The best queer things to do in Atlanta this weekend

The Queer Agenda calendar of LGBTQ events says, "Have a holly jolly weekend, and in case you didn't hear. Oh by golly, have a holly jolly weekend this queer!"

And don't miss our Un-Christmassy things to do on Christmas (and all week).

Friday, Dec. 21

XXX-Mess (top photo). Party with the East Atlanta cool kids @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

Flannel Friday. All the games and matchups on the screens, and all the sporty gays to watch it with @ Woofs, 12 noon.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Watch Party. Come eat some tacos @ Guac Y Margys, 8 p.m.

Ethel Merman Disco Christmas Spectacular Closing Weekend. With a title like that, what could possibly go wrong? There’s no business like show business @ Out Front Theatre, 8 p.m. Saturday is closing night.

The Favourite. Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz burn up the silver screen in this lesbian-lady-love, period-fab, sure-bet Oscar contender @ metro Atlanta theaters. It’s one of the best Un-Christmas things to do on Christmas in Q magazine.

Libby Whittemore. The locally legendary cabaret singer performs her annual “Ho Ho Home for the Holidays along with the hilarious “Connie Sue Day Christmas” @ Actor’s Express, 7:30 p.m. Runs through Sunday

The Neon Queen. You’ll never hear better ABBA covers than the ones by this band @ Venkman’s, 9:30 p.m.

Cozy Critters PJs Night with DJ Mr. Richard kicks the weekend into high gear @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Nightmares B4 Christmas. The dance and show that only Taylor Alxndr can helm @ Club 529, 10 p.m. 

Nonsense ATL. DJ Kimber's alternate dance party for every-fckn-body @ The Basement, 10:30 p.m.

Celestial Friday with 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, 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. 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 Midtown home of Atlanta lesbian nightlife @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.


Saturday, Dec. 22

Jingle Ball (middle photo). DJ Eric James hosts a no-cover man-on-man holiday dance off @ 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.

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. 

Jane Lynch: Two Shows. The lesbian comic and actress brings her “Swingin’ Little Christmas” crew to town for two cabaret performances @ City Winery, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. 

Fantasy Girls. The queens you love doing what you love cabaret style @ Ten, 9 p.m.

Unholy Night. Lavonia Elberton hosts Wussy’s annual “Drag Me To Hell” holiday party @ Star Bar, 10 p.m.

Bigger, Longer & Uncut. The size of DJ Eric’s party does matter @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

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

A Very Queerly Christmas. The Queerly Beloved cast puts on a seasonal show @ My Sister’s Room, 10:30 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, Dec. 23

Queer AF (bottom photo). Drew Friday and Candida Valentina host this raucous drag and variety show @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Church 8th Anniversary. The quirkiest little queer-owned hipster bar in the nation celebrates its ongoing domination of our hearts @ Sister Louisa’s Church 7 p.m.

Gospel Brunch. Singing queens while you eat from a smorgasbord of serving stations @ Midtown Moon, 11 a.m.

NFL Sunday Funday. All the football games and other competitions on the screens, plus all the guys to watch them with @ Woofs, 12 noon.

Drag Brunch. 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 outdoor dudes, DJs and drinks, 4 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.

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.



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