The best gay Halloween things to do in Atlanta

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Atlanta does the LGBT holi-gay like no other place. Spooktacular gay Halloween parties, costume contest tricks and fundraiser treats dot the weekend events list that – ready or not – signal the start of the holiday season.

Friday, Oct. 25
Jay Brannan (second photo) croons you into the weekend with his dulcet tones. The sexy gay singer-songwriter returns to Atlanta behind opening act Richard Parsons in two shows @ Eddie’s Attic, 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Before you see him live, enjoy our 25 sexy ways we love Jay Brannan besides music.

Fourth Friday Networking brings together the LGBT business professionals of the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. This time, they wind down with happy hour goodies in the new Miami Circle location @ Mission Motif, 5:30 p.m.

Dinner & A Movie: “The Witches of Eastwick” kicks off Jungle’s weekend with dragster Jaye Lishe, a different screening each week, and great menu specials in the Jungle Room @ Jungle, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sit. Stay. It’s time for the zaniness of The Other Show with its uniquely creative cast and this week’s special guest Genre, 9:30 p.m. Stick around if you dare for SecretRoom’s 999 Hells party.

Terry Scopeletti Art Opening reveals the gay local photographic artist’s signature mix of vintage, traditional and digital techniques to create extraordinary images, from male nudes to still life (third photo) and beyond. Join the reception @ MISTER Center, 6 p.m.

Swank is the monthly women’s fandango at the hotspot on the corner of Gay and Lesbian. Ladies jam with VJ Prism and tons of surprises @ 10th & Piedmont, 10 p.m. Here’s how they roll.

Halloweenie 9: Monster Mash is the annual bash for alternaqueers. DJ Headmaster ritual spins funk, costumes are off the chain, and horror mashups are on the video screens. Boys, beers and boos @ Mary's, 9 p.m. Get big gay costume ideas.

FUR drops you into gay Atlanta’s hot weekly man-on-man dance party (fourth photo) @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Get there early with the new weekly Bear Bust with bottomless brew, 7 p.m.

Charlie’s Angels is the newest show at Midtown’s go-to bar. Join gay porn sexpert Charlie Harding (third photo, right) and a cast including Shawnna, Chavon, Niesha, Lateasha and legendary Lena @ Blake’s, 11 p.m. Or head upstairs for Girls Night with DJ Liz Owen.

Paula Cole (fourth photo) has been busy since winning hearts and the Best New Artist Grammy a million years ago. She can still sing you into bliss with hits and songs from her latest, “Raven.” Opening act Mark Erelli @ Red Clay Theatre, Duluth, 8 p.m.

The Fab Five revue puts the glamazons on display each week hosted by Angelica D’Paige. This week, get your dollars ready for some of Atlanta’s premiere queens @ Burkhart’s, 11 p.m.

Got Leche? Halloween turns up the volume on its weekly gay Latin night with tricks and treats, drag and a $2,013 costume contest @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

BanjeeGirl Friday with Raquel Lord gets your lesbian weekend started with the legend herself, a DJ-driven dance party and all the ladies you can handle with the TraxxGirls promoters @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

 

Saturday, Oct. 26
Atlanta Bucks vs. Nashville Grizzlies. Atlanta’s gay rugby team (fifth photo) hosts its last home match of the season as they grab on and ruck with the Tennessee boys @ South Metro, 1 p.m. After the game, follow the burly caravan to the Third Half Social @ Hideaway, 3 p.m. Grab and pull our Bucks photos.

Southern Softpaw League pitches and catches with gay fall softball jocks. Come for the guys, stay for … well stay for the guys too @ Southside Park, noon. Halloween Costume Post-Games Beer Bust hosted this week by Honey Badgers @ Joe’s, 4 p.m.

Voices Carry Poetry Reading is the ninth annual LGBT poetry reading, book sale and Q&A with literary luminaries Cecilia Woloc, Jessie Carty, Helen Losse, Erica Wright and host Collin Kelley @ Georgia Center for the Book, 3 p.m.

“Guys and Dolls” isn’t stale as toast when Atlanta Lyric Theatre takes it over for Atlanta audiences. It’s Broadway, baby @ Cobb Civic Center, 8 p.m. with Sunday shows too.

