The best queer things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Out on Film, Atlanta AIDS Walk and Wussy Prom headline the weekend, but that’s not nearly all the LGBTQ event trouble you can get into. Start scrolling the Queer Agenda calendar.

Friday, Sept. 27

Out on Film. Atlanta’s venerable LGBTQ festival continues 11 days of screenings @ Midtown Art Cinema. Friday brings Documentary Shorts, 12 noon, web series These Thems, 3 p.m., herstory documentary The Archivists, 5:30 p.m., and then two Q Spotlight features Before You Know It with Judith Light (top photo), 7 p.m., and From Zero to I Love You with Darryl Stephens, 9 p.m. Read the Q Out on Film preview.

National Gay Men’s HIV Awareness Day. Free testing @ Midtown Moon, 7 p.m. Find all the places for free testing here, hit this Free Fitness Boot Camp with Brodney honoring the day @ Marietta Square, 8 a.m., and Gay Men PrEP for Pride in this week’s Q magazine.

Eat Drink Donate. An Empowerment Resource Center fundraising campaign with the doctors and staff @ Piedmont Physicians of Midtown, 6 p.m.

Becoming Nancy. Based on the best-selling British novel by Terry Ronald and expected to go to Broadway, a teen learns to become a female character for a play and transforms in the process @ Alliance Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs through Oct. 6.

Skintight. Joshua Harmon excoriates America’s obsession with youth, sex and physical beauty @ Actor’s Express, 8 p.m. Runs through Oct. 13. Read the Q preview and interviews.

Laramie Project: Closing Weekend. The Mathew Shepard-inspired story opens as the second in a season-launching repertory @ Theatrical Outfit, 8 p.m. Runs through Sept. 29

Country Night. LGBTQ Boot scootin’ and line dancin’ with no cover @ Heretic, 8 p.m.

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.

Cruise Control. DJ Mr. Richard kicks off the weekend @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

No Boys Allowed. Southern Fried Queer Pride hosts a “Let’s Get Weird” dance party @ The Bakery, 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 Fridays. Get the 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, Sept. 28

Wussy Prom. The DJ hottie known as Hercules & Love Affair headlines this “queer prom” dance @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Gender Queer Day Hike. Check out the falls with your non-binary friends and Venture Out Project @ Raven Cliff Falls, 7:45 a.m.

Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival. People, food, music and of course art on the concourse @ Old Fourth Ward Park, all day. Sunday too.

EAV Strut. East Atlanta Village struts its stuff, including a parade of uniquityawesomeness @ Mary’s and surrounding area, 11 a.m.

Out on Film. Atlanta’s venerable LGBTQ festival continues 11 days of screenings @ Midtown Art Cinema. Saturday brings Spider Mites of Jesus, 11 a.m., Song Lang, 11 a.m., Women’s Shorts, 11:10 a.m., Men’s Shorts, 1 p.m., Saint Frances, 1 p.m., Holly Near: Singing for Our Lives, 5:30 p.m., Circus of Books, 7 p.m., and the Q Spotlight film Sell By, 9:15 p.m. (Read the Q Interview)

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. 

Belong Service Project. Members of the LGBTQ social and mentoring group volunteer @ Community Food Bank, 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.

Twee’s Birthday Bash. The popular bartender holds court for her b-day @ BJ Roosters, 2 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. 

Daniel Franzese. The comic actor you might know from Mean Girls or a breakout turn on HBO’s Looking performs one night only @ Out Front Theatre, 7 p.m.

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

My Illegal Body. A benefit for Planned Parenthood and the Feminist Women's Health Center features live performances by rose hotel, Riboflavin, Rated Age, TAYLOR ALXNDR, Taves & Weatherly, plus DJs Aja Arnold and Kale Svvick @ 529 Club, 8 p.m.

DILF. “Leather Me Up” is the theme for this month’s daddy dance party @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

DJ Eric James 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

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

Xion Afterhours. DJ Phil Romano moves you ‘til sunrise @ BJ Roosters, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Sunday, Sept. 29

AIDS Walk Atlanta & Music Festival. Do the deal with a $750,000 goal this year @ Piedmont Park, 11 a.m. The ambassadors are ready, the veterans are set, and errbody be ready to go like…

Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival. People, food, music and of course art on the concourse @ Old Fourth Ward Park, all day.

Out on Film. Atlanta’s venerable LGBTQ festival continues 11 days of screenings @ Midtown Art Cinema. Sunday brings Tell It to The Bees, 11 a.m., TransFabulous, 11:15 a.m., Are You Proud?, 1 p.m., Queering the Script, 3 p.m., two Q Spotlight screenings The Garden Left Behind, 5 p.m., and Gay Chorus, DeepSouth, 7:15 p.m., and The Blonde One, 9:30 p.m. Read the Q Out on Film Preview.

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.

End of Summer Blowout: Boys, Beats & BBQ. The weekly tradition of outdoor dudes, DJs, drinks and sometimes drag continues, this week wtih food @ Ten, 4 p.m. 

Atlanta United Watch Party. The local LGBTQ pro-soccer fan club All Stripes checks out the away game on big screen @ Las Margaritas, 5 p.m. The game is also on TV @ Woofs, 5 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.

Miss Edgewood Opening Night. Watch “10 kings, queens and in between” kick off a seven-week elimination competition for the title @ Noni’s, 10:30 p.m.

An early version of this calendar originally appeared 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 fall shows, soirees and special guests through Thanksgiving.



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