The best LGBTQ things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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The weeks fly by, but it hits differently this year. Milestones like the annual Out on Film help make sense of time itself. Keep scrolling to find those world-class screenings among this weekend’s LGBTQ Atlanta events.

Friday, Sept. 25

Out on Film. The 33rd annual screenings of Atlanta’s LGBTQ film festival go all-virtual this year, but that doesn’t detract from the scope of offerings. See what you can get into among 80 features and another 40-odd titles in 13 shorts programs and web series through Oct. 4 in our Q Best of the Fest Preview. New entries releasing today and available for ticketholders for 72 hours are Ahead of the CurveCicada (top photo) and the Documentary Shorts Program.

Q Conversations: Behind the scenes live from Out on Film. Our live Q&A series continues with the festival director Jim Farmer, as well as filmmaker, reporter and gay rugby player Eammon Ashton-Atkinson of the film Steelers. It’s free to register and join us live @ Crowdcast and Facebook Live, 12 p.m.

Teen Lesbian Witches. Author Hanna Abigail Clarke talk about her latest novel The Scapegracers with Tor.com editor Christina Orlando @ Crowdcast, 7:30 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.

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.

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.

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.

Code Red. DJ Mike Pope spins for this new traveling circuit party. Guys wear as much or as little red as they can muster @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 26

Stardust ft. Detox. The Ru queen (middle photo) hits town to headline some local legends in their own right. Phoenix, Stasha Sanchez, Destiny Brooks Raquel Heart and Taejah Thomas dazzle outdoors under the stars @ Heretic, 7 p.m.

We Have Always Been Here. The ATL LGBTQ+ Book Club gathers for a Zoom meeting about their latest title. This one by Samra Habib is a queer Muslim memoir about forgiveness and freedom. Charis Books facilitates the discussion @ Zoom, 10 a.m.

Out on Film. The 33rd annual screenings of Atlanta’s LGBTQ film festival go all-virtual this year, but that doesn’t detract from the scope of offerings. See what you can get into among 80 features and another 40-odd titles in 13 shorts programs and web series through Oct. 4 in our Q Best of the Fest Preview. New entries releasing today and available for ticketholders for 72 hours are No Hard FeelingsBreaking FastSalt and PepperThe Capote TapesMargaret Cho: I’m the One That I Want, the Icon Award virtual conversation with Margaret Cho Live, 8 p.m. Tonight also brings the Women’s Shorts Block and Men’s Shorts Block.

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 Season Preview, including safety measures.

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.

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 Sam Gee. 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. 27

sheNUNigans. The gay male do-gooding nuns of Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (bottom photo) go live with their brand of fun charity to benefit local LGBTQ nonprofits @ Facebook Live, 7 p.m.

Out on Film. The 33rd annual screenings of Atlanta’s LGBTQ film festival go all-virtual this year, but that doesn’t detract from the scope of offerings. See what you can get into among 80 features and another 40-odd titles in 13 shorts programs and web series through Oct. 4 in our Q Best of Fest Preview. New entries releasing today and available for ticketholders for 72 hours are Los Fuertes (The Strong Ones), MonsoonTransfabulous Shorts program, Cured and the Q-sponsored Steelers, The World’s First Gay Rugby Club.

#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.

Fashion with Amir. With a passion for fashion and a commitment to switching things up, trans man, activist and advocate Amir Jones brings a sense of style to his life’s work transforming the lives of LGBTQ people. He lets you in on his secrets to making it look great @ Instagram Live, 4 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.

Atlanta United Watch Party. The LGBTQ pro soccer fans of All Stripes host a socially distanced viewing party of the home squad match via a huge projection screen on the patio @ Las Margaritas, 7 p.m.

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

A version of this calendar ran in Q ATLus magazine. Flip page-by-page through the full issue online right here:

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

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