The best queer things to do in Atlanta over Thanksgiving Weekend

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Taking time to be grateful is good for your soul, and it’s easy with so many LGBT Atlanta options taking you and yours from events from Thanksgiving Eve all the way through Sunday tea.

Wednesday, Nov. 22

Thanksgiving Eve (top photo). DJ Deanne brings the beats for the men to mingle during this annual holigay dance party benefitting Joining Hearts @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Karaoke Holigay Hollagirls. Twas the night before Thanksgiving, and lesbians from all over were singing their hearts out with special guests @ My Sister's Room, 9 p.m.

Turkey Ball. Crank up the fun before the big day off for those staying in town and holiday visitors @ Ten, 9 p.m.

Underwear Night. Clothes check is open @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.


Thursday, Nov. 23

Happy Thanksgiving! Your LGBTQ watering holes are open and pouring. Some even offer turkey and dressing. Check in with your favorites.


Friday, Nov. 24

God’s Own Country (third photo). One of the big winners at Out on Film opens a limited theatrical run. A young farmer numbs his frustrations with drinking and casual sex until a Romanian migrant worker sets him on a new path @ Midtown Art Cinema, all week.

Grindr The Opera. The biggest gay hook-up app dives headlong into the exaggerated world of opera with music from baroque to contemporary pop @ Out Front Theater Company, 8 p.m. Runs through Dec. 10

Santaland Diaries. Gay gadabout Topher Payne takes over the role of Cratchet, the snarky gay department store elf in Santa’s Village @ Horizon Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs through Dec. 31.

FuKr Friday. “Men. Music. Dance. Play.” The tag line says it all for the latest party from Scruff daddy Joe Whitaker. You in your jocks and harnesses @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Boys Room. Hang with the cool kids in East Atlanta @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

Black Friday. DJ AngelX throws a mega party for leathermen of color and everybody else to get the weekend going @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Fresh Face Friday puts the newest drag glamazons on display. Then get your singles ready for premiere queens in Femme Fatale @ Burkhart’s, 9:30 p.m. and 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.

Celestial Friday. Celeste Holmes hosts the show “where the stars come out” and puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars, plus Second Level beats upstairs @ Blake’s, 11 p.m.

Ladies Lounge. Get your lesbian weekend started with a DJ-driven dance party, live performances and scores of women in the new Midtown home of Atlanta lesbian nightlife @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.


Saturday, Nov. 25

Deep South (fourth photo). The NeedlExchange (TNX) – DJ Lisa Frank, Bil Todd and Baronhawk –return to town at the behest of party girl Vicki Powell, who spins an opening set. Put the alternative into alternaqueer @ Heretic, 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 bar’s regularly scheduled shenanigans, 9 p.m.

Ria Ruckus. Four years after the sudden death of Chef Ria Pell, her memory still thrives. Friends celebrate with the country heart and city soul of the woman herself with bands, DJs, dancing, drankin' and remembering @ Elliot Street Deli & Pub, 8 p.m.

Anthem with DJ Daniel Weaver kicks Saturday into high gear @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Sizzling Startlets and Fever. The opening show is followed by the quintessential drag cast working for your dollars @ Burkhart's, 9:30 p.m. and 11 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. 

GlitterBomb werqs Saturday night with a drag show hosted by Edie Cheezburger, a cast of premiere queens and special guests @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.


Sunday, Nov. 25

Sunday Tea (bottom photo). The weekly tradition of dudes, DJs and drinks continues @ Ten. Low-Tea vocal tracks, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. High Tea today’s hits, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

World AIDS Day Service & Panel Discussion. Join three queer-inclusive congregations and their pastors for this special Sunday of worship @ First Christian Church of Decatur, 10:30 a.m.

Sporty Sunday Funday. All the games and matches on the screens and all the guys to watch it with @ Woofs, 12 noon. 

Drag Brunch brings 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.

Midtown Rouge. 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 including Raquell Lorde @ Blake's, 8:30 p.m.

LGBTQ Cocktails & Conversation. Get to know Keisha Lance Bottoms during this campaign stop for queer votes @ 10th & Piedmont, 5 p.m.

Armorettes: Drag Suicide. Atlanta’s camp drag crazies against HIV do their weekly good in the gayborhood @ Burkhart’s, 7:30 p.m.

Tossed Salad. The magic and madness masterminded by Brigitte Bidet and her left-of-center queens goes in hard @ Burkhart’s, 10:30 p.m.


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