Whew! We need a big, deep breath before we give you the major rundown of the Atlanta Circuit Weekend for 2019 Pride! It’s been a pretty intense year already with Winter Party, Purple Party, World Pride, and Market Days…and now this! Some of the most notable international DJ’s are descending on Atlanta as we speak to help you celebrate one of the country’s biggest pride celebrations! Thanks to several friends who know all about planning and organization, we’ve listed every party you can think of, so you get options! 

As your editor and fellow circuit pal, I’ve implemented our hot peach rating to give you, the reader, a chance to see what I believe the must-go-to parties are! Now, that doesn’t take away from any of the hard work these promoters have put in to make this a spectacular pride weekend for you! And one last word (or sentence): Pace yourself! It’s not a race, it’s a marathon! In the words of my dear friend and circuit dad, the only way to get from start to finish is to go through it! Enjoy boys and girls!

 

THURSDAY 

 

Big Ol’ Slice of 100% Genuine Atlanta Gay Pride (Five Hot Peaches)

Weekend Kickoff w/ Isaac Escalante 

District Atlanta

9pm ‒ 3am

$20

 

To kick off Atlanta’s busiest circuit weekend yet, Keith Allen Young hit District to welcome early arrivals to what will be an insanely busy weekend! The DJ is fire, the venue is known for amazing production (aka lighting), and it’s a perfect way to meet and greet before the weekend gets started. 

We give this four hot peaches! 

 

TEN Pride Block Party

Glitter Ball w/ DJ Kitty Glitter 

TEN Atlanta

10pm ‒ 3am

$20

 

“Each year Atlanta Pride brings great DJs and talent. I feel blessed to be asked to come back and be a part of the celebrations. Happy Pride Atlanta….Get ready to shine!” – DJ Kitty Glitter

There’s nothing like a little down under fun to kick off pride weekend, and by down under, we mean DJ Kitty Glitter straight from Australia! Just for that, we give major props to TEN Atlanta for landing a solid pre-pride night DJ! Plus, dancing the night away in the heart of midtown makes the occasion so much more memorable!

We give this four hot peaches!

 

 

 

FRIDAY

 

10th Anniversary Atlanta PRIDE Official Kickoff Party

W/ DJ Drew G, DJ Mike Pope, and DJ Ree De La Vega 

Georgia Aquarium 

7pm ‒ Midnight

$40

 

DJ Drew G

“I’m super excited about the aquarium party because it’s a signature party and I’ve put together many surprises musically for it. To say I’m looking forward to that is an understatement.” – DJ Drew G

There’s no way anyone should miss this incredible official kick-off to Atlanta Pride! Come swim with the fishies while serenaded by the sounds of San Diego talent, Drew G and other local DJ’s. REMINDER: This is a casual cocktail party, not a circuit party! Show up in a harness and jock at your own risk! 

We give this five hot peaches! Scorching!

 

 

 

Midnight Train ATL’s Pride Atlanta Opening Party

“XL” Sweat! w/ DJ Rick Braile

Believe Music Hall

9pm ‒ 4am

$35

 

DJ Rick Braile

“I can see the reputation of Pride growing which demonstrates that Atlanta is a very dynamic city for the LGBTQ community, attracting every year more people and the amazing DJs. I’ve got amazing memories of the first time I played in Atlanta, and I can’t wait to feel that energy again.” – DJ Rick Braile

In their second year bringing Atlanta circuit parties, Midnight Train Productions is back with an incredible venue, Believe Music Hall! I’ll tell you, the sound in this place is unimaginable, and a massive LED light screen behind the DJ booth will elevate your experience even more! Oh, and if you loved the Joining Hearts Pool Party DJ’s, they’re back for this Friday night opening party!

We give this four hot peaches!

 

Big Ol Slice of 100% Genuine Atlanta Gay Pride

PROUD w/ DJ Joe Gauthreaux and performance by Shangela

Georgia Freight Depot

10pm ‒ 3am

$30

 

Just in time for the weekend, one of Atlanta’s newest resident DJ’s Joe Gauthreaux will put you in the pride mood, plus a performance by RuPaul’s Drag Race star, Shangela! Wowzers! Add to that a new location for this Friday night party and you’ve got yourself a winner!

We give this five hot peaches! 

 

Official Aquarium After Party 

W/ DJ GSP

Heretic Atlanta

10pm ‒ 3am

$20 

 

DJ GSP

“The Atlanta crowd is one of my favorites and I’m really looking forward to experiencing the Pride. I am really looking forward to making them dance and smile on the dancefloor.” – DJ GSP

While many locals frequent the Heretic on any given weekend throughout the year, this weekend is expected to be top-notch with DJ GSP all the way from Greece. He’ll take you to the cliffs of Mykonos for a night you won’t forget!

