Go long. Atlanta’s LGBT Memorial weekend events sure do. Reach back and catch all of it, from three-day fests to all-day fandangos, from day-drunks to night moves all to put the gay in your holi-gay.
Friday, May 22
Big Peach Weekend (top photo). For the 30th year, pitchers and catchers from all over merge in Atlanta for the annual gay tournament hosted by Hotlanta Softball League. Games and parties all weekend start with the Big Peach Registration Party, including DJ Neon the Glowgobear and Ruby Redd @ W Midtown Hotel, 5 p.m.; the Naughty Party with DJ Christopher Kind rocking this @ Atlanta Eagle, 9 p.m.; and the Nice Party with DJs Bill Berdeaux and Mike Pope @ Blake’s, 11 p.m. They get down like that, giving all-new meaning to party and play.
“Vonia and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” Here's what happens when two sisters, a gay brother and a dim boy toy reunite to make you laugh until you cry @ Horizon Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs through May 31. Get your tickets.
“The Whale.” The theater’s gay artistic director Freddie Ashley returns to the stage and puts on major pounds to play the morbidly obese lead in this powerful drama aimed at the heart of Middle America @ Actor’s Express, 8 p.m. Runs through June 14.
Snips N Clips. For the entire month of May, salons give a dollar of every haircut to Atlanta Pride @ Shear Love, Vivid Hair and Bubbles, all day – all month.
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 @ Lips Atlanta, 7:45 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.
“Die Mommie Die!” The final weekend of Charles Busch’s camp comedy play-turned-movie back on stage. Locals including Topher Payne as an aging film star of the golden era make you laugh @ OnStage Atlanta, 8 p.m. Saturday too, and a Sunday Matinee.
Bear Invasion. The semi-regular event raises to full staff to kick off Memorial Weekend with a man-on-man dance party @ Heretic, 9 p.m. This event series is already infamous.
Boys Room. One two, you know what to do. Three, four come on through the door @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.
The Other Show: Golden Gals presents the most unique drag cabaret in town with a cast and special guests to blow your mind, this week with blue-hair hilarity on tap @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m.
Deadly Vixens drag show puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars, plus DJ Mike Pope’s Second Level @ Blake’s, 9 p.m.
Femme Fatale puts the drag glamazons on display each week. Get your singles ready for premiere Atlanta queens @ Burkhart’s, 11 p.m.
Ladies Lounge gets your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party, live performances and scores of women @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.
Chaparral Night turns up the volume on its weekly gay Latin party with stage shows and dancing into the wee hours @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.
Saturday, May 23
Big Peach Weekend. Gay pitchers and catchers from all over merge in Atlanta for the annual tournament hosted by Hotlanta Softball League. Games and parties continue with on-the-field matchups, followed by the Mr. Big Peach Contest (middle photo) and 80s Throwback Party @ Jungle, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Traditionally, it’s a nearly naked mess, in a good way, serving Gay Jock Eye Candy Realness.
New Wave #Daydrunk. Drink specials put you to bed early or make you the life of tonight’s party @ Mary’s, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Do it, and you may not remember what you did during the regularly scheduled nighttime shenanigans, 9 p.m.
Lucas Mire. The local gay crooner headlines a night full of strumming and singing behind his “Heyday” album for your Memorial Weekend pleasure. The Good Graces are also in the house @ Eddie’s Attic, 7:45 p.m.
“Die Mommie Die!” Closing weekend of Charles Busch’s camp comedy play-turned-movie back on stage. Locals including Topher Payne as an aging film star of the golden era make you laugh @ OnStage Atlanta, 8 p.m. Sunday Matinee, too.
Country All Night. Boot-scoot with the line-dance, two-step gays @ Heretic, 8p.m.
Synergy turns up the volume on Saturday night and blows your ever-loving mind with glamazons working for your dollars @ Burkhart's, 11 p.m.
Glitz & Glam with Charlie Brown. The undisputed Bitch of the South and her girls entertain with dinner and a show in the fancy theater experience of Atlanta’s premiere drag restaurant and bar @ Lips Atlanta, 7:45 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Or come in late for the Taboo Show, 12 midnight.
Girl bar. Live music and stage shows dot the landscape of lesbian Atlanta’s favorite Saturday night dance party @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.
GlitterBomb werqs Saturday night with a drag show hosted by Genre, a cast of premiere queens and special guests. DJ and video beats plus more cute boys than you can handle @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.
Sunday, May 24
Summer Kickoff Patio Party. The sun is out, and the lifeguards are hot for the annual Memorial Day party benefiting Joining Hearts in the heart of Midtown. Wear your swimsuit for performances, food, drinks, drag and more. Optional BBQ and beer bust too @ Heretic, 3 p.m. This one is always an epic throwdown.
Big Peach Weekend closes out its three-day fest of pitchers and catchers from all over hosted by Hotlanta Softball League. Games and parties wrap with on-the-field matchups, then the Big Peach Closing Ceremonies Party @ Heretic, 6 p.m.
DJ Kidd Madonny. Don’t touch that dial. The party is just getting started on Cheshire. Since you’re off work on Monday, everybody moves inside for a dance party like no other @ Heretic, 9 p.m. Bonus: Madonny is one sexy mofo.
Drag Gospel Brunch presents the Sisters of Sequins with Bubba D. Licious at the wheel while you eat @ Lips, 1:30 p.m. Or sleep in and do Dinner with the Divas, 7:45 p.m.
“Die Mommie Die!” Finale performance of Charles Busch’s camp comedy play-turned-movie back on stage, starring Topher Payne as an aging film star of the golden era @ OnStage Atlanta, 3 p.m.
Sunday Funday: Summer Luau Tiki Bar. DJ Rob Reum and DJ Robert Ansley give you the inside-outside weekend closing party that you so deeply desire, for Memorial Weekend with specialty cocktails on the patio @ Ten Atlanta, 5 p.m. – midnight.
High Energy & Cell Block Sunday. Get to gettin' with DJ Bill Berdeaux, 3 p.m., then the Cell Block drag show with Lateasha Shuntel, Raquell Lord, Shawnna Brooks, Nicole Paige Brooks and Taejah Thomas @ Blake's, 8 p.m.
Sex Kitten Sunday with Angelica D’Paige corralling the queens @ 10th & Piedmont, 8 p.m.
The Armorettes. Those local camp crazies throw down their weekly show for tips against HIV/AIDS in Atlanta @ Hideaway, 8 p.m.
Tossed Salad. The magic and madness masterminded by Brigitte Bidet, her left-of-center queens, and DJ King Atlas rock their weekly drag show and dance party @ Burkhart’s, 9 p.m.