The best queer things to do in Atlanta Thanksgiving weekend

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The holiday week brings more, not less, to the Queer Agenda calendar of events in Atlanta. Take your pick from Wednesday Thanksgiving Eve festivities all the way through sunrise on Sunday.

Wednesday, Nov. 21

Thanksgiving Eve (top photo). The tradition continues. You’re off work tomorrow, and DJ Seth Breezy helms this rowdy Joining Hearts fundie @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Turkey Ball. DJ Tim Woodruff pumps the beats for holiday homos on 10 Street and Piedmont Avenue @ Ten Atlanta, 9 p.m.

Underwear Party. You’ve got all night this Wednesday, so bare as you dare @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Thanksgiving Karaoke. Thad Steven hosts the singers at the queer bar where it’s always ladies night. Drink and food specials too @ My Sister’s Room, 7 p.m.

Whatcha Singin Wednesday. Karaoke stars are born @ Midtown Moon, 10 p.m.


Thursday, Nov. 22

Happy Thanksgiving (photo, above). We're grateful for y'all. If you’re by yourself today, check in with your favorite queer gathering spots and watering holes. Many are serving camaraderie and Thanksgiving dinner like Midtown Moon.

Addams Family Values. The pro-family, anti-holiday queers just might need screens @ Plaza Atlanta, 9 p.m.


Friday, Nov. 23

Lighting of the Baby Jesus (photo, above) Flick the switch on the plastic yard art and on the holiday season, then party with the East Atlanta Village cool kids @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

The Other Show. Edie Cheezburger and her kooky queens work Atlanta’s newest gay bar @ Midtown Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 

Pump. The weekly man-on-man dance party features DJ Mike Pope and no cover charge @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

DJ Ron Pullman’s Flashback kicks the weekend into high gear @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Celestial Friday with Celeste Holmes puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars. Don’t forget Second Level beats upstairs @ Blake’s, 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.

Fresh Fish Friday & Moonlight Cabaret. Early drag to wrap your week, 8 p.m. and drag eleganza fabulosity with Shavonna B. Brooks and Raquel Lord to kick off the weekend, 11 p.m. There's also a movie on the patio bar @ Midtown Moon, 7 p.m.

Drrty Divas. Hit them up for boys, booze, beats and Atlanta's hottest queens hosted by Destiny Brooks @ Ten, 10 p.m

Ladies Night. Get your LGBTQ 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.


Saturday, Nov. 24

Furball XXX (photo, above). DJ Ted Eiel (Chicago) plays while the dancing queens give each other rugburn @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Ria Pell Remembrance. Activities all day honor the life of this popular lesbian chef and restauranteur on the fifth anniversary of her passing. Venues include Westview Cemetary, all day.

Indies First Day. After Black Friday but before Cyber Monday, give some shopping love to local independents, including LGBTQ retailers Charis Books & More, Boy Next Door and GCB/Brushstrokes, to name a few. 

College Football Saturday. All the games and matchups on the screens, and all the gay guys to watch it with @ Woofs, 12 noon.

Atlanta United Playoff Tailgate. The gay pro soccer fans of All Stripes do pre-gaming festivities before the Eastern Conference Finals match @ Lot 1 “The Gulch” outside Mercedes Benz Stadium, 1 p.m. These folks know how to throw a party. You can also watch the game on TV @ Woofs, 2:30 p.m.

#Daydrunk. Drink specials put you to bed early or make you the life of the party as the sun drops @ Mary’s, 2:30 p.m. Do it, and you may not remember what you did during the regularly scheduled shenanigans, 9 p.m.

Flannel Party. It’s ‘90s slacker winter realness up in this piece with drink specials, entertainers and more @ My Sister’s Room, 6 p.m.

Glitz & Glam with Charlie Brown. The self-titled Bitch of the South and her girlsentertain 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. 

Pop Karaoke with Princess Charles. Sing your heart out with your host plus DJ Suzanne @ Midtown Tavern, 9 p.m.

Fantasy Girls. The queens you love doing what you love cabaret style @ Ten, 9 p.m.

DJs Daniel Weaver and Aaron Fries  ick Saturday into high gear with no cover charge @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Pop! Popup drag and Popup men werqs Saturday night into a frenzy @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.

Queeriety: Queers-Giving Special. The variety show you didn’t know you needed but totally do @ Village Theatre, 11 p.m. 

After Hours. Soulful house music by resident DJs presented by Culmination Productions keeps you partying as late as you want @ Tokyo Valentino, 2 a.m.


Sunday, Nov. 25

HRC Brunch (bottom photo). Tacos, beer and margaritas make turkey a thing of the past to benefit Human Rights Campaign Atlanta @ Guac y Margys, 12:30 p.m.

Gospel Brunch. Singing queens while you eat from a smorgasbord of serving stations @ Midtown Moon, 11 a.m.

NFL Sunday Funday. All the football games and other competitions on the screens, plus all the guys to watch them with @ Woofs, 12 noon.

Drag Brunch with the Sisters of Sequins @ Lips, 12:30 p.m. Walk-ins welcome. 

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.

Madams, Marys & Mimosas serves drag, brunch and drink specials @ Ten Atlanta, 1 p.m. Sit. Stay. The Sunday Funday weekly tradition of outdoor dudes, DJs and drinks, 4 p.m.

Sunday Sabbath. Celeste Holmes stages the queens for your weekend wrap party @ Midtown Tavern, 6 p.m.

Armorettes. The camp drag crazies with the hearts of gold against AIDS are in their 40th year of weekly shows @ Midtown Moon, 9 p.m.

Queer AF. Drew Friday and Candida Valentina host this show @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

After Hours. Urban Hip Hop all night by resident DJs, plus 15 dancers and three levels to party presented by Culmination Productions keeps you partying as late as you want @ Tokyo Valentino, 11 p.m.

A version of this feature originally ran in Q magazine. Read the latest issue below for even more.



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