The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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DJs, drag and drinks are just the beginning of Atlanta’s LGBT events this week. All-weekend festivals and one-night-only blowouts will make Monday a little sore but totally worth it. 

Friday, Aug. 14

Madonna-rama (top photo). A blowout for Madge’s birthday invites your looks and tributes to a full night of her music and videos. DJ Diablo Rojo is prepped to blow out live performances, mash-ups, b-sides, remixes and rarities @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

Southeast Black & Blue Weekend: Jock Strap Night. The annual all-weekend celebration of BDSM and kink kicks off with you in a jock strap or other gear with DJ Chris Kind. Registration for all-weekend events is also in play @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m. They tend to have a big ol’ time. Check out the full schedule.

Fourth Tuesday Happy Hour. Don’t let the name fool you. It’s the second Friday of the month, so it’s time for drinks with Fourth Tuesday, Atlanta’s venerable lesbian social group @ Mixx, 6 p.m.

Atlanta Dream vs. Minnesota Lynx. The local WNBA ladies, their out lesbian forward Angel McCoughtry, and their legions of lesbian fans turn out @ Philips Arena, 7:30 p.m.

“Evita.” The quintessential diva musical closes its latest local production this weekend @ Serenbe Playhouse, 8 p.m. through Aug. 16.

Essential Play Festival. Two new plays by Georgia writers run in repertory. “The Old Ship of Zion” follows an African-American church struggling in changing times, including one member who realizes he’s gay @ Essential Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs through Aug. 23.

“Rent.” The queer-inclusive rock musical of a generation returns with a local reimagining helmed by director Freddie Ashley @ Actor’s Express, 8 p.m. Run extended through Aug. 22.

The Other Show… And Then Some! The most unique weekly drag cabaret in town with a cast and special guests who keep you guessing @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m.

Pump pulls all the guys onto gay Atlanta’s hot man-on-man dance floor, this week with DJ Mike Pope @ Heretic, 10 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.

Deadly Vixens drag show puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars, plus 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.

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.

Chaparral Night 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, Aug. 15

Southeast Black & Blue Weekend: Pig Dance (middle photo). DJ Marc J Cubs calls all the little piggies to the market to rock the keystone nightlife event of the all-weekend kink fest @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m. They tend to have a big ol’ time. Check out their full schedule.

Piedmont Park Arts Festival. One of the cornerstones of the gay-run Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces events puts music, art vendors and food in your walking path @ Piedmont Park, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday too. It’s always a blast.

Lost N Found Bake Sale. Buy goodies to help the homeless LGBT youth of Atlanta have a Christmas this year. Of coures there's always shopping and donations too @ Lost N Found Thrift Store, 12 noon – 3 p.m.

90s #Daydrunk. Drink specials put you to bed early or make you the life of tonight’s party @ Mary’s, 2 p.m. Do it right, and you may not remember what you did during the regularly scheduled shenanigans, 9 p.m.

Atlanta Roller Girls. The baddest in town romp and stomp through a derby double header @ Yaarab Shrine Center, 5 p.m.

AGMC Ho Show 3: Menage a Tres. Live-voice drag to blow your mind. “Trashy, risqué” queens throw you off center with their talent and bawdiness to benefit Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus @ Jungle, 6 p.m.

Armorettes Auditions. A first round of tryouts for the cast goes down during the Follies @ Heretic, 8 p.m. Don't even move your car, it's:

Fort Troff Gear Night. DJ Phil B flies in from San Francisco to move the men with the gay adult toy pornsters headlining live bondage demos. You in your gear @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

DJ Sean Mac. The local favorite lays down the beats for your enjoyment @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Get there early for the Fantasy Girls show, 9 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. DJ and video beats plus more cute boys than you can handle @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.

Girls Night Out. Atlanta’s lesbian dance party and show has moved. Check out the new Midtown home of Atlanta lesbian nightlife @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

DJ Josh Whitaker 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.m.


Sunday, Aug. 16

“Unconditional” Premiere. This new short film (bottom photo) made in Atlanta about an LGBT teen kicked out for being gay screens with extra outtakes, interviews and photos with an opening reception. It was shot in conjunction with Lost N Found Youth and St. Mark UMC. Proceeds from the event benefit LNF @ Plaza Theatre, 5 p.m.

Piedmont Park Arts Festival. One of the cornerstones of the gay-run Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces events puts music, art vendors and food in your walking path @ Piedmont Park, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday too.

Gentlemen’s Foundation Health & Wellness Fair. Gay and bi men of color are invited for free health screenings, nutrition and fitness advice @ Carver YMCA, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Atlanta AIDS Walk Beer Bust. LGBT Dance Atlanta, the folks who rock country dancing at Heretic each week, hit the daylight for some AIDS Walk bucks with bottomless brew, shot specials and DJ Neon the Glowgobear on the patio @ Joe’s, 12 noon.

Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta. All the paraphernalia and stuff to buy, plus you get $5 off your entry with the code LOVEWINS @ AmericasMart2 West, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Southeast Black & Blue Weekend: Cigar Party. Coffee and snacks, BDSM demos, poker, pool and more close out the three-day fest @ Atlanta Eagle, 12: 30 p.m.

Atlanta Freedom Bands Community Open Rehearsal. Former band geeks are invited to music and social time with Atlanta’s LGBT concert and marching bands. Bring your old instrument @ St. Paul UMC, 6 p.m. Continues Sundays through Aug. 30.

Drag Gospel 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.

Sunday Funday. DJs Rob Reum and Robert Ansley give you the inside-outside weekend closing party that you so deeply desire @ Ten Atlanta, 5 p.m. – midnight.

High Energy & Cell Block Sunday. Get to gettin' with DJ Bill Berdeaux, 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.

The Armorettes Auditions Round 2. Those local camp crazies throw down their weekly show for tips against HIV/AIDS in Atlanta, this week with new gurlz trying out  @ Hideaway, 8 p.m.

Tossed Salad. The magic and madness masterminded by Brigitte Bidet, her left-of-center queens, and DJ King Atlas rock this weekly drag show and dance party @ Burkhart’s, 9 p.m.


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