The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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LGBT Atlanta outdoes itself for your big gay weekend. Have fun trying to divide and conquer more shows, galas, fall kickoffs and special guests than you can handle in this supersized event lineup.

Friday, Sept. 14
Indigo Girls (top photo) reign over a sea of women in the last show of this summer’s annual Concerts in the Garden series @ Atlanta Botanical Garden, 8 p.m. See photos from their last lady-palooza.

AGLCC Community Awards Dinner (second photo) honors the LGBT business achievers of the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce with the 14th annual gala ceremony and celebration @ W Atlanta Midtown, 7 p.m. Read our preview of the nominees and the Lifetime Achievement Award profile.

Decatur Women’s Softball continues its fall season with games every Friday through October @ Kelly C. Cofer Park in Tucker, 6:30 p.m.

“Autumnal” art exhibit opens with artists showing their interpretations and incarnations of fall on the gay-owned gallery walls @ Kai Lin Art, 7 p.m.

Atlanta Freedom Marching Band Night seeks new recruits to pull out your instrument and join the ranks of its LGBT musical procession (third photo) in this year’s Atlanta Pride parade @ Cockpit, 9 p.m.

Atlanta Pride Night raises money, tips some strippers, and builds excitement for the Oct. 13-14 festival with Pride Committee members holding court during just one of 18 Stride Into Pride events @ BJ Roosters, 10 p.m. View the full Stride Into Pride schedule.

Saturday, Sept. 15
Atlanta Field Day (fourth photo) brings the gays together for sack races, egg tosses and other schoolyard games to benefit Jerusalem House and Camp Twin Lakes outside @ Westminster Presbyterian Church, 9 a.m. View photos from last year, a warm-up party for this year, and party prep by the hunky Karma Train team. Get a load of celebrity participant Ben Cohen, too.

OurSong Gospel Brunch Buffet invites you to sing with Atlanta’s LGBT co-ed chorus while you chow down on brunch at two seatings @ Jungle, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Fall Festival on Ponce gathers arts and crafts vendors with food and more in this annual outdoor fest by the gay-led Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces @ Olmstead Linear Park, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday, too.

Southern Softpaw League Opening Day (fifth photo) pits Atlanta’s fall softball teams in games each Saturday through Oct. 6 @ Southside Softball Complex, 10 a.m. with Opening Day ceremonies at 12 noon, followed by a Season Opener Celebration @ Heretic, 4 p.m. View photos of SSL jocks at play in pre-season festivities.

Evolution Project Music Video Shoot tries to go viral with all comers lip-dubbing Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” to benefit AID Atlanta’s social outreach effort for young black gay men @ The Evolution Project, 12 noon.

Atlanta Bucks vs. Nashville Grizzlies matches the local gay rugby team in heated battle @ Walden Austen T. Middle School, 1 p.m., and join the guys later for Atlanta Bucks Bar Night @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Atlanta Cotillion Ball XI: Le Bal en Robe Rouge brings on its annual gay male “debutantes” (sixth photo) and a host of local men in glamor drag with their tuxedo’d dates to see who wins the crown with the most money for AID Atlanta. Also includes entertainment by special guest Varla Jean Merman @ Foundry at Puritan Mill, 7 p.m.

East Atlanta Strut College Football Day is how to do the annual neighborhood romp with the lesbians @ My Sister’s Room, all day, or you can East Atlanta Strut & Gay Boy AfterParty with drink specials, jello shots, DJs and The Atlanta Talons @ Mary’s, all day. EAS Parade at 2 p.m.

Leather Bash 2012 holds the contests then delivers the titles and sashes to the new Mr. & Ms. Georgia Leather and the world’s first Transgender International Leather title @ Atlanta Eagle, 8 p.m. Other Leather Bash vending and events all day. Here’s why trans activists are up in arms.

Rockabilly Hair, Tattoo & Fashion Show with Ben Cohen benefits the Ben Cohen Standup Foundation with food by Radial, fashions by Grease Monkey and The Lucky Exchange, hair by Urban Body, and a live auction with the gay ally and rugby stud himself (seventh photo) @ Urban Body Studio, 7 p.m. Watch Cohen’s strip-teaser video, and view our photos from his Thursday gay fundraiser.

3 Legged 1 Year Anniversary is a special edition of the gay Country & Line Dance celebrating a year since its move over to the dance floor @ Heretic, 8 p.m.

Bedlam: Hawt Mess asks party people to wear their best “Messy Trashy Disaster Chic Couture” for this monthly theme party @ Asylum, 9 p.m.

Dance Floor Decadence with Scream Club & Nicky Click (eighth photo) also includes rapper IQ from Kin4Life, DJ beats, and more lesbian mayhem than you can handle @ My Sister’s Room, 10 p.m.

Backstreet Reunion Party brings back gay Atlanta’s nightlife glory days with a Charlie Brown Cabaret Show, followed by DJs Rob Reum and Bill Berdeauz, plus other special back-in-the-day surprises @ Jungle, 9 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 16
Fall Festival on Ponce continues with arts and crafts vendors, food and more in this annual outdoor fest by the gay-led Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces @ Olmstead Linear Park, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

NFFLA Flag Football Pre-Season Games pit the teams of the gay National Flag Football League of Atlanta in their first fall day of grid-iron matchups. Regular fall season games continue Sundays through Oct. 28, except Pride Weekend @ Boulevard Crossing, 11 a.m.

NFL Game Day with the female fans @ My Sister’s Room, 1 p.m. and an NFL Watch Party with the male sports fanatics @ Woofs, 12:30 p.m.

Atlanta Outworlders Fall Picnic lays out the potluck grub and the communal conversation with members of the local LGBT sci-fi/fantasy fan group @ Glenlake Park in Decatur, 10:30 a.m.

Miss Dixie Sign-Up Beer Bust wants you to bring your worst to the annual drag contest raising funds for Atlanta’s gay Dixie Invitational Bowling Tournament with beer, booze, boys and food @ The Hideaway, 4:30 p.m.

Margaret Cho: Mother Tour (bottom photo) brings the comedian’s edgiest standup show to date to Atlanta. It riffs on “motherhood and how we look at maternal figures and strong women in queer culture” @ The Punchline, 7 p.m.

The Armorettes weekly camp drag fundraising show against HIV/AIDS lays on thick its cast of camp drag crazies for a cause @ Burkhart’s, 8 p.m.


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