The best LGBTQ things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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One, two, you know what to do. Three, four, come on through the door to a weekend packed with virtual and IRL LGBTQ event options.

Scroll down and click on each event for more information.

Friday, April 30

Medusa Weekend. The dance party series returns with DJ Alex Acosta kicking off a whole weekend of fun @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Keep scrolling for both day and night events through Sunday.

Jerker. A very sexy, ultimately heartwarming tale of pandemic connection between two gay men streams online via the LGBTQ troupe @ Out Front Theatre, through Sunday. Unwrap their interviews.

Atlanta Film Festival. The annual cinematic celebration wraps 11 days streaming online with a few special screenings @ Plaza Theatre, through Sunday. View the festival’s 15 LGBTQ titles and watch the trailers.

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.

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.

Charmed Ones. Southern queer Black dancer and drag queen Corian Ellisor unites an ensemble of artists for an interactive experience on what it means to be “othered” @ 7 Stages, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday too.

Atlanta Rainbow Trout Water Polo. The LGBTQ team practices every week @ Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, 7:30 p.m. Same again on Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. First two practices free.

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.

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.


National Flag Football League of Atlanta kicks off its season on Saturday. (Photo by Russ Bowen-Youngblood)

Saturday, May 1

NFFLA Opening Weekend.  The gay and allied National Flag Football League of Atlanta fields its teams in 10 weeks of matchups @ Silverbacks Park, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. It’s just one of the LGBTQ Sports Leagues back in action.

Medusa Weekend: Cesar Hrnndz Tea Dance continues the three-day party series @ Heretic, 3 p.m. DJ Roland Belmares cranks it up a notch @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Afterhours with DJ Jesus Montanez goes off @ Wish Lounge, 3 a.m., then DJ Jerac’s Sunrise Party kicks off, 7 a.m. on Sunday.

Front Runners. One of two weekly group runs with Atlanta’s LGBTQ @ John Howell Park, 9 a.m. They also start their Couch to 5K, getting you in shape for this year’s Pride Run in June. 

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

Charis Porch Pop-Up. Special deals outside with the trans- and lesbian-led feminist booksellers @ Charis Books & More, 12 noon – 4 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.

All Stripes Watch Party. The local pro soccer team plays away, and the LGBTQ fans of All Stripes gather to watch the action in the open-air environs @ Coda Collective, 7 p.m.

Charmed Ones. Southern queer Black dancer and drag queen Corian Ellisor unites an ensemble of artists for an interactive experience on what it means to be “othered” @ 7 Stages, 7:30 p.m. Sunday too.

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: Cinco Celebration. Atlanta women who love women who love Saturday night @ My Sister’s Room, 8 p.m. open, 11 p.m. show.

Cinco Celebration. Sure, it’s Mayo, but it’s Uno, and this year Cinco is a Wednesday. These ladies know what you need: Live Music with Maria Gabriella Band, followed by a dance party and drag show @ My Sister’s Room, 6 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Heyday Returns. It’s been a year. You know that. So do DJ Kimber, her gays and their every-fkn-body ‘80s dance party. Triumphant return with pandy protocols @ The Basement, 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.


Corian Ellisor assembles queer performance artists for “The Charmed Ones” at 7 Stages, Friday through Sunday. (Photo by Jon Dean)

Sunday, May 2

Charmed Ones. Southern queer Black dancer and drag queen Corian Ellisor unites an ensemble of artists for an interactive experience on what it means to be “othered” @ 7 Stages, 7:30 p.m.

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.

Atlanta Rainbow Trout Swimming. The local LGBTQ swimming club practices @ Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, 12 noon. Same again on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. First two practices free.

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, shows 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.

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

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