The best queer things to do in Atlanta this weekend

Add this share

Babes, bubbles, biscuits and a beat you can dance to. It’s the Queer Agenda calendar of LGBTQ events in the weekend leading up to Atlanta Pride. Get in on the fever pitch and frenzy of activity.

Friday, Oct. 4

Out on Film. Atlanta’s venerable LGBTQ festival continues @ Out Front Theatre. Friday brings Bit, 7 p.m., Last Ferry (top photo), 9 p.m., and Horror Shorts, 11 p.m.

MAAP Meetup. Metro Atlanta Association of Professionals  networks with a backdrop of cocktails and art during the regularly scheduled Frequency Friday shindig @ High Museum, 6 p.m.

Queer Climbing. LGBTQ wall scaling with the Venture Out Project @ Stone Summit Center, 7 p.m.

Red Clay Comedy Festival. Comics from around town and around the country descend on East Atlanta, through Sunday. Lineup includes queer comedians like Mehran Khaghani.

Urban Tree Pride Kickoff. Atlanta’s cidery has a limited edition Pride can and three days of specials benefiting All Stripes, the LGBTQ Atlanta United fan group. Get in on it @ Urban Tree Cidery, through Sunday.

Becoming Nancy: Closing Weekend. Based on the best-selling British novel by Terry Ronald and expected to go to Broadway, a teen learns to become a female character for a play and transforms in the process @ Alliance Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs through Oct. 6.

Skintight. Joshua Harmon excoriates America’s obsession with youth, sex and physical beauty @ Actor’s Express, 8 p.m. Runs through Oct. 13. Read the Q preview and interviews.

Country Night. LGBTQ Boot scootin’ and line dancin’ with no cover @ Heretic, 8 p.m.

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

Witch Please. Party with the East Atlanta cool kids and DJ Ree de la Vega @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

Onyx Night. DJ Ron Pullman kicks off the weekend @ 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. The new faces of Fresh Fish drag show wrap your week, then the drag eleganza of Moonlight Cabaret starts the weekend @ Midtown Moon, 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Fem Fridays. Get the weekend started with DJ beats, performances and scores of women in Midtown’s home for Atlanta lesbian nightlife @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m. 


Saturday, Oct. 5

Pride Warmup with DJ Jackinsky (middle photo). It’s an official Atlanta Pride warmup event, and the shirts are coming off @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Queer Day Hike. Do 3.8 miles with a 100-foot elevation with the LGBTQ climbers of the Venture Out Project and Southern Fried Queer Pride @ Muscogee Creek, 8:30 a.m.

Joan P. Garner Health Fair. The run, walk and roll and fair named after the late, great local lesbian politico and advocate @ 1125 Lena Ave., 9:30 a.m. Atlanta loves her. Like, a lot. As in, a lot a lot.

Out on Film. Atlanta’s venerable LGBTQ festival continues @ Out Front Theatre and Plaza Theatre. At Out Front, Saturday brings Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America, 12 noon,  Changing the Game, 2 p.m., Knife + Heart, 4 p.m., The Sympathy Card, 7 p.m., and Mom + Mom, 7 p.m. At Plaza, don’t miss the Q Spotlight screening of Ham: A Musical Memoir, 7 p.m., and Straight Up, 9:30 p.m. Read Q’s Ham interview.

NFFLA Flag Football. The gay football jocks of National Flag Football League of Atlanta start playing Fall Ball for keeps @ Silverbacks Park, 9 a.m. Head to Woofs immediately after the games for comaraderie and trash talking, 12:30 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.

HRC Volunteer Fair & Mixer. Get to know the local arm of the national rights organization, first with a volunteer fair @ Metropolis, 2 p.m., then a mixer @ Henry’s, 3 p.m.

Outworlders Game Night. Atlanta’s LGBTQ and allied sci-fi, fantasy and gaming group plays @ Rush Center, 6 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. 

Premiere Party. Chris 180 and its LGBTQ programs benefit from this annual gathering of white attire @ The Gathering Spot, 7 p.m

Ruby’s Redd Light District & Moonlight Cabaret. Queens on the scene @ Midtown Moon, 8 p.m. and 11p.m.

Totally 80s Party with Impact. Martha Wash and Taylor Dayne sing, while DJ Mike Pope pumps the beats for this Positive Impact Health Centers shindig with an 80s bent @ Tabernacle, 8 p.m.

This Is Me. Atlanta Women’s Chorus, Our Song and Atlanta Freedom Bands present a free Pride performance @ Saint Mark UMC, 8 p.m.

Hotlanta Rubber & Gear Night. DJ Eric James leaves you breathless @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m. 

Midtown Saturday Night lays beats on both decks with you in the spotlight @ Ten, 10 p.m

Heyday 80s Dance Party. Nonsense ATL’s straight-inclusive party 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.

Xion Afterhours. DJs Travis & Eric move you ‘til sunrise @ BJ Roosters, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Sunday, Oct. 6

Bubbles & Biscuits (bottom photo). The Victory Fund, which helps train and elect out candidates, raises funds @ Wimbish House, 11 a.m.

Out on Film. Atlanta’s venerable LGBTQ festival closes @ Out Front Theatre with State of Pride, 2:30 p.m.,  Making Sweet Tea, 4:15 p.m., Drama Shorts, 6:15 p.m., and Cousins, 8 p.m. Also catch The Bitter Tears of Petra Van Kant @ Plaza Theatre, 7 p.m., and The Queen of Ireland @ Midtown Art Cinema, 7 p.m.

Super-Sized Sunday. 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 @ Blake's, 8:30 p.m.

Sporty Sunday Funday. Games and matches on screen, plus all the guys to watch them 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.

Heifer Review. Ruby Redd corrals the queens on the patio, this week with the bonus of being HSL’s Extra Inning Beer Bust @ Joe’s on Juniper, 1 p.m. 

Atlanta United Tailgate. The gay pro soccer fans of All Stripes do pre-gaming festivities before the match. Look for the rainbow everything @ Lot 1 “The Gulch” outside Mercedes Benz Stadium, 12 noon. The action is also on TV @ Woofs, 4 p.m., where of course it is also College Football Saturday.

Drag Me to Brunch. Good grub and cool queens serve Sunday vibes @ My Sister’s Room, 2 p.m.

Sunday Funday. The weekly tradition of outdoor dudes, DJs, drinks and sometimes drag @ Ten, 4 p.m. 

Queer Con Atlanta. An LGBTQ business and art expo @ Red Light Production Studio, 4 p.m.

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

Queer AF. Drew Friday hosts this raucous drag and variety show @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Miss Edgewood. Watch “kings, queens and in between”in a seven-week elimination competition for the title @ Noni’s, 10:30 p.m. through Nov. 10

A version of this calendar originally appeared in Q magazine. Read the full issue online here:

Pick up a new edition each week at queer and LGBTQ-friendly venues around town, and check back every Thursday for the latest Queer Agenda of weekend events. You can also check out our schedule of queer Atlanta’s biggest and best fall shows, soirees and special guests through Thanksgiving.


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...