The best LGBTQ things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Movies and parties meet you online, while venues welcome you back with socially acceptable distance. LGBTQ Atlanta events beckon with downtime options through Sunday.

Friday, Sept. 18

Song Lang (top photo). This Out on Film award winner from 2019 gets you psyched up for this year’s festival. Get a leg-up on how to stream this year’s film fest with this stunning narrative. FREE @ Out on Film, streaming through Sept. 20.

MAAP Out on Film Pre-Party. Speaking of the festival, join this virtual preview party with the LGBTQ business group @ Eventive, 6 p.m.

Sisters Summertime. The backyard and patio (only) are open again for women who love women who love open-air parties @ My Sister’s Room, Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m. – 3 a.m. Pssst. They also sell gallon margs and taco bar kits for delivery or pickup.

Rosh Hashanah. The gay-founded, gay-led and inclusive Jewish congregation does holiday shabbat online this year @ Congregation Bet Haverim, 6 p.m.

Pump. The no-cover dance party is back as the boys return, this time with masks and distancing @ Heretic, 10 p.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 escape to backyard ‘cues @ Woofs, 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Eagle Nights. The city’s leather-Levi bar takes temps and is open for business every day @ Atlanta Eagle, 3 p.m. – 9 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. Bonus: They are still streaming their Friday Night Virtual Party.

The Other Show. Edie, Jaye and their cast of queens take it online for their left-of-center show @ Twitch and Facebook Live, 9 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.

Saturday, Sept. 19

AJ Reddy (middle photo). This DJ sensation swoops into town to move queens through their dancefloor paces @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Fall Ball. Masked and socially distanced, gay softball returns with more new rules and regs for COVID than you can swing a bat at for seven Saturdays @ Nickajack Park, 10 a.m. Read the Q preview.

Weekends at Mary’s. East Atlanta’s gay bar is selling admission tickets in shifts for your safety. Drinks included in entry fee @ Mary’s, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Bonus: They are still streaming their Saturday Night Virtual Party.

The Waltz. Join a staged reading of this screenplay by filmmaker Ava Davis, aka The Duchess of Grant Park. Claire, a career-driven transwoman, finds an unlikely partner to help realize her dream of learning to waltz @ Zoom, 7 p.m.

Rainbow Ball Pajama Party. The annual event benefitting Out Front Theatre Co. goes online this year. Put on your PJ’s, come for the free entertainment, stay for doing good in the gayborhood. Silent auction bidding is already open @ Facebook Live, 8 p.m.

Armorettes. Camp queens host Backroom Burlesque for charity before the dancing starts @ Heretic, 8 p.m.

Eagle Hours. The city’s leather-Levi bar takes temps and opens for business every day @ Atlanta Eagle, 3 p.m. – 9 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.

Xion Afterhours with DJ Ed Wood. Bars and clubs dipping their toes into reopening include this late-night dance, or technically in the wee hours of Sunday morning @ BJ Roosters, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 20

Ratched (bottom photo). Streaming queerness is the new going out (for some). Netflix features the latest Ryan Murphy-Sarah Paulson collab with a backstory for the nurse that the Cuckoo’s Nest loved to hate, streaming starting this weekend.

Queer Yoga in the Park. Southern Fried Queer Pride puts Crystal Monds in charge of your bod, and you’re going to love it. Masks required @ Adair Park, 11 a.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.

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.

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

Eagle Hours. The city’s leather-Levi bar takes temps and opens for business every day @ Atlanta Eagle, 3 p.m. – 9 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.

Keep an eye out for more virtual events as they’re announced on the Project Q and in Q ATLus magazine Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds, and of course right here at theQatl.com.

A version of this calendar appeared in Q ATLus magazine. Read the latest issue online here:

Pick up each new edition of QATLus at LGBTQ and allied venues around Atlanta.

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