The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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You work hard for the money all week. Spend some on your well-earned downtime with Atlanta LGBT events set for Friday through Sunday guaranteed to help you get your gay on. This week, Marietta Pride and Backpack in the Park are just the beginning.

Friday, July 26
North Georgia Rainbow Festival – Marietta Pride hits for a weekend-long fest. LGBT-OTP bar LeBuzz hosts inside and out, day and night performances and fun starting Friday night. Get there early and stay late for Opening Ceremonies Party with Chi Chi LaRue (top photo) @ LeBuzz, 10 p.m. Chi Chi and her boys, who'll be back on Saturday for the festival too, know how to party. This time, totally without Brushstrokes.

Brandi Carlile (second photo) returns to the ATL with the out song stylings that bring all the lesbians and many of the gay boys out to play @ Chastain Amphitheatre, 7:30 p.m.

AGLCC Fourth Friday helps the gay business pros of the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce wind down their week with happy hour cocktails, snacks and a Wanda Sykes ticket giveaway @ No Mas Cantina, 5:30 p.m.

“I’m So Excited” is the new film from Pedro Almodovar, the gay Spanish filmmaker behind “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” “Talk To Her” and “All About My Mother.” His latest opens for a limited run today @ Midtown Art Cinema.

The Other Show XXXL with Lady Bunny (third photo) shines superstar light on the weekly show starring Edie Cheezeburger, her cast of crazies, and DJ King Atlas. Full kitchen, great menu and even a PALS benefit @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m. Read our Lady Bunny interview.

Tylan sings the queer-licious croons. You’re used to the trio of Girlyman, but this solo show will ease you right into the weekend @ Eddie’s Attic, 7 p.m.

Stag Nite brings all the boys to the yard with dirty beats by DJ Headmaster Ritual, stiff drinks, vintage gay porn and more men for men @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

BanjeeGirl Friday gets your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party and all the ladies you can handle with the TraxxGirls promoters @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Swank (fourth photo) is the new monthly lesbian fandango at the hotspot on the corner of Gay and Lesbian. Ladies get ready for the Anna Ragghianti-promoted event with drink specials, sexy dames and DJ Prism @ 10th & Piedmont, 10 p.m. Check out our amazing photos from last time.

The Fab Five brings down the house with its weekly drag revue of glamazons led by Angelica D’Paige @ Burkhart’s, 11 p.m.

Got Leche? Foam Party celebrates the weekend each and every Friday with Atlanta’s weekly gay Latin night, but this week, it’s all foamy on the dance floor so wear your beach attire @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

FUR welcomes each weekend with Friday beats at a man-to-man dance party. Get into it this time with the sounds of DJ Stan Jackson @ Heretic, 10 p.m.


Saturday, July 27
AID Atlanta Pool Party (fifth photo) is the third annual event with beach boys, drag queens, all-you-can drink open bar and a shit-ton of Atlanta Cotillion supporters @ Heights Armour, 1 p.m.

North Georgia Rainbow Festival – Marietta Pride continues its weekend-long LGBT-OTP fest. This year benefits the Health Initiative. Inside and out, day and night performances, vendors, wellness testing, kid zone, food trucks and more. 100+ music and drag acts including the weekend’s biggest guest Chi Chi LaRue @ LeBuzz, Marietta, 2 p.m. – 2 a.m. Check out our great photos from last year.

“Feminist: Stories from Women's Liberation” welcomes not just the film screening but its creator Jennifer Lee as well. It all goes down @ Charis Books & More, 7 p.m.

Vandalized: Dylan Michael Benefit Concert puts the local gay singer (sixth photo) on the mic to celebrate his “Vandalized” CD. He partners with Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and guest performers to benefit Lost N Found Youth @ Jungle, 6 p.m.

Liquid Therapy and Lube Wrestling is how the lesbian partiers are going to do the weekend. Inside, DJ beats before and after Tiffy-Nay & Friends put on a show. Outside on the patio, the ladies covered in lube slip and slide all over each other @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m. Come early for It’s That Time of the Month queer comedy show, 8:30 p.m.

Ruby’s Redd Light District continues the newest edition to the drag landscape with the foul-mouthed hostess, great food, cocktials and a diverse cast in the Jungle Room @ Jungle, 9 p.m.

Bedlam: WackedOutBlackOut 7 (seventh photo) is the gay glow party that defines all others. The kids are crazy, the black lights are on, and the neon body paint is everywhere. Get nearly naked, get sloppy and wriggle all over each other with DJ Shane V @ Jungle, 10 p.m. It gets messy. Rurl messy.

DJ Alex Cohen comes from DC to invade gay Atlanta with his high-energy beats. Get warmed up with the Armorettes backroom show, then stick around for Cohen and a Sylvester Greatest Dance Hits CD giveaway during the dance party @ Heretic, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Here’s what Cohen did to Heretic last time.

Extravaganza Show is the weekly fabulosity hosted by big, blonde and beautiful Shavonna B. Brooks and cast @ Burkhart’s, 11 p.m.


Sunday, July 28
Backpack in the Park Garden Party & Silent Auction (eighth photo). The park carnival is gone, but the backpacks for Georgia youth and the gay giving spirit of For The Kid In All Of Us continues. Fancier and all grown up this year, make plans for a revised Backpack in the Park @ Cator Woolford Gardens, 4 p.m. And don't miss the Backpack in the Park Afterparty @ Ten, 5 p.m.

Pitties in the City Dog Outreach & Rescue benefit feaures entertainment, karaoke and more with the women @ My Sister’s Room, 5 p.m.

The Armorettes do their weekly camp drag thing for charity in their ongoing mission to bring bawdy drag and donated tips to the HIV/AIDS fight in Atlanta @ Burkhart’s, 8 p.m.

Harness lays down a “No Shirt, No Cover” party to shake up your Sunday. Strip off or strap up (bottom photo). It’s that kind of a night with DJ Pat Scott in the new bckspce @ Jungle, 6 p.m. – midnight.

The mayhem of Friday night and daytime-into-nighttime fun of Saturday all leads up to the first-ever Marietta Pride Closing Banquet to benefit Health Initiative @ Hudson Grille, Sandy Springs, 7 p.m. Go buy tickets online.

Flashback Showgirls is the drag show that takes you back, all the way back to a new decade each time. Lady Shabazz leads the cast @ 10th & Piedmont, 8 p.m.


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