The best queer things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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December dawns with holiday extras among LGBTQ Atlanta events. From parties to shows to World AIDS Day and beyond, the Queer Agenda calendar has you covered.

Friday, Nov. 30

Mary’s 20th Anniversary (top photo). Not many gay bars can say there’s no other like it in the world, much less for two decades running. Celebrate the little rock and roll gay bar that can @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

El Angel. Pedro Almodovar’s sexy new film full of intrigue is being billed as a gay “Bonnie and Clyde.” It run in an exclusive engagement @ Midtown Art Cinema, all week. 

Gay Campground Open House. The annual holiday thank you to patrons with appetizer buffet, Santa Bear, Sexy Elves and discounts on rooms goes down @ Timberfell Lodge, all weekend. 

#StopHIVATL World AIDS Day Breakfast. Fulton County Board of Health's Sexual Health Promotion hosts this first-annual gathering with food, leaders and inspirational guests @ Carter Center, 9 a.m. Local commemorations today of the Dec. 1 day also include Free HIV Testing @ City Hall, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., and Act Up-Speak Out @ SisterLove, 3 p.m.

Chip McGuire Band Holiday Show. Queer Atlanta singer and musician Dylan Michael presents this intimate, multiple-act concert @ Smith’s Olde Bar, 7 p.m.

Take Em Off. Local transman, barber and queer inspiration Frankie Edwards raises money for top surgery with performances, raffles, t-shirt sales and a good time for all @ Metropolitan Studios, 9 p.m. Q readers know Edwards as an Instagram influencer, a lust-worthy Atlantan, and an artfully tattooed queer.

OurSong: Love! With the subtitle “It’s All Glorious,” Atlanta’s LGBTQ co-ed chorus presents its holiday concert @ First Baptist Church of Decatur, 8 p.m. There’s a Saturday performance too.

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

Daddy Issues. Mining masc stereotypes for inspo and them turning them on their ears, join DJs Vicki Powell and Sindri @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

DJ Tracy Levine kicks the weekend into high gear @ 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. Early drag to wrap your week, 8 p.m. and drag eleganza fabulosity with Shavonna B. Brooks and Raquel Lord to kick off the weekend, 11 p.m. There's also a movie on the patio bar @ Midtown Moon, 7 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, Dec. 1

Naughty or Nice. Saturnalia throws its latest theme party for the holidays with DJs Brett Oosterhaus and J Warren and a performance by Phoenix @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Meet the 14 sexy hosts, and check out what they did to Heretic last time.

World AIDS Day Testing. Know your status as HRC Atlanta joins forces with the new resource center in town @ The SPOT, 10 a.m. Their year-round efforts really hit the spot.

Water Polo Tournament. The LGBTQ group Atlanta Rainbow Trout hosts teams from across the country, and spectators get in free @ Georgia Tech Recreation Complex, 11:30 a.m.

College Football Saturday. All the games and matchups on the screens, and all the gay guys to watch it with @ Woofs, 12 noon.

Red Dress Tea Dance. With World AIDS Day as inspo, the dress code is obvious, and the giving back is just what you’d expect with Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence @ BJ Roosters, 2 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.

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. 

Swing Into The Holidays. The MetroGnome ensemble from the Atlanta Freedom Bands group performs a seasonal set @ Cowtipper, 7 p.m.

Safe Is Sexy. Stop-N-Justice and Metropolitan Studios partner for this fundraiser featuring performances in song, dance, spoken word and acrobatics, as well as food trucks and free HIV testing, to commemorate World AIDS Day @ Metropolitan Studios, 7 p.m. 

The Kinsey Sicks. The queer band of long-standing performs from its latest “Things You Shouldn’t Say” record and are hosted by the LGBTQ Congregation Bet Haverim @ Saint Mark UMC, 8 p.m.

Immersion 2018. Impulse Group Atlanta, which focuses its stop-HIV efforts on black gay men, hosts this annual fancy-dress party for World AIDS Day @ Ocean Ballroom in the Georgia Aquarium, 8 p.m.

OurSong: Love! With the subtitle “It’s All Glorious,” Atlanta’s LGBTQ co-ed chorus presents its holiday concert @ First Baptist Church of Decatur, 8 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.

Stoplight Party with DJ Neon the Glowgobear kicks Saturday into high gear @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Heyday. Nonsense ATL’s 1980s 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.

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


Sunday, Nov. 25

Midtown Rouge (bottom photo). 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.

Gospel Brunch. Singing queens while you eat from a smorgasbord of serving stations @ Midtown Moon, 11 a.m.

NFL Sunday Funday. All the football games and other competitions on the screens, plus all the guys to watch them with @ Woofs, 12 noon.

Drag Brunch with the Sisters of Sequins @ Lips, 12:30 p.m. Walk-ins welcome. 

123 Getting’ Down with Britney. Gay fans of the pop princess celebrate her birthday with drink specials. Oh, and it’s Nelly Furtado and Charlie Puth’s birthday too, so they’re on the playlist as well @ Guac y Margys, 12:30 p.m.

Heifers Review. Ruby Redd’s birthday just means more drag to love while you brunch @ Cowtippers, 1 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.

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 @ Midtown Moon, 9 p.m. It’s the Past-Meets-Present Show as the group hurtles toward its 40thanniversary.

Queer AF. Drew Friday and Candida Valentina host this show @ My Sister’s Room, 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 keeps you partying as late as you want @ Tokyo Valentino, 11 p.m.

A version of this feature originally ran in Q magazine. Read the latest issue below for even more.



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