Athens Pride Week will feature daily events, outdoor arts and a music festival


In June, the first annual Athens Pride Parade drew thousands of participants, setting the stage for what should be a successful series of Athens Pride Week events.

The celebration begins September 12 and will culminate throughout the weekend with PrideFest and a softball tournament.

Here’s a look at everything Athens PRIDE and Queer Collective (APQC) have planned. If you have information about a Pride Week event not listed here, email [email protected]

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Mx.  Athens Pride Diamond waves to the crowd during the inaugural Athens Pride Parade in downtown Athens, Georgia on Sunday, June 12, 2022. Athens Pride was organized by the Athens Pride and Queer Collective .

September 12

Kicking off at the Akademia Brewing Company, 150 Crane Dr., will serve as the opening act for Athens Pride Week with a happy hour showcasing beer and t-shirt sales.” So Queer No Fear” by APQC. Free event for all ages starts at 6 p.m.

September 13

Karaoke with PRIDE at Buvez, 585 Barber St., will be hosted by DJs Gregory and Adria and attendees are encouraged to bring their own song to sing. The event is for ages 18 and up and the suggested donation is $5.

September 14

Kids and Youth Night at Hendershot’s, 237 Prince Ave., is an alcohol-free event that begins with Drag Story Hour at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by a concert by children’s theatrical rock band Like Totally!

Yoga at Bishop Park, 705 Sunset Dr., is an alcohol-free “Rainbow Flow” event hosted by Athens-based My3Yoga, taking place at 6:30 p.m.

September 15

Queer Trivia at Hotel Indigo, 500 College Ave., takes place at 7 p.m. and is hosted by local master of all things queer entertainment, history, music and politics, Paddy Nolan. The suggested donation is $5 and all ages are welcome.

September 16

The Name Change Workshop at the Athens-Clarke County Library, 2025 Baxter Street, is a pre-recorded event scheduled between noon and 2 p.m. that will provide legal assistance for those wishing to change their name. Space is limited, so visit athenspride.org/legalaidregistration to register.

Queer Prom at Athens Ciné, 234 W Hancock Ave., is a masquerade-themed dance party taking place in the CineLab space from 8 p.m. to midnight. The ball is an 18+ event with a suggested donation of $5. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required and attendees must be 21 or older to drink.

Convict Julie performs at Athens Pride at the Lay Park Community Center in Athens, Georgia on Sunday, June 12, 2022.

September 17

PrideFest at Terrapin Beer Co., 234 W Hancock Ave., is a free event for all ages that will run from noon to 7 p.m. and will feature vendors, food trucks, musical performances and a drag show. The list of performers includes aerial artists Canopy Studios, punk bands Tears for the Dying and Exquisite Gender, and R&B recording artist Convict Julie.

“Hocus Pocus” at the Cine Drive-In, 100 Newton Bridge Rd., is a paid outdoor screening of the PG-rated 1993 classic Disney film. Doors will open at 8 p.m. in the General Time Corporation parking lot and “Hocus Pocus” will play at 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at athenscine.com/movie/hocus-pocus.

The PrideFest afterparty at Live Wire Athens, 227 W Dougherty St., will feature performances by drag artists Yutoya Leon, Cola Fizz, Karmella, Semaj, Diamond-Dupree Sanchez with appearances by RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Nicola Paige Brooks and EJ Aviance . The sounds will be provided by DJ Luxury Vehicle. Tickets for the 10 p.m. adults-only event are $10 presale and $15 at the door.

Link for after party tickets: eventbrite.com/e/athens-pridefest-afterparty-ft-nicole-paige-brooks-and-ej-aviance-tickets-394824018267.

September 18

The Queer Softball Tournament at Lay Park, 297 Hoyt St., is a non-alcoholic event from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. hosted by the APQC Sports League and open to queer community members and allies. Participants must be at least 18 years old and can register at athenspride.org/softballregistration. Only 60 registration spots are available, but everyone is welcome to come cheer on the teams.

For the updated schedule and additional information, visit athenspride.org.

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