You take any opportunity to celebrate, but Memorial Gay Weekend Atlanta makes getting some party a no-brainer. Catch up on downtime and kick off summer with events for every L,G, B and T.
Friday, May 26
Big Peach (top photo). The whole weekend is dedicated to gay jocks thanks to this annual national tournament hosted by Hotlanta Softball League. Games by day, fun by night @ Various venues, starting with the Registration Pool Party @ Crowne Plaza Midtown, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. That includes the sexy Mr. Big Peach competition with Ruby Redd.
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.
FuKR Jock Harness Party. Kick off Memorial Weekend in your geat with Man Upp and Joe Witaker @ Heretic, 10 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, May 27
Deep South (middle photo). The alternaqueer dance party thrown by DJs Vicki Powell, Scooter McCreight and Chelsea Starr does a big holiday weekend takeover @ Heretic, 10 p.m. It’s always a big queer mess, in a good way.
#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.
Sonia Leigh & Hannah Thomas. The lesbian girls with guitars come out to play @ Eddie’s Attic, 8 p.m.
Panther L/L Bar Night gets a rise out of you @ 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.
Afterparty with Swinging Richards Dancers. Get to know the guys up close and personal with the all-night crowd @ Tokyo Valentino Northside, 1:30 a.m.
Sunday, May 28
Summer Kickoff Triple Dose of Fun is what you get when you combine sunshine, a holiday weekend with Monday off, and a beach theme with games, guys and DJ Mike Pope @ Heretic, 3 p.m. It flows directly into the Big Peach Closing Ceremonies, 6 p.m., and a DJ Kidd Madonny Blowout, 9 p.m. Let’s put it this way: Don’t miss all this. Like, for real.
Sporty Sunday Funday. All the games and matches on the screens and all the guys to watch it with @ Woofs, 12 noon.
Sunday Funday. The weekly tradition of dudes, DJs and drinks continues @ Ten, 4 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.
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 goes in hard @ Burkhart’s, 10:30 p.m.