The best queer things to do in Atlanta over Super Bowl weekend

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Whether you’re in it for the Maroon 5 mini concert, the million-dollar ads or the actual gridiron action, we're here with your LGBTQ Super Bowl watch parties, and other queer gatherings the whole weekend.

Friday, Feb. 1

Deep South. First Fridays are a lot more fun these days, now that DJ Vicki Powell (top photo) and her loyal party crew take a slot @ MidCity Café, 10 p.m.

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. The largest festival of its kind in the world celebrates its 19thyear with another queer-inclusive, month-long roster @ venues all over town. Read the Q preview covering films of LGBTQ interest.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Your last three chances to see queer Atlanta native son Chad Darnell in a role he was born to play @ Pinch ‘N’ Ouch Theatre, 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday too. Read the Q interview.

Flannel Friday. All the games and matchups on the screens, and all the sporty gays to watch it with @ Woofs, 12 noon.

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

Onyx Pearls. The female branch of the leather-fetish club for queers of color hosts a bar night @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m. 

DILF ‘Do Me Harder.’ Nightlife impresario Joe Whitaker just keeps thinking of theme party titles, and his daddies and boys keep coming back to dance @ Heretic, 10 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. Early drag to wrap your week and drag eleganza fabulosity to start the weekend @ Midtown Moon, 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Drrty Divas. Hit them up for boys, booze, beats and Atlanta's hottest queens hosted by Destiny Brooks @ Ten, 10 p.m


Saturday, Feb. 2

Socks & Jocks. DJ Neon the Glowgobear (middle photo) spins, and the dress code is in the [email protected] Atlanta Eagle,10 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 girlsentertain 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. 

80s Prom. The gay-led Action Cycling and Field Day groups host this costume party with oldies by VJ Mister Richard and prom photo opps @ Amsterdam, 7 p.m. 

Pre-Game Throwdown. Super Bowl Weekend, like every weekend, means shirtless gay men dancing. This time, it’s no cover with DJ Mike Pope @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Fantasy Girls. The queens you love doing what you love cabaret style @ Ten, 9 p.m.

Heyday. Nonsense ATL’s 1980s dance party that’s inclusive 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.

Queerly BelovedFinesse Afterparty celebrates with a Cardi B and Bruno Mars tribute show like only these queers can deliver @ My Sister’s Room, 11 p.m. 

Moonlight Cabaret. Queens on the scene @ Midtown Moon, 11p.m.

After Hours. Soulful house music by resident DJs presented by Culmination Productions keeps you partying as late as you want @ Tokyo Valentino, 2 a.m.


Sunday, Feb. 3

Super Bowl LIII Watch Parties (bottom photo). Rams. Patriots. Falcons hospitality. Keep scrolling for the best queer watch parties from Q magazine, plus new events for the day announced since we went to press.

Game On. Every Sunday is brunch early and DJ Tron into the night. This week, make it football too with Atlanta’s venue catering to gay men of color @ Bulldogs, 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. 

Game Day Brunch, Munch & Shows. Get started early with the Revival show, keep it going with a smorgasbord of serving stations into the afternoon, then belly up to the bars and TVs with an Armorettes Show chaser after the game @ Midtown Moon, 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. 

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.

The Big Game at Woofs.Atlanta’s only gay sports bar not only gives you the most screens showing the game, but possibly the most actual queer sports fans to watch it with @ Woofs, 12 noon. 

Women’s Funday. Doors open early and theparty goes all day and into the night. Enjoy the game on multiple screens, then stick around for the Queer AF show @ My Sister’s Room, 1 p.m. 

Super Bowl Cookout. Free dogs and burgers, 13 screens and dance floor open after the game @ Heretic, 3 p.m. 

Sunday Funday: Super Bowl Edition. Take all the hot guys and gals you can expect on any given Sunday, up the ante with the big game,  and mix well with specials and surprises @ Ten, 4 p.m. 

15th Annual Chili Cookoff. Cooks compete for your tastebuds and everybody wins during this annual game-day contest with the gridiron action on screens @ Friends on Ponce, 4 p.m. 

NFFLA Super Bowl Party. The gay National Flag Football League of Atlanta sets the standard for Super Bowl parties every year. With the game in Atlanta this time, consider all the stops pulled with these queer jocks @ Blake’s, 6 p.m. 

Unlimited Eats & ‘Ritas. Bottomless glasses and endless plates to watch the game and the Maroon 5 halftime show on 10 ft. screen with surround sound @ Las Margaritas, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Queer AF. Drew Friday and Candida Valentina host this raucous drag and variety show @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

After Hours. Urban Hip Hop all night by resident DJs, plus 15 dancers and three levels to party presented by Culmination Productions keeps you partying as late as you want @ Tokyo Valentino, 11 p.m.

A version of this feature originally ran in Q magazine. Read the latest issue below for even more.



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