The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Your same-ol’ week just became one of Atlanta’s awesome gay weekends. Let it all go and recharge with LGBT shows, sports, soirees, celebrity sightings and more all here for the taking.

Friday, March 20

Atlanta Film Festival. The annual LGBT-inclusive celebration of cinema kicks off with a big gay bang. For opening night, James Franco (top photo) is in town to debut the true-life ex-gay story of “I Am Michael” also starring Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts @ Plaza Theatre, 7:30 p.m. View the full schedule.

Lesbian Softball Season Opener. Get with Decatur Women’s Sports League teams for weekly games @ Kely Cofer Park, Tucker, 6 p.m. through May 15.

Ladyfest Atlanta. Women-intentional and gender-nonconforming-welcoming spaces for creative outlets and issue-oriented workshops.  @ multiple venues, all weekend.

Pump: Leprechaun Edition pulls all the guys onto gay Atlanta’s hot man-on-man dance floor, this week with DJs Travis & Eric plus a St. Patrick’s twist @ Heretic, 8 p.m.

“House of Yes.” The dysfunctional family you love to fear in the cult classic film hits the stage under the direction of gay Atlanta’s own Topher Payne @ Out of the Box Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs Thursdays through Sundays until March 28.

The Other Show presents the most unique drag cabaret in town with a cast and special guests to blow your mind. She’s so unusual @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m.

Bitch Please: Spring Break Edition. The monthly party gets spring in its step with DJ Ree de la Vega and guys gone wild @ Mary’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 @ Lips Atlanta, 7:45 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.

Ladies Lounge: March Madness Edition gets your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party, live performances and scores of women @ My Sister’s Room, 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.

Deadly Vixens drag show puts the goils on display for your entertainment and your dollars late, along with DJ Mike Pope’s Second Level @ Blake’s, 9 p.m.

Chaparral Nights amps up a weekly gay Latin night with stage shows, dancing and more @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.


Saturday, March 21

NFFLA Flag Football pits the gay teams of National Flag Football League of Atlanta (middle photo) in a weekly gay jock showdown @ Boulevard Crossing Park, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. And don’t miss the NFFLA Margarita Bust. The annual epic throwdown with gay football jocks serves bottomless frozen green in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Week, and more gay boys than you can possibly handle @ Frogs, 4 p.m. It’s a guaranteed blowout.

HSL Beer Bust. Look out. The gay softballers are beer-busting again. Must be a weekend. Drunken gummy beers and bottomless brew with the Wackers team @ Mixx, 4 p.m. You know, like they do.

NPRock #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 the regularly scheduled nightly shenanigans, 9 p.m.

Body & Soul. Three artists celebrate the human form in their own unique ways in the gay-owned spaces to open this gay-inclusive art show. This year, get your hands on the first “Body & Soul” book @ pb&j gallery, 7 p.m. This show will touch you in your special place.

City of Light Charity Ball. Dinner dancing and designer tables make for a fancy feast with the LGBT congregation @ City of Light MCC (formerly First MCC), 7 p.m.

Pentatonix. The gay-inclusive singing wunderkinds who made a capella cool stop in Atlanta on the “On My Way Home” tour @ Tabernacle, 8 p.m.

“Heroes & Heroines.” The LGBT instrumentals of Atlanta Freedom Bands take on music inspired by heroes @ North Atlanta High School, 8 p.m. 

Armorettes Follies. The monthly cabaret version of the weekly camp drag for charity hits the sweet spot @ Heretic, 8 p.m.

DJ Manny Lehman. The legend continues with a set for his dancing-queen Atlanta boys @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Gay Atlanta loves him longtime

Madonna “Rebel Heart” Release Party. Get your Madge on and try for free copies of her latest gay go-to album while they last during gay Atlanta's favorite dance party @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Get there early for the weekly Fantasy Girls show, 9 p.m.

Drag Races. Kings and Queens vie for a weekly bragging rights and a quarterly crown amid lesban Atlanta’s favorite dance party @ My Sister’s Room, 10:30 p.m. Get there early for That Time of the Month Comedy, 9 p.m.

Glitz & Glam Dinner Theater with Charlie Brown. The undisputed Bitch of the South and her girls entertain with dinner and a show in the fancy theater experience of Atlanta’s premiere drag restaurant and bar @ Lips Atlanta, 7:45 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Or come in late for the Taboo Show, 12 midnight.

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 Genre, a cast of premiere queens and special guests. DJ and video beats plus more cute boys than you can handle @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.

DJ Alexander All Nighter moves you all the way to sunrise, just steps away from BJs, Heretic and Jungle. Never stop shaking your ass @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.


Sunday, March 22

Hotlanta Softball League continues its spring-summer season for gay pitchers and catchers @ Metro Atlanta Softball Complex, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. You can also join this week’s Extra Innings Beer Bust (bottom photo) with the Titans @ Henry’s, 4 p.m. Check out our Opening Day pics.

Drag Gospel Brunch presents the Sisters of Sequins with Bubba D. Licious at the wheel while you eat @ Lips, 1:30 p.m. Or sleep in and do Dinner with the Divas, 7:45 p.m.

Sunday Funday. DJ Rob Reum gives you the weekend closing party that you so deeply desire @ Ten Atlanta, 5 p.m. – midnight.

Civil Rights Tours Atlanta Launch Party. Before its first tour next week, celebrate this new gay-inclusive walking tour company @ Escorpion, 6 p.m.

High Energy & Cell Block Sunday. Get to gettin' with DJ Bill Berdeaux and free copies of the new gay go-to album while supplies last, 3 p.m., then the Cell Block drag show with Lateasha Shuntel, Raquell Lord, Shawnna Brooks, Nicole Paige Brooks and Taejah Thomas @ Blake's, 8 p.m.

Improv Night. Comic Chaka Idris gets the ladies rolling with laughter @ My Sister’s Room, 8 p.m.

Sex Kitten Sunday with Angelica D’Paige corralling the queens @ 10th & Piedmont, 8 p.m.

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 their weekly drag show and dance party @ Burkhart’s, 9 p.m.


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