The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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You worked all week. Now it’s time to werq the weekend with local LGBT events that offer chances to let your hair down, see a show, or gather for worthy causes near and dear to our gay hearts.

Friday, May 19

The Other Show (top photo). Come to the unique weekly drag cabaret with an eclectic cast and special guests that always pack a surprise @ Jungle, 9 p.m., preceded by a RuPaul’s Drag Race watch party, 8 p.m.

Greater Tuna. The classic with two guys playing more than a dozen roles mostly in drag returns in the capable hands of gay-led company Process Theatre @ OnStage Atlanta, 8 p.m. Runs through Sunday.

Boys Room. Hang with the cool kids in East Atlanta @ Mary’s, 9 p.m. And for the next several weeks, it’s preceded by the RuPaul’s Drag Race Happy Hour, 6 p.m.

Pump. The weekly man-on-man dance party launches your weekend @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

IML Sendoff Party for Mr. & Ms. Atlanta Eagle with DJ beats to set the [email protected] 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, May 20

Ascension Party with DJ Dani Toro (middle photo). The man, the myth, the sexy returns to the scene of his last Barcelona-cum-Atlanta slaying @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Last time was sexy af.

Flag Football. The gay jocks of National Flag Football League of Atlanta get rough and tumble @ Boulevard Crossing Park, 9:30 a.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, 10 p.m.

LGBT Family Day. Bring your kids, gay parents, for outdoor activities to benefit Atlanta Pride @ Glenlake Park, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Southern Fried Queer Pride hosts its last meeting for sorting and organizing before the big pop up thrift store on Sunday. Volunteers needed @ 606 Moreland, 1 p.m.

In Memoriam. Friends, patrons and loved ones of Ed Akers gather to toast him in his beloved gay bar @ Oscar’s, 2 p.m. Akers died suddenly on May 10.

Atlanta Rollergirls. Derby dames rock em and sock em in a double header @ Yaarab Shrine Auditorium, 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Miss HSL. Hotlanta Softball League players do drag for hilarity, tips and your entertainment to see who snatches a crown @ Jungle, 6 p.m.

Armorettes Backroom Burlesque. Your Sunday bitches work an early show @ Heretic, 8p.m.

Icon: Madonna. The party people of For All Humans turn their Madonna heartlights on and beam the hits and looks to you @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Get there early for Fantasy Girls, 9 p.m.

Britney Bash. DJ Pat Scott does what he does best, rolling you through Britney hits for the gay leather, kink crowd and everybody else @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Sizzling Startlets and Fever. The opening show is followed by the quintessential drag cast working for your dollars @ Burkhart's, 9:30 p.m. and 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.

Afterparty with Swinging Richards Dancers. Get to know the guys up close and personal with the all-night crowd @ Tokyo Valentino Northside, 1:30 a.m.

DJ Martin Fry All Nighter. Bars close, but this place doesn’t. Never stop shaking your ass @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Sunday, May 21

AV200 Victory Party. After a 200-mile bike ride across North Georgia, what do the gays do? Why, DJ, drinks and eats with supporters, of course @ Emory School of Medicine , 4 p.m.

Hotlanta Softball. The gay pitchers and catchers continue their season of play on the field and off @ Johnson Park, all day. Join them for bottomless brews during the Extra Inning Beer Bust @ BJ Roosters, 4 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.

Sporty Sunday Funday. All the games and matches on the screens and all the guys to watch it with @ Woofs, 12 noon.

Queer Threads Pop Up Thrift Shop. Southern Fried Queer Pride lets you rummage through their sale to raise money @ Eyedrum, 2 p.m.

Flag Football Party. The gays of National Flag Football League of Atlanta reveal their playoff lineup and drink some Sunday Funday cocktails @ Bulldogs, 3 p.m.

Super Sunday Beer Bust. Team Friendly pops a kegger with barbecue and bootblacking @ Atlanta Eagle, 4 p.m.

Sunday Funday. The weekly tradition of dudes, DJs and drinks continues @ Ten, 4 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 @ Blake's, 8:30 p.m.

Queens for the Cure. Popular ‘RuPaul’ queens, including Atlanta’s Phoenix and Nina Bo'Nina Brown, perform against AIDS @ Jungle, 6 p.m. Check out our preview and interview with Phoenix.

Armorettes. 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 goes in hard @ Burkhart’s, 10:30 p.m.


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