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 2023 the dates are set for October 14-15, pending permit approvals.
Bringing beverages, coolers or food onto the festival grounds is discouraged. The money generated by our on-site beverage booths goes toward keeping the Atlanta Pride Festival FREE for all attendees. Food and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) sold within the festival grounds support the operating costs of the event. Glass bottles are prohibited on the festival grounds. Individuals may not bring in food or beverages for distribution. Outside alcohol in quantities deemed greater than that for personal consumption will be viewed as "intent to distribute" and confiscated.
Pursuant to the City of Atlanta's ordinance, no pets are allowed in Piedmont Park during Class-A festivals, including Atlanta Pride. Patrons attempting to bring animals on-site are subject to ticketing by the Atlanta Police Department. Service animals are exempt from this policy.
Pursuant to the City of Atlanta's ordinance, no grills or BBQs are allowed in Piedmont Park during Class-A festivals, including Atlanta Pride. Patrons attempting to bring grills or BBQs onsite are subject to ticketing by the Atlanta Police Department.
Lawn chairs and umbrellas are encouraged. Tents are allowed in specified areas of the park, but may not be staked. Sandbags or water weights may be used to secure tents. Any personal effects left on the grounds overnight (including tents) will be discarded.
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. The Atlanta Pride App may also be downloaded for free and contains the most up-to-date schedule and park information.
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.