The best queer things to do in Atlanta over New Year’s Weekend

Atlanta’s LGBTQ New Year’s Eve parties are a festival of choices built into a big gay weekend again this year, but don’t wait to celebrate. Events start Friday to ensure you a very happy new queer, indeed.

Friday, Dec. 29

DILF Party (top photo). Joe Whitaker throws one last blast for 2017 with his trusty crowd @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Sweet Baby Cheeses. The comedy showcase and grilled cheese party you didn’t know you need but so do, hosted by local gay comic Ian Aber @ Relapse Theatre, 8 p.m.

Santaland Diaries: Closing Weekend. 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.

Hotlanta Squares Whoville Holiday Hoopla. Join Atlanta’s LGBTQ square dance crew for a hoedown @ City of Light, 7 p.m.

TGIF Cocktail Time: Sangria! makes Atlanta's gay sports bar even more fun @ Woofs, 8 p.m.

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

DJ Tracy Levine 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. 30

Julie Goldman (second photo). The hilarious comic from "Big Gay Sketch Show" and so many more makes Atlanta laugh as part of the Out Loud! series. Local laugh lesbian Julie Osborne opens @ Out Front Theatre, 8 p.m.

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

No Cover Saturday. DJ Mike Pope warms you up @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Anthem: DJ Daniel Weaver kicks Saturday into high gear @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Wassup N ATL End of Year Party. Gay men of color will flock the night before the big night to party with Victor Alexander and Ciroc Nastyy @ Kompass, 10 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Eve. The queer-inclusive NonSense gang throws a pre-party @ The Basement, 10 p.m.

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


Sunday, Dec. 31

Happy New Year! Find real resolutions and how to keep them in this week’s Q magazine.

Michelle Malone does her blues-rock best to serve you New Year’s Eve @ Eddie’s Attic, 8 p.m.

Genesis White Party. The dress code is in the name, and DJ Alexander’s mark is the game. Do the new year with those man-on-man dance party guys @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Then come back around for the Morning Party, 6 a.m.

NYE 2018. Party favors and midnight champagne are just the beginning of surprises @ Burkhart’s.

Dark Side: Black Light Party. Find your friends bathed in blacklight as DJ Neon the Glowgobear beats you into the New Year @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Swinging Richards New Year. Did someone say “open bar”? That’s right, kids. The only place in town with all-nude male entertainment is also the place where your cover charge covers all you can drink @ Swinging Richards, 10 p.m.

Women’s Winter Wonderland. When it comes to women who love women who love New Year’s Eve, there’s only one place in Midtown that does it with DJs Liz Owen and Wolf, plus a midnight show. Get with your girls @ My Sister’s Room.

Regina Simms New Year. The indefatigable head lady in charge corrals her queens for a night of performances and specials to ring in the new year @ Friends on Ponce.

Bulldogs NYE. When men of color come out, they come to Bulldogs. Join them for DJ Caprice and all the special surprises @ Bulldogs.

Kings of the South. Rockstars Production presents its party for men of color with a Great Gatsby theme @ Georgia Freight Depot, 10 p.m.

Gurl Bye. Bring in the New Year with Southern Fried Queer Pride. The alt-inclusive Pride folx move to the sounds of JSport of Morph, Divoli S'vere of Qween Beat, and La DJ Cochino. Multiple performances scheduled throughout the night as well @ Mammal Gallery, 10 p.m. 

New Year’s Eve Ball. Hot guys, hot music, hot cash drop. What more do you need to know about having a hot time in the old town tonight @ Ten, 9 p.m.

Perreo Changa NYE: A Cholo-Wussy-Teca. It’s a mouthful, and you wouldn’t have it any other way. The queer-inclusive party crew La Choloteca joins forces with Wussy to turn you ever which way but loose @ Sun In My Belly, 9 p.m. Read our interview in Q magazine.

New Year’s Masquerade. The only place in town where dinner and show means some of the best drag in Atlanta. Cabaret style performances and a delicious meal with your reservation @ Lips, early and late seatings.

Pennies from Heaven. A tradition that never goes out of style is money falling from the sky. Get yours during t his annual midnight cash drop @ Blake’s.

Countdown to 2018. Do up NYE with all the jocks and athletic supporters of Atlanta’s gay sports bar @ Woofs.

New Year’s Eve To Remember. A champagne toast at midnight, DJ beats to move your feets, and all the go-go boys you can handle all night long @ BJ Roosters, 9 p.m. 

Cockpit NYE. Intimate. No agenda. No pretense. Get here before a midnight champagne toast @ Cockpit, 10 p.m.

Hideaway NYE. Enter in the rear of Ansley Mall for New Year’s Eve fun @ The Hideaway.

Happy New Year 2017. When it comes to tried and true, nothing says relax like a night on the town @ Model T.

New Year’s Eve. The version of the big night that loyal patrons expect @ Oscar’s, 5 p.m.


Monday, Jan. 1

New Year's Morning Party. DJ Stan Jackson bumps dancing queens well into the day @ Heretic, 6 a.m. - 12 noon.

Rose Bowl & Sugar Bowl. UGA takes on Oklahoma pitting quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Jake Fromm (bottom photo), then Clemson plays Alabama, in the college football semi-finals. You know the gays are watching @ Woofs, 5 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.

Hangover Brunch. All day brunch menu, plus $4 Bloodies & Mimosas to help wash away the pain @ Zocalo, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.