The best LGBTQ things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Vax-or-test requirements are the new black at parties and events in LGBTQ Atlanta this weekend. Get poked then see what you can get into this Friday through Sunday.

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

Comedian Julie Marateck hosts the Laugh Out Loud slate of LGBTQ comics at Out Front Theatre on Friday. (Photo via Facebook)

Friday, Aug. 13

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Show. Queer comedy gets its own space and place with local LGBTQ comics Ian Aber, Matthew English, Julie Marateck, Lily Campbell, Karen Felix and Julie Osborne @ Out Front Theatre Company, 8 p.m.

Pray Away. Stream this documentary about the rise to power of Exodus International and its profoundly harmful “ex gay” movement, from the 1970s through present day @ Netflix, all month.

Modern Love. Season 2 of the New York Times column-turned-TV series returns. Episode 7 features a tragic gay love story written and directed by Andrew Rannells. Watch his Out on Film interview about the show.

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.

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.

Friday Night Mixcloud Live. DJ Mister Richard keeps the Atlanta Eagle spirit alive with a 90-minute virtual set @ Mixcloud, 8 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.

Clueless. The ‘90s classic returns to the big screen with drag hosts and a costume contest @ Plaza Theatre, 9 p.m. doors, 9:30 show.

Fem Friday: Leo Birthday Bash. 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.

Bathhouse with DJs NBA, Nolan and Evan Q. Techno and house hits the dance floor @ Future, 10 p.m. with Xion Afterhours with DJ Housecat, 3 a.m. Take a Q-exclusive tour of the new digs. Vax or test required.

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.

Xion Afterhours with DJ Karlitos. Have club space, will expand Xion afterhours parties to Friday nights. Get into it until sunup @ Future, 3 a.m.


Drag performer Shi corrals queens for a show benefiting Josh Down on Saturday at Atlanta Brewing Company. (Photo courtesy Shi)

Saturday, Aug. 14

Brew Betta Work. The LGBTQ soccer fans of All Stripes host a beer-and-drag-stravaganza led by drag maven Shi and her crew @ Atlanta Brewing Company, 6:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit the medical recovery of Josh Dowd, the gay man brutally attacked last month.

Atlanta Bucks Rugby 101. The local gay rugby club shakes off the cobwebs and teaches moves to players of all skill levels @ 400 Merits Ave., 10 a.m. “Third Half” social follows @ Woofs.

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.

Code Cookout. Reigning World Cub Chris Gonzalez hosts burgers and hotdogs on the grill, cigar social on the patio and sweaty leather outside @ Heretic, 1 p.m. – 6 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.

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.

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.

Menagerie: La Stage aux Folle. Brigitte Bidet hosts a queer variety show featuring dance, burlesque, drag and even a juggler @ Out Front Theatre Company, 7 p.m. Look for Ellasaurus Rex, Royal Tee, Geneva Blaus, Lucy Juggles, Orchid, Shawnna Brooks and Szn Alxndr.

Red Speedo. A return to live theater with the Atlanta preimere of this compelling, twist-filled play about an Olympic swimmer desperate to win at all costs. Freddie Ashley directs @ Actor’s Express, 8 p.m. Read our Red Speedo preview. Here’s how the stalwart theater clapped back on 2020.

Tassels & Cereal Burlesque. Evangeline Laveau presents a queer burlesque show with a “Saturday Morning Cartoons” theme @ Red Light Café, 9 p.m. Proof of vaccine or negative test required.

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

Madonna Birthday Dance. DJ Mike Pope spins the Material Girl’s music for the dancing queens as she turns 63. Starts with Madonna 80s Power Hour @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

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

Underground Circuit Saturday with Joe Gauthreaux. Atlanta’s newest gay dance club rolls onward @ Future, 10 p.m. Stick around for Xion Afterhours with Alex Acosta, 3 a.m. Take a Q-exclusive tour of the new space.

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.

Anubis One-Year Anniversary. DJ Tommy Love spins the first anniversary of King B’s popular dance party @ BJ Roosters, 11 p.m.


Ariel Kaplan (left) and Karen Felix co-founded Fire City Comedy. It’s back this Sunday. (Photo via Fire City)

Sunday, Aug. 15

Fire City Comedy. Queer comic Karen Felix and ally Ariel Kaplan curate a killer cast of comedians @ Wild Heaven Brewery West End, 6 p.m. Read our interview with the founders.

Drag Brunch. The Sisters of Sequins at the wheel while you eat in dinner-theater style @ Lips, 12:30 p.m.

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 & 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.

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, 12 noon.

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.

Go Kickball. Weekly coed games include Sunday fun on the ballfields @ Piedmont Park, 1 p.m. You can also register now for Pride Kickball this fall.

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.

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. — 12 midnight.

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.

Fire City Comedy. Queer comic Karen Felix and ally Ariel Kaplan curate a killer cast of comedians @ Wild Heaven Brewery West End, 6 p.m. Read our interview with the founders.

Judy Gold. The queer comedy powerhouse of stage and screen hits town for one night only @ Punchline Comedy Club, 8 p.m.


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