The best queer things to do in Atlanta this weekend

Sun’s out, guns and buns out! The combination of steamy summer vibes and a Pride-ful Stonewall Month bring out the fun in LGBTQ Atlanta events, from parties to contests to benefits and beyond.

Friday, June 1

Boys of Summer Swimsuit Contest (top photo). Wear something short and tight and enter to win in the annual free-for-all contest @ Mary’s, 10 p.m.

Friday Night Lights. Sports on all the screens of Atlanta’s gay sports bar @ Woofs, 8 p.m.

Love’s Not Blind: Intersectional Polyamory. Author Kevin Patterson leads a discussion of his book on opening polyamorous relationships to queers of color @ Charis Books & More, 7:30 p.m.

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

DILF: Coach. Singlets, straps and other jock gear are apropos for dancing @ Heretic, 10 p.m. 

Onyx Night with DJ Ron Pullman gets the weekend going @ 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.

Guys & Dolls. Pretty bartenders and even prettier queens @ 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.

Bring Back Our Girls. Shavonna Brooks hosts a cast of venerable favorites @ Midtown Moon, 12 midnight.

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, June 2

Suds & Studs Car Wash Beer Bust (middle photo). Let these strippers by night be your scrubbing boys by day, with barbecue and bottomless beer to boot @ BJ Roosters, 12 noon – 5p.m.

Flag Football Playoffs, Round 1. The gridiron gays of National Flag Football League of Atlanta hit the fields @ Franklin Gateway Sports Complex, Marietta, 9 a.m.

Pedal. Pulse. Pride Ride. Join fellow black, indigenous and other people of color who identify on the queer and trans spectrums for a community bike ride downtown, starting @ Woodruff Park, 10 a.m.

Respect the Brunch with Mona Lott. Queen-hosted grub to benefit For The Kid In All Of Us @ Zocalo, 12 noon – 3 p.m.

Grit & Grace. Atlanta Women’s Chorus sing songs by, for and about strong women @ Out Front Theatre, 2 p.m. and 8 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 Gurlz of Summer Swimsuit Contest, the new tradition to crown EAV’s Queen of Summer, 10 p.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, 3 p.m. You can also watch the game on TV @ Woofs, 7:30 p.m.

Doggies on the Catwalk. The gay-run fashion show for animal charities stomps the runway @ Greenberg Traurig, 5:30 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.

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.

H2(H)oe with Asia O’Hara. Catch a wave and this current-season queen @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Read O’Hara’s Q magazine interview.

Stoplight Party. Green means go as DJ Neon the Glowgobear kicks Saturday into high gear @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

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

Bring Back Our Girls. Shavonna Brooks hosts a cast of venerable favorites @ Midtown Moon, 12 midnight.

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.

 

Sunday, June 3

Queer History Trolley Tour (bottom photo). The LGBT Institute, Atlanta Pride and Touching Up Our Roots guide you down LGBTQ-ATL memory lane @ Center for Civil & Human Rights, 1 p.m.

Hotlanta Softball League. The pitchers and catchers of the gay league gather to play @ Johnson Park, 9 a.m. Extra Innings Stoplight Beach Party follows @ Frogs, 4 p.m.

Trois Summer. Women who love women who love DJs who love drink specials all summer @ My Sister’s Room, 2 p.m.

Sporty Sunday Funday. All the games and matches on the screens, and all the guys to watch it with @ Woofs, 12 noon.

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.

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.

Madams, Marys & Mimosas serves drag, brunch and drink specials @ Ten Atlanta, 1 p.m. Sit. Stay. The Sunday Funday weekly tradition of dudes, DJs and drinks, 3 p.m., then High Tea with today’s hits, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

DJ Vicki Powell's Deep South x Ree de la Vega's Chaka Khan Hacienda. Two great parties that taste great together with DJs Vicki Powell and Brian Rojas throwing it down @ 8ARM, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

MELT + Loudspeaker Queer Open Mic. Closing show of this queer photography exhibit gets a fond farewell with spoken word and other vocal art @ Facet Gallery, 6 p.m.

Deck Party & Tea Dance. DJ Kevin Durard brings all the boys to the yard on the patio @ Midtown Tavern, 3 p.m. Stick arund for Sunday Sabbath, as Celeste Holmes stages queens to wrap your weekend, 6 p.m.

Armorettes. The camp drag crazies with the hearts of gold against AIDS are in their 40th year of weekly shows, now in a new home bar @ Midtown Moon, 8 p.m. Yep, it's back to Old Burkhart’s, new Midtown Moon, and the things are looking good.

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.

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.

A version of this feature originally appeared in Q magazine. Read the full issue below, and pick up your hard copy around town.