The best LGBTQ things to do in Atlanta this weekend

Add this share

Movies, mavens, mayhem and more await this Friday through Sunday on another chock-full calendar of LGBTQ events in Atlanta.

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

Udo Kier turns in another career-milestone performance as Mr. Pat in ‘Swan Song,’ streaming now.

Friday, Aug. 20

Swan Song. Legendary actor Udo Kier stars as a retired hairdresser Mr. Pat. He’s on an adventure to style his dead client’s final look. The Todd Stephens film also stars Jennifer Coolidge, Linda Evans and Michael Urie @ Apple TV and Prime Video, all month.

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.

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.

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.

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.

G8yties ‘80s Dance Party. DJ Mike Pope spins the hits that dancing queens remember @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Hot Mess. DJ Kimber, her gays, their friends and a triumphant return continue rocking 2021 @ The Basement, 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.

House By Defintion Afterhours.  Cindel & John Santiago take Xion afterhours parties to Friday nights with all genres of House music. Get into it until sunup @ Future, 3 a.m.


RuGirl and DJ Nina Flowers takes command on a busy night at Future. (Photo by Russ Bowen-Youngblood)


Saturday, Aug. 21

Underground Circuit Saturday with DJ Nina Flowers. Atlanta’s newest gay dance club rolls onward @ Future, 10 p.m. Stick around for Xion Afterhours with Karlitos, 3 a.m. Take a Q-exclusive tour of the new space and view party photos.

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.

Piedmont Park Arts Festival. The gay-run Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces brings artisans and craftsmen, music and gourmet food trucks @ Piedmont Park, all day. Sunday too.

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.

Urban Tree Comedy. Queer Atlanta’s own Ian Aber puts together 90 minutes of Atlanta’s funniest comedians with food, delicious cider and other libations. Ticketed and masked @ Urban Tree Cidery, 7 p.m.

All Stripes Watch Party. Atlanta United plays away, and the local LGBTQ fans of All Stripes gather to watch the action @ Georgia Beer Garden, 7:30 p.m.

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

Deviant: Drag. The Black-only dance party returns with DJ Twin and queens on deck @ Heretic, 10 p.m. 

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

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.


Piedmont Park Arts Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday. (Photo by Russ Bowen-Youngblood)

Sunday, Aug. 22

Piedmont Park Arts Festival. The gay-run Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces brings artisans and craftsmen, music and gourmet food trucks @ Piedmont Park, all day.

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.

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.

Southern Softpaw League Registry & Beer Bust. It’s almost time for fall ball, and the coaches of SSL will meet about it over brew and accept player registrations too. There’s also your fave: Weiner Bar Brunch on top of the Sunday fun you expect @ Hideaway, 1:30 p.m. Yep, it’s still Honey Pot Bear Night, 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. through 12 midnight.

Chaka Khan Hacienda. DJ Ree de la Vega and her crew serve the outdoor dance party and vendor pop-ups you so frickin’ need right now @ 8Arm, 5 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.

Southern Baptist Sissies 20th Anniversary Reunion. Hop online for a virtual celebration to benefit the Del Shores Foundation Writers Search. In addition to hearing live from the cast and crew, look for performances by soundtrack faves Debby Holiday and Levi Kreis, too. It’s free to watch @ Youtube, 8 p.m.



Project Q Atlanta goes on hiatus after 14 years

On Sept. 1, 2008, Project Q Atlanta promised a hyper-local “queer media diet” for Atlanta. The site set out to bring LGBTQ news, in-depth...

Photos catch Purple Dress Run invading Midtown

After three years of pandemic-inflicted limitations, Atlanta’s gay rugby squad let loose on one of its most popular events. The Atlanta Bucks Purple Dress...

Ooo Bearracuda: Photos from Bear Pride’s Main Event

The seventh annual Atlanta Bear Pride hit the ground running on Friday with packed houses at Woofs, Heretic and Future. Turned out, they hadn’t...

Atlanta Bear Pride set to go hard and long all weekend

That low, growing growl you hear is a nation of gay bears headed for Atlanta Bear Pride this weekend. By the time they arrive,...

PHOTOS: Armorettes bring back Easter Drag Race magic

Gay Atlanta’s queens of do-good drag brought the sunshine to a cloudy afternoon on Saturday when Heretic hosted the triumphant return of Armorettes Easter...