The best LGBTQ things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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The perfect weather meets its match with local queer events as reasons to get out in it. Out on Film begins, plus AIDS Walk Atlanta, gay dance parties, Sunday brunch and so much more.

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

‘Along Came Wanda’ is among Out on Film’s in-person offerings on Friday evening at Midtown Art Cinema.

Friday, Sept. 24

Out On Film. A whopping 150 titles over 11 days, Atlanta’s LGBTQ film festival is back, baby. Virtual and in-person screenings, including @ Midtown Art Cinema Along Came Wanda, 7 p.m., Jump, Darling, 7 p.m. and Down in Paris, 9:15 p.m. There are also Out on Film selections already online now. Screenings continue through Oct. 3 (watch key trailers). Read more in this week’s Q ATLus magazine.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. The highly anticipated film adaptation of the most fabulous West End musical starts streaming @ Prime Video, all month.

The Eyes of Tammy Faye. You will not recognize Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield as they transform into the soaring, disgraced, partially redeemed and gay-loving PTL televangelists @ area theatres and On Demand, out today.

Q Force. The animated LGBTQ hero team that you didn’t ask for but maybe kinda like @ Netflix, through September.

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.

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.

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.

Eventide Comedy. Atlanta’s best comics line up and make you laugh with co-host, queer Atlanta’s own Ian Aber. This month, Comedy Central headliners Michael Rowland and Jordan Jensen are in the mix @ Eventide Brewing, 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.

MSR: Fem Friday Dance Party & Live Show.  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.

G8YTIES ‘80s Party. You can dance… for inspiration. Get into the groove @ Heretic, 10 p.m. 

House of Legends. Drag, drinks, dancers and DJ Rob Reum @ Ten Atlanta, 10 p.m.

Madams of the Moonlight. Legendary queens doing legendary things @ Midtown Moon, 10 p.m.

DJ Cindel’s HBD (House By Definition). Xion afterhours parties adds Friday night/Saturday morning to its lineup. Get into it until sunup @ Future, 1:30 a.m.


See that boy, watch that scene. They are the dancing queens every Saturday at Heretic. This week, Italian wunderkind Iellamo pulls the strings. (Photo by Russ Bowen-Youngblood)

Saturday, Sept. 25

Iellamo. All the way from Italy, this DJ takes no prisoners from the undulating gay men @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run. Ludacris performs in the park after you walk against HIV and for all the agencies that help fight it @ Piedmont Park, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Gay Men’s HIV Awareness Day. CDPH and CCPL present a double screening to commemorate the day with iconic clips from Pose, Tales of the City, Bohemian Rhapsody and more. Of course you can get tested for HIV too @ Cobb County Public Library, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Front Runners. One of two weekly group runs with Atlanta’s LGBTQ @ John Howell Park, 9 a.m.

Freshwater. The LGBTQ Book Club discusses Akwaeke Emezi’s stunning debut novel. Charis hosts @ Zoom, 10 a.m.

Hotlanta Soccer. Weekly practice until tournament play is safer @ Central Park, 10 a.m.

Out On Film continues with virtual and in-person screenings, today including in-person @ Midtown Art Cinema Men’s Shorts, 12 noon, Women’s Shorts, 12 noon, Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back, 4 p.m., No Ordinary Man, 4 p.m., Invisible: Gay Women in Southern Music, 6:30 p.m. and Mascarpone, 9 p.m. These films are already online now. Screenings continue through Oct. 3 (watch key trailers). Read more in this week’s Q ATLus magazine.

Daydrunk: East Atlanta Strut Edition. Drink specials put you to bed early or make you the life of the party when the sun drops @ Mary’s, 2 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. Eyeball these photos from the fun.

Atlanta United LGBTQ Watch Party. The pro soccer club plays, and the local LGBTQ group All Stripes gathers to watch the action @ Georgia Beer Garden, 3 p.m.

Cabaret Risque. The always queer, always sexy Candybox Revue bumps and grinds for its lesbian female admirers with satire, sultry performances, comedy and burlesque @ Metropolitan Studios, 8 p.m.

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

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

Top 40 Dance Party No Cover 18+. Atlanta’s newest gay dance club lays down your Saturay soundtrack @ Future, 10 p.m. Stick around for Xion Afterhours with DJ Sam Gee, 3 a.m. Take a Q-exclusive tour of the new space and view party night photos.

Atlanta Disco Society. DJ Kimber, her gays, their friends and their singular ode to the ‘70s dance floor @ The Basement, 10 p.m.

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

Deca-Dance.  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.


Drag Brunch each Sunday at Lips is always on the Gay Agenda. (Photo by Russ Bowen-Youngblood)


Sunday, Sept. 26

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

Out On Film continues with virtual and in-person screenings, today including in-person @ Midtown Art Cinema Boulevard! A Hollywood Love Story, 12 noon, Forgotten Roads, 2 p.m., All Boys Aren’t Blue, Smoke Lilies & Jade and Flame, 7 p.m. and Isaac, 9 p.m. Today also includes the Invisible Live Performance Brunch @ Red’s Beer Garden, 12:30 p.m. These films are already online now. Out on Film continues daily through Oct. 3 (watch key trailers). Read more in this week’s Q ATLus magazine.

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.

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.

Spill the ‘T’ 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. through 12 midnight.

MSR: Brunch & Drag. All weekend will be bumping at Atlanta’s lesbian bar, but Sunday gets a lot crazier when you have Monday off. Eat, drink, and the drag show starts at 4 p.m. @ My Sister’s Room, all day and night.

Chaka Khan Hacienda. DJ Ree de la Vega, her crew and a bevy of guest DJs 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.

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

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