We give this four hot peaches! 

 

TEN Pride Block Party

SHAMELESS hosted by Kyra Mora, w/ DJ Jay McCracken and Sean Michael

TEN Atlanta 

10pm ‒ 3am

DJ Jay McCracken

$20

 

“I do enjoy seeing the evolution of the city and how things are changing. The south tends to typically keep what works with DJs, so expect a quality high energy mix with some unreleased remixes to boot!” – DJ Jay McCracken

As you may have already imagined, there’s more than enough options to satisfy any local or visitor for pride weekend. For those looking for a more social atmosphere where dancing isn’t the focal point, this may be your option! Mix and mingle with friends with your favorite cocktail and cute tank top! It’s the place to see and be seen!  

We give this four hot peaches!

 

Big Ol Slice of 100% Genuine Atlanta Gay Pride

Xion after-hours w/ Alex Acosta

BJ Roosters 

3am ‒ 7am

$30

 

The grungy, underground space at BJ Roosters provides all you need for the perfect after-hours party to take you into day two of Atlanta pride. DJ Alex Acosta knows how to serve pots and pans to the crowd, so make sure you get there early because it’s going to be packed!

We give this four hot peaches!

 

SATURDAY

 

Kween on the Green 8.0

Piedmont Park

12pm ‒ 8pm

FREE

A good kiki at Piedmont Park is what anyone needs after a night of non-stop dancing, and there are a lot of options for Saturday afternoon. This event started with a group of friends pitching tents (hehe) and enjoying the afternoon in the park. Eight years later and it’s still going strong with more than 100 attendees. Just mosey on in and don’t even worry about there being a cover! 

We give this four hot peaches!

 

Deep South Pride Pool Party

The Moxy Hotel w/ DJ’s Sindri, Jeffrey Sfire, MarceauxMarceaux, and Mark O’Brien 

12pm ‒ 7pm

FREE

 

Pool parties in October? Sure Jan! We’re kidding! It’s the perfect time for a little skimpy bathing suit and some outdoor beats, and Moxy Hotel is perfect for both! Deep South is always known for great house music with some very notable house DJ’s! Don’t sleep on this one!

We give this four hot peaches!

 

Queen Butch Atlanta Pride Outdoor Tea Dace

W/ Hex Hector and William Francis

Midtown Tavern

2pm ‒ 8pm

$25-50

 

DJ Hex Hector

“I just want to say to the beautiful people of Atlanta, eat your Wheaties because I’m coming in hard with the beats. It’s been quite some time since I’ve blessed Atlanta with my music so I’ve got some demons to let loose!” – DJ Hex Hector

The talk of Pride weekend is going to be this party! From androgynous dancers to Grammy award-winning DJ Hex Hector, there’s a lot to miss if you’re not at this party! I mean, Hex Hector, wowzers! Last year, organizers extended their hours because of a packed house! They’re expecting it again this year with beats that will prepare you for the Saturday main events!

We give this six hot peaches!!! OWWW!

 

Big Ol Slice of 100% Genuine Atlanta Gay Pride

Dockside Tea Dance in the Park w/ DJ Seth Breezy

Clara Meer Dock, Piedmont Park

2pm ‒ 7pm 

$20

 

We might not be close to the ocean but there’s a dock to dance on in Atlanta, and it’s at Piedmont Park! Grab your sailor hats, and lifejackets because it’s about to get soaking wet! Atlanta’s local DJ Seth Breezy serves up sickening beats and will provide the beats all afternoon, so you’re in good hands! 

We give this four hot peaches!

 

TEN Pride Block Party

The Starz Party w/ DJ Calvin, Sean Michael, Tracy Young

TEN Atlanta

4pm ‒ 3am

$20

 

Talk about a dancing marathon! TEN is at it again with their block party from afternoon to the early morning! Local DJ’s kick off the night but the main attraction will be Tracy Young! She’s been sleeping on the Atlanta community but will serve up some great beats! Did we mention that TEN’s patio is perfect for a little outdoor dancing under the stars?!

We give this four hot peaches!

 

Midnight Train ATL’s Pride Atlanta Main Party

“XL” Pride XL Stonewall 50th Anniversary w/ DJ Oscar and Edgar Velazquez

The Cellar

9pm ‒ 4am

$35

 

Midnight Train takes you to a NEW VENUE! Again, a new venue that they promise will leave you with memories well beyond Atlanta pride. Did we mention that at both evening parties for Midnight Train, they’ll be giving away Ariana Grande tickets! Yes, dance to Ariana at these parties and have a chance to dance with her in person! DJ Oscar Velazquez will also serve up some sickening beats for attendees!

