The best queer things to do in Atlanta this weekend

Even on a short workweek, the weekend can’t come around too soon. And waiting for you with open arms is a jam-packed Queer Agenda calendar of LGBTQ events. Dive in and see what you can get yourself into.

Friday, Sept. 7

Big Freedia (top photo).The unapologetic artist hits town with Demo Taped and an opening set by queer Atlanta’s own DJ King Atlas @ The Masquerade, 8 p.m.

“We the Animals.” Raul Castillo of “Looking” fame stars as a young man from a troubled Puerto Rican family who breaks away in part because he is gay @ Midtown Art Cinema, all week.

Sex Down South. The fourth annual sex and sexuality conference run by queers of color is ready to talk, educate and play with sex @ Hilton Atlanta Downtown, through Sunday, Sept. 9.

Hot Mic Comedy. Queer comedian Ian Aber hosts a gaggle of comics @ Urban Tree Cidery, 7 p.m.

“It’s Only a Play.” Process Theatre Co.  stages Terrance McNally’s show about opening night with a playwright, his best friend, a television star, his fledgling producer, erratic leading lady, wunderkind director, an infamous drama critic and a wide-eyed coat check attendant @ Out Of Box Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs through Sept. 22.

Love the WooWoo Beer Bust. The lovable Protect Your Monster’s Harry has a female bestie named WooWoo. Drink bottomless beer to raise funds for her safe-sex campaign @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Swinging Richards' Pride Underwear Auction. Wild Cherry Sucret hosts this 9th annual Atlanta Pride fundraiser where you can bid to take the briefs right off the stripper @ Swinging Richards, 9 p.m.

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

Maricenera. Party with the cool kids in East Atlanta @ Mary’s, 9 p.m. They are the best kind of mess.

DILF: Coach. Jocks and singlets are the dress code for this round of daddies and boys @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Cowboy Up. DJ Ron Pullman and the Onyx guys getthe weekend going @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Deep South. DJ Vicki Powell’s party train keeps coming, this time with a new residency @ MidCity Café, 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. 8

Wussy Prom (middle photo). Amanda Lepore headlines this “Petty in Pink” throwback to your school daze @ Heretic, 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.

FTK College Football Saturday. The gays of For The Kid in All of Us pour a beer bust while you watch the games on TV in your school jerseys @ Frogs, 1 p.m.

Atlanta Bucks Match. The gay rugby squad takes on its Columbus, Ga., rivals @ Walker Park, 2 p.m.

NFFLA Beer Bust. The gay flag football jocks are drinking bottomless brews to raise funds for the national Gay Bowl. You can too @ Woofs, 4 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. 

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.

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.

Southern Bears kick Saturday into high gear @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m. The night also celebrates Laverne Cox’s new single, “Beat for the Gods.”

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.


Sunday, Sept. 9

Sunday Service with DJ Vicki Powell (bottom photo). The queer hipsters know where to get down, especially when it’s a double bill with DJ Brian Rojas @ Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium, 7 p.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.

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.

Heifer Revue: Cuntry Queens. Ruby Redd corrals queens with a country-western theme for your brunchtime entertainment @ Cowtippers, 1 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.

Sexual Health Sunday. The fun-day corner gets a boost from the Saturnalia party crew, Avita Pharmacy and Empowerment Resource Center. First 100 to get tested can buy half-price tickets to next week’s Rome Party. Drink up @ Zocalo, 3 p.m. Read all about their genius plan in Q magazine.

Canines & Cocktails. The annual patio party and tea dance welcomes DJ Zack Falls, a silent auction and door prizes @ Henry’s, 3 p.m.

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

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 ran in Q magazine. Read the latest issue below for even more, check back here every Thursday for the full weekend roundup.