The best LGBTQ things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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You earned your downtime. Atlanta’s LGBTQ events are ready for you to claim it with virtual discussions, pumping parties, outdoor gatherings and streaming gems.

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

Out Georgia’s virtual Fourth Friday networking event this month includes Labor Day scoop. (Photo by Russ Bowen-Youngblood)

Friday, Aug. 27

Fourth Friday Power Connect. Atlanta’s LGBTQ chamber of commerce Out Georgia hosts this happy hour networking event. This month features scoop on Black Gay Pride Labor Day Weekend @ Zoom, 5:30 p.m.

The Other Two. The gayest funniest sleeper hit you might have missed returns for Season 2. Catch up and then binge @ HBO Max, through September.

Ellie & Abbie (& Abbie’s Dead Aunt). A heartfelt, hilarious teen lesbian romcom from Australia hits VOD with a crush, a party, and a dead lesbian activist from the ‘80s @ On Demand, through September . Watch the trailer.

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, through September. Watch to get in the mood for these Out on Film jewels  beginning Sept. 23.

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, through September.

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 plus two indoor levels of fun @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Phallus Palace. Holetribe Productions and DJ J. Riley team up for a tribal house and techno dance party featuring 3D light décor by Lunosol and your scantily clad psychedelic fairytale gear @ Heretic, 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. 


There’s always something going on at Mary’s. On Saturday, that includes the afternoon Baywitch Goth Beach Party. (Photo by Russ Bowen-Youngblood)

Saturday, Aug. 28

Baywitch II: Goth Beach Party. Drink specials put you to bed early or make you the life of the party when the sun drops @ Mary’s, 3 p.m.

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.

Black Girl in Paris. Every month, LGBTQ Book Club reads and virtually discusses a new title. This time it’s Shay Youngblood’s novel, hosted online by Charis @ Zoom, 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.

All For Love Love For All. AID Atlatna hosts this fun fundraiser with live performers, Blackjack table, silent auction, karaoke and a signature cocktail. Proceeds benefit Atlanta AIDS Walk @ The Buckeye Room, 3 p.m. – 8 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.

Halcyon. The rocking guitar and harmonies of lesbian duo Deb and Steph still make the ladies swoon. Outside if weather allows but going down either way @ My Sister’s Room, 7 p.m. Come early for dinner and drinks. Stay late for DJs and performers.

Armorettes Backroom Burlesque. Four decades and dozens of camp queens fight HIV one dollar and one laugh at a time. The legend continues @ Heretic, 8 p.m.

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

Issac Escalante. Alan Collins and DFL Management present this international cubby hearththrob and his throbbing beats @ Heretic, 10 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.

Xion Afterhours ft. Morabito. Atlanta’s new gay club is jumpin’ into the wee hours @ Future, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m. Eyeball these photos from last weekend.


The Lemon x SFQP pub crawl and benefit gets you a map to free drinks at several gay venues on Sunday. (Photo by Russ-Bowen Youngblood)

Sunday, Aug. 29

Lemon x SFQP Bar Crawl. Buy a ticket at the link and get a bar crawl map for a complimentary Deep Eddy Lemon drink at each participating gay venue. Proceeds benefit Southern Fried Queer Pride, all day @ Hideaway, Guac y Margy’s, Georgia Beer Garden, Felix’s and Midtown Moon. Swag giveaways too @ Hideaway and Felix’s.

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.

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.

Fire City Comedy. Queer comic Karen Felix and ally Ariel Kaplan curate a killer cast of comedians, this week including LGBTQ comics Lauren Knight and Bridgette Martin @ Wild Heaven Brewery West End, 6 p.m. Read our interview with the founders.

Honey Pot Bear Night. Scoop your big ol’ paw into the honeypot every Sunday @ Hideaway, 8 p.m.

Wicked in Concert. Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth host a live televised performance of reimagined, never-before-heard musical arrangements by the American Pops Orchestra with voices like Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Nettles, Amber Riley, Rita Moreno and more @ PBS, 9 p.m.


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