Walk Day Information

The 21st Annual Atlanta Buddy Walk®

Saturday, October 6, 2018, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

We will gather to celebrate at Atlantic Station, with the festivities beginning at 10:00 am. The Buddy Walk® will take place rain or shine. Parking is conveniently located nearby, and restrooms will be available. 

This family-friendly event is open to all children and adults with Down syndrome, their families, friends and thousands of local supporters. Mark your calendar and be prepared to have a great experience!  The day is filled with great performances, fun activities like GameTruck, bouncy houses,  94.9 The Bull, raffles, giveaways, and more, then culminates in a short walk around our venue. Funds raised from this annual event allow us to provide support to new parents, offer educational workshops and seminars, facilitate connections through social events and educate the Atlanta community on Down syndrome and advocate for inclusion and supports. 

Schedule of Events

9am - Registation Open

10am - Opening Ceremonies

11am - Awards 

1pm - Walk Begins

2pm - Events Conclude


What is the address of the walk venue?

241 20th street NW
Atlanta, Ga 30363

How much is parking?
Parking is free for first 2 hours,$4 for 3-5 hours, and $6 for 6+ hours. There will be signs directing everyone to the parking deck.

Can I take Uber or Lyft to the venue?
Yes, if you choose to use Uber or Lyft, please use the address 17 ½ Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30363. Once dropped off, you can go down Stairwell #15, #11, #6 or #2 to the P2 level of the deck and walk to our event.

How much is registration?
Family Registration is $55, individual registration is $20. 

What does registration include?
Registration includes an official BW t-shirt, Waffle House food truck, Kona Ice, popcorn/cotton candy/drink stands and access to games and activities. 

Can we bring tents?
Personal tents are permitted - just make sure you have weights to hold them down. Tent may only be set up in selected areas, to not to block stage view.

Can we bring food and drinks?
Yes, you can bring your own food and drinks to the venue.

When can we set up?
The event starts at 10:00 am but you can come earlier to set up your tent and team area.

How long is the walk?
The walk is very short - we will just be walking around the perimeter of our event area. We will not be walking through Atlantic Station.

Will awards be given at this year's walk?

This year we are awarding a Buddy of the Year award to someone who is 21+ and Under 21. We are also giving an award to an outstanding parent!

The team to raise the most money will win a session for four with internationally published special needs photographer, Stephanie Mullowney, founder of Paperdolls Photography! She will be in Atlanta 11/9-11/11 hosting a fundraiser for DSAA!

Are there any discounts for shopping or eating at Atlantic Station on the day of the event?
Yes, Atlantic Station has provided us with a number of discounts at various restaurants and retailers. Click here to see the full list.