off Party takes place from 7p to 11:30p.  Tickets are $30 for General Admission in advance and $40 at the door (if available) or $90 for Lounge tickets.


Tickets to the Official Kickoff Party are available beginning Tuesday, June 12, exactly 4 months before the event at: