The best queer things to do in Atlanta Halloween and into the weekend

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All dressed up and lots of places to go for costumed queers, then a whole weekend of other LGBTQ Atlanta events beckoning you to get up, get out and do something.

Thursday, Oct. 31

Hocus Pocus Movie Night. Join the gays who costume and the Sanderson sisters early, 9 p.m., then stick around for the Forest of the Galaxy Costume Contest and Party @ Ten Atlanta, 10 p.m.

Release Your Freak. Cash and prizes for best costumes with host Edie Cheezburger @ Blake’s, 9 p.m.

Haunted Hoedown. Country dancing, no cover and cash prizes for best costumes @ Heretic, 8 p.m.

Deadly Divas. The drag dinner cabaret queens serve a Halloween theme @ Lips, 6 p.m.

Horrorshow. It’s spooky video night with DJ Mister Richard and discounts for costumes @ Woofs, all night.

Georgia Blood Garden. The queer-owned, straight-inclusive Edgewood peeps change the name and change the game with a screening of Blade, then an Underground Vampire Rave @ Georgia Beer Garden, 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Ghostbusters Spook Central. DJ Kimber and her gay af Nonsense ATL party crew invade @ Venkman's, 9 p.m.

Blackout. It's the Halloween addition of the lights going off and feeling your way @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Pussy Cat Karaoke. Angelica D’Paige serves pussy (cat) with you on the soundtrack @ Midtown Moon, 10 p.m.

Fright Night. Late-night Halloween dance party with the House of Alxndr @ The Bakery, 12 midnight. 


Friday, Nov. 1

Fur Ball (second photo). PALS Atlanta throws its annual fab masquerade. Dress to impress @ Fox Theatre Egyptian Ballroom, 7 p.m. See our preview in this issue. 

MAAP Mix & Mingle. Happy hour never tasted quite the way it does with Metro Atlanta Association of Professionals. This time @ My Sister’s Room, 6 p.m. 

King Ester. A private screening and Q&A panel of Issa Rae’s exciting new web series starring Angelica Ross. Join AIDS Healthcare Foundation @ Plaza Theatre, 6:30 p.m.

Render and Sally Mann. Queer poet Collin Kelley reads from his poetry collection in conjunction with the “Thousand Crossings” exhibit and the weekly High Frequency Friday festivities @ The High Museum, 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

La Cage aux Folles. The gay standard that led to endless stagings and movie remakes like “The Bird Cage” gets the local queer troupe treatment @ Out Front Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs through Nov. 9. Tonight is also Gays For Plays/Belong night.

Werq the World. RuPaul’s Drag Race’s latest whirlwind hits town @ Atlanta Symphony Hall, 8 p.m

Elton John. The one. The only. He’s still standin’ @ State Farm Arena, 8 p.m. Saturday show too.

The Other Show. Edie Cheezburger, Jaye Lish and the cast bring their brand of drag to their new home @ Midtown Moon, 9 p.m. 

Queer Bait. Party with the East Atlanta cool kids @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

Calavera. This is the Day of the Dead costume contest circuit party you never knew you needed and now you can’t miss, featuring Mexico City DJ Adrian Dalera @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Leather Masquerade masks up with Onyx and DJ Ron Pullman to kick off the weekend @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Fem Friday. Get your weekend started with DJ beats, performances and scores of women in Midtown’s home for Atlanta lesbian nightlife @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Celestial Friday with Celeste Holmes puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars. Don’t forget Second Level beats upstairs @ Blake’s, 11 p.m.

Glitz & Glam Dinner Theater. Charlie Brown, the undisputed Bitch of the South and her gurlz 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.

Fresh Fish Friday & Moonlight Cabaret. The new faces of Fresh Fish drag show wrap your week, then the drag eleganza of Moonlight Cabaret starts the weekend @ Midtown Moon, 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Rocky Horror Picture Show. A queer & women screening of the weekly romp with Emory University’s Center for Women and Office of LGBT Life @ Plaza Theatre, 11:55 p.m.


Saturday, Nov. 2

Bearacuda 10th Anniversary (third photo). The recurring party lights up the night with DJ Paul Goodyear @ Heretic, 10 p.m.  

Georgia LGBTQ Archives Project. A membership meeting updates the activities and welcomes all comers @ Rush Center, 10 a.m.

