Best LGBTQ things to do in Atlanta Labor Day weekend

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Time for rest and reparations. Black Gay Pride Atlanta, extra events for vaxxed and masked participant, virtual movies and supplemental gatherings all take advantage of that extra day off. Say see ya to work and so long to summer.

Keep scrolling and click on each event title for more information and the latest updates from organizers.

Friday, Sept. 3

Black Gay Pride. The annual citywide show of revelry and reverence goes down at venues all around town with multiple promoters and hosts. Friday events include Night Swim White Party, 5 p.m., the Category Is… Diversity Fashion Show, 8 p.m. and Speakfire, 11:30 p.m. Check out the fullscale preview in Q ATLus magazine.

DILF: Talk Dirty Daddy. Seriously, dancing queens, what else do you need to know? DJ Casey Alva kicks off the holiday weekend @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Q Force. The animated LGBTQ hero team that you didn’t ask for but maybe kinda like @ Netflix, through September.

The Other Two. The gayest funniest sleeper hit you might have missed returns for Season 2. Catch up and then binge @ HBO Max, through September.

Ellie & Abbie (& Abbie’s Dead Aunt). A heartfelt, hilarious teen lesbian romcom from Australia hits VOD with a crush, a party, and a dead lesbian activist from the ‘80s @ On Demand, through September. Watch the trailer.

Swan Song. Legendary actor Udo Kier stars as a retired hairdresser Mr. Pat. He’s on an adventure to style his dead client’s final look. The Todd Stephens film also stars Jennifer Coolidge, Linda Evans and Michael Urie @ Apple TV and Prime Video, through September. Watch to get in the mood for these Out on Film jewels  beginning Sept. 23.

Pray Away. Stream this documentary about the rise to power of Exodus International and its profoundly harmful “ex gay” movement, from the 1970s through present day @ Netflix, through September.

Friday BBQ. Atlanta’s gay sports bar does in-person as well as to-go food and cocktails. Fridays are extra special with a taste-escape to backyard ‘cues @ Woofs, 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Onyx Bar Night. Drop in on a full day and night of anything goes. When the sun goes down, find DJ Mr. Richard on deck @ Hideaway, 2 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Glitz & Glam Dinner Theater. 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.

Fantasy Girls. Phoenix and Taejah Thomas headline two dinner-show experiences with Lala Ri, Trinity Bonet and Raquel Heart in the show bar @ Future, 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Queer Bait. East Atlanta’s gay bar hosts a VJ and Atlanta’s most eclectic collection of queers @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

MSR: Black Gay Pride. The backyard and patio are open for women who love women who love open-air parties plus two indoor levels of fun @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m. – 3 a.m.

House of Legends. Drag, drinks, dancers and DJ Rob Reum @ Ten Atlanta, 10 p.m.

Madams of the Moonlight. Legendary queens doing legendary things @ Midtown Moon, 10 p.m.

Karlitos Afterhours.  Help celebrate Xion afterhours parties addition of Friday nights. Get into it until sunup @ Future, 3 a.m.

Rest up for a DJ double-header at Future on Saturday night through Sunday morning. (Photo by Russ Bowen-Youngblood)

Saturday, Sept. 4

Underground Circuit Saturday with DJ Jace M. Atlanta’s newest gay dance club rolls onward @ Future, 10 p.m. Stick around for Xion Afterhours with DJ Paul Fragoso, 3 a.m. Take a Q-exclusive tour of the new space and view party night photos.

The Peach Tennis Tournament. The LGBTQ and allied Atlanta Team Tennis Association hosts its biggest tournament of the year. Watch them serve and volley in Men’s, Women’s and Mixed events @ South Fulton Tennis Center, all weekend.

Black Gay Pride. The annual citywide show of revelry and reverence goes down at venues all around town with multiple promoters and hosts. Saturday events include Trans Life Awards @ Atlanta Marriott Suites, 3 p.m., Black Gay Pride Festival @ Central Park, 12 noon to 8 p.m., and the Nightcap Masquerade Pajama & Lingerie Party @ Mansion, 11 p.m. Check out the fullscale preview in Q ATLus magazine.

Gwinnett Pride is Postponed. Covid concerns shut down the first-annual event. New date TBA.

