The best LGBTQ things to do in Atlanta New Year’s Weekend

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Be it virtual or socially distanced, it’s finally, finally (finally!) time to kiss 2020 goodbye. Here are Atlanta’s best event options for Thursday and all of New Year’s Weekend.

Scroll on, then just click on the ones that grab you for more information.

Thursday, Dec. 31

Heaven. The year was hell, so the diehard dancing queens slice off a piece of the good stuff. DJ Shane Marcus, host Angelica D’Paige and your white attire are on the menu @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Jumanji 2020: Game Over. Boys are bobbing, so MSR ensures ladies are lit. Ring it in @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Spark! New Year’s Eve Party. DJ Darlene, a huge gift bag giveaway, complimentary champagne toast and midnight and more await @ The Hideaway, 9 p.m.

Whew Chile! F* You 2020. Celebrate making it through to the end of this Jumanji of a year with Southern Fried Queer Pride and Morph. Online party includes DJ sets, drag performances, skits and more @ Twitch/sfqpatl, 10 p.m.

New Year’s Eve To Remember. A champagne toast at midnight, DJ beats to move your feets, and all the go-go boys you can handle all night long @ BJ Roosters, 9 p.m.

Swinging Richards New Year. Did someone say “open bar”? The only place in town with all-nude male entertainment is also one of the places where your cover charge covers all you can drink @ Swinging Richards, 10 p.m.

Bulldogs NYE. When men of color come out, they come to Bulldogs. Join them for DJ Caprice and all the special surprises @ Bulldogs.

NYE 2021. Hot guys, hot music, hot cash drop. What more do you need to know about a hot time in the old town @ X Midtown, 9 p.m.

Pennies from Heaven. A tradition that never goes out of style is money falling from the ceiling. Get yours during the annual midnight cash drop @ Blake’s, 9 p.m.

Tamisha Iman (left) and LaLa Ri, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 13

Friday, Jan. 1

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13 Premiere. Watch on big screens at socially distanced bars, or from your sofa @ VH1, 8 p.m. You heard right. There are two Atlanta queens in the race this season.

Xion After Hours Party. Keep NYE going until sunrise with DJ Alex Acosta @ District, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.

New Year’s Morning Party. Energizer bunnies can’t stop dancing, and why would they with more driving beats by DJ Cindel @ Heretic, 6:30 a.m.

Love, M. After a World AIDS Day premiere, this heartfelt play about mothers and sons streams online @ Horizon Theatre, through Dec. 31.

Friday BBQ. Atlanta’s gay sports bar is going long for customers with in-person and to-go food and cocktails. Fridays are extra special with specials that provide a taste escape to backyard ‘cues @ Woofs, 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Hideaway Happy Hour. Drop in on a full afternoon and evening of specials, and don’t forget Trivia Tuesdays with a $50 bar tab prize @ Hideaway, 9 p.m. Happy Hour specials every weekday, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.

NYE ATL: Confession. Midnight Train Productions pulls in gay DJs from Latin America and South America and gives out goodie bags from gay retailers @ Believe Music Hall, 10 p.m.

Glitz & Glam Dinner Theater. Monica Van Pelt and her girls 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.

Queer Bait. East Atlanta’s gay bar is selling admission tickets in shifts for your safety. Drinks included in entry fee @ Mary’s, 7 p.m.  – 10 p.m. You can also stream their Friday Night Virtual Party.

Fem Friday: Traffic Light Glow Party. The backyard and patio are open for women who love women who love open-air parties, with two socially distanced and masked levels indoors @ My Sister’s Room, Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Madams of the Moonlight. Legendary queens doing legendary things @ Midtown Moon, 10 p.m.

NYE ATL: After Hours. Midnight Train Productions pulls in gay DJs from Latin America and South America and gives out goodie bags from gay retailers @ Wish Lounge, 3 a.m.

DJ Danny Verde

Saturday, Jan. 2

DJ Danny Verde. The first dance party of 2021 that isn’t directly related to New Year’s Eve goes down @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Ladies Night. The backyard and patio are open for women who love women who love open-air parties. Two socially distanced and masked inside levels, too @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Charis Virtual Pop-Up. Special deals with social distancing from the trans- and lesbian- led feminist bookworms @ Charis Books & More, 12 noon – 4 p.m.

Glitz & Glam. Charlie Brown and her girls give you dinner and a show in 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.

Love Saturdays. Tristan Hartment hosts with DJ Darlene spinning tunes and drink specials @ Hideaway, 10 p.m.

Divas of the Moonlight. Myah Ross Monroe, Angelica D’Paige Brooks and more cast a spell @ Midtown Moon, 10 p.m.

NYE ATL: Sweat. Midnight Train Productions pulls in gay DJs from Latin America and South America and gives out goodie bags from gay retailers @ District, 10 p.m.

NYE ATL: After Hours. Midnight Train Productions pulls in gay DJs from Latin America and South America and gives out goodie bags from gay retailers @ Believe Music Hall, 10 p.m.

Erica and Bubba at Lips (Photo by Russ Bowen-Youngblood)

Sunday, Jan. 3

Drag Brunch Theatre. The Sisters of Sequins perform with Bubba D. Licious at the wheel while you eat @ Lips, 12:30 p.m.

Sunday Brunch & Heifer Review. Ruby Redd drive the bus while you eat up and drink down with $20 endless Mimosas @ Midtown Moon, 1 p.m. There’s also an Other Side of the Moon drag show, 9 p.m.

Honey Pot Sunday. Dip your paw into a leather, bear and friends night with Victor and Tim @ Hideaway, 9 p.m.

Booze & Beats. MSR does what they do with a few extras for Sunday funday. Knock back $3 mimosas and enjoy Djs and brunch @ My Sister’s Room, all day.

Sunday Funday. Gather on the refreshed patio and re-branded corner hotspot for food and drinks @ X Midtown (formerly Ten Atlanta), 4 p.m. – 12 midnight.

Tossed Salad. Brigitte Bidet’s queen-y, king-y, ding-y but it’s a thing-y show returns with strict mask and distance guidelines @ My Sister’s Room, 10 p.m.

A version of this calendar also ran in Q ATLus magazine. Read the full issue here:

Pick up each weekly edition of QATLus at LGBTQ and allied venues around Atlanta, and find fresh content every day right here.

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