The best queer things to do in Atlanta this weekend

That cool, crisp wind in your skirts says it’s time to air out from a hard-fought workweek. Flap in the downtime breeze of these LGBTQ holiday events, special one-night-only concerts, and annual celebrations.

Friday, Dec. 15

NonSense Indie Pop Dance Party (top photo). The queer-inclusive jam that brings you Heyday 80s Night hits with jam helmed as always by DJ Kimber pumping vibes @ The Basement, 10 p.m.

Holiday Trans Queer Yoga. Support group meeting and yoga session open to all LGBTQ and allied Atlantans @ Kashi Atlanta Ashram, 7:30 p.m.

A John Waters Christmas. Hear from the queer icon himself in a one-man show you’ll never forget @ Vaiety Playhouse, 8 p.m.

Lumberjack Flannel Friday. Show this weather how male archetypes dress @ Woofs, 8 p.m.

Santaland Diaries. Gay gadabout Topher Payne takes over the role of Cratchet, the snarky gay department store elf in Santa’s Village @ Horizon Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs through Dec. 31.

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

Stuff Your Stocking gets the weekend going @ 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.


Saturday, Dec. 16

Heretic 26th Anniversary (middle photo). Sexy DJ Eddie Martinez pumps up the jams to celebrate the years @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Charis Holiday Party & Sale. A four-decade stalwart of lesbian-feminist books celebrates the season with a sale on gifts and books for loyal customers @ Charis Books & More, all day.

Georgia LGBTQ Archives Project. Bring your materials that capture day-to-day life in the LGBT community in Georgia for professional archivists to review and possibly make this permanent collection. Paper, photographs, sound and video recordings, publications, and digital files, as well as ephemera like flyers and t-shirts all are welcome @ Burkhart’s, 4:30 p.m. 

Promukkah. What’s part prom and part hannukah and all LGBT inclusive and super fun for teens at heart? Queer-inclusion group SOJOURN co-hosting Promukkah, that’s what @ Ponce City Market, 8 p.m.

#Glam Rock 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 schedule shenanigans, 9 p.m.

CLUTCH Gives Back. Performers and organizers from various realms of QTPoC life in Atlanta come together for this fundraising event to benefit myriad queer non-profits @ 368 Ponce, 6 p.m. Read our preview.

Christmas Cathedrals. The LGBTQ instrumentalists of Atlanta Freedom Bands present an immersive, expansive holiday concert featuring a 70-piece wind symphony @ Druid Hills Presbyterian Church, 8 p.m.

The Art of Giving. Dwight Eubanks of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” fame hosts this holiday toy drive with food, cocktails and fun all for the price of a $20 toy @ Purple Door Salon, 9 p.m.

Fantasy Girls. The queens you loved at the weekly Jungle show have a new home @ Ten, 9:30 p.m.

Unholy Night. As the invitation so aptly points out, you can’t spell Santa without Satan. Abhora (middle photo) hosts “Holiday Drag from Hell” with performances, surprises and more queers than you can kiss under the mistletoe @ Mammal Gallery, 10 p.m.

DJ Rob Moore kicks Saturday into high gear. It's also Holiday Hoedown with Atlanta Bucks @ 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.


Sunday, Dec. 17

Janet Jackson (bottom photo). Like a moth to a flame burned by the fire. Our love for Janet is blind, can’t you see our desire? That’s the way this concert goes @ Philips Arena, 8 p.m.

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

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

Atlanta Bondage Club. Male bonding of a different kind @ Manifest4U, 2 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.

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: Trailer Park Christmas. 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.