Daydrunk. Drink specials put you to bed early or make you the life of the party when the sun drops @ Mary’s, 3 p.m.

Glitz & Glam. Charlie Brown and her girls give you dinner and a show in 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.

Fantasy Girls. Phoenix and Destiny Brooks headline two dinner-show experiences with Shawnna Brooks, Extasy Grey and Cici Nicole in the show bar @ Future, 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Eyeball these photos from the fun.

NeonBlk. Dotte Com corrals the queens and kings for a virtual all-Black drag show to benefit Black charities @ Twitch.tv/TheDotteCom, 7:30 p.m.

Pop! DJ Nova does the music and video party gays and gals need @ Blake’s 9 p.m.

Deviant: Angels & Demons. The exclusively black gay party amps up its offerings for Black Gay Pride @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

MSR: Black Gay Pride.  Atlanta women who love women who love Saturday night drag and dancing @ My Sister’s Room, 8 p.m. doors, 11 p.m. show.

Heyday: Glow Party. DJ Kimber, her gays, their friends and the triumphant return of their ‘80s party @ The Basement, 10 p.m.

Midtown Saturday Night. Gather your gay-guy gaggle @ X Midtown, 10 p.m.

Deca-Dance.  DJ Darlene spins tunes with drink specials @ Hideaway, 10 p.m.

Divas of the Moonlight. Myah Ross Monroe, Angelica D’Paige Brooks and more @ Midtown Moon, 10 p.m.

 

Labor Day Sunday goes long with DJ Ana Flor at Heretic. (Photo by Russ Bowen-Youngblood)

Sunday, Sept. 5

Labor Day Sunday ft. DJ Ana Flor. Among sure bets for Labor Day Weekend, this party is among the best. Medusa sponsors the Brazilian beat goddess @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Black Gay Pride. The annual citywide show of revelry and reverence goes down at venues all around town with multiple promoters and hosts. Sunday events include Pure Heat Community Festival @ Piedmont Park, noon – darkthirty. Check out the fullscale preview in Q ATLus magazine.

Drag Brunch. The Sisters of Sequins at the wheel while you eat in dinner-theater style @ Lips, 12:30 p.m.

Drag Brunch & Beatz Sundayz. MSR does what they do with a few extras for Sunday Funday. You can knock back $3 mimosas with DJs, drag queens and dames @ My Sister’s Room, all day.

Sunday Brunch & Heifer Review. Ruby Redd drives the bus while you eat up and drink down with $20 endless Mimosas @ Midtown Moon, 1 p.m. There’s also the Other Side of the Moon drag show, 9 p.m.

Spill the ‘T’ with Mother. Get the day going with drink specials and DJ Rob Reum, then keep it going with Honey Pot Bear Night @ Hideaway, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Sunday Funday. Gather at the rainbow crosswalks, then step into one of gay Atlanta’s biggest bar traditions. Cocktails, food, shows and fun @ X Midtown, 4 p.m. through 12 midnight.

MSR: Bubbly & Brunch. All weekend will be bumping at Atlanta’s lesbian bar, but Sunday gets a lot crazier when you have Monday off. Eat, drink, and the drag show starts at 4 p.m. @ My Sister’s Room, all day and night.

Chaka Khan Hacienda. DJ Ree de la Vega and her crew serve the outdoor dance party and vendor pop-ups you so frickin’ need right now @ 8Arm, 5 p.m.

Shameless Sunday. Kyra Mora hosts the fun with Brigitte Bidet and Shawnna Brooks in the cabaret and DJ Kevin Durard in the club @ Future, 8 p.m. The dance floor pops anew with DJ Karlitos, 12 a.m.

My Sister’s Room wants to be women’s Black Gay Pride headquarters with special events all weekend. (Photo by Russ Bowen-Youngblood)

Monday, Sept. 6

Black Gay Pride. The annual revelry and reverence wraps. Check out the preview in Q ATLus magazine. Monday events include Labor Day Rooftop Day Party, 3 p.m. and the Black Pride Shut Down @ Believe Music Hall, 4 p.m. – 4 a.m.

Labor Day Cookout. DJ Darlene spins, and you enjoy the day off with grub and beverages @ Hideaway, 3 p.m.

A portion of this calendar also appeared in Q ATLus Magazine. Read the latest issue digitally here:

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