The best queer things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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The LGBTQ local calendar is ridiculously full of chances to get out, show out, be out.. It’s a lot, but you can handle it. Probably. Or you know, at least you’ll have fun trying.

Friday, April 12

Sarah & The Safe Word (top photo)The queer-led band performs with other acts including Fable Cry, Soviet, Shiksa and Nobody’s Darlings @ Star Bar, 8 p.m.

Automoto. Springtime on the Beltline and its first-ever European carshow while you saunter @ East Side Trail, all weekend beginning Friday at 4 p.m.

Fourth Tuesday. Don’t let the name fool you. It’s second Friday and you’re in the right place for happy hour with this lesbian social group @ Midtown Moon, 6 p.m.

Momentum. The latest exhibit in this gay owned gallery gets its opening night artist reception @ Kai Lin Art, 7 p.m.

I Love To Eat. 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. 

Men With Money: Closing Weekend Three young bachelors, two gay and one straight, are looking to marry their way from rags to riches in a re-imagined 1950s @ Aurora Theatre, 8 p.m.  Read the Q preview.

Gays for Plays: Falsettos. The local queer theater group gathers for this musical about a man who leaves his wife for a guy with a queer-inclusive ensemble of supporting characters @ Actor’s Express, 7:30 p.m. Runs through April 28. 

Play Pajama Party. The dress code is in the name with the LGBTQ-fronted For All Humans party crew and host Jupiter Velvet @ Moxy Midtown, 9 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. 

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

Untitled. It’s the second iteration of this party “for the unapologetically black and queer.” Complementary Jameson while it lasts @ 485 Edgewood, 10 p.m.

Atlanta Leather Pride. The annual weekend includes title contests and the Sweat Saturday party @ Atlanta Eagle, all weekend. Tonight is Bar Night for guests and title contestants. Chances are these hot guys will be there.

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, April 13

Atlanta Leather Pride (middle photo). The annual weekend includes title contests and the Sweat Saturday party @ Atlanta Eagle, all weekend. Tonight it’s the Mr. & Ms. Atlanta Eagle and Mr. Southeast Rubber contests, 8 p.m., and the Sweat Victory Party, 10 p.m. Chances are these hot guys will be there.

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. The guys play shirts and skins, mostly skins, in a recent Q photo essay.

Automoto. The first-ever festival of European cars and motorcycles to see and enjoy right on the Beltline @ East Side Trail, all day and Sunday too.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival. The trees are in bloom, and the shorts and tank tops are out @ Piedmont Park, all weekend.

Tiki Aniki Drag Brunch. Arica Love Royale and the Tiki Girls entertain while you eat for just $10 @ Tiki Aniki, 12 noon.

#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.

Atlanta United Watch Party. The local LGBT pro-soccer fan club All Stripes checks out the away game @ Georgia Beer Garden, 7 p.m. The game is also on the TVs @ Woofs. All Stripes knows how to party.

Ladies Softball Beer Bust. The women of ASANA host an all-you-can-drink party @ My Sister’s Room, 3 p.m.

Storytelling with Movement. Aerialist, drag king performer and out advocate Melissa Coffey has a philosophy to share @ Sky Gym Vinings, 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. 

Sunset & Bubbles. Taylor Alxndr and Ivana Fisher host this evening romp with DJs Adrienne Ego and JSSport @ MET Atlanta, 7 p.m.

Madonna Evensong & Eucahrist. It’s time to “Amplify Queer Voices in Worship,” featuring the music of Madonna @Neighborhood Church, 7:30 p.m.

Men With Money: Out on Film Night. Three young bachelors, two gay and one straight, are looking to marry their way from rags to riches in a re-imagined 1950s. Tonight with a talk-back moderated by Out On Film @Aurora Theatre, 8 p.m. Read the Q preview of the play

Backroom Armorettes. Catch the early show with the camp queens against AIDS @ Heretic, 8 p.m.

Fantasy Girls. The queens you love doing what you love cabaret [email protected] Ten, 9 p.m. 

Encore: Pageant Material. The little queer film that could takes a second bow during Atlanta Film Festival @ Plaza Theatre, 10 p.m.

The Room with DJ Aron. The sexy gay Israeli DJ welcomes vocalist Beth Sacks and his following @ Heretic 10 p.m.

New Wave Night. All the ‘80s alternative videos @ Amsterdam, 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.

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. Leo Blanco moves you ‘til sunrise @ BJ Roosters, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Sunday, April 14

Joel Kim Booster. The gay comic setting the comedy world on fire returns to Atlanta for one show @ Punchline, 7 p.m.

Hotlanta Softball. The pitchers and catchers of HSL hit the diamonds @ Johnson Park, 9 a.m. This week only, during the games, it’s Family Day Games — dunk tank, a giant Slip ‘n Slide, snow cones, corn hole, more. Then hit the Extra Innings Beer Bust @ Atlanta Eagle, 4 p.m.

Automoto. The first-ever festival of European cars and motorcycles to see and enjoy right on the Beltline @ East Side Trail, all day.

HRC Atlanta Brunch. Hit the beltline for the local chapter of the national organization @ Guac Y Margy’s, 12:30 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.

Sporty Sunday Funday. All the football games and other sporting events 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.

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.

Heifer Review. Ruby Redd corrals the queens on the patio @ Joe’s on Juniper, 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.

Bulge: Tacos & Tequila Sunday. The first of what will hopefully be many, benefitting the National Coalition of Sexual Freedom @ The Hideaway, 3 p.m.

Daddies in Kilts. It’s a beer bust with a dressing theme for a good cause @ Woofs, 3 p.m.

SFQP Planning. Get in on the ground floor with organizers of the upcoming Southern Fried Queer Pride. All are welcome @ Neighborhood Church 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. 

Queer AF. Drew Friday and Candida Valentina host this raucous drag and variety 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 calendar originally ran in Q magazine. Read the latest issue for even more. You can also check out our schedule of queer Atlanta’s best spring shows, soirees and specials through Memorial Day.


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