The best queer things to do in Atlanta over Labor Day Weekend

Annual festivals, monthly bar nights, weekly gatherings and more than you can possibly do on a daily basis. That’s the Queer Agenda calendar for the LGBTQ-ATL this Labor Day.

Friday, Aug. 31

Black Gay Pride. One of the country’s largest celebrations at the intersection of African American and LGBTQ returns with options for both reverence and revelry all weekend. Events include a screening of 30 Pilot (top photo) tonight.

Dragon*Con. The annual sci-fi/fantasy/cosplay convention loves its queers, and LGBTQ fan groups make the most of it. Events include LGBTQ fare and parties with the self-titled “Queerios.” 

Decatur Book Festival. RenownedTales of the City author Armistead Maupin is one of the many LGBTQ special guests, and the documentary on his life co-sponsored by Out on Film is among the events, during the annual literary fandango @ Decatur Square, all weekend. 

Michelle Malone. The lesbian blues rocker puts on a hometown show behind her new album Slings & [email protected] Vista Room, 8 p.m. 

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

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

DJ Mike Pope. The weekly butch boy dance launches the party slate @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Onyx with DJ Ron Pullman gets the weekend going and celebrates Black Gay Pride Atlanta, leather style @ Atlanta Eagle, 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.

Fresh Fish Friday & Moonlight Cabaret. Early drag to wrap your week, 8 p.m. and drag eleganza fabulosity with Shavonna B. Brooks and Raquel Lord to kick off the weekend, 11 p.m. There's also a movie on the patio bar @ Midtown Moon, 7 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, Sept. 1

Dragon*Con (second photo). The annual sci-fi/fantasy/cosplay convention loves its queers, and LGBTQ fan groups make the most of it. Events include today’s Dragon*Con parade @ Downtown Atlanta, 10 a.m., and tonight’s Spectrum Rainbow Flag Party @ Hilton Grand West, 10 p.m. 

Black Gay Pride. One of the country’s largest celebrations at the intersection of African American and LGBTQ returns with options for both reverence and revelry all weekend. Events include today's Thrive SS Brunch, a Black Gay Pride Film Festival @ Georgian Terrace, 11 a.m., and more parties than you can handle.

SEC Saturday. Atlanta’s gay sports bar has all the games on all the screens @ Woofs, 1 p.m. – 10 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.

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. 

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin. The documentary that wowed Out on Film audiences last year screens with its namesake author in attendance @ 215 Sycamore, Decatur, 7 p.m.

Moonlight Starlets & Moonlight Cabaret Divas. Misti Shores starts the drag fun, 8 p.m., and Shavonna B. Brooks hosts the stars, 11 p.m. Come get you some @ Midtown Moon, all night.

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.

Bear Invasion. DJ Deanne pumps the beats for beasty boys @ Heretic, 10 p.m. 

Heyday. The 80s dance party that’s inclusive for every f-in body @ The Basement, 10 p.m.

Hotlanta Rubber & Gear Club kicks Saturday into high gear with DJ Moose @ Atlanta Eagle, 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.

Xion Afterhours. DJs Travis & Eric move you til sunrise @ BJ Roosters, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.

 

Sunday, Sept. 2

Black Gay Pride (third photo). One of the country’s largest celebrations at the intersection of African American and LGBTQ returns with options for both reverence and revelry all weekend. Events include the Pure Heat Festival @ Piedmont Park, 12 noon, and the all-new LGBT Greeks Festival  with In The Life Atlanta @ Candler Park, 12 noon.

Love’s Labor Lost. Local queer poet, psychotherapist and singer Franklin Abbott presents  songs and poems of his original work @ First Existentialist Congregation, 11 a.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.

Eggstravaganza. Misti Shores and Niesha Dupree host an amazing brunch @ Midtown Moon, 12 noon - 3 p.m., with show at 1 p.m.

Drag Brunch with the Sisters of Sequins @ 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.

Nostalgia Silent Party. Put on your headphones and groove with DJs Aasha Adore, Gina T. and Sed the Saint @ Deep End, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

End of Summer Patio Party amps up the usual Sunday Funday weekly tradition of outdoor dudes and drinks with DJ Kraax and an outdoor block party @ Ten, 4 p.m.

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

Atlanta United Watch Party. The local LGBT pro-soccer fan club All Stripes checks out the away game together on multiple screens @ Midtown Tavern, 7 p.m. The game is also on TV @ Woofs, 6:30 p.m.

Hussy. Performers including Jaybella Banks, Maya Wiseman (photo), Paege Turner and many more turn out an “extreme sports” edition of this popular show @ Kweer House, 131 Scruggs Ct. NE, 8 p.m. 

Armorettes. The camp drag crazies with the hearts of gold against AIDS are in their 40th year of weekly shows @ Midtown Moon, 8 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.

DJ Dani Toro. The all-weekend party doesn’t let up when everyone officially has Monday off. Keep it going @ Heretic, 10 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.

Cherry Bomb. Wild Cherry Sucret's signature show returns for one night only with Bubba D. Licious, Shavonna B. Brooks, Angelica D'Paige and Destiny Brooks. Free HIV testing on board as well @ Midtown Moon, 11 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.

 

Monday, Sept. 3 

At the Wake of a Dead Drag Queen (bottom photo). The Spectrum Lab series at Atlanta’s queer theater launches with this project by Terry Guest about a young, black drag queen and her best friend @ Out Front Theatre Company, 8 p.m.

I Am, Aftermath. In the Life Atlanta wraps Black Gay Pride with food @ Candler Events Center, 12 noon.

Barbecue Day Party for Men. Labor Day Rock folks do up a guy party for Black Gay Pride @ Georgian Terrace, 4 p.m.

Some Like It Hot for Women. The ladies version of Labor Day Rock @ Alibi Rooftop, 5 p.m.

TraxxGirls Strip Club. You know what’s up @ Onyx, 10 p.m.

Pure: All White Party. The culmination of all things Black Gay Pride @ Truth Lounge, 10 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.