The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Summer hurtles towards its end with hot days and even hotter parties, whether you’re celebrating a literal LGBT institution, an annual fundraising weekend, just having fun or all of the above.

Friday, Aug. 26

Red Party Weekend: wiRED. Ready4Hope lauches into the final stretch of its fundraising year for AIDS Walk with a five-party weekend. Start with DJ Brent Milne @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Keep the party going with DJs Travis & Eric spinning uncencoRED @ Xion, 3 a.m. It’s always a blast. Read our preview.

Atlanta LGBT Film & Music Festival. A new weekend in town celebrates offbeat movies and Hip Hop artists at multiple venues through Sunday. Kick off @ The Loft Castleberry Hill, 5:30 p.m.

LGBT Institute Anniversary Party. AGLCC hosts a special edition of its Fourth Friday networking to celebrate the first year of the LGBT efforts at the civil rights center. Get your cocktail on @ National Center for Civil & Human Rights, 6 p.m.

Lost N Found Special Board Meeting. A staff shakeup including the executive director and its resulting implosion of the board, leads to this reorganization of the reorganization @ Lost N Found Youth, 5:30 p.m.

‘The Prom.’ The story of a lesbian, her intended female prom date, and the school’s attempts to deal with it hits the stage @ Alliance Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs through Sept. 25.

‘Company.’ Gay composer Stephen Sondheim’s musical that changed musicals forever opens its run @ Actor’s Express, 8 p.m. Runs through Sept. 4.

Boys Room. Come hang out with the cool kids @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

Southeast Leatherfest. The semi-annual convention of vendors, BDSM expos, playtime and title contests returns @ Sonesta Gwinnett Place, Duluth. Through Sunday. Check out our preview.

The Other Show. Come to the unique weekly drag cabaret with an eclectic cast and special guests that always pack a surprise @ Jungle, 9:30 p.m

DJ Tracy Levine works the decks @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Better Way to Meet Mixer. Join this networking group for single gay men of color @ Jungle, 10 p.m.

Deadly Vixens puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars, plus Second Level beats upstairs @ 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.

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.

Friday Night Dance Party. Another weekly way to kick off your weekend just hit 10th Street. See what you can get into @ G’s, 10 p.m.

Ladies Lounge. Get your lesbian 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.

Crush Friday 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.

Foreplay Afterhours with DJ Cosmo keeps you dancing late. Really late @ Tokyo Valentino, 1 a.m. – 4 a.m.


Saturday, Aug. 27

Red Party Weekend: desiRED (middle photo). DJ Seth Breezy spins the continuing R4H Party Weekend @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. There’s no stopping after that. Hit REDemption with DJ Alex Acosta @ Xion, 3 a.m. You can also get started early at the adoRED patron party with DJ Ben Baker @ Paris On Ponce, 7 p.m. Read our Red Party Weekend preview.

Black Gay Pride Press Conference. With activities a week away, the History of Black Gay America hosts its kickoff panel and photo shoot @ Soulbar at Pals Lounge, 12 noon.

#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 regularly scheduled shenanigans, 9 p.m.

Studs & Suds Car Wash Beer Bust. Bottomless beer and strippers washing your car. Come benefit Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence @ BJ Roosters, 3 p.m.

HeartSong Fundraiser. The upcoming HIV-support retreat HeartSong Southeast benefits from this fundraising party @ Woofs, 3 p.m.

Fall Softball Kickoff Meeting. Join the tons of Southern Softpaw League players and coaches at this Beer Bust and meeting @ Cockpit, 4 p.m.

Deep South: NeedlExchange. This DJ conglomerate from DC hits town to turn Atlanta on its heels during the latest iteration of this party series by local DJ Vicki Powell @ Heretic, 10 p.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 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. 

GlitterBomb werqs Saturday night with a drag show hosted by Edie Cheezburger, a cast of premiere queens and special guests @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.

DJ Lydia Prim. She brings the tribal beats to keep your weekend fun going that much longer @ Tokyo Valentino, 1 a.m. – 4 a.m.


Sunday, Aug. 28

Sunday Funday (bottom photo) wraps your weekend just the way you like it: with all your gays plus DJs Rob Reum and Robert Ansley @ Ten Atlanta, 5 p.m. – midnight. They know how to party.

Drag Brunch presents the Sisters of Sequins with Bubba D. Licious at the wheel while you eat @ Lips (bottom photo), 12:30 p.m. Walk-ins welcome. Or sleep in and do Dinner with the Divas, 6:30 p.m.

Armorettes. Atlanta’s camp drag crazies against HIV do their weekly good in the gayborhood @ Burkhart’s, 7:30 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 @ Blake's, 8 p.m.

CherryBomb. Wild Cherry Sucret returns to the weekly stage for “something hip and different,” including suprises each week @ Jungle, 8 p.m.

Tossed Salad. The magic and madness masterminded by Brigitte Bidet and her left-of-center queens @ Burkhart’s, 9:30 p.m.


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