The best LGBTQ things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus turns 40 in song. Old Fourth Ward finds a tres gay spring rebirth. Even the Dogwood Festival is back. Here are three dozen queer Atlanta events for your Friday through Sunday.

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

Friday, April 8

Dogwood Festival. It’s been two years since the blooms on the trees and the date on the calendar matched this venerable event name. Enjoy vendors and people watching @ Piedmont Park, all weekend

Fetish Friday.  Drop in on an afternoon of TGIF vibes, then find DJ Mr. Richard on deck after the sun goes down @ Hideaway, all day.

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.

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: Fem 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.

Queer Bait. DJ Headmaster throws it down and holds it down @ Mary’s, 9 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.

Xion Afterhours: DJ Karlitos. Party all the way into Saturday morning. Bump and grind until sunup @ Future, 3 a.m.


Rodolfo Bravat puts dancing queens through their paces on Saturday at Future. Hit Xion afterward if you just can’t get enough. (Photo by Russ Bowen-Youngblood)

Saturday, April 9

Red Light District with Rodolfo Bravat. Atlanta Underground’s gay dance club lays down your Saturday soundtrack @ Future, 11 p.m.

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

Dogwood Festival. It’s been two years since the blooms on the trees and the date on the calendar matched this venerable event name. Enjoy vendors and people watching @ Piedmont Park, all weekend

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.

MSR: Unwrapped Burlesque. Atlanta women who love women who love performances and dancing @ My Sister’s Room, 8 p.m. doors. Late drag show is Spring Night, 11 p.m.

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

Blackout Party. DJ Stan Jackson turns out the lights, and the club forgoes your cover charge for one sexy dance party @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Deca Dance. DJ Darlene treats your beats just right while you enjoy drink specials @ Hideaway, 10 p.m.

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

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

Xion Afterhours ft. DJ Martin Frieson. Keep jumpin’ into the wee hours @ Believe Music Hall, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Old Fourth Ward pulls in the queers on Sunday for a Beltline Artist Market and party. (Photo by Matt Hennie)

Sunday, April 10

Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus: Rubyversary. It’s been an amazing 40 years, and this choir is ready to blow it out. Broadway diva Jessica Vosk guest stars, and WSB’s Jorge Estevez hosts @ Byers Theatre, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Seems like only yesterday it was their 30th. 

Hotlanta Softball. The gay pitchers and catchers hit the diamonds for weekly games @ Johnson Park, Conyers, 9 a.m. Follow the crowd to the Extra Innings Beer Bust @ Guac y Margy’s, 3 p.m.

Old Fourth Ward Artist Market. The Wussy gang brings together art vendors, DJs and beer on the Beltline @ Amaza, 12 noon.

YeahBuzzy PopUp. Some 50 vendors include these local queer t-shirt designs @ Georgia Vintage Goods, 12 noon.

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

Atlanta United Watch Party. This weekend’s away game gathers the gay pro soccer fans of All Stripes @ Georgia Beer Garden, 1 p.m.

‘T’ with Mother. Get the day going with drink specials, then keep it going with Tim & Victor’s Sunday Kiki features DJ Rob Reum @ Hideaway, 2 p.m. and 7 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.

MSR: Brunch & Bubbly. Eat, drink, and then be merry at the drag show that starts at 4 p.m. @ My Sister’s Room, 2 p.m. Every Sunday is also Switch! Sunday, 8 p.m.

Sunday Funday. Gather at the rainbow crosswalks, then step into one of gay Atlanta’s Sunday traditions. Cocktails, food, shows and fun @ X Midtown, 4 p.m. through 12 midnight.

Shameless Sunday. Kyra Mora hosts the fun in the cabaret and DJ Kevin Durard in the club @ Future, 8 p.m. The dance floor pops anew with DJ Karlitos, 12 midnight.


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