The best queer things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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One of the biggest LGBTQ schedules of the year so far lands you in the thick of the a Queer Agenda calendar from annual throwdowns to one-night-only specials you won’t soon forget.

Friday, April 20

Atlanta Bear Pride (top photo). A huge queer weekend of events is made gargantuan with the annual fur fest at multiple venues with home base @ Heretic. Kick it off with the Bear Pride Warmup Party @ Woofs, 7 p.m. including Atlanta Bucks Jell-O Night. Check out Q Magazine’s Bear Pride Guide for the full Atlanta Bear Pride calendar.

Paint for Pride. Get out your wine glasses and paint brushes because Atlanta Pride benefits from your fun @ Sips N Strokes Toco Hills, 7 p.m.

OurSong: “Brilliance.” Atlanta’s LGBTQ co-ed chorus presents their spring concert @ First Baptist Church of Decatur, 8 p.m. Saturday, too.

Better Way to Meet. Join this interactive mixer for single gay men in Atlanta @ MSR, 8 p.m.

The Other Show. Edie Cheezburger and her kooky queens kick off a new era in Atlanta’s newest gay bar @ Midtown Tavern, 9:30 p.m.

Mamma Mia! Closing Weekend. The characters you love and the ABBA songs you’ll never forget @ Aurora Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs through April 22.

Flashback. DJ Ron Pullman gets the weekend going @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Bitch, Please. Hang with the cool kids in East Atlanta, led this week by DJ Ree de la Vega @ Mary’s, 11 p.m. Come early for the Peach Pit Pageant, 9 p.m.

Uncut Friday. The return of LGBT Latin Night with gogo boys, drag queens and dancing, 18 to party, 21 to drink @ Club Rush, 10 p.m.

Guys & Dolls. Pretty male bartenders and a pretty queens in a new drag show @ Ten, 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.

Celestial Friday. Celeste Holmes hosts the show “where the stars come out” and puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars, plus Second Level beats upstairs @ Blake’s, 11 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.


Saturday, April 21

Deep South with DJ Holographic (middle photo). Get down to the sounds during Vicki Powell’s latest Deep South dance party @ The Music Room, 10 p.m.

Flag Football. The gridiron gays of National Flag Football League of Atlanta hit the fields @ Franklin Gateway Sports Complex, Marietta, 9 a.m.

Headshot & Tinder Pic Day. Wussy editor Q contributing photographer Jon Dean shoots portraits to benefit his mag’s next installment. Appointment required, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Atlanta Bear Pride. The annual fur fest at multiple venues continues with today’s Bear Bust & Cookout @ Heretic, 12 noon, and Bearracuda with DJ Tony Moran, 10 p.m. Check out Q Magazine’s Bear Pride Guide for the full Atlanta Bear Pride calendar.

Respect the Brunch. Bites and beverages to benefit Lost N Found Youth @ Zocalo, 12 noon.

FTK Beer Bust. The gays who bring you Backpack this summer and Toy Party during the holidays are already raising funds For The Kids @ Joe’s, 12:30 p.m. 

Mr. HSL. The pitchers and catchers of Hotlanta Softball League field their contenders for the annual beefcake crown @ Lips, 1 p.m. – 5 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.

“Images Finally Focused.” Atlanta Queer Literary Festival hosts author Young Hughley’s latest book of work about an LGBTQ coming of age @ Auburn Avenue Research Library, 3 p.m.

Miss Ruck N Maul. The burly men of Atlanta’s queer rugby squad don camp drag for their annual fundraiser, this year called “A Beautiful Mess 2: Sloppy Seconds” @ Out Front Theatre, 7:30 p.m. See the “girls” more in their element during Untucked: The Afterparty @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Storytellers. Images rich in narrative detail pepper this group show and artist reception @ pb&j gallery, 7 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. 

OurSong: “Brilliance.” Atlanta’s LGBTQ co-ed chorus presents their spring concert @ First Baptist Church of Decatur, 8 p.m. Saturday, too.

Fantasy Girls. The queens you love doing what you love in a new home @ Ten, 9 p.m.

Atlanta United Viewing Party. The pro soccer boys are playing in L.A., but their gay fans of All Stripes are in full support in front of the TVs @ Joe’s, 10 p.m.

Pop! Popup drag and Popup men werqs Saturday night into a frenzy @ Blake’s, 10 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, April 22

Loudspeaker. Come to this queer reading and open mic night for scheduled poets, comics and inspired speakers like TyQuan Morton (bottom photo), then anyone who wants to join them @ Revelator Coffee, Grant Park, 7 p.m.

Hotlanta Softball League. The pitchers and catchers of the gay league gather to play @ Johnson Park, 9 a.m. Extra Innings Beer Bust follows @ Woofs, 4 p.m.

Atlanta Bear Pride. The annual fur fest at multiple venues wraps with today’s Bear Pride Free Lunch @ Blake's, 12: 30 p.m., Bear Pride Sunday Funday @ Woofs, then Bear Pride Underwear Closing Party @ BJ’s, 9 p.m. Check out Q Magazine’s Bear Pride Guide for the full Atlanta Bear Pride calendar of events.

Drag Brunch Theatre. 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.

Trans Field Day. Atlanta Pride throws this day of playground games for grownups, especially transgender, gender non-conforming and nonbinary folks @ Brownwood Park, 2 p.m.

Zocalo Sunday Funday. DJ Neon the Glowgobear rocks a party set at this popular spot near the corner of Gay & Gayer, 2 p.m.

Rainbow Roses. The neo-liberal queer womyn of Rotten Peaches and the local Socialists gather to overthrow capitalism as well as the patriarchy with their comrades @ Georgia Beer Garden, 4 p.m.

Madams, Marys & Mimosas serves drag, brunch and drink specials @ Ten Atlanta, 1 p.m. Sit. Stay. It's Sunday Tea's weekly tradition of dudes, DJs and drinks, 3 p.m., then High Tea with today’s hits, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Rainbros. The quarterly meeting of the gay male mentoring social group and LGBTQ action bros discusses “Healthy Lifestyles at 20, 40 and 70” @ Out Front Theatre, 6:30 p.m.

Armorettes. The camp drag crazies with the hearts of gold against AIDS are in their 40th year of weekly shows, now in a new home bar @ Oscar's, 8 p.m.

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.

“Man Made.” At the world's only all-transgender bodybuilding competition, four male bodybuilders take the stage in this revealing documentary as part of the Atlanta Film Festival @ Plaza Theatre, 9 p.m.

Tossed Salad. The magic and madness masterminded by Brigitte Bidet and her left-of-center queens goes all in @ My Sister’s Room, 9:30 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.


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