The best queer things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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The Dog Days of summer are here, and LGBTQ-ATL events keep up the heat by day and night. Get in on these parties and performances.

Friday, July 12

Summer Thang Swimsuit Contest. One of the signature events with a singular spin you can only get @ Mary’s, 10 p.m.

Atlanta Comic Con. Get ready, LGBTQ comic book fans. One of your biggest weekends of the year is here @ World Congress Center, all weekend.

Better Neon Horror Buzz. Two great t-shirt tastes that taste great together. Celebrate the collaboration release party of local artists Buzz Busbee of A Better Buzz and Brad Gibson of Neon Horror (and Q’s advice column illustrator!) @ Mary’s, 7 p.m.

F**king the Patriarchy. The Queerly Beloved Revue of queens, kings and burlesque artists joins with Secret City @ Red Light Café, 8 p.m.

LGBTQ Artist Exhibit at Atlanta City Hall. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ office recognizes LGBTQ artists and LGBTQ-inspired art in the Mayor’s Gallery. The works of 20 artists were selected for the exhibit open to the public Monday through Friday @ Atlanta City Hall, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Aug. 26.

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

Latin Dance Party with DJ Moose kicks off the weekend @ Atlanta Eagle, 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. 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.

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.


Saturday, July 13

Woofs Soft Reopening (middle photo). Well that didn’t take long! Atlanta’s gay sports bar has a new home on Plasters Avenue, and they are open and pouring again @ Woofs, 12 noon. If you’ve been under a rock, they aren’t on Piedmont any more.

Atlanta Bucks Sweet 16. The local gay rugby squad throws down in honor of a milestone birthday @ Midtown Moon, 2 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.

Summertime. The livin’ is easy in this juried group photography exhibit, including “Jimmy on Float in Southampton NY” by Gary Beeber @ Atlanta Photography Group, 3 p.m. reception, hangs through Aug. 17.

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. 

Gays For Plays: Hair. The classic musical with its full-reveal scenes and songs @ Serenbe Playhouse, 6:30 p.m.

Backpack in the Park. For The Kid trades school backpacks for cocktails @ Magnolia Hall at Piedmont Park, 7 p.m.

Stonewall Soul. Rustin-Lorde ATL hosts a “rhetorical riot and party @ ArtsXchange, 7 p.m.

Lady Clementine’s Fantastic Party. The queer-led musical act debuts its new short film for the song “Worthy of Our Love” during the Bastille Day celebrations @ Paris on Ponce, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Armorettes Backroom Burlesque. The monthly camp drag charity show @ Heretic, 8 p.m.

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

Hannah Thomas. Local loved lesbian lyricist returns to the stage behind her new LP “Fault Line” @ Eddie’s Attic, 9 p.m. 

Thiago Oliveira. The international sensation provides the backbeat for the boys and booze @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Dark Side. DJ Neon the Glowgobear pumps the blacklight beats @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m. 

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

Hot Summer Nights. Queerly Revue’s got the performers ladies love @ My Sister’s Room, 10:30 p.m.

Chug. It’s a drag show that only this gay-owned hipster bar can pull off @ Georgia Beer Garden, 10:30 p.m.

Nina Flowers. The Ru queen who can spin, working you ‘til the wee hours @ Xion at BJ Roosters, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Sunday, July 14

Sunday Service (bottom photo). DJs Vicki Powell and Brian Rojas take over the shenanigans @ Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room, 7 p.m.

Mr. Turk Poolside. Fun fashion show and cocktails to benefit the gay-run Doggies on the Catwalk @ lilli Midtown, 1 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 BrunchTheatre. 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.

Madams, Marys & Mimosas serves drag, brunch and drink specials @ Ten Atlanta, 1 p.m. Sit. Stay. The Sunday Funday weekly tradition of outdoor dudes, DJs and drinks, 4 p.m.

Ashlee Haze. The performer hits town with poet Thresa Tha Songbird, poet and DJ Queen Sheba , host Amena Brown and more during their Southern Tea Poetry Tour @ City Winery, dinner 6 p.m. /showtime 8 p.m.

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

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

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

Pick up a new edition each week 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 summer shows, soirees and special guests through Labor Day.


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