The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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The month kicks off with a big LGBT Atlanta holi-gay and keeps right on flowing with events from interactive plays to wildly popular dance parties, and from gay sports to fab drag shows.

Friday, May 5

Cinco de Mayo (top photo). America’s favorite fake Mexican holiday gets the gay Atlanta treatment at Papi’s Outdoor Cinco Extravaganza benefiting Joining Hearts @ Las Margaritas, 4 p.m. Also look for big Cinco fun @ Burkhart’s, Woof’s, and a whole Weekend of Cinco @ Ten Atlanta. All the details on where to celebrate.

Curious Queer Encounters. Audiences wander around to discover multiple queer performance pieces taking place around the theater @ 7 Stages, 8 p.m. Saturday as well, plus two start times on Sunday.

“The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told.” The classic gay play that puts Adam & Steve in the Garden of Eden gets a staging by the local LGBT company @ Out Front Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs through May 14.

The Other Show. Come to the unique weekly drag cabaret with an eclectic cast and special guests that always pack a surprise @ Jungle, 9 p.m., preceded by a RuPaul’s Drag Race watch party, 8 p.m.

Bitch Please. DJ Ree de la Vega pumps her monthly party @ Mary’s, 10 p.m. And for the next several weeks, it’s preceded by the RuPaul’s Drag Race Happy Hour, 6 p.m.

Cinco Pump. The weekly man-on-man dance party launches your weekend @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Onyx Bar Night sets the tone @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Fresh Face Friday puts the newest drag glamazons on display. Then get your singles ready for premiere queens in Femme Fatale @ Burkhart’s, 9:30 p.m. and 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.

Celestial Friday. Celeste Holmes hosts the show “where the stars come out” and puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars, plus Second Level beats upstairs @ Blake’s, 11 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. 

Resident DJs Scott and Mikey take you deep into the night with $5 Fridays @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.

Afterhours really gets cracking when the Eagle closes @ Tokyo Valentino, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Saturday, May 6

Spectrum Blackout Party (middle photo). DJ Cosmo makes his Atlanta debut during the fun @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Flag Football. The gay jocks of National Flag Football League of Atlanta get rough and tumble @ Boulevard Crossing Park, 9:30 a.m.

#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 shenanigans, 10 p.m.

Rainbow Trout Beer Bust. Atlanta’s gay swimmers, divers and water polo players raise glasses and funds @ Joe’s on Juniper, 2 p.m.

NOH8. Wear white and get your face sticker to join the national profile pic project to support LGBT rights @ W Midtown, 2 p.m.

Memorial Service. LGBT Atlanta commemorates the life and public service of Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner during a memorial service @ Ebenezer Baptist Church, 3 p.m. Garner, the commission's first openly gay member, died April 18 after an extended battle with cancer.

Heretic Nighthawks Beer Bust. The Hotlanta Softball squad busts into May with beer and much more @ Heretic, 6 p.m.

Mary May Day. Queer performances from burlesque to sideshow and beyond @ Red Light Café, 8 p.m.

DJ Dance Party gets you going @ Jungle, 10:30 p.m. Get there early for Fantasy Girls, 9 p.m.

Screamin' Divas. It's a birthday bash for the bar's general manager, Alan Collins, with DJ Mike Pope @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Sizzling Startlets and Fever. The opening show is followed by the quintessential drag cast working for your dollars @ Burkhart's, 9:30 p.m. and 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 Scorpio All Nighter. Bars close, but this place doesn’t. Never stop shaking your ass @ Xion, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Sunday, May 7

Hotlanta Softball (bottom photo). The gay pitchers and catchers continue their season of play on the field and off @ Johnson Park, all day. Join them for bottomless brews during the Extra Inning Beer Bust @ Taverna Plaka, 4 p.m.

Drag Brunch presents 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.

Sporty Sunday Funday. All the games and matches on the screens and all the guys to watch it with @ Woofs, 12 noon.

Sunday Funday. The weekly tradition of dudes, DJs and drinks continues @ Ten, 4 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.

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

Tossed Salad. The magic and madness masterminded by Brigitte Bidet and her left-of-center queens goes in hard @ Burkhart’s, 10:30 p.m.


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