The best LGBTQ things to do in Atlanta Thanksgiving weekend

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With thousands more staying home or close to home for the holigay, Atlanta’s LGBTQ event coordinators, virtual hosts and in-person venues line our pockets with pass-times.

Scroll on, and click on the events that grab you for more information.

Wednesday, Nov. 25

Thanksgiving Eve. Everything is different in 2020, but one tradition continues: Circuit queens show up late on Thursday because they were out all night on Wednesday. DJs, drinks and dudes (top photo) @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Hideaway Thanksgiving. DJ Darlene spins on Wednesday with Absolut cocktail specials @ Hideaway, 2 p.m.

T-Giving Karaoke. Thanksgiving Eve is big for the boys, but MSR make sure it’s lit for the ladies, too @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Go-Go Thanksgiving Eve. Dancers on platforms put you in the holiday spirit with DJ Adam providing the soundtrack @ X Midtown, 9 p.m.

PALS Furry 5K. Pets Are Loving Support jumps 2020’s “virtual run” bandwagon. Sign your donors for PALS, then record your run online through Dec. 15.  One-mile kids or pet walks also encouraged @ GiveSignUp.

Thursday, Nov. 26

Happy Thanksgiving. Call. Don’t visit. Some will find this the best holiday news ever! Then find something you’re thankful for and sit at least a second in a state of gratitude. Keep it queer, ATL.

Customer Appreciation Thanksgiving (second photo). Complimentary Thanksgiving dinner (pre-plated for safety, not a buffet) while you get your cocktail on @ Midtown Moon, 2 p.m.

Hideaway Thanksgiving. Drown your day in Light Beer specials, and keep your eye out for some fixins and such too @ Hideaway,  2 p.m. More fun as the sun goes down, too.

Piedmont Park Ice Rink. Not everything is canceled in 2020. Winter ice-skating returns today through Feb. 15 @ Park Tavern, 4:30 p.m. – midnight weekdays, 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m. weekends.


Friday, Nov. 27

Fem Friday (third photo). The backyard and patio are open for women who love women who love open-air parties, with two socially distanced and masked levels inside @ My Sister’s Room, Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m. – 3 a.m.

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. – 6 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.

Happy Hour & Queer Bait. East Atlanta’s gay bar is selling admission tickets in shifts for your safety. Drinks included in entry fee @ Mary’s, 6 p.m.  and 9 p.m. You can also stream their Friday Night Virtual Party.

Pump. DJ Mike Pope “pumps” the no-cover-charge dance party that masked, distanced, shirtless queens need @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

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

Saturday, Nov. 28

Furball (fourth photo). International circuit sensation GSP flies into town to do the honors at this annual party @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

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

All Black Party. DJ Roc No Roll, Coco Iman Star and Malayka Dickerson headline a black-attire affair @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

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

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

Sunday, Nov. 29

Holiday Spectacular! (bottom photo). Atlanta’s place for drag dinner theater is booking your socially distanced parties and putting on this special show every Sunday @ Lips, 6:30 p.m. through Dec. 27.

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

Honeypot Sunday. Dip your paw into a leather, bear and friends night with Victor and Tim @ Hideaway, 9 p.m. Happy Hour specials 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

#Daydrunk. Drink specials put you to bed early or make you the life of the party as the sun drops @ Mary’s, 2:30 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.

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.

Womyn’s Brunch. How do $3 mimosas, $5 hookahs and no cover sound? What if they come alongside an amazing menu for takeout or delivery? Do Sunday with the ladies of Atlanta’s lesbian bar @ My Sister’s Room, 6 p.m.

Tossed Salad. Brigitte Bidet’s queeny, kingy free-range dingy show returns with strict mask and distance guidelines @ My Sister’s Room, 10 p.m.

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

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