The best queer things to do in Atlanta this weekend

One, two, you know what to do. Three, four, come on through the door. Welcome to your weekend at these LGBTQ Atlanta events.

Friday, Aug. 16

Madonna, Madonna. Strike a pose twice for the one-and-only’s 61st birthday. Drop by and dance during Confessions on a Dance Floor @ Heretic, 8 p.m. and Madonnarama (top photo) @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

Siren. For All Humans presents a free pool party with queers and queens as your “merhuman” hosts @ Moxy Atlanta, 7p.m. 

Haint. The dark glam recording artist embarks on a surreal exploration of the film Psycho as well as sensationalized narratives about trans women in a new music video. Release party @ Mother Bar, 7 p.m.

Big Queer Sizzle III. Performances of dance, poetry, song and more by local queer artists to benefit Charis Circle @ Charis Books & More, 7:30 p.m.

The Olsen Hour. Catch yourself twinning during this Marky Kate & Ashley pizza party for adults @ 7 Stages, 8 p.m.

Entertaining Lesbians Closing Weekend. The newest play by Topher Payne follows a straight white woman with a checkered past who needs to woo Atlanta’s highest-society lesbians. The show gets a dry run @ Out of the Box Theatre, Marietta, 8 p.m. Runs through Saturday.

Spring Awakening. The sexually charged and queer-inclusive Broadway hit gets a local re-do @ Onstage Atlanta, 8 p.m. Runs through Aug. 24

Head over Heels. The Gogos catalogue backs this musical with queer Atlanta performers in the cast @ Actor’s Express, 8 p.m. Runs through Aug. 25.

LGBTQ Artist Exhibit at Atlanta City Hall. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ office recognizes LGBTQ artists and LGBTQ-inspired art in the Mayor’s Gallery. The works of 20 artists were selected for the exhibit open to the public Monday through Friday @ Atlanta City Hall, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Aug. 26.

The Other Show. Edie Cheezburger, Jaye Lish and the cast bring their brand of drag to their new home @ Midtown Moon, 9 p.m. 

4Eva 2. Southern Fried Queer Pride and friends celebrate Kiwan Benson, Monte Qarlo and Matt Jones — three young LGBTQ lives tragically lost last year — with a party and show @ 529, 10 p.m.

Stanley’s Flashback kicks off the weekend @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

TGIF. DJ Sean Michael brings the beats @ Ten Atlanta, 10 p.m.

Banshee Late Night. DJ Brain Rojas and Deep South collide @ Banshee, 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.

Fresh Fish Friday & Moonlight Cabaret. The new faces of Fresh Fish drag show wrap your week, then the drag eleganza of Moonlight Cabaret starts the weekend @ Midtown Moon, 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Fem Friday. Get your weekend started with DJ beats, performances and scores of women in Midtown’s home for Atlanta lesbian nightlife @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

 

Saturday, Aug. 17

Brendan Maclean. Special guest Chelsea Shag, plus locals Iv Fischer and Taylor Alxndr, join this week’s Q cover boy for a Nonsense ATL party (middle photo) @ The Basement, 7 p.m. Read the Q interview.

Piedmont Park Arts Festival does booths, music and food @Piedmont Park, all day. Sunday too.

Outworlders Book Club. Do you love books, sci-fi, fantasy, and horror? Get in on the ground floor during this first meeting @ Fulton Library Kirkwood, 1 p.m.

Rugby 101. The gay Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club preps for the fall season with newbies and veterans alike @ Peachtree Hills Park, 1 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.

Her HRC. HRC Atlanta woos women with a night of cabaret @ My Sister’s Room, 6 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. 

#StartTalking. Stories of Southerners living with HIV through art @ Annex Bookstore, 7 p.m.

Melissa Etheridge. The legendarily loved lesbian rocker stops on her “Medicine Show” tour @ Atlanta Botanical Garden, 7 p.m. 

Belong Potluck. The LGBTQ social and mentoring group eats @ Midtown location, 7 p.m. (RSVP for address)

Ruby’s Redd Light District & Moonlight Cabaret. Queens on the scene @ Midtown Moon, 8 p.m. and 11p.m.

Glamorous. DJ Yinon Yahel of the gay circuit series Forever Tel Aviv lands after an opening set by Neon the Glowgobear @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Hot For Teacher and Atlanta Bucks Bar Night leave you breathless @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m. You can even go early and eat. Meet the Atlanta Charges during an outdoor Kansas City Bear-B-Q, 5 p.m.

Midtown Saturday Night lays beats on both decks with you in the spotlight @ Ten, 10 p.m

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

Sensual Night. It’s DJ Wulf and DJ Amethyst, then a drag show @ My Sister’s Room, 10 p.m., 11:30 p.m.

Chug. It’s a drag show that only this gay-owned hipster bar can pull off @ Georgia Beer Garden, 10:30 p.m.

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

 

Sunday, Aug. 18

Rainbow Trout & Frontrunners Pool Party (bottom photo). Join the LGBTQ swimmers and runners to help them raise money for Pride @ 321 Robin Hood Road, 1 p.m. Meet a few of them here.

Franklin Abbott “The Stranger.” The local queer literary guru, poet, therapist and nice guy speaks during the Sunday Celebration of Life @ First Existentialist Congregation, 11 a.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.

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.

Heifer Review. Ruby Redd corrals the queens on the patio @ Joe’s on Juniper, 1 p.m. 

Drag Me to Brunch. Good grub and cool queens serve Sunday vibes @ My Sister’s Room, 2 p.m.

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

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.

Queer AF. Drew Friday hosts this raucous drag and variety show @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

A version of this calendar originally ran in Q Magazine. Read the full issue online here:

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