The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

No more hurricanes or earthquakes, please. Just the natural goodness of living out and proud on another event-packed weekend that hits LGBT Atlanta like an act of god to blow you away.

Friday, Sept. 22

AGLCC Community Awards (top photo). Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce honors its brightest members @ Westin Buckhead, 6:30 p.m. It’s a whole big thing.

Rainbow Pub Crawl. Atlanta’s LGBT sci-fi geeks host this bar hop for all comers starting @ Diesel, 7 p.m.

Michael Carbonaro. The magician and TV star brings “The Carbonaro Effect” to the stage @ Fox Theatre, 7 p.m.

Jared Yates Sexton. Author of “The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore” lays his political discussion on the doorstep @ Charis Books & More, 7:30 p.m.

Let’s Talk About: Accessibility. Atlanta Pride hosts its ongoing discussion series, this time to center voices, experiences and needs for community members with special access needs @ Rush Center, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Surrogates: Interactive Comedy. Gay comic Ian Aber hosts this show where the audience tells the jokes with professional comedians as the puppet masters @ Relapse Theatre, 8 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.

Boys Room. Hang with the cool kids in East Atlanta @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

DJ Moose gets the weekend going @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Ritual: Pirate Party. Gay-friendly straight people with DJ System Fail @ Heretic,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. 

 

Saturday, Sept. 23

Ready 4 Hope Weekend (middle photo). The AIDS Walk team that turned partying into an art, and the art of the party into big bucks for the cause starts the day with the Ready 4 Hope Beer Bust @ Heretic, 1 p.m. Later it’s the Ready 4 Hope: Red Party (middle photo), where DJ Blacklow and Scruff shift into high gear @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Don’t stop til you get enough at the R4H Afterparty with DJ Micky Friedmann @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.

#Daydrunk: East Atlanta Strut. Outside all day, including this gay bar’s drink specials that put you to bed early or make you the life of tonight’s party @ Mary’s, all day. Do it, and you may not remember what you did during the regularly scheduled shenanigans, 9 p.m.

Dirty Thirty Margarita Bust. Lewie Katzen celebrates his big day with hundreds of dollars in prizes, bottomless glasses of the green stuff, and fundraising for his Chicago Marathon entry to benefit Worldvision @ Felix’s, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Rainbow Ball. A new tradition starts with this party of food, drink and performance. “Rocky Horror” theme includes the Time Warp Cabaret @ Out Front Theatre, 7 p.m.

Hotlanta Squares. The local LGBT square dancers do-si-do @ City of Light, 7 p.m.

Party With Impact. The annual cocktail party to benefit Positive Impact Health Centers raises funds @ Millennium Gate Museum, 7:30 p.m.

Adam Ant. The 80s icon proves he’s still got it @ Variety Playhouse, 8 p.m.

Diane Durrett & Soul Saga. The lesbian favorite croons her tunes with this amazing opening act @ Matilda’s Alpharetta, 8 p.m.

Toga Party. The annual charity event that dares you to wear one, benefiting Positive Impact Health Centers @ Opus 1, 8 p.m.

Deep South. Vicki Powell’s too-cool buddies come together again, this time with local performances, fab hosts, go-go dancers, an opener by Robert Ansley and NYC’s one and only Carry Nation as headliner @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

DJ Eric: Good to Be Bad kicks Saturday into high gear @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Sizzling Startlets and Fever. The opening show is followed by the quintessential drag cast working for your dollars @ Burkhart's, 9:30 p.m. and 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.

Afterhours really gets cranking when the party moves to Cheshire Bridge Road with DJs Cosmo and Tracy Levine @ Tokyo Valentino, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.

 

Sunday, Sept. 24

Sarah Peacock (bottom photo). Errbody loves them some Sarah, easing you out of your weekend with her band and some smooth grooves @ Eddie’s Attic, 6 p.m.

Sporty Sunday Funday. All the games and matches on the screens and all the guys to watch it with @ Woofs, 12 noon.

Sporty Sunday Funday (bottom photo). All the games and matches on the screens and all the guys to watch it with @ Woofs, 12 noon.

Drag Brunch brings 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.

Sunday Tea. The weekly tradition of dudes, DJs and drinks continues @ Ten. Low-Tea vocal tracks, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. High Tea today’s hits, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Armorettes: Drag Suicide. 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 goes in hard @ Burkhart’s, 10:30 p.m.