The best LGBTQ things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Seasonal blowouts, theme parties, community efforts and Ethel Merman. Atlanta’s virtual and in-person weekend events are all laid out for the taking, because some o’ y’all need a little Christmas, right this very minute.

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

Friday, Dec. 18

Code Red. The dance crowd turns out for DJ Cindel’s driving beats, with masks and social distancing enforced @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Ethel Merman Disco Spectacular. A recording of the 2018 holiday hit streams online for fans of Atlanta’s LGBTQ theater troupe @ Out Front Theatre, now through Dec. 27. It’s a valiant pandemic pivot for the theater.

Edward Scissorhands. Only one group would put this at the outdoor drive-in and make it a queer af. The Wussy crew screens the Johnny Depp-Winona Ryder classic on the parking lot wall @ Plaza, 7:30 p.m.

Holiday Blend. Atlanta Women’s Chorus does their thing with seasonal flair, virtually of course. It’s an “aromatic blend of favorites from holidays past and new videos from holiday present.” After a live debut yesterday, it’s streaming free @ YouTube.

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.

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

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.

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.

Atlanta Eagle Homecoming Discussion. The currently closed Eagle implies it will use the mayor declaring their building a landmark to possibly reopen in the same location. The owner goes live @ Facebook Live, 9 p.m.

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

Courtesy King Perka Sexxx via @trans_pizza

Saturday, Dec. 19

Game Over. Insert coin for a whopping-big cast of nerdy queers, queens and kings expressing their gaming love. Gamemaster Herb (in drag for the first time) and Hellurr Vatyme host @ Twitch.tv/3bearsgaming, 8 p.m. Stay on Twitch for Click & Drag, Dotte Com’s Charli XCX show with another batch of amazing queens @ Twitch.TV/theDotteCom, 9:30 p.m. Both casts include King Perka Sexx (Photo via @trans_pizza)

SEC Saturday. The bowl positions are solidifying, and you have a front row seat with gridirons on the screens and food and drink specials in your belly @ Woofs and Midtown Moon. The latter is also having a Holiday Toy Drive through the 23rd.

Naughty Ms. Santa. 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.

Dirty Elf Party. DJ Ed Wood spins for shirtless-but-Santa-themed dancing queens with special performances and other suprises @ Heretic, 10 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.

Xion Afterhours with Joe Pacheco. Bars and clubs dipping their toes into reopening include this dance party in the wee hours of Sunday morning @ District, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.

Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus via VoicesOfNote.org

Sunday, Dec. 20

AGMC Holiday Concert. They’re baaaack. It’s online this year, but Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus adds virtual encore dates to its 25th annual concert from Cathedral of St. Philip. Celebrate the season @ Voices of Note, 3 p.m. Look for them on Dec. 24-25, too.

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.

#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.

Holiday Spectacular! Atlanta’s place for drag dinner theater books your socially distanced parties and puts on this special show every Sunday through Dec. 27 @ Lips, 6:30 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.

Honey Pot Sunday. Dip your paw into a leather, bear and friends night with Victor and Tim @ Hideaway, 9 p.m. This week, it’s preceded by the Holiday Sweater Party, 4 p.m.

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 ran in Q ATLus magazine. Read the full issue here:

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