The best LGBTQ things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Local representation, international sensations, queens of comedy and the end of an era. Just your average ordinary packed schedule of gay events in Atlanta this weekend.

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

Swinging Richards starts its long goodbye with the first Farewelll Parties this weekend. (Photo by Matt Hennie)

Friday, Jan. 7

RuPaul’s Drag Race Viewing Party. Angeria Paris Van Michaels, who reps Atlanta on the new season, to watch the season kickoff @ Future, 7:30 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’ 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. 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.

MSR: Fire Friday. Women who love women who love two indoor levels of fun and outdoor parties too @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Pump Friday. DJ Stan Jackson kicks off the no-cover weekend with boys and big beats @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

House of Legends. Drag, drinks, dancers and a DJ @ X Midtown, 10 p.m.

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

Medusa’s Café Con Leche. Latin Fridays get a 2022-upgrade @ Future, 10 p.m.

Xion Afterhours. DJs Cindel and Pride bring afterhours to move you from Friday night into Saturday morning. Bump and grind until sunup @ Future, 3 a.m.

Saturday, Jan. 8

Underground Circuit Saturday: DJ Jerac.  Atlanta Underground’s gay dance club lays down your Saturday soundtrack @ Future, 11 p.m. Afterhours with DJ Ana Flor goes down this week @ Believe Music Hall, 3 a.m.

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

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.

Glitz & Glam. Queens do 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.

Pop! DJ Nova does the music and video party that the gay boys need @ Blake’s 9 p.m.

Mike Woodside’s Blackout Party. DJ David Knapp turns off the lights and continues the no-cover weekend with Mr. Woodside’s birthday bash @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Swinging Richard’s Farewell Party. The wind-up to the wind-down of Atlanta’s gay nudie bar has begun. Book the first of the last weekends @ Swinging Richards, 10 p.m. (Yes, you, they are closing for good on Jan. 15.)

Ladies’ Saturday Night. Drew Friday, Coco Iman and Taylor Alxndr lead the queens @ My Sister’s Room, 10 p.m.

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

Divas of the Moonlight. Myah Ross Monroe, Angelica D’Paige Brooks and more @ Midtown Moon, 10 p.m.

Ariel Kaplan (left) and Karen Felix co-founded Fire City Comedy on the premise of booking diverse talent. (Photo via Fire City)

Sunday, Jan. 9

50 First Jokes. The comics of Fire City Comedy do it up for laughs during this special event @ Wild Heaven Brewery, 6:30 p.m. Meet the queer and allied founders.

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

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.

The ‘T’ with Mother. Get the day going with drink specials and DJ Rob Reum, then keep it going with The Sunday Kiki @ Hideaway, 2 p.m. and 7 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. Now every Sunday is also Switch! Sunday, 8 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.

 

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