The best queer things to do in Atlanta this weekend

Hurtle into the Big Week with events that put the queer in Christmas. From plays, parties and performers to drinks, DJs and dancing and so much more.

Friday, Dec. 20

Naughty or Nice (top photo). Meet, greet and have your photo taken with porn star Damien Kyle @ Ten, 9 p.m. Showtime 12 midnight.

Christmas with the Crawfords: Closing Weekend. Atlanta’s LGBTQ theater company takes on a camp classic. Based on a 1949 radio broadcast from Joan Crawford’s home, exaggerated silver screen icons visit for the holidays @ Out Front Theatre Company, 7 p.m. Runs through Dec. 21.

A Tuna Christmas. The two-person, 20-character romp through the smalltown South that gives more than it receives this holiday @ Georgia Ensemble Theatre, through Dec. 29. 

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

XXX-Mess. Party with the cool queers @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

G8yties. Get down with the shirtless dancing gays @ Heretic 10 p.m.

DJ Ron Pullman + Mr. & Ms. Atlanta Eagle kick off the weekend @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Nonsense ATL: Holiday Spectacular Edition. DJ Kimber’s straight-inclusive dance party for every freakin’ body @ The Basement, 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.

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.

 

Saturday, Dec. 21

DJ Isaac Escalante is sure to pack the place again (middle photo) on a big Cheshire Bridge night @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Head just cross the parking lot for Xion Afterhours. Nina Flowers moving you ‘til sunrise @ BJ Roosters, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.

Outworlders Book Club. Atlanta’s LGBTQ+ scifi, fantasy and gaming group discusses “Old Man’s War” @ Fulton Library Kirkwood, 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.

Jim Smith & Lynn Barfield Birthday Bash. They party all year, but not like this. Get in on this one hosted by Twee @ Midtown Moon, 5 p.m.

Glitz & Glam with Charlie Brown. The self-titled Bitch of the South and her girls entertain 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. 

Midnight Journey With Santa Claus. Atlanta Freedom Bands performs its holiday concert @Church at Ponce & Highland, 8 p.m.

Transgender Social: Holiday Ice Skating. The group gathers for seasonal skating and a dessert potluck @ Atlantic Station, 8 p.m.

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

Silent Night Silent Disco. Catch the craze, including a silent drag show too @ My Sister’s Room, 10 p.m.

DJ Eric James leaves you breathless @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 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.

 

Sunday, Dec. 22

Sister Louisa's Church Bar Anniversary. It’s been nine years, and there’s still nothing else like you and your friends @ Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium, 7 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.

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, this week with the bonus of being HSL’s Extra Inning Beer Bust @ Midtown Moon, 1 p.m. 

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

Charmaine Sinclair's Sunday Tea Dance. Underwear models music and more @ Midtown Moon, 3 p.m. This week, you can drink to benefit World AIDS Day charities.

Sunday Funday. The weekly tradition of outdoor dudes, DJs, drinks and sometimes drag @ Ten, 4 p.m. Stick around. It’s Showtune Sundays featuring videos and singalongs with DJ Adam Bland, 8 p.m.

Sweater Party. Bulky, embroidered, tight or just right, put your holiday one on for the contest and drink @ The Hideaway, 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.

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