The best LGBTQ things to do on Atlanta Pride Weekend

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The Pride festival (top photo) looks different like everything else this year. So what? We are here for it. Despite the Rainbow Lie people tell all year, this is the weekend to fly your favorite LGBTQ flag.

A lot of folks have put a lot of time and effort into virtual and in-person events for your celebrations and commemorations. We gathered the best. Click the ones you like for more details.

Friday, Oct. 9

Pride Stride (second photo).Front Runners ATL gathers to run and walk and celebrate their LGBTQ-ness @ John Howell Park, 9 p.m.

Sweet Tea: Pride Edition. Watch this variety show unfold with drag, spoken word, burlesque and live music performances @ Twitch TV, 8 p.m.

Ansley Pride Outside. Festooned tables at an appropriate distance move outside with specials and entertainment all weekend @ The Hideaway, through Sunday.

Q Pride Live with LGBTQ-ATL Trailblazers. Our Q Conversations series continues with Atlanta’s first gay male City Council member Alex Wan, first out radio personality Melissa Carter, and 32-year legend Bubba D. Licious. It’s free to register and join us @ Crowdcast and Facebook Live, 11 a.m.

Friday BBQ. Atlanta’s gay sports bar is going long for customers with in-person and to-go food and cocktails. Fridays are extra special with specials that provide a taste escape to backyard ‘cues @ Woofs, 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Eagle Pride. The city’s leather-Levi bar takes temps and is open for business every day @ Atlanta Eagle, 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Pride Glitz & Glam. Monica Van Pelt and her girls entertain with 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.

Happy Hour & Queer Bait. East Atlanta’s gay bar is selling admission tickets in shifts for your safety. Drinks included in entry fee @ Mary’s, 6 p.m.  and 9 p.m. Bonus: They are still streaming their Friday Night Virtual Party.

High Visibility. Queer Atlanta photography takes over the virtual walls with Wussy at the helm @  Atlanta Photography Group, 7 p.m. Read the Q preview.

MSR Autumn. The backyard and patio are open for women who love women who love open-air parties @ My Sister’s Room, Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m. – 3 a.m.

The Ho Sho. The only live-singing drag troupe in town do their once-a-year thing for Pride. In 2020, two nights of charity performances go online with an “Erection Year” theme, 8:30 p.m. Saturday too. Here’s why you can’t miss this.

Saturday, Oct. 10

Atlanta Pride (third photo). The committee brings its programming to the interwebs for 2020 with constant streams this weekend. Today, that includes the Delta Virtual Marketplace, all day, Pride Yoga, 10 a.m., Trans Healthcare Talk, 12:30 p.m., AARP Music & Bingo, 1:30 p.m., Cooking Class with Big Freedia, 3:30 p.m., Voguing with Jeterbydameter, 4:30 p.m., Queer Code, 5 p.m., Shooting Stars Cabaret, 7 p.m. Remember to register to attend Shooting Stars.

Fall Ball. Masked and socially distanced, gay softball returns with more new rules and regs for COVID than you can swing a bat at for seven Saturdays @ Nickajack Park, 10 a.m. Read the Q Season Preview, including safety measures.

Pride Porch Pop-up. A safely distanced book sale and social outside with the lesbian and trans feminists @ Charis Books & More, 12 noon – 4 p.m.

Pride On Ponce. Ponce City Market gets in on Pride with shows in rep all day. Pride Comedy Extravaganza and Queens of Pride @ Ponce City Market’s Rolecall Theatre. Comedy: 12 noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Queens of Pride: 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. $18 per show or $75 all day.

Supporting the Whole. Georgia Equality, and everyone really, wants you to vote. And guard HIV health. And meet candidates. And embrace black lives. Tune into a day-long series @ Facebook Live, 1 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Pride Weekend at Mary’s. East Atlanta’s gay bar is selling admission tickets in shifts for your safety. Drinks included in entry fee @ Mary’s, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Bonus: They are still streaming their Saturday Night Virtual Party.

Eagle Pride. The city’s leather-Levi bar takes temps and opens for business every day @ Atlanta Eagle, 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Pride 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.

The Ho Sho. The only live-singing drag troupe in town do their once-a-year thing for Pride. In 2020, two nights of charity performances go online with an “Erection Year” theme, 8:30 p.m. Saturday too. Here’s why you can’t miss this.

Sunday, Oct. 11

Atlanta Pride. The committee brings its programming to the interwebs for 2020 with constant streams this weekend. Today, that includes the Delta Virtual Marketplace, all day; Southern Flex Pride Workout, 10 a.m.; Drag Queen Story Hour with Terra Cotta Sugarbaker, 11 a.m.; CBS46 Pride TV Special, 1 p.m.; Queer Choral Corrale, 2:30 p.m.; and the Starlight Cabaret & Entertainment Block, 7 p.m. Read our preview of the recording artists like Zara Larsson, and register to attend the show.

#PrideDaydrunk. Drink specials put you to bed early or make you the life of the party as the sun drops @ Mary’s, 2:30 p.m.

Pride Drag Brunch. The Sisters of Sequins with Bubba D. Licious at the wheel while you eat @ Lips, 12:30 p.m.

Pride TV. No parade this year, but CBS46 has recorded some interviews and compiled it with other reporting and footage @ CBS46, 1 p.m.

Peaceful Protest for LGBTQ Rights & Black Trans Lives. National Coming Out Day and the 50th Atlanta Pride inspired this unofficial gathering with speakers and signs sponsored by Refuse Fascism ATL @ Piedmont Park, 3 p.m.

Eagle Pride. The city’s leather-Levi bar takes temps and opens for business every day @ Atlanta Eagle, 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Pride Sunday Funday. Gather at a safe distance on the refreshed patio and re-branded corner hotspot for food and drinks @ X Midtown (formerly Ten Atlanta), 4 p.m. – 12 midnight.

Womyn’s Pride Brunch. How do $3 mimosas, $5 hookahs and no cover sound? What if they come alongside an amazing menu for takeout or delivery? Do Sunday with the ladies of Atlanta’s lesbian bar @ My Sister’s Room, 6 p.m.

Sips w/Her. Women who love women who love Pride parties @ Parlor, 7 p.m.

A version of this calendar appeared in Q ATLus magazine. Read the full issue online here:

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

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