The best LGBTQ things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Kiss the weekend hello with LGBTQ events everywhere you turn. Even with a full week to go, Halloween creatures are already stirring as well.

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

Friday, Oct. 22

Brew Betta Werk. Drag curator Shi and her cast entertain the LGBTQ pro soccer fans of All Stripes. “The queens will be hot, and the beer will be cold” @ Atlanta Brewing Company, 6:30 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.

Surviving The Silence. Local gay filmmaker Cindy Abel’s documentary about groundbreaking military lesbian Col. Patsy Thompson and her wife is streaming now @ Prime Video and Apple TV.  Read our coverage of the effort to get it made and the triumphant results.

Glitz & Glam Dinner Theater. Atlanta’s only drag dinner and a show experience in the loungey surrounds of 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.

Xanadu. The 1980 movie-turned-2007 musical roller skates into Atlanta’s LGBTQ theater for a spin @ Out Front Theatre, 8 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through Nov. 14. Read our preview.

LUV Dancing. DJ Patty Hearts spins Nue Disco and House downstairs, and Matt is upstairs in the Chit Chat Lounge @ 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.

G8yties Dance Party. You remember it, or you struggle with full recall, or you weren’t even born. Whoever you are, everybody gets into the groove @ 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.

Wussy’s annual Shalloween costume party takes place on Saturday. (Photo by Russ Bowen-Youngblood)

Saturday, Oct. 23

Shalloween. Wussy’s seasonal signature welcomes guest performers Tenderoni and Charlene for the costume party that kicks off a week of gay Halloween @ My Sister’s Room, 10 p.m.

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

Dry: A Memoir. LGBTQ+ Book Club revisits Augusten Burroughs’s book that details his recovery from addiction with his signature caustic wit @ Zoom, 10 a.m.

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

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

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.

Xanadu. The 1980 movie-turned-2007 musical roller skates into Atlanta’s LGBTQ theater for a spin @ Out Front Theatre, 8 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through Nov. 14. Read our preview.

Cup of Comedy. It’s the night coffee you crave with the comedy you need. Great comics include LGBTQ Atlanta’s own Ian Aber, 9 p.m.

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

DJ Guy Sheiman. The Tel Aviv hottie returns to the scene of his last slaying @ 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.

Orville Peck. The man, the mask, the myths and the music take the stage to make your queer alt-country dreams come true @ Terminal West, 12 midnight.

Xion Afterhours ft. DJs Travis & Eric. The Underground’s gay club keeps you jumpin’ into the wee hours @ Future, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.

The retro camp of ‘Xanadu’ starts this weekend at Out Front Theatre. (Photo by Tyler Ogburn)

Sunday, Oct. 24

Xanadu. The 1980 movie-turned-2007 musical roller skates into Atlanta’s LGBTQ theater for a spin @ Out Front Theatre, 3 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through Nov. 14. Read our preview.

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 emcees the queens while you eat up and drink down @ Midtown Moon, 1 p.m. Later, there’s 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.

A portion of this calendar also appeared in Q ATLus Magazine. Read the full digital edition right here:

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

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