The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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One of the biggest parties of the year goes down in the full heat of summer, but that’s not all the LGBT events Atlanta has in store. Come for Joining Hearts, stay for shows and soirees all weekend!

Friday, July 14

Joining Hearts Kickoff Party (top photo). As dancing queens from all over descend on Atlanta for summer’s biggest gay pool party on Saturday, sexy DJ Eddie Martinez rocks the box @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Clubesque. This contemporary cabaret delivers a sexy mix of singers, dancers, Burlesque performers, drag queens and even Nicole Paige Brooks @ City Winery, 8 p.m. Check out our preview.

Heathers: The Musical. The camp classic you love live on stage as a musical. Don’t miss it through Aug. 13 at OnStage Atlanta, 8 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 p.m.

Manifest4U Anniversary. Celebrate eight years of Atlanta's gay sex club with your clothes off @ Manifest4U, 9 p.m.

Pexx Party. DJ Cosmo likes your chest, and the Gear Photo Exhibit shows the hunks of photographer Brian McCall on the walls @ Atlanta Eagle, 9 p.m.

Boys Room. Hang with the cool kids in East Atlanta @ Mary’s, 9 p.m. This week, get there early for the Bret Busch Solo CD Release Party, 7 p.m. Here’s the Smithsonian lead singer’s Atlanta interview.

Fresh Face Friday puts the newest drag glamazons on display. Then get your singles ready for premiere queens in Femme Fatale with Coco Montrese from RuPaul's Drag Race @ 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. 

DJ Deanne keeps your Joining Hearts Weekend going deep into the night @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Saturday, July 15

Flirt: Joining Hearts 30 (middle photo). Three decades of shirtless circuit love and HIV charity come together for one magical evening with DJs Grind and Joe Gauthreaux, VIP lounges, special treats and a fireworks finale and @ Piedmont Park Pool, 4 p.m. It’s the best place for hunk sitings like this all year. Every year. The Get Pumped Pre-Party goes down for muscle queens @ Equilibrium Fitness, 10 a.m. And keep the party going into the night at the Joining Hearts Afterparty @ Ten Atlanta, 11 p.m.

Backpack on the Patio. Benefiting the upcoming For The Kid event raising school supplies for Georgia children, these gays get a jumpstart with beer and boys @ Frogs, 2 p.m.

Drag Queen Story Time. Edie Cheezburger reads to kids and furthers LGBT relations by simply being a fabulous man in a dress @ Posman Books, Ponce City Market, 3 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, 10 p.m.

Gay Men’s Singles Mixer. Meet and greet with other guys @ Woofs, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Surrogates. Gay Atlanta’s own Ian Aber is among the comics at Surrogates, a hilarious twist on stand-up where audience members say and do what the comedians tell them @ Relapse Theatre, 8 p.m.

Atlanta Roller Girls. The derby dolls hit the rink in a double-header @ Yaarab Shrine Center, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Early Country, Late Night Dance. Scoot boots, 8:30 p.m., then shake booty, 12:30 a.m. @ Heretic.

Rugged Victory Party. The Heart of the South Leather Weekend culminates in this dance and mingle @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

DJ Tony Moran. The circuit legend pumps you for filth as part of Joining Hearts Weekend @ Jungle, 10:30 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.

Afterhours really gets cranking when the party moves to Cheshire Bridge Road with DJs Cosmo and Tracy Levine @ Tokyo Valentino, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.

DJ Isaac Escalante keeps your Joining Hearts Weekend going deep into the night @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Sunday, July 16

Queer Community Circus. This performance jam led by Melissa Coffey (photo) is going to serve you Variety Show Realness with an LGBTQIA flourish @ Sky Gym, Sandy Springs, 2 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.

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.

Sunday Funday. The weekly tradition of dudes, DJs and drinks continues, now with an all new, all gay attraction @ Ten, 4 p.m. 

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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