We give this five hot peaches! 

 

Deep South’s Pride at the Bakery

W/ DJ’s Shaun J. Wright, Dee Diggs, J SPORT, Father Figure, Ash Lauryn, and Vicki Powell

The Bakery 

10pm ‒ 6am

 

Is there cake? Of course! A lot of it and we know Deep South always brings the heat in the kitchen with top-notch house DJ’s! The upside to this party is that it goes until 6am! That’s the main party and after hours all in one! Kudos Deep South!

We give this four hot peaches!

 

Big Ol Slice of 100% Genuine Atlanta Gay Pride

Main Event w/ DJ Rosabel and performance by Phoenix

Coca-Cola Roxy 

10pm ‒ 3am

$60

 

Rosabel

“I’m looking forward to spinning alongside Ralphi Rosario! It’s been a while since we have done Atlanta, but more because it’s a big fan base and we have lots of great music to share on the dance floor that Atlanta doesn’t get to hear often.” – Abel from Rosabel

This event wins for venue selection! If you’ve not been to the Coca-Cola Roxy, get ready to be amazed! Complete with Chandeliers and balcony seating, there’s plenty of space to mix and mingle with friends! DJ’s Rosabel (Abel and Ralphi Rosario) always bring a unique sound to the massive venues, and we’re sure they’ll do it again! Although the venue is way out in Cobb County (a 20-minute ride from downtown), we forgive Keith Allen Young for that drive because he’s delivered in every other area! Claps!!

We give this five hot peaches! 

 

Atlanta Eagle Pride Party

“Geared: 50 Years of Pride” w/ DJ Neon the Glowgobear

Atlanta Eagle

10pm – 3am

FREE

 

If leather and gear is your thing, Atlanta Eagle has the perfect evening of dancing, socializing, and hot men! Voted best dance floor in years past by the Georgia Voice, the Eagle welcomes in Atlanta local DJ Neon the Glowgobear to set the tone for a night full of non-stop dancing! It’s worth dropping in and checking out the crowd! Trust us!

We give this four hot peaches!

 

Pride Saturday Main Party

W/ DJ Cindel and Mike Pope

Heretic Atlanta

10pm ‒ 3am

$10-15

 

DJ Cindel

“We are so grateful to continue to have venues that give their spaces for us to be able to celebrate ourselves and feel free without judgment. I am certain that this year we will have the biggest crowd considering how big Atlanta Pride has gotten over the years. I cannot wait to see everyone and have prepared a special set just for Atlanta Pride that involves lots of vocals but of course without losing who I am or signature sound.” – DJ Cindel

Heretic Atlanta will go up against some powerhouse parties for the Saturday night main event but they’re holding their own with local DJ Mike Pope, plus Massive Music Group client, tribal DJ Cindel from the Windy City! You can always expect good from those two DJ’s! Plus, it’s a quick drive to after-hours just in case you’re wanting to get in line early! Plan, plan, plan! 

We give this four hot peaches!

 

Big Ol Slice of 100% Genuine Atlanta Gay Pride

Afterglow w/ DJ Paulo

District Atlanta

3am ‒ 7am

$55

 

DJ Paulo

“I’ve been doing the Pride Xion after hours for a few years now-it’s one of the few after-hours I play at a year because it is just that SO good and such a good fit.” -DJ Paulo

Yes, $55 for an after-hours but it’s so worth it! Last year’s event was scorching hot with literal rain in the club! DJ Paulo is really the tribal bitch! He serves up pots and pans until the last beat is played, so you know you’ll get your money’s worth! District has held several after-hours parties, so they’re used to the large crowds! You’ll want to get there early though, so plan accordingly!

We give this six hot peaches!!! Fire!!

 

SUNDAY

 

TEN Pride Block Party

High T and Parade Watch party w/ DeeJay Cosmo, Barry Harris, and Dave Aude

TEN Atlanta

12pm ‒ 3am

$40

 

Once again, another grammy award-winning DJ hits the Atlanta circuit scene for the ultimate Sunday Funday. Dave Aude is known for having more number ones than any other producer on the Billboard Dance Charts. That says a lot, plus he and other DJs are giving you the beats while the Pride parade makes its way through midtown Atlanta! It’s the perfect spot to people watch and share your pride with the rest of the ATL! 

We give this five hot peaches!! 

