Atlanta’s best gay Thanksgiving Weekend events

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Your regularly scheduled gay weekend gets supersized with all the trimmings. For an escape or for an alternative to traditional plans, make a holi-gay date with these local LGBT events.

Wednesday, Nov. 25

Joining Hearts Thanksgiving Eve (top photo). DJ Deanne hits town to make sure that your day off comes with a dance party hangover. DJ Seth Breezy opens, and all proceeds benefit the cause @ Heretic, 9 p.m.

Turkey Bowl. Join the Dixie Bowling League for just-fun frames of No Tap, Crazy Bowl and the ever-popular Turkey Toss @ Funtime Bowl Northeast, 7 p.m.

Turkey Ball. DJs, drag and dudes combine with a Wild Turkey sponsorship to take it hard to Thanksgiving Eve like no place else @ Ten, 9 p.m.

THOTSgiving Panty Drop. DJ Bitchcraft welcomes That Ho Over There and all the other “queers and freaks of every persuasion.” Open to all @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

Cirque Dreams: Holidaze. This cirque-style extravaganz puts the circus in your stars @ Fox Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Friday too.


Thanksgiving, Nov 26

A Very Ten Thanksgiving (second photo). DJ Daryl Cox works his magic, you bring side dishes, and turkey is on the house during this T-giving potluck hosted by Lynn Barfield @ Ten, 7 p.m.

Swinging Thanksgiving Buffet. How about a side of all-nude stripper with your turkey? There’s plenty to choose @ Swining Richards, 6:30 p.m.

Burkhart’s Family Thanksgiving. All the fixins from the kitchen and all the libations from the bar @ Burkhart’s , 4 p.m.

Model T Potluck. Your “other family” is eating together. Bring a dish to pass, and it benefits CHRIS Kids @ Model T, 2 p.m.

Cocky Thanksgiving Feast. Before you can write off turkey dinners for another year, one gay bar wants to show how you’re family at one last meal with all the trimmings @ Cockpit, 5:30 p.m.

Holiday Cocktails. You know like several other LGBT watering holes after the sun goes down, 10th Street’s longest running gay bar will have your cocktail waiting @ Blake’s on the Park, 7 p.m.


Friday, Nov. 27

Pump (third photo). The weekly man-on-man dance party gets down tonight with DJ Stan Jackson @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

“Santaland Diaries.” David Sedaris’ hilarious play about a snarky department store elf returns for its 17th season with Harold Leaver in the starring role @ Horizon Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs through Dec. 31.

Cirque Dreams: Holidaze. This cirque-style extravaganz puts the circus in your stars @ Fox Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Boys Room. One two, you know what to do. Three, four come on through the door @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

The Other Show. A weekly drag cabaret with an eclectic cast that tries to keep you guessing @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m

Deadly Vixens puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars, plus Second Level beats upstairs @ Blake’s, 9 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.

Femme Fatale puts the drag glamazons on display each week. Get your singles ready for premiere Atlanta queens @ Burkhart’s, 11 p.m.

Friday Night Dance Party. Another weekly way to kick off your weekend just hit 10th Street. See what you can get into @ G’s, 10 p.m.

Ladies Lounge. Get your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party, live performances and scores of women in the new Midtown home of Atlanta lesbian nightlife @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Chaparral Night turns up the volume on its weekly gay Latin party with stage shows and dancing into the wee hours @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.



Saturday, Nov. 28

Bear Your Briefs Underwear Party (fourth photo). DJ Jack Chang brings the beats, you bring clean skivvies because everyone is going to be seeing them. Clothes check available @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Get there early for the Fantasy Girls show, 9 p.m.

Bearracuda 5th Anniversary. The hot, hairy hunks come out in force to celebrate this dance party series with the guys who pring you GrowlR. DJ Paul Goodyear keeps you pumping @ Heretic. 10 p.m.

#Daydrunk. Drink specials put you to bed early or make you the life of tonight’s party @ Mary’s, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Do it, and you may not remember what you did during the regularly scheduled shenanigans, 9 p.m.

White Party. They do it up in leather, and now they do it up in white. The day after Black Friday, it’s White Saturday, the annual color-themed event with the BDSM gays @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 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. 

Synergy turns up the volume on Saturday night and blows your ever-loving mind with glamazons working for your dollars @ Burkhart's, 11 p.m.

GlitterBomb werqs Saturday night with a drag show hosted by Edie Cheezburger, a cast of premiere queens and special guests @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.

Ladies Night. Atlanta’s lesbian dance party puts on a show to supplement its weekly womyn ways in a new Midtown location @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

DJ Kevin DuRard All Nighter moves you all the way to sunrise, just steps away from BJs, Heretic and Jungle. Saturday never really ends @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Sunday, Nov. 29

Toast to Ria (bottom photo). It’s been two years since beloved chef Ria Pell died suddenly, and her wife, friends and family won’t ever forget. Raise a glass in her honor with live music @ Elliott Street Deli & Pub, 7 p.m.

Sunday Funday. DJs Rob Reum and Robert Ansley give you the inside-outside weekend closing party that you so deeply desire @ Ten Atlanta, 5 p.m. – midnight.

Drag Gospel Brunch presents 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.

High Energy & Cell Block Sunday. Get to gettin' with DJ Bill Berdeaux, 3 p.m., then the Cell Block drag show with Raquell Lord, Shawnna Brooks, Nicole Paige Brooks and Taejah Thomas @ Blake's, 8 p.m. Look at last week’s outpouring during the Lateasha Shuntel Tribute Show.

The Armorettes. Those local camp crazies throw down their weekly show for tips against HIV/AIDS in Atlanta @ Hideaway, 8 p.m.

Tossed Salad. The magic and madness masterminded by Brigitte Bidet, her left-of-center queens, and DJ King Atlas rock this weekly drag show and dance party @ Burkhart’s, 9 p.m.


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