Walk Day Information

The 20th Annual Atlanta Buddy Walk®

Sunday, October 8, 2017, 1:00 - 5:00 pm

We will gather to celebrate at Georgia International Plaza in beautiful downtown Atlanta, with the festivities beginning at 1:00 pm amid the scenic downtown skyline. (Registration opens at noon.) The Buddy Walk® will take place rain or shine, and the walk will begin at 3:30 at the balloon archway.

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 and more, then culminates in a 1/4 mile walk around the park. Sean McElwee is this year's honorary Buddy of the Year and will be onsite all afternoon. Sean will pose for photos at our Selfie Station and mingle with the crowd. In addition, he will kick-off and lead the walk. 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. 

Family Registration is $55, individual registration is $20. Registration includes snacks, drinks, an official BW t-shirt, and access to games and activities. Food trucks will be on-site for additional food purchases. Lunch will not be provided, but there will be two $5 meal options for purchase including a Papa John's Pizza meal or Nathan's hot dog, chips and a small coke. In addition, Kona Ice will be available for purchase. One Kona Ice/person is included in your Buddy Walk registration. Cotton Candy and other treats will be available at no charge. You are also welcome to bring your own picnic lunch and enjoy a wonderful day with family and friends.

Parking is available at the Red deck, located immediately below the International Plaza with easy elevator access. Any of the three parking deck elevators will take you directly to the event lawn.

PARKING DISCOUNT: Buddy Walk attendees can purchase Red Deck parking passes online for $6 (after tax) through Saturday. The code to purchase a parking permit online is “BW2017”. Please use the link below to purchase. After clicking on the link, attendees should locate Buddy Walk 2017 and enter the code to proceed to purchase. YOU MUST purchase your parking pass online PRIOR TO Sunday. If you purchase passes Sunday online the cost will be $10. If you wait to Pay at the event it will be $15 for the Red deck (purchase parking permit here: https://gwcc.clickandpark.com/).

MARTA is also a great way to get to the Buddy Walk. The DOME/Philips Arena/GWCC /CNN Marta stop exits next to the park. The stop is accessible from the Green and Blue lines and requires a line change at Five Points station for people on the Red and Yellow lines.