The best LGBTQ things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Revisiting memories of past decades and pushing to create new ones, gay Atlanta rolls out drag, DJs and displays of queer culture this Friday through Sunday.

Keep scrolling and click on each event title for more information.

Friday, July 23

G8yties 80s Dance Party. Some were there. Others wish they were. All will wear out the hits of the gay ‘80s @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Joe Bell. Mark Wahlberg stars as the real-life dad who walked across America against bullying in honor of his gay teenage son @ area cinemas, all week.

Friday BBQ. Atlanta’s gay sports bar does in-person as well as 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 anything goes. When the sun goes down, find DJ Mr. Richard on deck @ Hideaway, 2 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Fourth Friday Power Connect. The LGBTQ business owners of Out Georgia mingle, network and connect @ Out Front Theatre, 6 p.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.

Fantasy Girls. Phoenix and Taejah Thomas headline two dinner-show experiences with Lala Ri, Trinity Bonet and Raquel Heart in the show bar @ Future, 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Queer Bait. East Atlanta’s gay bar hosts a VJ and Atlanta’s most eclectic collection of queers @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

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.

Hotlanta Volleyball. Every Friday, this LGBTQ league hosts recreational open play for all skill levels @ Atlanta Performance Volleyball Center, 7 p.m. Advanced players also practice on Tuesdays.

Fem Friday. The backyard and patio are open for women who love women who love open-air parties and two indoor levels of fun @ 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.

Future Friday. Start early and stay late at Atlanta’s new gay dance club and show bar. After Fantasy Girls early, it’s a DJ dance party, 11 p.m. then Xion Afterhours with DJ Cindel, 3 a.m. Take a Q-exclusive tour of the new digs. 


Season 12 Rugirl Crystal Methyd headlines the Odd Ball on Saturday night and the Bottoms Up! Brunch on Sunday.

Saturday, July 24

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 @ Central Park, 10 a.m.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café. LGBTQ Book Club discusses the novel that inspired the film that inspired lesbians and gay men everywhere. Charis hosts the online discussion @ Crowdcast, 10 a.m.

Atlanta United Tailgate. The local pro soccer club plays, and the LGBTQ tailgaters of All Stripes are all over it @ 58 Magnum St. SW near Mercedes-Benz Stadium, 11:30 a.m.

NFFLA Spring Closing Party. Atlanta’s flag football jocks celebrate their champions with drag queen Phoenix and more @ Future, 3 p.m. View our gallery of championship game photos.

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.

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.

Roaring ‘20s Pageant. Watch drag contestants vie for Miss & Mr. Gay Southern America, featuring Miss and Mr. Gay America 2020 Pattaya Hart and Simbar Hal @ Out Front Theatre, 6 p.m.

Fantasy Girls. Phoenix and Destiny Brooks headline two dinner-show experiences with Shawnna Brooks, Extasy Grey and Cici Nicole in the show bar @ Future, 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Armorettes Backroom Burlesque. The camp queens serve four decades of drag against HIV in Atlanta. Facebook Live and in-person @ Heretic, 8 p.m.

Glitter Goddess Burlesque. Queer performer Coco Rose hosts an all-POC cast @ Dynamic Eldorado, 8 p.m.

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

Chunk. DJs Cakes (photo), Dicap and Marceauxmarceaux converge with go-go bears and thirsty gay men of all body shapes @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

The Odd Ball. Rugirl Crystal Methyd headlines Wussy’s appropriately themed dance party and show @ My Sister’s Room, shows at 10:15 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Psyche up with her 10 best quotes.

The Gaga Ball. DJ Kimber, her gays and every other Little Monster does Motha proud during a dance party @ The Basement, 9 p.m.

Underground Circuit Saturday with DJ Leo Blanco. Atlanta’s new gay dance club rolls ahead with this international sensation, 10 p.m. Stick around for Xion Afterhours with DJ Alexander, 3 a.m. Take a Q-exclusive tour of the new digs, and see our Opening Night photos.

Pride Comedy at Ponce. The outdoor amphitheater opens wide for laughs from some of Atlanta’s best queer comics. Hosted by Julie Marateck @ Ponce City Market, 9:30 p.m.

Midtown Saturday Night. Gather your gay-guy gaggle @ X Midtown, 10 p.m.

Love Saturdays.  DJ Darlene spins tunes with drink specials @ Hideaway, 10 p.m.

Divas of the Moonlight. Myah Ross Monroe, Angelica D’Paige Brooks and more @ Midtown Moon, 10 p.m.

Stand Out Stand Up. It’s an LGBTQ+ comedy show running every Saturday through the end of July @ Role Call Theatre, 10:30 p.m. Weekly through July 31.


Fuego hosts the Candela Tea Dance on Sunday. (Photo by Russ Bowen-Youngblood)

Sunday, July 25

Candela Tea Dance. DJ Lucas Franco is in all the way from Brazil to do the latest Fuego dance duty in this afternoon pop-up club @ Crazy Atlanta, 3 p.m.

Bottoms Up! If it feels like RuPaul queen Crystal Methyd just washed off her makeup from last night’s event, she did. She’s back in full drag while you eat, drink and recover during this Wussy brunch @ City Winery, 12 noon.

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 drives 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 DJ Rob Reum, then keep it going with Honey Pot Bear Night @ Hideaway, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Shameless Sunday. Kyra Mora hosts the fun with Brigitte Bidet and Shawnna Brooks in the cabaret and DJ Kevin Durard in the club @ Future, 8 p.m. The dance floor pops anew with DJ Karlitos, 12 a.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, 4 p.m. through 12 midnight.

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

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

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