The best LGBTQ things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Sports, films, special events and dancing queens. Gay culture but make it a weekend with LGBTQ Atlanta events, whether you’re online or in person.

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Taylor Alxndr and House of Alxndr take over Mary’s on Friday. (Photo by The Clique)

Friday, April 16

Queer Bait: House of Alxndr Invasion. East Atlanta’s gay bar limits capacity but is reopen with $5 cover and per-drink pricing @ Mary’s, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Taylor Alxndr will also perform a Janelle Monet tribute on Sunday @ Twitch.

Bloodthirsty. The highly buzzed lesbian werewolf film gets the Out on Film treatment before its wide-stream debut. Tickets include OOF conversation with the director and two stars @ Eventive, available to stream at noon on Friday, then remains online through Sunday.

Excuse the Art. Fly On A Wall hosts its annual works-in-progress performance series, also called “ETA.” Three more nights each with unique lineups @ Windmill Arts Center, 8 p.m. each night through Sunday.

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 a taste escape to backyard ‘cues @ Woofs, 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

F*ck It Friday. Drop in on a full day and night of specials. Andrew opens, then JayR and Eric bring it home with a different guest VJ every week. Anything goes @ Hideaway, 2 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Glitz & Glam Dinner Theater. 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.

Ha Ha Hapeville. What started in a gay couple’s backyard now brings lots of laughs out with beer, masks and distancing @ Arches Brewing, Hapeville, 8 p.m.

Fem Friday. 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, 9 p.m. – 3 a.m.

25 & Up. Dance mixes, shirtless gays of a certain age, masks and more @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Sin Friday. Dancers, drinks and DJ Rob Reum @ Ten Atlanta, 10 p.m.

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


Heretic hosts its 25 & Up Party on Friday, and Tel Aviv DJ Guy Sheinman on Saturday. (Photo by Russ Bowen-Youngblood)

Saturday, April 17

DJ Guy Scheiman. The Tel Aviv hottie flies in from the most vaccinated nation in the world to play dance music @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Front Runners. One of two weekly group runs with Atlanta’s LGBTQ @ John Howell Park, 9 a.m.

Hotlanta Soccer. Weekly practice until tournament play is safer. Every week @ Central Park, 10 a.m.

NFFLA: Mini Camp. The teams are beginning to take shape for National Flag Football League in Atlanta. Before they do, learn some moves, find a team, or shake off the cobwebs @ Silverbacks Park, 2 p.m. It’s just one of the LGBTQ Sports Leagues back in action.

The Dark Beyond the Stars. From Atlanta’s LGBTQ sci-fi, fantasy and gaming group comes the OurReaders Book Club. Read up and join this month’s online discussion of Frank M. Robinson’s novel @ Zoom, 2 p.m.

All Stripes Watch Party. Atlanta United’s LGBTQ pro soccer fan group gathers for drinks, eats and the televised match in open-air environs @ Coda Collective, 3 p.m.

#Daydrunk. Drink specials put you to bed early or make you the life of the party when the sun drops @ Mary’s, 3 p.m.- 6 p.m. Followed by Night Shift, 7 p.m. – Midnight. Mary’s reopens with limited capacity and per-drink prices.

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.

Excuse the Art. Fly On A Wall hosts its annual works-in-progress performance series, also called ‘ETA.’ Two more nights each with unique lineups @ Windmill Arts Center, 8 p.m. each night through Sunday.

Sprung. Two of RuPaul’s Atlanta queens, LaLa Ri and Trinity K. Bonet, host the return of Wussy mag throwdowns to Atlanta’s nightlife @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Pop! DJ Nova does the music and video party gays and gals need @ Blake’s 9 p.m.

Midtown Saturday Night. Get your gay-guy gaggle over to the scene @ X Midtown, 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 DJ Aaron AarensonLate-night-early-morning dance party @ Wish Lounge, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Hotlanta Softball League hosts weekly games on Sundays at Tolleson Park. (Photo by Russ Bowen-Youngblood)

Sunday, April 18

Hotlanta Softball League. The pitchers and catchers of Hotlanta Softball League begin their masked and distanced return to post-pandemic play @ Tolleson Park, 8 a.m. Check out our photos from Opening Day. Check out our photos from Opening Day.

West End Artist Market. All the dance music, booth vendors and outdoor LGBTQ camaraderie you can handle returns @ Wild Heaven Beer, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Leather Luncheon. With their gathering spot closed at least temporarily, leather afficionados suit up for a big brunch each month @ Woofs, 12 noon. You love to see it.

Drag Brunch. The Sisters of Sequins perform with Bubba D. Licious at the wheel while you eat in dinner-theater style @ 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 the Other Side of the Moon drag show, 9 p.m.

Stoli Sundays with Mother. Get the day going with drink specials and Mother at the helm, then keep it going with Tim and Victor @ Hideaway, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Sunday Funday. Gather at the rainbow crosswalks, then step into one of gay Atlanta’s biggest bar traditions. Cocktails, food and fun @ X Midtown, through midnight.

Beatz Sundayz. MSR does what they do with a few extras for Sunday Funday. You can knock back $3 mimosas with DJs and brunch @ My Sister’s Room, all day.

Kiki Comedy. The party you want with the queer comic co-host you love (Ian Aber), standup acts you’ll adore, and social distancing you need. Outside @ Ponce City Market, 8 p.m.

Mystic District Marketplace. The only Szn Alxndr hosts vendors with drag, DJs, raffles and prizes. Performances through midnight include Mr. Elle Aye and Canzar Szn @ The Basement, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Excuse the Art. Fly On A Wall hosts its annual works-in-progress series, also called ‘ETA.’ Four nights wrap with tonight’s performances @ Windmill Arts Center, 8 p.m. each night through Sunday.

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

Pick it up each week at LGBTQ and allied venues, and find new content here every day.


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