The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

It must be springtime, because LGBT Atlanta events burst with options this week. Dig into shows, soirees and specials that say, hey, you work hard and deserve some downtime.

Friday, March 24

Matinee Las Vegas with DJ Cindel. The first two stops this weekend for this Sin City pre-party tour gets your weekend started with the hot guys of Matinee first, then man-to-man dance partying @ BJ’s, 9 p.m., then Heretic, 10 p.m.

Fourth Friday. Stop work and starting working it at the monthly networking happy hour with the LGBT professionals of Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce @ Rush Center, 5:30 p.m.

“The Legend of Georgia McBride” follows a desperate Elvis impersonator who turns to drag to make ends meet @ Actor’s Express, 8 p.m. Runs through April 16

Betty Bennett Sideshow. The best corn dog and pie place ever brings the drag to Avondale Estates @ Pallokaville, 9 p.m.

The Other Show. Come to the unique weekly drag cabaret with an eclectic cast and special guests that always pack a surprise @ Jungle, 9 p.m., preceded by a RuPaul’s Drag Race watch party, 8 p.m.

Baddest Bitch. Hang with the cool kids in East Atlanta @ Mary’s, 9 p.m. And for the next several weeks, it’s preceded by the RuPaul’s Drag Race Happy Hour, 6 p.m.

Alphabet Soup. DJ Eric turns the @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Fresh Face Friday puts the newest drag glamazons on display. Then get your singles ready for premiere queens in Femme Fatale @ Burkhart’s, 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Glitz & Glam Dinner Theater. Charlie Brown, the undisputed Bitch of the South and her gurlz entertain with dinner and a show amid the fancy theater experience of Atlanta’s premiere drag restaurant and bar. Make Reservations @ Lips Atlanta, 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and the Taboo Show at 11:30 p.m.

Celestial Friday. Celeste Holmes hosts the show “where the stars come out” and puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars, plus Second Level beats upstairs @ Blake’s, 11 p.m.

Ladies Lounge. Get your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party, live performances and scores of women in the new Midtown home of Atlanta lesbian nightlife @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m. 

Resident DJs Scott and Mikey take you deep into the night with $5 Fridays @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.

 

Saturday, March 25

Flag Football (middle photo). The gay jocks of National Flag Football League of Atlanta kick off their season by getting rough and tumble on the fields @ Boulevard Crossing Park, 9:30 a.m. Hang with the guys afterward @ Blake’s 2 p.m.

Coffee with Cathy. Lesbian candidate for Atlanta mayor gathers her gays to talk about the future of our fair city with waffles and craft coffee @ Condeesa Coffee, 10 a.m.

Free Breast Health Screenings. The LGBT Health Initiative hosts this free service @ Rush Center, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Note: All are welcome, but must pre-register by e-mailing [email protected] or calling 404-688-2524 x116.

Joining Hearts Margarita Bust. Join the crowd as they pour bottomless cups of the green magic and raise money against HIV in Atlanta @ Zocalo, 2 p.m.

#Daydrunk. Drink specials put you to bed early or make you the life of tonight’s party @ Mary’s, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Do it, and you may not remember what you did during the regularly scheduled shenanigans, 10 p.m.

Bachelor Auction Beer Bust. The Atlanta Wicked softball team does bottomless brew, Jell-O shots, raffles and single men for date bids @ Oscar’s, 4 p.m.

Atlanta Rollergirls. The roller derby double header goes down – hard @ Yaarab Shrine Auditorium, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

DM & The Family. The queer-led and inclusive band celebrates their “album” release with a live show @ Smith’s Olde Bar, 7 p.m.

Pat Parker Tribute. Celebrate the life of the late great African-American lesbian writer with readings from the new book on her works @ Charis Books & More, 7:30 p.m.

Roots & Branches. Atlanta’s LGBT instrumentalists tip their concert hat to African American musical contributions from ragtime and blues through to present day @ Druid Hills Presbyterian Church, 8 p.m.

A Divine Evening. Armorette Lori Divine puts on a camp drag extravaganza to benefit Lost & Found Youth @ Art Station, 8:15 p.m.

Early Country Late Night Dance. Scoot your boots, then shake your booty @ Heretic, 8 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.

Matinee Las Vegas with DJ Phil Romano. The third of four stops for this Sin City pre-party tour keeps pumping beats @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Get there early for Fantasy Girls, 9 p.m.

DJ Neon the Glowgobear. The hunky spin master does his thing all over you @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Fever. The quintessential drag cast works for your dollars @ Burkhart's, 11 p.m.

Glitz & Glam with Charlie Brown. The self-titled Bitch of the South and her girls entertain with dinner and a show in the theater experience of Atlanta’s drag restaurant and bar. Make reservations @ Lips Atlanta, 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and the Taboo Show at 11:30 p.m. 

GlitterBomb werqs Saturday night with a drag show hosted by Edie Cheezburger, a cast of premiere queens and special guests @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.

Matinee All Nighter. The final of four stops for this Sin City pre-party tour keeps pumping beats to sunrise, this time with DJ Billy Lace @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.

 

Sunday, March 26

Hotlanta Softball. The gay pitchers and catchers continue their season of play on the field and off @ Johnson Park, all day. Join them for bottomless brews during the Extra Inning Beer Bust (bottom photo) @ Burkhart’s, 4 p.m.

Catie Curtis. The lesbian singer-songwriter woos her loyal fans @ Eddie’s Attic, 6 p.m.

Drag Brunch presents the Sisters of Sequins with Bubba D. Licious at the wheel while you eat @ Lips, 12:30 p.m. Walk-ins welcome. Or sleep in and do Dinner with the Divas, 6:30 p.m.

March for the Gurls. The Stop Killing Transwomen state of emergency march and rally steps off @ North Avenue MARTA Station, 3 p.m.

Midtown Rouge. First it’s High Energy and DJ Bill Berdeaux, 1 p.m., then the legendary Sunday drag show kicks off with an all-star cast including Raquell Lorde @ Blake's, 8:30 p.m.

Miss Gay Georgia USofA Triple Crowning. Come watch queens compete for the main, At Large and Classic titles @ Jungle, 7:30 p.m.

Armorettes. Atlanta’s camp drag crazies against HIV do their weekly good in the gayborhood @ Burkhart’s, 7:30 p.m.

Tossed Salad. The magic and madness masterminded by Brigitte Bidet and her left-of-center queens @ Burkhart’s, 10:30 p.m.