The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Just in time to rescue you from the workweek, the rain clears, temperatures drop back to spring bliss, and local LGBT events go into overdrive. Get in on shows, soirees, sports and all-weekend celebrations.

Friday, April 10

“Designing Women Live” (top photo). The local favorite returns with gay Atlanta guys playing the beloved female leads in reenactments of popular episodes from the ‘90s series @ OnStage Atlanta, 8 p.m. Performances through April 19.

Atlanta Leather Pride. The annual event returns with three days of kink in celebration of the Atlanta Eagle’s 28th anniversary. Start with the Hotlanta Rubber & Gear Club Meet & Greet and keep coming back for more @ Eagle, 10 p.m. It’s going to be one to remember.

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

“Luminous.” Toast the opening of this three-artist exhibition celebrating light in the gay-owned spaces @ Kai Lin Art, 7 p.m.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Join hundreds of thousands of your closest friends for food, art, live music and blossoming trees for the 79th year in a row @ Piedmont Park, 12 noon – 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday too.

“An Honest Liar” continues its local run of true story of the gay magic master James “The Amazing” Bondi @ Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, all week.

The Other Show… And Then Some!  presents the most unique drag cabaret in town with a cast and special guests to blow your mind, this week with extra sauce to justify the “and then some” title @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m.

“Marcus: Or the Secret of Sweet.” Family drama exacerbates a young gay man's journey of self discovery @ Actor's Express, 8 p.m. Runs through April 26.

Pump pulls all the guys onto gay Atlanta’s hot man-on-man dance floor, this week with DJ Sean Mac @ Heretic, 8 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.

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

Ladies Lounge: Throwback 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.

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.

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

Fame & Fortune Friday. WhassupNATL invites its huge guestlist of black gay men out for an upscale but not uptight night @ Frank Ski’s, 10 p.m.

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

 

Saturday, April 11

Atlanta Leather Pride (middle photo). The annual event continues its weekend of kink in celebration of the Atlanta Eagle’s 28th anniversary. Be there for the signature Mr. & Ms. Atlanta Eagle and Mr. Hotlanta Rubber contests, followed by the Sweat Victory Party @ Eagle, 10 p.m. Before that, don’t forget the Beer Bust Barbecue on the Eagle patio, 5 p.m. The whole affair is one of gay Atlanta’s kinkiest legacies.

Spring Festival on Ponce. The gay-run Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces peppers the city with arts fests throughout the year. This time, they do arts, food and music @ Olmstead Linear Park, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday too. It goes a little something like this.

Outworlders Spring Picnic. Join Atlanta’s LGBT sci-fi and fantasy fans for food, friends and fun @ Brook Run Park, 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Join hundreds of thousands of your closest friends for food, art, live music and blossoming trees for the 79th year in a row @ Piedmont Park, 12 noon – 6 p.m. Sunday too.

NFFLA Flag Football pits the gay teams of National Flag Football League of Atlanta in their weekly gay jock showdown @ Boulevard Crossing Park, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Atlanta Bucks Rugby. Join the gay team for its first home match of the season against the Nashville Grizzlies @ Walker Park, 2 p.m. Afterward, stalk your favorite burly jock during the Third Half Social @ Meehan’s Buckhead, 4 p.m.

Sips N Strokes Pride Night. Cocktailing and painting never got so gay. Do what they do with giveaways and friends to benefit Atlanta Pride @ Sips N Strokes Toco Hills, 6:30 p.m.

Film School Dropouts #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 nighttime shenanigans, 9 p.m.

“Designing Women Live.” The local favorite returns with guys playing the beloved female leads as they reenact popular episodes from the ‘90s series @ OnStage Atlanta, 8 p.m. Performances through April 19.

Country Dance All Night offers line dancing and two stepping after the sun goes down @ Heretic, 8 p.m.

Sick of Sarah with The Last Year. These bands rock out for their lady loves in this killer show before the regularly scheduled lesbian dance party @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

DJ Nina Flowers. The “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 1 finalist lays down the beats to move your feets during gay Atlanta’s favorite dance party @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Get there early for the weekly Fantasy Girls show, 9 p.m.

Second Saturday Social. Midtown dining’s gays and gals keep the party going extra hard with DJs each month way after dinner hour is over @ Henry’s, 10 p.m

Glitz & Glam 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 Twisted Dee 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, April 12

Spring Festival on Ponce (bottom photo). Not down for the crowds at Piedmont? The gay-run Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces peppers the city with arts fests throughout the year. This time, find art, food and music @ Olmstead Linear Park, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. It goes a little something like this.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Join hundreds of thousands of your closest friends for food, art, live music and blossoming trees for the 79th year in a row @ Piedmont Park, 12 noon – 6 p.m.

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 with the Foxes team @ Urban Pie, 4 p.m.

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.

Atlanta Bondage Club. Join the party of all-male bonding and binding in the surrounds of Atlanta’s gay sex club @ Manifest 4 U, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday Funday. DJ Rob Reum gives you the inside-outside weekend closing party that you so deeply desire @ Ten Atlanta, 5 p.m. – midnight. The boys are still recovering.

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.

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, 9 p.m. Don't miss their epic Easter Drag Races pics.

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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