The best queer things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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LGBTQ Atlanta events provide an embarrassment of riches. The third weekend in June ups the ante for dancing queens, with still more than enough to love for everyone else.

Friday, July 20

Joining Hearts Weekend Kickoff (top photo). DJ Joe Gauthreaux hits town to move the guys as a JH benefit @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Here’s how that goes.

The Book of Mormon. The gay-riffic Broadway musical is back on tour @ Fox Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs through Sunday.

Backpacks for a Cause. The gay sports bar collects school supplies for kids @ Woofs, 6 p.m.

“Two Moons” with Krystal A. Smith. The black lesbian author reads from and signs her latest work @ Charis Books & More, 7:30 p.m.

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

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

Glow Party. Inclusive party crew Nonsense ATL turns down the lights, fires up the blacklight and cranks up the 80s vibe @ The Basement, 10 p.m.

Flashback Friday getsthe 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.

Drrty Divas. Boys, booze, beats and Atlanta's hottest queens hosted by Destiny Brooks @ 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, July 21

Joining Hearts (middle phot). The biggest gay male pool party of the year raises money against HIV @ Greystone at Piedmont Park, 5 p.m. Check out our preview of what to look for in Q magazine’s Joining Hearts Drinking Game. It’s a man-on-man extravaganza, honey!

Southwest Atlanta Pride. Cook out and soak in summer during Pride in the Park with LGBTQs from ATL’s SW quadrant @ Howell Park, 12 noon. 

Rainbow Trout Beer Bust. The local LGBTQ swim and water polo team raise funds with bottomless brews @ Joe’s, 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, 9p.m.

Atlanta United Tailgate. The gay pro soccer fans of All Stripes do pre-gaming festivities before the match @ Lot 1 “The Gulch” outside Mercedes Benz Stadium, 3 p.m. You can also watch the game on TV @ Woofs, 3:30 p.m.

World Series Beer Bust. Hotlanta Softball’s Titans team pours an endless river of beer to help pay for their Gay World Series berth @ Midtown Moon, 4 p.m.

Atlanta Rollergirls Pride Night. The roller derby hosts its usual smash-em-up derby with a special welcome this time for LGBTQ fans. Wear rainbow @ Yaarab Shrine Temple, 5 p.m. and 7:30 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. 

Swank. The women of Bellissima host this semi-regular lesbian cocktail @ Henry’s, 9 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. DJ Rob Reum welcomes the pool party crowd at 11 p.m.

DJ Isaac Escalante lands in ATL for the big weekend of gay men’s dance parties @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

DJ Moose kicks Saturday into high gear @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Deep South: Chelsea Starr(PDX/SF). The latest visiting spin wizard from the deep connex of DJ Vicki Powell @ The Music Room, 10 p.m.

Icon: Disco. The glitz and glamour of the era inspires the tunes and your ensemble @ The Deep End, 10 p.m.

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

“Illuminate” and late-night “Radiate” are among your post-Joining Hearts options @ 595 North, 10:30 p.m. and 3 a.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.

Xion. DJ Phil Romano pumps the late-night beats until sunrise to celebrate Joining Hearts Weekend @ BJ Roosters, 3 a.m.


Sunday, July 22

Culture Club (bottom photo) appears with the B52s, and Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins to play you into a state of ‘80s Britpop bliss @ Chastain Park, 7 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.

Trois Summer. Women who love women who love DJs who love drink specials all summer @ My Sister’s Room, 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 outdoor dudes, DJs and drinks, this week with Kraax, 4 p.m.

Deck Party. Sunday Funday now has a really big deck. DJ Karlitos swings it @ Midtown Tavern, 4 p.m. 

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

Abel’s Diva Tour. The gay DJ keeps the weekend going @ District Atlanta, 7 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 @ Midtown Moon, 8 p.m.

DILF. DJ Mr. Richard plays for daddies and their admirers @ Woofs, 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 keep you partying as late as you want @ Tokyo Valentino, 11 p.m.

A version of the Queer Agenda calendar, including the best weekday events, runs each week in Q magazine. Read the latest issue below, and check back here every Thursday for the full weekend roundup, or jump ahead to our summer preview of LGBTQ events through August.


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