The best queer things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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It’s the Gay Agenda calendar’s world, and we’re just living in it. The month of May descends on the LGBTQ-ATL with a whirlwind of events, and all we can do is submit. Keep scrolling and start making plans.

Friday, May 3

Sauvage (top photo). A touching, brutal tale of a gay male sex worker opens @ Plaza Atlanta, all week. Read the lead actor’s Q interview.

MAAP Mix & Mingle. Metro Atlanta Area of Professionals love them some networking happy hours @ Altitude Apartments, 6 p.m. 

Fiona Zedde: A Lover’s Mercy. The lesbian author who got her start in the ATL returns to the store she used to work with her latest novel of female passion @ Charis Books & More, 7 p.m.

Born This Way Birthday Bash. Candida Valentina is another year sexier, and the Queerly Beloved performers are here to celebrate @ Red Light Café, 8 p.m.

I Love To Eat: Closing Weekend. Legendary gay food personality James Beard, a gay director and gay lead make for a great one-man show @ Theatrical Outfit, 7:30 p.m. Runs through May 5. 

Sangria Friday. Specialty drinks, all the games and matchups on the screens, and all the sporty gays to watch it with @ Woofs, 12 noon.

The Other Show. Edie Cheezburger, Jaye Lish and the cast bring their brand of drag to their new home @ Midtown Moon, 9 p.m. 

Bitch Please. Party with the East Atlanta cool kids @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

DILF: Do Me Harder. Celebrate the new DILF app with the party series that started it all @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

DJ Ron Pullman kicks off the weekend @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Deep South. DJ Vicki Powell’s sisterhood of the traveling dance, this time with DJ Brian Rojas @ MidCity Café, 10 p.m.

Celestial Friday. 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 and drag eleganza fabulosity to start the weekend @ Midtown Moon, 8 p.m. and 11 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, May 4

Change of Seasons (middle photo). The Joining Hearts party that celebrates spring, this year with a “Liberate!” theme @ Heretic, 9 p.m.

NFFLA Flag Football. The queer and allied jocks of National Flag Football League of Atlanta continue their spring season @ Silverbacks Park, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Roswell Spring Arts Festival. The gays of Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces take their schtick up the road with crafts, music and food @ 38 Hill St., Roswell, all day. Sunday too.

Bucks Beer Battle. The gay rugby squad hosts a beer bust and beer Olympics because beer @ Atlanta Eagle, 12 noon.

For The Kid Beer Bust. The people who throw Toy Party and Backpack in the Park pour bottomless brews to raise money @ Joe’s on Juniper, 1 p.m.

#DerbyDaydrunk. 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.

May the Fourth Be With You Margarita Party. Mona Lott hosts and DJ Sean Michael spins while you start early on $5 margs all night @ Ten Atlanta, 4 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. 

Disco Car Wash & Tea Dance. The do-gooders of More To Love put the go-go boys to work on your wheels while DJ Vicki Powell pumps beats @ BJ Roosters, 2 p.m.

HRC Dinner. The Atlanta arm of the national organization tuxes up and gowns down for the 32nd year @ Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 6 p.m.

Urban Tree Comedy. Comic, show runner and Q columnist Ian Aber hosts a hot set of comedians while you sip @ Urban Tree Cidery, 7 p.m.

Pre-Cinco Party & Tacos and Tequila Midtown. You betta Cinco on Quatro @ My Sister’s Room, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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

Heat. DJ Eric James kicks Saturday into high [email protected] Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m. 

Heyday. Nonsense ATL’s dance party that’s inclusive for every f-in body @ The Basement, 10 p.m.

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

Moonlight Cabaret. Queens on the scene @ Midtown Moon, 11p.m.

Xion Afterhours. DJ Mohammad moves you ‘til sunrise @ BJ Roosters, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Sunday, May 5

Cinco de Gay-o (bottom photo). We’re here, we’re queer, we’re Americanizing a Mexican anniversary @ multiple LGBTQ Atlanta venues. Read the Q party preview. It includes the signature all-day, all-gay festival Papi’s Sunday Funday Cinco Extravaganza @ Las Margaritas, 2 p.m. (which is also the official HSL Weekly Bash and the All Stripes Atlanta United Watch Party.  

Get Your Cinco Life. Papi's isn't nearly all, y’all. Get down on the town with 5 De Mayo @ La Hacienda, Mama’s Cocina Latina, 7th annual Party on the Patio @ Ten, Cinco de Mayo Blowout @ Midtown Moon, Semana de Cinco de Mayo @ Felix’s, Cinco de Fun Day @ Blake’s, Cinco de Mayo @ Woofs, Cinco Celebration @ Friends on Ponce, Cinco de T’s @ Model T,  DJ Beats @ Zocalo, and the Heifer Review: Cinco Edition @ Joe’s, 1 p.m., and the Queer AF Cinco de Mayo Show @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m. Read the Q party preview.

Hotlanta Softball. The pitchers and catchers of HSL hit the diamonds @ Johnson Park, 9 a.m. Then hit the Cinco de Mayo Extra Innings Bust @ Las Margaritas, 2 p.m.

Roswell Spring Arts Festival. The gays of Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces take their schtick up the road with crafts, music and food @ 38 Hill St., Roswell, all day.

Queer Yoga. It’s “Lady Gaga Power Up” bend and stretch for all body types with Patrick Boston @ Ballroom Dance Clubs of America, 11 a.m.

Gay Day at the Zoo. The City of Atlanta officially sponsors a day with the animals, and you’re invited @ Zoo Atlanta, 12 noon.

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.

Drag Brunch Theatre. 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.

Come Thru Queen Drag Brunch. Fiera Ice, Tiffany Diamond DeVille, Jor’dore Dior, Lady Gray andCiCi Nicole are joined by a special guest for this weekly brunch show @ Eclectic Bistro & Bar, 1 p.m.

Revival. Gospel Brunch has a whole new look, benefiting Rainbow House @ Midtown Moon, 3 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.

Armorettes. The camp drag crazies with the hearts of gold against AIDS are in their 41st year of weekly shows @ Midtown Moon, 8 p.m.

A version of this calendar originally ran in Q magazine. Read the full issue:




Pick up a new edition of Q each week at LGBTQ and allied venues across Atlanta. You can also check out our schedule of queer Atlanta’s best spring shows, soirees and specials through Memorial Day.


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