The best queer things to do in Atlanta over Memorial Weekend

An extended staycation over the long weekend is just what the doctor ordered. From specials from social gatherings to annual tournaments, the LGBTQ-ATL turns out the holigay. There’s plenty for queers not leaving town in the Gay Exodus.

Friday, May 24

Atlanta United Watch Party (top photo). The local LGBT pro-soccer fan club All Stripes checks out the away game @ Georgia Beer Garden, 9 p.m. The game is also on [email protected] Woofs, 9 p.m.

Social Friday Dinner. The LGBTQ mentors and -tees of Belong (formerly Rainbros) eat a bite @ Roxx, 7 p.m.

Sangria Friday. Specialty drinks, all the games and matchups on the screens, and all the sporty gays to watch it with @ Woofs, 5 p.m.

Atlanta Dream Home Opener. The hometown WNBA squad takes on Dallas with Q cover queer and ice cream impresario Angel McCoughtry leading the charge @ State Farm Arena, 7:30 p.m. Read McCoughtry’s Q interview and photo shoot.

The Cake. Baker’s rights vs. gay rights, ripped from the headlines and staged for your entertainment @ Horizon Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs through June 23.

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.

Chunk. DJs Marceaux Marceaux (Memphis) and Cakes (NOLA) help Vicki Powell celebrate thicc-ness with Deep South @ 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.

Vibe Pride Weekend. 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, May 25

Big Peach (second photo). Hotlanta Softball League hosts the annual national tournament with games by day and parties by night, centered @ Crown Plaza Midtown, all weekend. The Big Peach Welcome Wagon rolls out as one of many afters @ Woofs, 3 p.m.

Decatur Arts Festival. From camp crafts to finer works, an artist market with something for every L, G, B, T and Q goes down @ Decatur Square, all day.

Friends & Neighbors Day Fest. Those creative minds at Arbitrary Living come outside in a collaboration with photobooth, live music, pop-up market, dranks and live music @ Old Fourth Ward Park Amphitheatre, 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.

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. 

Outworlders Movie Night: Destroy All Monsters! and Aliens. It’s a double creature feature with the local LGBTQ sci-fi/fantasy group @ private residence, 7 p.m.

Comedy Clap Back. Comics tell jokes about groups that they are NOT part of with a panel of comedians representing that group sitting in judgment and clapping back after each set @ Relapse Theatre, 8 p.m.

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

Bear Invasion. DJ Eric James beats down a no-cover holigay weekend special @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

DJ Moose: We All Love 80s, 90s, 00s kicks Saturday into high [email protected] Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m. 

Vibe Pride Weekend. There is something going on every day this holigay @ My Sister’s Room, 10 p.m.

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

Queeriety Backroom. The very queer, very adult comedy hour you didn’t know you needed with Molly Rimswell playing host @ Village Theatre, 11 p.m.

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

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

 

Sunday, May 26

Memorial Sunday Patio Party (third photo). DJ Mike Pope and Angelica D’Paige raise funds for Joining Hearts with your barbecue-beer bust coins. Frozen t-shirt contest, bubble butt contest and more outside @ Heretic, 3 p.m. It’s far from over, either. Stay put for the Big Peach Victory Party, 6 p.m. and the DJ Kidd Madonny Memorial Dance, 9 p.m. Too many links? Go here. Sit. Stay.

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.

Sporty Sunday Funday. Games and matches on screen, plus all the guys to watch them 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.

Madams, Marys & Mimosas serves drag, brunch and drink specials @ Ten Atlanta, 1 p.m. Sit. Stay. The Sunday Fundayweekly tradition of outdoor dudes, DJs and drinks, 4 p.m. The fun flows directly into Beach Party on the Patio, wherein DJ Jay McCracken returns to his hometown for an outdoor swimwear set @ Ten, 7 p.m.

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

Vibe Pride Weekend. There is something going on all day every day this holigay @ My Sister’s Room, all day.

Tasselcade. Uh oh, y’all. It’s “a burlesque smackdown” with the always queer inclusive Glitter Goddess Productions. Performances include the one-and-only Coco Rose @ Red Light Café, 5 p.m.

Junk. DJ Cakes from Friday’s Chunk party stays in the ATL and just keeps spinning @ Mary’s, 8 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. Sit tight. It's Cherry Bomb with Wild Cherry Sucret coralling the queens, 11 p.m.

Pop Battle. DJ Fernando wants you to pop out since you’re off work tomorrow @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

 

Monday, May 27

SIN. Service Industry Night was never quite like it is with queerly beloved DJs Zaida (bottom photo), Esme, Helix and friends @ Mother Bar, 10 p.m. 

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