The best queer things to do in Atlanta this weekend

Dancing, mixing, meeting and canvassing are just a few of the LGBTQ activities waiting in LGBTQ Atlanta this Friday through Sunday. See what kind of ‘good trouble’ you can get into.

Friday, Aug. 10

Fat Kid Dance Party (top photo). Exercise with instructor Queer Fat Femme via dancing that celebrates all body types @ Rush Center, 7 p.m.

MAAP Mix & Mingle. Metro Atlanta Association of Professionals do happy hour networking @ Ten, 6 p.m.

Fourth Tuesday. Don’t let the name fool you. This stalwart lesbian social group knows it’s Friday, and they are ready to let go of the workweek @ Midtown Tavern, 6 p.m.

Southeast Black & Blue. The annual BDSM fest kicks off with the Alphabet Soup barnight for every interested L, G, B & T @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m. and continues all weekend. Read the Q magazine preview.

The Other Show. Edie Cheezburger and her kooky queens work Atlanta’s newest gay bar @ Midtown Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 

Queer Bait. Hang with the cool kids in East Atlanta @ Mary’s, 9 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.

Drrty Divas. Boys, booze, beats and Atlanta's hottest queens hosted by Destiny Brooks @ Ten, 10 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 Night. Get your LGBTQ weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party, live performances and scores of women @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

 

Saturday, Aug. 11

Southeast Black & Blue: Bound (middle photo). The annual BDSM fest continues with DJ Neon the Glowgobear @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m. and continues all weekend. Read the Q magazine preview.

Stand & Canvas with Sam Park. Help Georgia’s only gay male state legislator win another term representing Gwinnett County @ 250 Langley Driv. NW, Lawrenceville, 11 a.m.

Charis Read-A-Thon. From midnight to midnight today, read your favorite queer titles and collect donations for Atlanta’s 44-year-old lesbian-feminist book store, plus 100 kids books will be read aloud @ Charis Books & More, 12 noon – 5 p.m.

#Daydrunk. Drink specials put you to bed early or make you the life of the party as the sun drops @ Mary’s, 2:30 p.m. Do it, and you may not remember what you did during the regularly scheduled shenanigans, 9 p.m.

Tales of the City. AQLF Summer Book Club reads the Armistead Maupin classic in preparation of his Labor Day appearance in Atlanta @ Ponce de Leon Branch Library, 3 p.m.

We Are No Longer Invisible. Lite Study Atlanta brings together socializing and programming celebrating sexual orientation and gender identity inclusion in the civil rights experience @ Center for Civil & Human Rights, 6 p.m.

Glitz & Glam with Charlie Brown. The self-titled Bitch of the South and her girlsentertain 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. 

Armorettes Auditions. Ever wanted to do camp drag and raise money against HIV? Four decades of gay Atlanta men including a few drag legends want you @ Heretic, 8 p.m.

Pop Karaoke with Princess Charles. Sing your heart out with your host plus DJ Suzanne @ Midtown Tavern, 9 p.m.

Fantasy Girls. The queens you love doing what you love cabaret style @ Ten, 9 p.m.

Rise. DJ Manny Lehman returns to the scene of his last Atlanta dance queen slaying @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Pop! Popup drag and Popup men werqs Saturday night into a frenzy @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.

After Hours. Soulful house music by resident DJs presented by Culmination Productions keeps you partying as late as you want @ Tokyo Valentino, 2 a.m.

 

Sunday, Aug. 12

DJ Joe Gauthreaux Tea Dance (bottom photo). The legendary spin master celebrates his birthday on the patio @ Midtown Tavern, 4 p.m.

Gospel Brunch. Armorette Priscilla O'Kneelstages the singing queens while you eat from an amazing smorgasbord of serving stations @ Midtown Moon, 11 a.m.

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

Dinner and a Drag Show @ Lips, 12:30 p.m. Walk-ins welcome. Or sleep in and do Dinner with the Divas, 6:30 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.

Trois Summer. Women who love women who love DJs who love drink specials all summer @ My Sister’s Room, 2 p.m.

Madams, Marys & Mimosas serves drag, brunch and drink specials @ Ten Atlanta, 1 p.m. Sit. Stay. The Sunday Funday weekly tradition of outdoor dudes, DJs and drinks, this week with Kraax, 4 p.m.

Sunday Sabbath. Celeste Holmes stages the queens for your weekend wrap party @ Midtown Tavern, 6 p.m.

Armorettes: Auditions Finals. After Saturday’s Round 1, the camp drag crazies with the hearts of gold against AIDS are in their 40th year of weekly shows @ Midtown Moon, 8 p.m.

New Faces. Drag up-and-comers show their stuff in a heated competition @ Friends on Ponce, 9 p.m.

Tossed Salad. The magic and madness masterminded by Brigitte Bidet and her left-of-center queens goes all in @ My Sister’s Room, 9:30 p.m.

After Hours. Urban Hip Hop all night by resident DJs, plus 15 dancers and three levels to party presented by Culmination Productions keeps you partying as late as you want @ Tokyo Valentino, 11 p.m.

A version of this feature originally ran in Q magazine. Read the latest issue below for even more, check back here every Thursday for the full weekend roundup, or jump ahead to our summer preview of LGBTQ events through August.