Best gay ATL things to do Memorial Weekend

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The long holi-gay weekend you’ve been waiting for is here. All-weekend jocks, dance parties and beach-themed kickoffs say hello to your local LGBT summer. Dive in and get you some.

Friday, May 27

Big Peach. The national gay softball tournament run by Hotlanta Softball League includes games by day and parties by night all weekend @ Southside Softball Complex and Johnson Park, as well as tonight’s Kickoff Pool Party with the Mr. Big Peach contest @ Crowne Plaza Midtown, 5 p.m. We promise hot gay jocks (top photo) all weekend.

Family Symposium. THEA, for trans and gay-inclusive families, kicks off its weekend of fellowship and education with a pizza party @ Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 5 p.m. Saturday symposium.

“Significant Other.” What happens when a gay man starts losing his straight female besties to men but can't find one of his own? A quest for his true self @ Actor's Express, 8 p.m. Runs through June 19. Check out our interview with gay actor Lee Osorio, who plays the lead role.

“BAES.” Queer artist Corian Ellisor (aka drag performer Ellasaurus Rex) choreographs this dance, drag, music, acting and comedy show about a fictional pageant. Engage its “Beauty And Entertainment Systems” @ 7 Stages, 8 p.m. Runs through Sunday

Pensacola Road Trip. You’re right, it’s not in Atlanta, but enough of you will be going for gay Memorial Day festivities that it should be acknowledged @ Pensacola Beach, through Monday. Parties include women’s events by ATL’s own My Sister’s Room.

Boys Room. Come hang out with the cool kids @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

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

Pump. There’s no cover charge to kick off your weekend at this man-on-man dance party, this week with DJ Stan Jackson @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Unchained. It’s a fetish fantasy festival, y'all. Mistress Kountessa hosts with DJs Serif and Moose NYC @ Atlanta Eagle, 9 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.

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

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.

Crush Friday 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, May 28

Deep South: The Carry Nation. New York it-team Nita Aviance and Will Automagic (middle photo) hit the decks, with Chelsea Starr in tow. Catch their vibe with the Deep South series’ loyal alternaqueers @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Big Peach. The national gay softball tournament run by Hotlanta Softball League includes games by day and parties by night all weekend @ Southside Softball Complex and Johnson Park, all day, as well as tonight’s Big Peach Bar Crawl from Woofs to Oscars to Blake’s to Heretic.

Family Symposium. THEA, for trans and gay-inclusive families, continues its fellowship and education event with a day of symposiums @ Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Free Kickboxing. The Gentlemen’s Foundation, supporting Atlanta gay men of color, continues its Healthy Happy Hour series with this beginners class for all fitness levels @ Anytim Fitness, 12 noon.

#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 regularly schedule shenanigans, 9 p.m.

Lucas Mire. The gay Atlanta crooner strums and sings his way into more hearts @ Eddie’s Attic, 9:30 p.m.

Country All Night. Scoot your boots until closing time @ Heretic, 9 p.m.

DJ Scorpio keeps the butts bouncing @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Get there early for Fantasy Girls, 9:30 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.

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. 

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.

DJ Karlitos All Nighter. Don’t stop ‘til you get enough. Dance until you need sunglasses to leave @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Sunday, May 29

Summer Kickoff Party for Joining Hearts (bottom photo). DJ Mike Pope, hostess Angelica D’Paige, beer bust, frozen t-shirt contest, butt contest and more get the season started right @ Heretic, 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. Don’t touch that dial. DJ Kidd Madonny cranks the beats because you don’t have to work tomorrow, 9 p.m. More? Yep. Both parties dovetail with the Big Peach Closing Party, 6 – 11 p.m.

Blackout Party. It’s dark in here. You know what to do @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Drag Brunch presents the Sisters of Sequins with Bubba D. Licious at the wheel while you eat @ Lips (bottom photo), 12:30 p.m. Walk-ins welcome. Or sleep in and do Dinner with the Divas, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday Funday wraps your weekend just the way you like it: with all your gays plus DJs Rob Reum and Robert Ansley @ Ten Atlanta, 5 p.m. – midnight

Midtown Rouge. Get to gettin' with High Energy and DJ Bill Berdeaux, 1 p.m., then the Sunday drag show kicks its latest, most fabulous iteration @ Blake's, 8 p.m.

Armorettes: Back to the Beach. Atlanta’s camp drag crazies against HIV do their weekly good in the gayborhood @ Burkhart’s, 7:30 p.m.

Tossed Salad. The magic and madness masterminded by Brigitte Bidet and her left-of-center queens @ Burkhart’s, 9:30 p.m.

Monday, May 30

LGBT Veterans Memorial Day Ceremony. The soldiers of AVER, American Veterans for Equal Rights, honor LGBT veterans and fallen service members each year. This year, they dedicate the Edward Goodwin Scruggs Memorial Flag Pole @ Piedmont Park, noon.


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