OUT NIGHT 2.0 – the reinvention of the traditional Friday night Pride Weekend kickoff that Georgia Aquarium has hosted over the past 11 years – returns this Friday, Oct. 8, after taking hiatus last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what to expect from this year’s over-the-top extravaganza.
Sharks, sharks and more sharks!
All guests will experience new additions to Georgia Aquarium, including the new SHARKS! Predators of the Deep exhibit featuring four types of shark species in a new gallery with over one million gallons of water. Georgia Aquarium also has a newly renovated ballroom along with a new state-of-the-art guest entrance.
All guests can expect full aquarium touring access plus all of the following offerings:
Dolphin Pride Celebration presentation
Dolphin Theater opens at 7:15 p.m. Doors close at 7:55 p.m. The show will begin at 8 p.m. sharp. There will be no late entry due to special effects. Seating will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Sponsored by BE FLAWLESS Facial Aesthetics
Dance the night away to three DJs
DJ BRETT OOSTERHAUS (NYC) – Main Central Atrium, 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
DJ VICKI POWELL (Atlanta) – Ocean Voyager Gallery, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
DJ NEON (Atlanta) – Oceans Ballroom, 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Enjoy a performance by “Legendary”’s House of Balenciaga
Stars of the HBO Max hit show “Legendary” will perform at 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. in Oceans Ballroom. Members of House of Balenciaga, founded by Harold and Raquel Balenciaga in 2002, promise to bring “the glitz, the glamour” during their stage routine reminiscent of the recent voguing dance competition TV show. Members include House Mother Shannon Balenciaga, Kalik, ChaCha, Jupiter, and Honey.
“I became a member and involved with House of Balenciaga in 2012 after a split with the House of Khan,” Shannon says. “Being a house mother means so much. You have the ability to make change in people’s lives as well as being loved and loving on others.”
The House of Balenciaga will celebrate its 20th year anniversary in 2022 with a grand ball in Atlanta.
“My vision for the House of Balenciaga is to become one of the leading nonprofit organizations to help bridge the gap between the LGBTQ+ and heterosexual communities within the ballroom community,” Shannon adds.
Even more fun
Libations will flow at several bars within the ballroom.
Say cheese at selfie photo-booth stations, sponsored by Peach ATL magazine.
Complimentary Pride swag, sponsored by AVITA Pharmacy, will be available starting at 10:30 p.m. at the aquarium exit.
For more details and to purchase tickets for OUT NIGHT 2.0 at the Georgia Aquarium, please visit www.georgiaaquarium.org/outnight.