The best queer things to do in Atlanta this weekend

Movies, music and more mayhem and mischief make for another monumental weekend of LGBTQ events in Atlanta. Steel yourself, then keep scrolling to start making plans.

Friday, April 26

Wild Nights with Emily (top photo). The Molly Shannon movie that wowed festivals including Atlanta’s Out on Film finally takes a theatrical-run bow @ Midtown Art Cinema, all week. 

Fourth Friday. Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hosts its monthly networking happy hour @ Club DiOGi, 5:30 p.m. 

I Love To Eat. Legendary gay food personality James Beard, a gay director and gay lead make for a great one-man show @ Theatrical Outfit, 7:30 p.m. Runs through May 5. Tonight is Gays for Plays Night with a pre-party, 6:30 p.m.

Falsettos: Closing Weekend. A new kind of family emerges when a man leaves his wife for a guy in this musical, and a cast of characters including a lesbian couple become part of the thoroughly modern mix @ Actor’s Express. Runs through Sunday.

Masque with Raja. The RuPaul’s Drag Race queen performs her acclaimed one-woman show benefiting Reconciling Ministries @Saint Mark UMC, 7 p.m.

Sweet Baby Cheeses. Q contributor and queer comic Ian Aber hosts this amazing lineup of comedians and delicious grilled cheese while they last @ Relapse Theatre, 8 p.m. 

The Other Show. Edie Cheezburger, Jaye Lish and the cast bring their brand of drag to their new home @ Midtown Moon, 9 p.m. 

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

Harder. DJ Eric Bloom hosts the booze, beats and boys @ Heretic, 10 p.m. 

Cruise Control. DJ Mister Richard kicks off the weekend @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Celestial Friday. Celeste Holmes puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars. Don’t forget Second Level beats upstairs @ Blake’s, 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.

Fresh Fish Friday & Moonlight Cabaret. Early drag to wrap your week and drag eleganza fabulosity to start the weekend @ Midtown Moon, 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Drrty Divas. Hit them up for boys, booze, beats and Atlanta's hottest queens hosted by Destiny Brooks @ Ten, 10 p.m.

Ladies Night. Get your LGBTQ 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, April 27

Mr. HSL (middle photo). This year’s theme is Kansas “Rock” City as the teams of Hotlanta Softball League stage their studs for a title and sash @ Heretic, 6 p.m. It is always an eyeful. Like, always.

Charis Grand Reopening. Celebrate the new space for the four-decade old lesbian feminist bookstore. Not so coincidentally, it’s also National Independent Bookstore Day @ new location, 184 S. Candler St., Decatur, all day. It’s been a historic move.

Duluth Spring Arts Festival & Inman Park Festival. Two great tastes that taste great together. Head north for the one, intown for the other, and enjoy festival season both Saturday and Sunday.

NFFLA Flag Football. The queer and allied jocks of National Flag Football League of Atlanta continue their spring season @ Silverbacks Park, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Desire, Sex & Communication. Workshop it out with the folks @ Emory Office of LGBT Life, 10 a.m.

Atlanta United Tailgate. The gay pro soccer fans of All Stripes do pre-gaming festivities before the match @ Lot 1 “The Gulch” outside Mercedes Benz Stadium, 2 p.m. The game is also on TV @ Woofs, 4 p.m.

Drag Queen Story Time: Alpharetta. Read about what it took Terracotta Sugarbaker to get this event done, plus how the Mayor of Atlanta reacted, and then drive to support the event @ Alpharetta City Library, 2 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.

Michelle Malone. Get a rare free taste of what lesbian Blues Rock fans gladly pay for all year long @ Marietta Square, 6 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. 

Odd Ball. Current-season RuPaul queen Yvie Oddly hosts this delightfully named new Wussy party @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Fantasy Girls. The queens you love doing what you love cabaret [email protected] Ten, 9 p.m. 

Furball (middle photo). Dani Toro puts your hirsute pursuits to a beat @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

DJ Moose kicks Saturday into high [email protected] Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m. 

Atlanta Disco Society. The fourth installment of DJ Kimber’s ode to the ‘70s dance genre @ The Basement, 10 p.m.

Pop! Popup drag and Popup men werqs Saturday night into a frenzy @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.

Moonlight Cabaret. Queens on the scene @ Midtown Moon, 11p.m.

Xion Afterhours. J Warren moves you ‘til sunrise @ BJ Roosters, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.

 

Sunday, April 28

EAV Tea Dance & Artist Market (bottom photo). A Wussy release party goes down even better with vendors, cocktails and performances @ Banshee, 3 p.m.

Duluth Spring Arts Festival & Inman Park Festival. Two great tastes that taste great together. Head north for the one, intown for the other, and enjoy festival season both Saturday and Sunday.

Hotlanta Softball. The pitchers and catchers of HSL hit the diamonds @ Johnson Park, 9 a.m. Then hit the Extra Innings Champagne/Beer Bust @ Embr, 4 p.m.

Cheryl Courtney Evans Center. An organizational meeting for the pending trans resource center honoring the late, great activist @ Jason’s Deli, 1 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.

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

Come Thru Queen Drag Brunch. Fiera Ice, Tiffany Diamond DeVille, Jor’dore Dior, Lady Gray andCiCi Nicole are joined by a special guest for this weekly brunch show @ Eclectic Bistro & Bar, 1 p.m.

Drag Queen Story Hour. Brent Star reads to kids for the entertainment of adults @ Posman Books in Ponce City Market, 3 p.m.

Revival. Gospel Brunch has a whole new look, benefiting Rainbow House @ Midtown Moon, 3 p.m.

Madams, Marys & Mimosas serves drag, brunch and drink specials @ Ten Atlanta, 1 p.m. Sit. Stay. The Sunday Funday weekly tradition of outdoor dudes, DJs and drinks, 4 p.m.

Atlanta School for Burlesque Recital. The spring show with these lovely ladies of this queer-led squad @ Rush Center, 7:30 p.m.

Armorettes. The camp drag crazies with the hearts of gold against AIDS are in their 41st year of weekly shows @ Midtown Moon, 8 p.m. 

Queer AF: Get Lit Edition. Drew Friday and Candida Valentina host this raucous drag and variety show @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

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Pick up a new edition of Q each week at LGBTQ and allied venues across Atlanta. You can also check out our schedule of queer Atlanta’s best spring shows, soirees and specials through Memorial Day.