NFFLA Flag Football. The gay football jocks of National Flag Football League of Atlanta start playing Fall Ball for keeps @ Silverbacks Park, 9 a.m. Follow the crowd immediately after the games for OverTime drinking and trash talking, 12:30 p.m.

#Daydrunk. 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. Do it, and you may not remember what you did during the regularly scheduled shenanigans, 9 p.m.

Glitz & Glam with Charlie Brown. The self-titled Bitch of the South and her girls entertain with dinner and a show in the theater experience of 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. 

Urban Tree Comedy. Ian Aber’s comic lineup blasts into your world with commentary and laughs @ Urban Tree Cidery, 7 p.m.

Bianca Del Rio. The “It’s Jester Joke” tour comes to town @ Center Stage, 8 p.m.

Ruby’s Redd Light District & Moonlight Cabaret. Queens on the scene @ Midtown Moon, 8 p.m. and 11p.m.

Krewella. Help raise funds for Blake with this amazing talent. Come early and get a good spot, because they promise it will sell out standing room @ My Sister’s Room, 10 p.m.

Super Collider. DJ Mister Richard leaves you breathless @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m. 

Midtown Saturday Night lays beats on both decks with you in the spotlight @ Ten, 10 p.m

Heyday 80s Dance Party. Nonsense ATL’s straight-inclusive party for every f-in body @ The Basement, 10 p.m.

Pop! Popup drag and Popup men werqs Saturday night into a frenzy @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.

Xion Afterhours. DJ “Twisted” Dee Martello move you ‘til sunrise @ BJ Roosters, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Sunday, Nov. 3

Adam Rippon (bottom photo). The out Olympian you love to follow in Instagram stages a conversation with CNN’s Holly Firfer to promote his book “Beautiful on the Outside” @ Marcus Jewish Community Center, 7:30 p.m.

Super-Sized Sunday. First, it’s High Energy and DJ Bill Berdeaux, 1 p.m., then the legendary Sunday drag show kicks off with an all-star cast @ Blake's, 8:30 p.m.

Sporty Sunday Funday. Games and matches on screen, plus all the guys to watch them with @ Woofs, 12 noon.

Drag Brunch Theatre. The Sisters of Sequins with Bubba D. Licious at the wheel while you eat @ Lips, 12:30 p.m. Walk-ins welcome. Or sleep in and do Dinner with the Divas, 6:30 p.m.

Heifer Review. Ruby Redd corrals the queens on the patio, this week with the bonus of being HSL’s Extra Inning Beer Bust @ Joe’s on Juniper, 1 p.m. 

Drag Me to Brunch. Good grub and cool queens serve Sunday vibes @ My Sister’s Room, 2 p.m.

Revival. Gospel Brunch has a whole new look, benefiting Rainbow House @ Midtown Moon, 3 p.m.

Sunday Funday. The weekly tradition of outdoor dudes, DJs, drinks and sometimes drag @ Ten, 4 p.m.

A Toast to Sharon Needles. Calico hosts this benefit for the “one true supreme” herself with drink specials and lots of surprises @ Hideaway, 6 p.m.

Literature Night. LGBTQ poet and writer advocate Franklin Abbot hosts three amazing authors @ Waller’s Coffee Shop, 6:30 p.m.

Armorettes. The camp drag crazies with the hearts of gold againstAIDS are in their 41st year of weekly shows @ Midtown Moon, 8 p.m.

CiCi Nicole Takes L.A. It’s a farewell benefit show for this queen headed to greener pastures. Performances by Phoenix, Brigitte Bidet, LaLa Ri, Kyra Mora, Christopher Iman, Ocean Kelly and more @ My Sister’s Room, 8 p.m.

El Star Barrio. The inclusive magic of La Choloteca continues with DJs La Superior, Brian Rojas and Esme @ Star Bar, 10 p.m.

Misc Edgewood. Watch “kings, queens and in betweens” in a seven-week elimination competition for the title. Just two more weeks to go, this time with a roast of Nicole Paige Brooks @ Noni’s, 10:30 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 10

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

Pick up each new edition of Q at queer and LGBTQ-friendly venues around town, and check back every Thursday for the latest Queer Agenda of weekend events. You can also check out our schedule of queer Atlanta’s biggest and best fall shows, soirees and special guests through Thanksgiving.


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