The best queer things to do in Atlanta this weekend

You work hard all week. You deserve everything the LGBTQ-ATL event gurus can muster. Hurl your tired-but-not-beaten spirit at these rejuvenating downtime options.

Friday, Feb. 21

Black Girl Magic ft. Vixen. The RuGirl hits town to headline this History Month celebration with the House of Alxndr @ Drunken Unicorn, 10 p.m.

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. Atlanta’s largest film fest is even more queer-inclusive than ever @ Various venues, through Feb. 27. Read the Q preview.

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 EAV’s alternaqueers @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

G8yties. The popular party takes on a VHS 1984 theme @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Rosebudd Hotel Shitt’s Creek Party. Wear your favorite character from head to toe @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Hot Mess. DJ Kimber’s straight-inclusive party crew does pop divas like no other @ The Basement, 9 p.m.

DJ Mister Richard sends you into overdrive @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Sin Friday. Dancers, drinks and DJ Rob Reum @ Ten Atlanta, 10 p.m.

Mardi Gras Masquerade. Beads, masks, DJ Loki Dodi and host Kia Barnes throw the party @ My Sister’s Room, 10 p.m.

GirlCrush. Ladies unite for this monthly fete @ 10th & Piedmont, 11 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.

Moonlight Cabaret. Wrap up the work week and kick off the weekend with Myah Ross Monroe and the cast serving drag eleganza @ Midtown Moon, 11:30 p.m. THIS WEEK ONLY: Don’t miss the Barking Leather Fashion Show, 10:45 p.m.


Saturday, Feb. 22

Winter Beef Ball. For the fifth year, Bearracuda celebrates brings winter bears out of hibernation @ 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.

Field Day Fun Bust. Beer, prizes and Field Day fundraising teams collide @ Midtown Moon, 2 p.m.

Glitz & Glam. 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. 

Sam Jay. The openly queer Saturday Night Live writer tapes her Netflix Original Comedy special @ The Masquerade, 7:30 p.m.  Read the Q interview in this issue.

Nikki Giovanni. The iconic poet reads from her work free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis @ Schwartz Center, 4 p.m.

The Normal Heart. Kennesaw State University’s current production of the Tony Kushner heartbreaker presents one  of three Pride Night performances @ Onyx Theater, 7 p.m.

LMAO ft. Jujubee. Queens of comedy join the headlining RuGirl with Wussy @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Mardi Gras Masquerade. DJ Super Will, a mask contest and the Mardi Gras party spirit top the attractions @ Hideaway, 9 p.m.

Moonlight Cabaret. Once a weekend just isn't enough. Join Myah Ross Monroe and the cast @ Midtown Moon, 11:30 p.m. Get there early for Ruby’s Redd Light District, 9 p.m. 

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

Midtown Saturday Night. Gather at the corner of Gay & Gay Streets and get your gay guy gaggle on @ Ten, 10 p.m.

Xion Afterhours. Isaac Escalante steers you toward sunrise @ Xion at BJ Roosters, 3 a.m.


Sunday, Feb. 23

Armory Reunion. Those who remember, those who wish they could, and those who weren’t even born yet party like it’s 1999 @ Amsterdam, 3:30 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.

Super-Sized Sunday. 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 @ Blake's, 8:30 p.m.

Black Lesbian Archives Grassroots Tour Stop. Atlanta’s lesbian-feminist bookstore and cooperative hosts a Zine Making Creatives Incubator as part of this event series. Join the fun and conversation @ Charis Books & More, 3 p.m.

Heifer Review. Ruby Redd corrals the queens @ Midtown Moon. Brunch, noon. Show,1 p.m.

Charmaine Sinclair's Sunday Tea Dance. Underwear models music and more @ Midtown Moon, 3 p.m.

Sunday Funday: Mardi Gras Edition. The weekly tradition of outdoor dudes, DJs, drinks and sometimes drag @ Ten, 4 p.m.

Sing Out Sunday. Huey Rocks hosts, and you grab the mic @ The T Grant Park, 7 p.m.

Queer AF. D’Knighten Day hosts the most diverse king and queen cast in town, with a dance party to boot @ My Sister’s Room, 11 p.m.

Armorettes. The camp drag crazies with the hearts of gold against AIDS blow it out for their birthday @ Midtown Moon, 8 p.m. Stick around. Tossed Salad with Brigitte Bidet & Co. is back, 10 p.m.

A version of this calendar originally appeared in Q magazine. Read the full issue online below:

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