Best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Just because Atlanta Pride is over doesn’t mean that the gAyTL stops to breathe. If you’re not rested up, too bad. Get a disco nap and throw yourself directly into the fray of non-stop LGBT events. After you absorb over 1,000 Atlanta Pride photos, get a jump on one big gay Halloween.

Friday, Oct. 18
Dinner & A Movie: “Hocus Pocus” (second photo) kicks off Jungle’s weekend with dragster Jaye Lishe, a different screening each week, and great menu specials in the Jungle Room @ Jungle, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sit. Stay. It’s time for the zaniness of The Other Show with its uniquely original cast and guests, 9:30 p.m.

Elevate Block Party takes over the streets of downtown for food, drink, live dance and music performances, plus art and more @ Slice (Fairlie and Poplar Streets), 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Friday Night Feature: “Sicko.” Michael Moore’s documentary treatise is back on the radar. See exactly how fucked up American health care is and why maybe even Obamacare doesn’t go far enough @ First Existentialist, 7 p.m.

Charlie’s Angels is the newest show at Midtown’s go-to bar. Join gay porn sexpert Charlie Harding (third photo, right) and a cast including Shawnna, Chavon, Niesha, Lateasha and legendary Lena @ Blake’s, 11 p.m. It’s a mess – in the best possible way.

Salon LGBTQ Media Conference hosts national conversations about blogging, social media platform building, communication strategy, funding creative projects and publishing through Saturday @ Renaissance Midtown.

Wassup N ATL Anniversary Party. The black gay men’s party crew throws down like it’s been 11 years. Because it has. Get down @ Aurum, 10 p.m.

FUR drops you into gay Atlanta’s hot weekly man-on-man dance party (fourth photo) @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Get there early with the new weekly Bear Bust with bottomless brew, 7 p.m. Check out our Heretic Pride photos.

Got Leche? celebrates the weekend each and every Friday with Atlanta’s weekly gay Latin night @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

BanjeeGirl Friday: Twerk Contest 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. They go hard all night. Check their Women’s Pride pics.

Saturday, Oct. 19
Little Five Points Halloween Festival & Parade (top and fifth photos) lays out the annual fright fest for the cool people. And yes, child. That always includes hoards of gathered gays for arts, music and more. Dress up or just people watch @ Euclid Ave. from Moreland to Edgewood, 12 noon – 11 p.m. Parade at 4 p.m.

Salon LGBTQ Media Conference wraps its national conversations with experts from around the country about blogging, social media platform building, communication strategy, funding creative projects and publishing @ Renaissance Midtown, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Southern Softpaw League pitches and catches with the gay fall softball jocks. Come for the guys, stay for … well stay for the guys too @ Southside Park, noon. Post-Games Beer Bust hosted this week by the Rubber Ducks team @ Heretic, 4 p.m.

Festival on Ponce (sixth photo) puts more arts, crafts and gorgeous fall green space in your face than you can handle. So much it has to go for two days under the watchful eyes of the gay couple behind Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces @ Olmstead Linear Park, all day. Sunday, too. Read their story and view our great pics from last time.

Kenya Jackson: Navigating the Quarterlife Crisis with Wisdom and Skill. Part Four presents the author’s thoughts on what is up during your lesbian mid 20s @ Charis Books & More, 7:30 p.m.

Art Party: Nourish returns with multi-media art installations and performances with the art gays and their friends @ Atlanta Contemporary Art, 7 p.m. – 12 midnight.

Nine: The Art of the Photo (seventh photo) opens an exhibit of works by nine shutterbugs that will blow your mind. The annual gay-inclusive show is super popular, and the opening reception is legendary on the gay-owned walls @ pb&j gallery, 7 p.m.

“I Am” Variety Show opens MSR’s lesbian Saturday night with local queer comics, singers, rappers, poets and more, 8 p.m. Stick around for Raw Talent: Halloween Edition show and the mayhem that is any lesbian dance party @ My Sister’s Room, 11 p.m. In case you didn’t know, MSR throws down hard.

Atlanta Bucks Night invites you to bump up against Atlanta’s gay rugby team on their monthly jaunt @ Eagle, 10 p.m.

Right To Marry Party is a red-carpet extravaganza hosted by celebrated local gay couple Juan & Gee of G.Spot Productions (eighth photo). Dress to impress for incredible food, entertainment, and party with a purpose programming @ Tantra, 9 p.m.

DJ Stan Jackson spins Guest Appreciation Night during gay Atlanta’s favorite dance party. Come bump to the beat with free cover for 21+ @ Jungle, 10 p.m. Come early for dinner, drinks and a great show with the girls of Ruby’s Redd Light District with special guest Amber Divine in the Jungle Room, 9:30 p.m. Here's how sexy, shirtless and sweaty Jungle gets.

Grind-Here is the in-person version of the singles night you have in your pants, er on your smartphone. DJ Jorge Coqui Villalobos and drag hosts get the party started @ Mixx, 10 p.m.

Bear Den with DJ Chris Stutz (10th photo) warms you up wrapped in fur. No animals were harmed in the making of this event. Fuzzy wuzzy was a bear dance party @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Come early for the Armorettes Trick or Treat show, 8 p.m.

DragXotic cast werqs the Saturday night crowd with an all-new show headed by Nicole Luv Dupree. Of course you’ll want to go earlier for more cute boys than you can handle @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.

Sinful Saturday welcomes all comers to the OTP. Not feeling an intown experience? Get to the shows, specials and swagger that goes with the gays @ LeBuzz, Marietta, 9 p.m.

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


Sunday, Oct. 20
Atlanta AIDS Walk & 5K Run (bottom photo). Your friends are walking, hundreds of thousands of dollars are talking and everybody’s squawking about the best reason to return to the scene of the Pride. Donate then get to [email protected] Piedmont Park, 11 a.m. Adore the “Idol” queen and pageant queen in attendance, y’all. AIDS Walk Afterparties @ Gilbert’s, HobNob and 10th & Piedmont, 4 p.m. View hundreds of AIDS Walk photos.

Festival on Ponce puts arts, crafts and gorgeous fall green space in your face under the watchful eyes of the gay couple behind Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces @ Olmstead Linear Park, all day. Read their story and view our pics from last time.

Harness: Pitcher-Catcher Party lays down a “No Shirt, No Cover” party to shake up your Sunday. Strap in and strap up because it’s that kind of a night, this week with baseball pants optional in bckspce @ Jungle, 6 p.m. – midnight.

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

Armorettes: Glamp! The local legends of the camp drag troupe re-envision their weekly HIV fundraising show. New and improved with the beauties of Burkhart’s. New showtime, revitalized cast, same insanity @ Burkhart’s, 9 p.m.


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