The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

Add this share

A slew of annual one-nighters, a cacophony of weekend-long events, and a plethora of social and political gatherings? Must be summer in the Gay-TL. Come find the LGBT event that’s just your speed.

Friday, June 17

Boys of Summer Swimsuit Contest. The annual tradition that drives scores of gays to East Atlanta returns. Alternaqueers and EAVillagers strip to their suits and act out to see who wins @ Mary’s, 9 p.m. They really let their freak flags fly.

Democratic Happy Hour. Members of the state party’s LGBTQ Caucus gather for strategizing and socializing @ Ten Atlanta, 6:30 p.m.

“Significant Other” Closing Weekend. What happens when a gay man starts losing his straight female besties to marriage but can't find a man of his own? A quest for his true self @ Actor's Express, 8 p.m. Closes Sunday. Read our preview.

Boo-Hags, Witches, and Southern Women. Join feminist author Julia Franks with the lesbians @ Charis Books & More, 7:30 p.m.

Peach Party Kickoff. A full weekend of seven DJs spinning five events kicks off a dancing queen dream for the fifth year. Kick things off with DJ Phil B to benefit employees of Pulse Orlando @ Heretic, 9 p.m., and keep it going with DJ Deanne Afterparty @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.

The Other Show. A weekly drag cabaret with an eclectic cast tries to keep you guessing @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m

Bar Code: Construction. Wear your worker site gear to play @ Atlanta Eagle, 9 p.m. It includes Onyx Bar Night for Orlando, 9 p.m.

Deadly Vixens puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars, plus Second Level beats upstairs @ 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.

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.

Friday Night Dance Party. Another weekly way to kick off your weekend just hit 10th Street. See what you can get into @ G’s, 10 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.

Crush Friday turns up the volume on its weekly gay Latin party with stage shows and dancing into the wee hours @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.


Saturday, June 18

Peach Party Main Event with DJ Paulo (middle photo). A full weekend of seven DJs spinning five events kicks off a dancing queen dream for the fifth year. The Main Event kicks it into high gear @ Tabernacle, 9 p.m., then the Isaac Ecalante Afterparty takes you to sunrise @ Xion, 3 a.m.

Atlanta Pride Run/Walk. LGBT pedestrians of every fitness level hit the turf for the annual Stonewall Month event @ Piedmont Park, 8 a.m.

Midsummer’s Adventure. Atlanta Radical Faeries do their annual celebration of the longest day of the year with an all-day, all-night festival of queerness @ Arts Exchange, 12 noon – 3 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 regularly schedule shenanigans, 9 p.m.

Beer Booze & Bachelors. Guys on the auction block to benefit Joining Hearts in Brian McCall’s quest to become Man of David 2016 @ Woofs, 6 p.m.

Evening for Equality. Put on a suit and come hobnob with politicos as Georgia Equality celebrates its accomplishments and commiserates over work left to be done @ InterContinental Buckhead, 6 p.m.

White Party. Wear the titular color and prepare for cocktails and silent auction to benefit CHRIS Kids @ Mason Fine Art, 7 p.m. It’s a whole thing.

#WeAreOrlando Benefit. Tony Kearney, aka Wild Cherry Sucret, leads a cast of performers raising money for Equality Florida in light of last week’s horrific mass shooting at Pulse nightclub. Bring your dollar bills @ Jungle, 7 p.m. They want you to cry, love, laugh, heal. Stick around for Fantasy Girls, 9:30 p.m.

AFB: Groundbreakers. Atlanta Freedom Bands performs its annual Pride Month concert @ Druid Hills Presbyterian Church, 8 p.m.

Country All Night. Scoot your boots until closing time @ Heretic, 9 p.m.

Dumb Party. The semi-regular event that draws out all the far-left queers and drag queens returns with DJ King Atlas at the helm @ Felix’s, 10 p.m.

Grr & Stuff with DJ Marc J. Cubs. The local hunk lays down the beats for the nightcrawlers @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

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.

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.


Sunday, June 19

Hotlanta Softball League (bottom photo) pits the local gay pitchers and catchers in its summer season @ Johnson Park, Conyers, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Meet the guys for this week’s Extra Innings Beer Bust @ Woofs, 4p.m.

Touching Up Our Roots Trolley Tour. See the city as only these gay historians can show it @ Center for Civil & Human Rights, 2 p.m.

Joining Hearts Benefits. The Men of David contestants turn up the heat their last full weekend of fundraisers toward the title. Beer Bust @ Joe’s, 12 noon; Brunch @ Las Margaritas, 12 noon; Margarita Bust @ Zocalo, 3 p.m.

Peach Party. A full weekend of seven DJs spinning five events kicks off a dancing queen dream for the fifth year. DJ Dee Martello nurses your Sunday Funday @ Ten, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. True soldiers of fun keep it going at Alegria with DJs Abel and Renato Recin @ Jungle, 9 p.m. – 7 a.m.

Drag Brunch presents the Sisters of Sequins with Bubba D. Licious at the wheel while you eat @ Lips (bottom photo), 12:30 p.m. Walk-ins welcome. Or sleep in and do Dinner with the Divas, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday Funday wraps your weekend just the way you like it: with all your gays plus DJs Rob Reum and Robert Ansley @ Ten Atlanta, 5 p.m. – midnight

Midtown Rouge. Get to gettin' with High Energy and DJ Bill Berdeaux, 1 p.m., then the Sunday drag show kicks its latest, most fabulous iteration @ Blake's, 8 p.m.

Armorettes: Daddy Knows Best. 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 @ Burkhart’s, 9:30 p.m.


Project Q Atlanta goes on hiatus after 14 years

On Sept. 1, 2008, Project Q Atlanta promised a hyper-local “queer media diet” for Atlanta. The site set out to bring LGBTQ news, in-depth...

Photos catch Purple Dress Run invading Midtown

After three years of pandemic-inflicted limitations, Atlanta’s gay rugby squad let loose on one of its most popular events. The Atlanta Bucks Purple Dress...

Ooo Bearracuda: Photos from Bear Pride’s Main Event

The seventh annual Atlanta Bear Pride hit the ground running on Friday with packed houses at Woofs, Heretic and Future. Turned out, they hadn’t...

Atlanta Bear Pride set to go hard and long all weekend

That low, growing growl you hear is a nation of gay bears headed for Atlanta Bear Pride this weekend. By the time they arrive,...

PHOTOS: Armorettes bring back Easter Drag Race magic

Gay Atlanta’s queens of do-good drag brought the sunshine to a cloudy afternoon on Saturday when Heretic hosted the triumphant return of Armorettes Easter...