 

Pride Parade Party 

W/ DJ’s Vicki Powell and Brian Rojas

Henry’s Midtown Tavern

12pm ‒ 4pm

FREE

 

One of this year’s BEST OF ATLANTA finalists for Best Patio, you’ll get the best view of the parade from their sprawling outdoor setup! Add a few well-known DJ’s into the mix plus tasty food and beverages, and you’ve got the spot to be for Sunday’s Pride parade. This event is also free, but get there early because Henry’s will be packed!

We give this four hot peaches!

 

Atlanta Pride Dockside 

Tea Dance in the Park w/ DJ Deanne and Alex Cabot

Clara Meer Dock, Piedmont Park

2pm ‒ 7pm

$20

 

DJ Deanne

“I love that I get to play with one of my best friends and DJ little Brother, Alex Cabot. You can expect a true Deanne and Alex Cabot party filled with energetic beats and perfectly curated vocals designed to elevate the senses and capture the spirit of Pride.” – DJ Deanne

Let’s take another go-around at the dock in Piedmont Park, this time with Deanne and Alex Cabot! Both are incredibly talented DJs with Deanne headlining this event. She’s got great sound for Tea dances as does Alex Cabot! Not far from the parade route which will make attending this party easy for many attending the parade.

We give this four hot peaches!

 

DILF Atlanta

OUT and PROUD w/ DJ Kitty Glitter and The Perry Twins

Heretic Atlanta

9pm ‒ 3am

$15-25

 

The Perry Twins

“We’re excited to be back at the Heretic DJ’ing DILF along with Kitty Glitter again this year. We’ll have some special new remixes to play along with a couple of our new original songs. It’s gonna be a really fun night!” – The Perry Twins

The infamous DILF party returns for the Sunday night closing party and you’ll see a familiar face from earlier in the weekend, DJ Kitty Glitter. The Perry Twins are returning to Atlanta to spin and will surely bring the west coast beats with them! 

We give this four hot peaches!

 

 

Big Ol Slice of 100% Genuine Atlanta Gay Pride

Tropics Closing Party w/ Danny Verde and Tony Moran

Havana Club 

10pm ‒ 3am

$45

DJ Danny Verde

 

“This is going to be my very first Atlanta Pride, I’ve played in Atlanta a few times in the past years, but this time is going to be a special one as I’ll have the honor to close Pride and share the desk along with Mister Tony Moran, a very gentleman, and legendary producer!” -DJ Danny Verde 

DJ Tony Moran is a circuit legend and thanks to Mel Chesnut with Massive Music Group, Atlanta Pride is getting the incredible Danny Verde for this closing party! The two will certainly know how to bring the heat since the theme of the party is the tropics! Again, a new venue which makes these parties so much more exciting! Havana Club is a top-notch spot with a great dance floor and a sort of Miami club vibe! Located in Buckhead, it’s not far from after-hours at Xion where you’ll certainly want to close out your weekend.

We give this five hot peaches! 

 

Big Ol Slice of 100% Genuine Atlanta Gay Pride

Xion after-hours w/ DJ Micky Friedmann

BJ Roosters

3am ‒ 7am

$30

 

“It’s no secret Atlanta is one of my favorite places in the world to play my sets. There’s a calming, loving energy in Atlanta’s gay party scene. People are out for a real musical experience. No attitude, opened minded & eager to enjoy new music. I’m really looking forward to celebrating pride in Atlanta with all the party children.” – DJ Micky Friedmann

Head back to BJ Roosters basement for what will be an epic pre-closing party (yes, there’s still one more party after this!) All the way from Germany, Micky knows the Atlanta crowd as he spun for Joining Hearts a few months ago. Get there early because the line will wrap around the building! 

We give this four hot peaches! 

 

Big Ol Slice of 100% Genuine Atlanta Gay Pride

Morning Party w/ Alyson Calagna

Heretic Atlanta

7am ‒ 11am

$20

 

Alyson Calagna

“Well, I’m southern, so I may be biased but Atlanta provides good ole fashion, southern hospitality. The city has a rich history of clubs and parties. Fernando started something amazing in this city, and Keith has been able to take that vision, build upon it, and evolve it. Atlanta’s nightlife has not only become a destination that circuit partygoers love to attend but a city where DJ’s like myself truly love to play!” -Alyson Calagna 

The last part of 2019 Atlanta Pride happens just feet away from Xion after hours! Our suggestion: after the closing party, go home, regroup, hit up Xion and then continue the party into Monday morning! Alyson Calagna knows how to take you to the very last second with her beats, so be ready for the last dance! 

We give this four hot peaches! 

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