The best queer things to do in Atlanta over Memorial Weekend

Add this share

Even if it’s a soaker weather-wise, nobody turns up their nose to a three-day weekend. That goes double for LGBTQ events. Let the Queer Agenda calendar help you fill your big holi-gay weekend to-do list.

Friday, May 25

Big Peach Registration Pool Party (top photo). Atlanta’s annual gay softball tournament starts with the Registration Pool Party @ Crowne Plaza Midtown, 5 p.m. The fun continues through Sunday on and off the field.

LGBTQ Creative Activism. A great panel of local and touring queer thinkers leads this discussion @ MSR, 6 p.m.

Friday Night Lights. Sports on all the screens of Atlanta’s gay sports bar @ Woofs, 8 p.m.

Superbody. This duo headlines a music show that also includes Breathers, plus local acts MonteQarlo, Blessingxx and DJ Horse Girl @ 529 Club, 9 p.m.

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

Queer Bait. Hang with the cool kids in East Atlanta @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

Pump. The weekly man-on-man dance party launches your weekend @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Cruise Control with DJ Mr. Richard gets the weekend going @ Atlanta Eagle, 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.

Guys & Dolls. Pretty bartenders and even prettier queens @ Ten, 10 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 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 26

Bear Invasion (middle photo). Denver’s DJ Craig C. and all the hirsute suitors you can handle @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Big Peach Softball Tournament. Gay pitchers and catchers from across the country play ball hosted by Hotlanta Softball League @ Southside Park (C Division) and Johnson Park, Conyers (B & D Divisions), all weekend.

Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival. Quirky queers in their element @ O4W, all weekend.

TRANScending Barriers Picnic. Celebrate the first anniversary of this group with food and fun @ Piedmont Park, 1 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.

Saturday Shenanigans. Drinks, food and worldwide sports on multiple screens @ Woofs, 3 p.m.

Bucks to Bingham Sendoff Beer Bust. The gay rugby squad is headed to the international Bingham Cup tournament in Amsterdam. Wish them well @ Woofs, 5 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. 

College Night & Midnight Hazing. Kyra Mora brings all the boys to her yard, 9 p.m., then Celeste Holmes and her sexy frat boys initiate pledges, 12 midnight @ Midtown Tavern.

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

DJ Moose and Panther L/L Bar Night kick Saturday into high gear @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Atlanta Disco Society. Nonsense ATL and DJ Kimber throw back to the era of Studio 54 @ The Basement, 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, May 27

Day-to-Night Summer Kickoff (bottom photo). It’s an all-day, all-night affair celebrating the fact that you’re off work on Monday. Start with the Joining Hearts Summer Kickoff & Barbecue, 3 p.m.; continue with gay jocks of Big Peach Closing Ceremonies, 6 p.m.; and wrap by bumping booties with DJ Kidd Madonny, 10 p.m.

Big Peach. Gay pitchers and catchers from across the country play ball @ Southside Park (C Division) and Johnson Park, Conyers (B & D Divisions), all day.

Heifer Review. Drag queens while you eat a late lunch @ Cowtippers, 1 p.m.

Trois Summer. Women who love women who love DJs who love drink specials all summer @ My Sister’s Room, 2 p.m.

Sporty Sunday Funday. All the games and matches on the screens, and all the guys to watch it with @ Woofs, 12 noon.

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.

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.

Frolic! Join Southern Fried Queer Pride for a day of grub, games and general merriment @ Inman Park, 2 p.m.

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

LGBTQ Town Hall. Discuss a new LGBTQ center named for local activist Cheryl Courtney Evans @ Phillip Rush Center, 5 p.m.

Chaka Khan Hacienda. Dance to benefit Girls Rock Camp with hosts and DJs including Ruby Velle, Ree de la Vega, Kimber and Sed @ 8ARM, 5 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, now in a new home bar @ Oscar's, 8 p.m. Soon, they’re headed across the parking lot back to Old Burkhart’s, new Midtown Moon

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.

Heir with LovHer. DJ Fyre and Whitney Abstrakt set the scene for lesbians of color partying into the night @ Havana Club, 10:30 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.


Monday, May 28

Stars of the Century. Extend your holi-gay weekend as the wildly popular, fabulously produced drag show returns from purgatory after Jungle's closure @ Heretic, 10:30 p.m. The organizers spilled all the tea to Project Q.

The Queer Agenda calendar appears each week in Q magazine. Read the full issue below:



Project Q Atlanta goes on hiatus after 14 years

On Sept. 1, 2008, Project Q Atlanta promised a hyper-local “queer media diet” for Atlanta. The site set out to bring LGBTQ news, in-depth...

Photos catch Purple Dress Run invading Midtown

After three years of pandemic-inflicted limitations, Atlanta’s gay rugby squad let loose on one of its most popular events. The Atlanta Bucks Purple Dress...

Ooo Bearracuda: Photos from Bear Pride’s Main Event

The seventh annual Atlanta Bear Pride hit the ground running on Friday with packed houses at Woofs, Heretic and Future. Turned out, they hadn’t...

Atlanta Bear Pride set to go hard and long all weekend

That low, growing growl you hear is a nation of gay bears headed for Atlanta Bear Pride this weekend. By the time they arrive,...

PHOTOS: Armorettes bring back Easter Drag Race magic

Gay Atlanta’s queens of do-good drag brought the sunshine to a cloudy afternoon on Saturday when Heretic hosted the triumphant return of Armorettes Easter...