The best LGBTQ things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Your post-Pride rest is over. Atlanta’s queer-allied event planners and showrunners are ready again to show you a good time.

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

Nonsense ATL throws a Halloween-themed Hot Mess party on Friday at the Basement. (Photo by Russ Bowen-Youngblood)

Friday, Oct. 15

Hot Mess Halloween Dance Party. Creative, fun and of course messy DIY costumes are encouraged at the party that only DJ Kimber and her gays can bring to a well-mixed crowd in East Atlanta @ The Basement, 10 p.m.

‘Living Rainbow’ Sidewalk. Atlanta Pride sponsors 1,000 feet of temporarily colored sidewalk as part of the Elevate Atlanta Arts Festival weekend of West Side events. See it @ Rose Circle Park, through Sunday.

VOCES: Letters to Eloisa. The story of acclaimed queer Cuban poet and novelist Jose Lezama Lima told through haunting letters to his sister. The public, private, literary and revolutionary times come to life starting today @ PBS/WPBA, 11 p.m.

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.

Kamayan Feast. For LGBTQ History Month, Pride in Atlanta and Filipino-American History Month, a feast fit for kings and queens features communal surf and turf and fresh produce for parties of two and four @ Estrallita, 7:30 p.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.

The Back Room. It’s a Pride recovery with Techno beats by Mark De Marko and Le Grand Phoenix @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

House of Legends. Drag, drinks, dancers and DJ Rob Reum @ X Midtown, 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.


All Stripes watches the United match and hosts a pop-up march shop at Georgia Beer Garden on Saturday. (Photo by Matt Hennie)

Saturday, Oct. 16

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 Rugby. Atlanta’s gay and allied rugby club hosts the Crescent City team for a match @ Benteen Park, 10 a.m. Go cheer for scoop on the Third Half Happy Hour.

NFFLA Fall Ball. The LGBTQ and allied National Flag Football League of Atlanta begins a quickie autumn season @ Silverbacks Park, 2 p.m. Attend for the scoop on a Third Half social hour.

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.

Atlanta United LGBTQ Watch Party. The pro soccer club plays on TV, and the local LGBTQ group All Stripes gathers to watch the action. There’s also a pop-up shop with A Better Buzz Brand Goods and All Stripes for your gay merch needs @ Georgia Beer Garden, 6 p.m.

‘petite fours.’ The LGBTQ Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra performs four beautiful pieces. Hear strings-only arrangements celebrating APO’s Sweet 16 @ North Decatur Presbyterian Church, 7:30 p.m. Meet some performers at the Hideaway afterward.

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.

Urban Tree Comedy. Queer Atlanta’s own Ian Aber curates comics to create 90 minutes of the best stand-up acts from Atlanta and beyond. Spread out, mask up, sit down, laugh it up and drink cider @ Urban Tree Cidery, 7 p.m.

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

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

Deviant: Homecoming. Get into your minimalist football and jock gear for a body-positive, sex-positive dance party with the recurring party exclusively for Black gay men @ Heretic, 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.


Chaka Khan Hacienda and Wussy host an outdoor Artist Market with Beltline views on Sunday. (Photo by Russ Bowen-Youngblood)

Sunday, Oct. 17

West End Artist Market. Chaka Khan Hacienda and Wussy enjoy beer and music while hosting more than 30 local makers selling their wares @ Wild Haven Beer, 12 noon -7 p.m.

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.

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.

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 Anniversary Show. Queer comic Karen Felix and ally Ariel Kaplan curate a killer cast of comedians @ Wild Heaven Brewery West End, 6:30 p.m. Read the Q interview with the hosts.

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

Pick up each new edition of QATLus at LGBTQ and allied venues around Atlanta.


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