The best LGBTQ things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Movies grab the spotlight, but not enough to dull the shine of Atlanta’s other LGBTQ weekend events. A film festival and Oscars celebrations top a long list of rewards for your hard work this week.

Scroll down and click on each event for more information.

Friday, April 23

Atlanta Film Festival Opening Night. The annual cinematic celebration kicks off 11 days with the queer-centered “Socks On Fire.” Look for filmmaker Bo McGuire and a pre-show performance by Ru-queen Rock M. Sakura and local drag artists @ Plaza Theatre, indoors, 7 p.m. Outdoor drive-in, 8 p.m. It’s one of the festival’s 15 LGBTQ titles streaming and in-person – Watch the trailers.

Shadow and Bone. Based on the Grishaverse novels, this fantasy spectacular about soldier Alina Starkov and her inclusive cast of charismatic allies and enemies starts streaming @ Netflix, through May.

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.

Fourth Friday Power Connect. Out Georgia Business Alliance gathers for a post-workweek decompression session and networking wind-down. Virtual and free @ Zoom, 5:30 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.

Queer Bait. 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.

Fem Friday: Traffic Light 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, 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.

DJ Danny Verde plays a gay dance party at Masquerade on Saturday. (Photo by Russ Bowen-Youngblood)

Saturday, April 24

DJ Danny Verde. Come for the Italian stallion. Stay for his signature beats @ Masquerade, 10 p.m.

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

Fun Home. The LGBTQ+ Book Club reads Alison Bechdel’s queer classic and discusses its “Family Tragicomic” implications. Charis hosts @ Zoom, 10 a.m. It’s also Independent Bookstore Day.

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

NFFLA: Pre-season Play. The teams are beginning to take shape for National Flag Football League in Atlanta. Watch them shake off the cobwebs @ Silverbacks Park, 2 p.m. It’s just one of the LGBTQ Sports Leagues back in action.

Oscars Trivia. Out on Film hosts a Zoom sesh so you can match wits with movie and Acadey Awards experts in preparation for the Big Night on Sunday.

Atlanta United Tailgate. The local pro soccer club plays its home opener, and the LGBTQ tailgaters of All Stripes are all over it @ 487 Magnolia St NW, 5 p.m. There’s also a socially distanced All Stripes Watch Party on the TVs @ Coda Collective, 8 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.

MSR: Drag Queen Realness. Atlanta women who love women who love Saturday night @ My Sister’s Room, 8 p.m. open, 11 p.m. show.

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: DJ Darlene’s Birthday Edition. Tristan Hartment hosts with DJ Darlene spinning tunes and drink specials @ Hideaway, 10 p.m.

Deviant. The Black gay party series returns with a “construction worker” theme and the men of Onyx @ Heretic, 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 Alexander. Late-night-early-morning dance party @ Wish Lounge, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.

Viola Davis is up for Best Actress during Sunday’s Oscars for playing a real-life bisexual in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” (Photo via Netflix)

Sunday, April 25

93rd Academy Awards. Tune in to find out who wins, and to see how they pull off a pandemic-era production. On screens at your favorite gay haunts and at home @ ABC, 8 p.m. LGBTQ nominations include real-life queer characters Billie Holiday and Ma Rainey, queer-inclusive animation “Onward” and out writer Travon Free’s short “Groundhog Day.”

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.

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. This week is also Supreme Sunday, 7 p.m.

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

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

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