The best queer things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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One, two, you know what to do. Three, four, come on through the door. Welcome to your weekend at these LGBTQ Atlanta events.

Friday, Aug. 16

Madonna, Madonna. Strike a pose twice for the one-and-only’s 61st birthday. Drop by and dance during Confessions on a Dance Floor @ Heretic, 8 p.m. and Madonnarama (top photo) @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

Siren. For All Humans presents a free pool party with queers and queens as your “merhuman” hosts @ Moxy Atlanta, 7p.m. 

Haint. The dark glam recording artist embarks on a surreal exploration of the film Psycho as well as sensationalized narratives about trans women in a new music video. Release party @ Mother Bar, 7 p.m.

Big Queer Sizzle III. Performances of dance, poetry, song and more by local queer artists to benefit Charis Circle @ Charis Books & More, 7:30 p.m.

The Olsen Hour. Catch yourself twinning during this Marky Kate & Ashley pizza party for adults @ 7 Stages, 8 p.m.

Entertaining Lesbians Closing Weekend. The newest play by Topher Payne follows a straight white woman with a checkered past who needs to woo Atlanta’s highest-society lesbians. The show gets a dry run @ Out of the Box Theatre, Marietta, 8 p.m. Runs through Saturday.

Spring Awakening. The sexually charged and queer-inclusive Broadway hit gets a local re-do @ Onstage Atlanta, 8 p.m. Runs through Aug. 24

Head over Heels. The Gogos catalogue backs this musical with queer Atlanta performers in the cast @ Actor’s Express, 8 p.m. Runs through Aug. 25.

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. 

4Eva 2. Southern Fried Queer Pride and friends celebrate Kiwan Benson, Monte Qarlo and Matt Jones — three young LGBTQ lives tragically lost last year — with a party and show @ 529, 10 p.m.

Stanley’s Flashback kicks off the weekend @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

TGIF. DJ Sean Michael brings the beats @ Ten Atlanta, 10 p.m.

Banshee Late Night. DJ Brain Rojas and Deep South collide @ Banshee, 11 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, Aug. 17

Brendan Maclean. Special guest Chelsea Shag, plus locals Iv Fischer and Taylor Alxndr, join this week’s Q cover boy for a Nonsense ATL party (middle photo) @ The Basement, 7 p.m. Read the Q interview.

Piedmont Park Arts Festival does booths, music and food @Piedmont Park, all day. Sunday too.

Outworlders Book Club. Do you love books, sci-fi, fantasy, and horror? Get in on the ground floor during this first meeting @ Fulton Library Kirkwood, 1 p.m.

Rugby 101. The gay Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club preps for the fall season with newbies and veterans alike @ Peachtree Hills Park, 1 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.

Her HRC. HRC Atlanta woos women with a night of cabaret @ My Sister’s Room, 6 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. 

#StartTalking. Stories of Southerners living with HIV through art @ Annex Bookstore, 7 p.m.

Melissa Etheridge. The legendarily loved lesbian rocker stops on her “Medicine Show” tour @ Atlanta Botanical Garden, 7 p.m. 

Belong Potluck. The LGBTQ social and mentoring group eats @ Midtown location, 7 p.m. (RSVP for address)

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

Glamorous. DJ Yinon Yahel of the gay circuit series Forever Tel Aviv lands after an opening set by Neon the Glowgobear @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Hot For Teacher and Atlanta Bucks Bar Night leave you breathless @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m. You can even go early and eat. Meet the Atlanta Charges during an outdoor Kansas City Bear-B-Q, 5 p.m.

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

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

Sensual Night. It’s DJ Wulf and DJ Amethyst, then a drag show @ My Sister’s Room, 10 p.m., 11:30 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.

Xion Afterhours. Alex Acosta moves you ‘til sunrise @ BJ Roosters, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Sunday, Aug. 18

Rainbow Trout & Frontrunners Pool Party (bottom photo). Join the LGBTQ swimmers and runners to help them raise money for Pride @ 321 Robin Hood Road, 1 p.m. Meet a few of them here.

Franklin Abbott “The Stranger.” The local queer literary guru, poet, therapist and nice guy speaks during the Sunday Celebration of Life @ First Existentialist Congregation, 11 a.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 @ 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.

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 hosts 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 of Q mag each week at queer and LGBTQ-friendly venues all over Atlanta.


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