The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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The LGBT ATL calendar heats up with new fervor over the new regime, blowout annual parties for beloved charities, and a heaping helping of drag, DJs and drinks to get you over the workweek.

Friday, Jan. 20

Pump (top photo). When one word is all you need to kick off the weekend with a man-to-man dance party, you betta Pump @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

The People’s Inauguration. Ls, Gs, Bs and Ts join hundreds of other locals to show their distinct lack of support for the incoming White House resident @ Woodruff Park, 11 a.m. Also on tap, queer state Rep. Park Cannon hosts a Post-Inauguration Power Hour @ Blake’s, 6 p.m.

Bitch Please. Chill with the cool queers in East Atlanta @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

The Other Show. Come to the unique weekly drag cabaret with an eclectic cast and special guests that always pack a surprise @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m

Mr. & Ms. Atlanta Eagle do their bar night for charity tips while you dance and cruise @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Fresh Face Friday puts the newest drag glamazons on display. Then get your singles ready for premiere queens  in Femme Fatale @ Burkhart’s, 9:30 p.m. and 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.

Celestial Friday. Celeste Holmes hosts the show “where the stars come out” and puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars, plus Second Level beats upstairs @ Blake’s, 11 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.

Resident DJs Scott and Mikey take you deep into the night with $5 Fridays @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Saturday, Jan. 21

Affair of the Art (middle photo). Jerusalem House Inc. and its ArtsNow program benefit from this annual gay cocktail affair with art for sale to benefit the cause @ Atlanta Decorative Arts Center, 6 p.m. There's always a fun night to be had. Always.

Callanwolde Arts Festival. The gay-run Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces brings acoustic music, food and fun to the gardens @ Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday too.

Women’s March for Social Justice. Atlanta’s adjacent event to the big protest in Washington steps off @ Center for Civil & Human Rights, 1 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.

Miss Ruck N Maul: A Beautiful Mess. The beloved Atlanta Bucks trade their jerseys for dresses and their cleats for wigs in this annual romp. Dude looks like a lady @ Jungle, 6:30 p.m. The show lives up to its messy reputation, year after year, after year… after year. Oh and also? After year. This year, it comes with an amazing Silent Auction.

Armorettes Anniversary, Part 1. The monthly backstage show with the camp queens celebrates 38 years and $2.2 million against AIDS @ Heretic, 7 p.m. The party continues with the weekly Sunday show at Burkhart’s.

DILF Night. Daddies and boys do what they do best @ Woofs, 7 p.m.

The Crown Is Mine. Drag queen Berlinda Wall and friends celebrate with performances her book release about a smalltown Georgia boy with drag dreams @ Mixx, 7 p.m.

Atlanta Bucks sling drinks and rub up on you for charity tips for their monthly bar night while you dance and cruise @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Icon: Beyonce. Drag divas and DJs gather their gay gumption to honor Queen Bee and everything she bestows on the world @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Get there early for Fantasy Girls, 9 p.m.

Tribal Winter with DJ Paulo. The circuit party legend pumps the beats for the guys who like guys @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Fever turns up the volume on Saturday night and blows your ever-loving mind with glamazons working for your dollars @ Burkhart's, 11 p.m. Jujubee from Season 2 of “RuPaul's Drag Race” joins the cast this week.

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. Bars close, but this place doesn’t. You never stop shaking your ass @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Sunday, Jan. 22

Armorettes 38th Anniversary (bottom photo). Atlanta’s camp drag crazies against HIV do their weekly good in the gayborhood, wrapping their fundraising year with this show and a celebration of hitting the $2.2 million mark since their inception @ Burkhart’s, 7:30 p.m.

Falcons Go For The Big One. The NFL playoffs all come down to this for Matt Ryan and Atlanta. If they beat big hot Aaron Rodgers and the packers, we’re Super Bowl bound and gay fans will be slapping butts @ Woofs, 3 p.m.

Callanwolde Arts Festival. The gay-run Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces brings acoustic music, food and fun to the gardens @ Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Drag 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.

Midtown Rouge. 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 including Raquell Lorde (bottom photo) @ Blake's, 8 p.m.

Sunday Funday gets an anniversary boost as the Midtown party spot celebrates its fourth birthday with DJ Rob Reum @ Ten Atlanta, 5 p.m. – midnight.

Tossed Salad. The magic and madness masterminded by Brigitte Bidet and her left-of-center queens @ Burkhart’s, 10:30 p.m.


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