Slay summer with LGBTQ Atlanta’s hottest shows, specials and soirees

Gird your loins, children. Stonewall Month kicks off a series of events that keep your to-do list hot as the summer sun all season long.

A few key happenings serve as cornerstones to summer in the LGBTQ-ATL, and a star field of satellite events fan out from them. To kick things off, Atlanta Pride Committee officially sanctions LGBTQ events from serious to just-for-fun in its Stonewall Month slate through June.

Keeping things Pride-ful all summer, the guys at GA Boy Productions return with their annual Peach Party weekend. On top of that, all are welcome to Southern Fried Queer Pride, a celebration of QTPOC (queer and trans people of color) and other underserved LGBTQ communities.

Of course, we can’t forget that as many gay men in Speedos as the fire marshal will allow will pack into the pool at Piedmont Park for Joining Hearts and its satellite parties. Beyond Productions brings beats to this year’s official after-parties at 595 North. Black Gay Pride closes the season over Labor Day with thousands of guests and dozens of parties and plenaries.

Here’s the skinny on those cornerstone events, followed by a calendar of our selections for summer’s best bets through the very last splash.

THIS WEEK

Friday, June 15

Peach Party Kickoff

with DJ Nina Flowers

Heretic, 10 p.m.

peachpartyatlanta.com

 

Peach Party Afterhours

with DJ Deanne

BJ Rooster’s, 3 a.m.

 

Saturday, June 16

Atlanta Pride Run & Walk

Piedmont Park, 8 a.m.

frontrunnersatlanta.org

 

Evening For Equality Gala

with Georgia Equality

InterContinental Atlanta Hotel, 6 p.m.

georgiaequality.org

 

Rainbow Pub Crawl

11 Venues, starting at

My Sister’s Room, 7 p.m.

mysistersroom.com

 

Atlanta Freedom Bands

25th Anniversary Concert

The Galloway School, 8 p.m.

atlantafreedombands.com

 

Peach Party Main Event

with DJ Micky Friedmann

Heretic, 10 p.m.

 

Peach Party Afterhours

with DJ Alexander

BJ Roosters, 3 a.m.

 

Peach Party Deck T-Dance

Midtown Tavern, 3 p.m.

 

Peach Party Closing Party

District Atlanta, 7 p.m.

 

 

Upcoming in June

Wednesday, June 20 – Sunday, June 24

Southern Fried Queer Pride

Five days, a dozen events

The Bakery

southernfriedqueerpride.com

 

Wednesday, June 20

Wanda Sykes & Tig Notaro

with Atlanta Pride

Fox Theatre, 8 p.m.

atlantapride.org

 

Friday, June 22

Atlanta Braves LGBT Night

SunTrust Park, 7:35 p.m.

LNFY.org

 

Saturday, June 23

Unity Ball

with DJ Ree De La Vega

wussymag.com

 

Sunday, June 24

Atlanta United Unity Night

with LGBTQ fan club All Stripes

Mercedes Benz Stadium, 1 p.m.

facebook.com/groups/allstripesatl

 

The Wound

with Atlanta Pride & Out on Film

Rush Center, 7 p.m.

outonfilm.org

 

Friday, June 29 – Saturday, June 30

Broadway & Peachtree

with Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus

Out Front Theatre Company

voicesofnote.org

 

Friday, June 29

Queer History Live

Relapse Theatre, 8 p.m.

comedyian.com

 

Queeriety Show: Pride Month

The Village Theatre, 11 p.m.

facebook.com/queeriety

 

June 29 – July 2

Atlanta Bear Festival

Courtyard Executive Park &

Atlanta Eagle

atlantabearfest.com

 

JULY

Tuesday, July 10

Erasure

World Be Gone Tour

Tabernacle, 8 p.m.

tabernacleatl.com

 

Atlanta Dream Pride Night

Georgia Tech Pavillion, 6 p.m.

atlantapride.org

 

Thursday, July 19

Indigo Girls

Chastain Park, 8 p.m.

indigogirls.com

 

Saturday, July 21

Shine: Joining Hearts 31

Greystone @ Piedmont Park, 5 p.m.

joininghearts.org

 

Illuminate and Radiate

Joining Hearts Afterparties

595 North Center, 10:30 p.m. and 3 a.m.

facebook.com/beyondATL

 

Xion

with DJ Phil Romano

BJ Roosters

3 a.m. – 7 a.m.

xionatlanta.com

 

Sunday, July 22

Backpack in the Park

Cator Woolford Gardens, 6:30 p.m.

forthekid.org

 

Tuesday, July 24

Pride Night at BB&T Atlanta Open

with Atlanta Team Tennis Association

Atlantic Station, 5:30 p.m.

atta.org

 

Saturday, July 28

Serving For Equality

with HRC Atlanta

Sharon Lester Tennis Center, 6 p.m.

hrcatlanta.org

 

Tuesday, July 31

Pentatonix

Chastain Park

chastainseries.com

 

AUGUST

Saturday, August 4

M60

Madonna’s 60th Birthday Bash

Heretic, 10 p.m.

hereticatlanta.com

 

Sunday, August 5

Janelle Monae

Tabernacle, 7:30 p.m.

tabernacleatl.com

 

Thursday, August 30 – Monday, Sept. 3

Black Gay Pride Atlanta

atlantaprideweekend.com

 

Peach Tennis Tournament

with Atlanta Team Tennis Association

Piedmont Park

atta.org

 

Dragon*Con

Downtown Atlanta Hotels

dragoncon.org

 

The Queer Agenda event calendar with even more events appears weekly every Thursday.

A version of this article originally ran in Q magazine. Flip through the full digital edition below, and pick up your hard copy around town.