Jerusalem House Fairy Tales & Magic (sixth and top photos) party is the 14th annual iteration of Atlanta’s biggest gay Halloween party for charity. This year’s theme is kid-fantasy, but costumes will run the gamut. Open bar, food, DJ Bill Berdeaux, great dress-ups and more than $3,000 in cash prizes. Raise the bar on your costume. View 150 amazing photos from last year. Sexy Tribble Reese will be there to judge you.

Scary-oke. Just when you thought it was safe to step up to the microphone, everybody’s favorite East Atlanta mess of a karaoke gets a Halloween remake. Cash and prizes. Song-costume combos encouraged @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

Halloween Mask-Queer-Ade & Jerusalem House Afterparty offers a $1,500 costume contest to the beat of DJ Sean Mac. It’s always packed and the Atlanta Bucks are raising rugby bucks, so come early and stay late @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Check out Halloween sluts and what not to wear.

Twisted Night of Mayhem (seventh photo) puts a scary, crazy, lesbian spin on Halloween. DJ Rapko, a Court of Kings show headed by Owen McCord, and more than $500 in costume contest prizes. Get there early because it tends to sell out @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Grind-Here is the in-person version of the singles night you have in your pants, er on your smartphone. DJ beats and drag get the party started @ Mixx, 10 p.m.

Eyes Wide Shut with Rock Stars Production pulls hundreds of attendees from around the country to a scandalous masquerade with costume contest prizes including Best Olivia Pope @ Inventors Loft, 10 p.m.

Halloween Latin Party plans to pack the house @ Opera, 9 p.m.

Male Stripper Costume Contest. You come as your Halloween alter ego, let the strippers reward your efforts. Oh and prizes too @ Swinging Richards, 10 p.m.

Midnight Madness drags out the dinner hour into party time with Angelica D’Paige @ 10th & Piedmont, 11 p.m.

DJ Oren Nizri’s Dance with the Devil (eighth photo). Dancing queens do not want to miss this Halloween fright fest for the ages. Internationally renowned DJ, queen of costumes Phoenix and your most devilish costume for the costume dance contest for cash and prizes @ Jungle, 10 p.m. You better bring it. Come early for dinner, drinks and a great show with the “ladies” of Ruby’s Halloween Redd Light District in the Jungle Room, 9:30 p.m.

Halloween Costume Contest with DJ Mike Pope is the Saturday night draw, but you’ll want to go earlier for more cute boys than you can handle. More than $1,000 in prizes @ Blake’s, 10 p.m. Thinking of a toga? Better be sexier than this twink.

Sinful Saturday welcomes all comers to the burbs. Not feeling an intown experience? Get the shows, specials and swagger that goes with the OTP gays @ LeBuzz, Marietta, 9 p.m., including Evah Destruction’s Good vs. Evil Costume Contest, 10 p.m. and the early Miss Atlanta Showgirl pageant, 8 p.m.

Extravaganza Show is the weekly fabulosity with blonde and beautiful Shavonna B. Brooks and cast @ Burkhart’s, 11 p.m.

 

Sunday, Oct. 27
Beer Bust for Rush Center helps expand Atlanta’s LGBT hub where Pride, Georgia Equality and Health Initiative run the gay world and multiple groups host events. They need you and your dough for the fancy new renovation and are willing to offer $10 bottomless beer and raffles to get you @ Frogs, 3 p.m.

Harness: Redemption Halloween Party gives you one more chance to top Saturday night. Jungle lays down the weekly “No Shirt, No Cover” party (bottom photo), this week with ] Halloween beats by DJ Corey David. Strap in and strap up in the bckspce @ Jungle, 6 p.m. – midnight.

Flashback Showgirls is the drag show that takes you back, all the way back to a new decade each week. Lady Shabazz leads the cast @ 10th & Piedmont, 8 p.m.

Armorettes: Glamp Tricks & Treats. The legendary local camp drag troupe re-envisions its weekly HIV fundraising show, this week for Halloween. New and improved with the beauties of Burkhart’s. New showtime, revitalized cast, same insanity @ Burkhart’s, 9 p.m.

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