The best LGBTQ things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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DJs, drag, drinks, do-gooding and even Disney make an appearance in gay Atlanta weekend of events.

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

‘Drag Race’ favorite Eureka headlines a special edition of the Friday show at X Midtown.

Friday, Oct. 1

Eureka! RuPaul All Star and “The Elephant Queen” Eureka O’Hara headlines a stacked cast @ X Midtown, 10 p.m.

Out On Film. Atlanta’s LGBTQ film festival continues with a venue change. In-person screenings @ Out Front Theatre Company Sweetheart, 7 p.m., We Need To Something, 9 p.m., and Horror Shorts Block, 11 p.m. Virtually, check out the Out on Film selections online now.

Happy Hour at the High. The museum’s kickass Frequency Friday gets a queer makeover this week with DJs Ree de la Vega, Leonce and JSport, plus drag performers Brigitte Bidet, Taylor Alxndr and Orchid @ High Museum, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Drunk Drag Disney on Broadway. Rocky The Mermaid hosts this kooky theme show with Nicole Paige Brooks in a limited engagement @ Role Call Theater/Ponce City Market, 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays through Oct. 9.

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

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.

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.  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.

Slay the Vote. This queer dance party, drag show and fundraiser benefits the campaign of Liliana Bakhtiari, one of 11 LGBTQ candidates for various Atlanta City Council seats, 10 p.m.

Ritual Vampire Ball. The annual all-orientations party of naughty pleasures inclues DJs Seraph and Beoutato and a performance by Miss Sophie @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

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

DJ Karlitos Afterhours. Xion afterhours parties you from Friday night into Saturday morning. Bump and grind until sunup @ Future, 1:30 a.m.


The fundraiser Dress Red takes place Saturday at Ansley Square. (Photo by Matt Hennie)

Saturday, Oct. 2

Dress Red: Awaken Life. Put on the color to raise fun and funds with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Activities and red drink specials @ all five Ansley Square gay bars, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Fall Fest. Take your vaccinated self outside and nod at the people from behind a mask. Music, vendor booths and fair food are back @ Candler Park, all day and Sunday too.

Indigo Girls. The Amplify Music Festival goes long with a full slate, including gay Decatur legends Michelle Malone, Shawn Mullins, dozens of other great acts, and of course the city’s own iconic lesbian duo @ Decatur Square, all day.

Decatur Book Festival. Georgia’s most diverse, LGBTQ-inclusive event moves from Labor Day Weekend this year to a combo virtual and in-person series. All live events are today and available to watch online @ First Baptist Church of Decatur, all day.

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.

Atlanta Bucks Match. The local gay rugby crew is back for fall, this time against the Columbus Kodiaks @ Benteen Park, 1 p.m. Ask about the Third Half Happy Hour after the match.

Out On Film. Atlanta’s LGBTQ film festival continues with a venue change. In-person screenings @ Out Front Theatre Company Trans Shorts – A Fine Girl, 12 noon, Trans in Trumpland, 2 p.m., Bliss, 4:30 p.m., One Four Three, 6:30 p.m., and Potato Dreams of America, 8 p.m. Virtually, check out the Out on Film selections online now.

Daydrunk. Drink specials put you to bed early or make you the life of the party when the sun drops @ Mary’s, 2 p.m.

SFQP Art Market. Southern Fried Queer Pride hosts over 30 queer, trans makers, crafters, artists and other vendors. Outdoors and masks required @ Best End Brewery, 2 p.m. – 6 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, 6:30 p.m.

NeonBlk. Dotte Com brings together an all-Black cast of queens and kings for an online drag show. National and local acts in virtual reality @, 7:30 p.m.

Backroom Burlesque. The Armorettes do their monthly camp against HIV/AID in Atlanta @ Heretic, 8 p.m. You can also stream it live on YouTube.

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

MSR: Pre-Pride Party.  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: Alex Lo. Atlanta Underground’s gay dance club lays down your Saturday soundtrack @ Future, 10 p.m. Take a Q-exclusive tour of the space and view party night photos.

No Cover Blackout Party. DJ Stan Jackson turns off the lights and pumps the beats with no cover charge @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Heyday ‘80s Dance Party. DJ Kimber, her gays, their friends and their singular ode to the ‘80s 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.

1 AM Secret Comedy Show. This show returns post-pandemic with late-night laughs by amazing comics from clubs all around town, including queer Atlanta’s own Ian Aber @ Smith’s Olde Bar, 1 a.m.

Xion Afterhours ft. Kardona. The Underground’s gay club keeps you jumpin’ into the wee hours with this great DJ @ Future, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


‘Keep the Cameras Rolling: The Pedro Zamora Way’ about the impact of the late ‘MTV’s Real World’ cast member closes Out on Film on Sunday evening.

Sunday, Oct. 3

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

Fall Fest. Take your vaccinated self outside and nod at the people from behind a mask. Music, vendor booths and fair food are back @ Candler Park, all day.

Out On Film. Atlanta’s LGBTQ film festival continues with a venue change. In-person screenings @ Out Front Theatre Company Landlocked, 2 p.m., Two (Shtaim), 4 p.m., Drama Shorts Block, 5:30 p.m., The Pedro Zamora Way, 7:30 p.m.Virtually, check out all the Out on Film selections online now.

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 & Bubbly. Eat, drink, and the merry drag show starts at 4 p.m. @ My Sister’s Room, 2 p.m.

Chaka Khan Hacienda: Season Closer.  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 latest issue online here:

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