The best queer things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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The holidays start on a Queer Agenda packed with event options like few other weekends in the LGBTQ ATL. Here’s how to get with your gays for commemorations and celebrations through Sunday.

Friday, Dec. 1

World AIDS Day (top photo). The annual remembrance and call to action includes Atlanta Wears Red Faith Luncheon and AIDS Conference with Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen III @ The Temple, 10 a.m.; State Rep. Park Cannon hosts a call to action @ Positive Impact Heather Centers, 12 noon; Atlanta Sisters Candlelight Vigil down the Beltline, beginning @ Eastline Gateway, 10th Street at Monroe Ave., 7:30 p.m.; and OMNI: A Cultural Explosion of Love and War with Impulse Group @ 433 Bishop, 9 p.m.

Urban Tree Comedy. Queer writer and comic Ian Aber brings some of the Southeast's funniest comedians together for this monthly show @ Urban Tree Cidery, 7 p.m. Stick around ladies, the Roxie Roz Burlesque Cabaret follows around the corner @ Relapse Theatre, 10 p.m.

American Music Show offers a retrospective performance helmed by queer host Andy Ditzler. It shows how producer Dick Richards and his collaborators in the ‘80s created a unique space to facilitate the show’s multiple levels of performance @ Whitespace Gallery, 7:30 p.m.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show. Underground art show for a one-of-a-kind gift-buying featuring more than 100 emerging artists, live body painting, live performances, a free pancake bar, and free-flowing cocktails. 21 and up @ Georgia Freight Depot, 8 p.m. 

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.

Pump. The weekly man-on-man dance party launches your weekend @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

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

Onyx Naughty Toy Drive gets the weekend going with DJ Ron Pullman @ 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, Dec. 2

Toy Party (middle photo). Hundreds of your LGBTQ compatriots at one of the biggest, gayest parties of the year. Join For The Kid in All of Us @ AmericasMart 3, 6:30 p.m. Read our fabulous dos and messy don’ts.

Rugby 101. The Atlanta Bucks gay rugby squad teaches the basics to newbies and shakes off the rust for teammates as they recruit for a new season in just a couple of months @ Walker Park, 11 a.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 Gurlfrandz HoliDayz, 10 p.m.

SEC Championships. Get with your gays for the big game @ Woofs, 4 p.m.

WON Holiday Party. These ladies know how to party. The Atlanta lesbian nature lovers of Women’s Outdoor Network bring it inside for an annual night of dancing and drinking @ Amsterdam, 7:30 p.m.

Pop-Up Holiday Soiree. For the first year ever, the night owls led by the Bellissima party crew call all naughty and nice ladies, women and girls out to celebrate the holidays with an upscale cocktail affair @ Sun in My Belly, 8 p.m.

Heyday 80s Dance Party. DJ Kimber is making a niche for herself as the go-to gal for 80s jams. Follow her loyal gays to this queer-inclusive setting for more Cyndi and Prince than should probably be acceptable, but you don’t care because it’s totally awesome @ The Basement, 9 p.m.

Snow Ball. The Toy Party Afterparty is the place to get more mileage for that holiday outfit @ Ten, 11 p.m.

DJ Paulo. The one and only circuit legend pumps the beats that move the feets @ Heretic, 10 p.m. 

DJ Marcos Moreno kicks Saturday into high gear with Hotlanta Rubber & Gear Club @ 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, Dec. 3

Christmas Heifer Review (bottom photo). Campy queens tromping this popular patio and dining room give you the holiday treatment. Ruby Redd and Anne Drogyny lead the cast @ Cowtippers, 1 p.m. 

St. Nicks Swim Meet. The LGBTQ swimmers and divers of Atlanta Rainbow Trout host this just-for-fun meet in speedos and Santa hats @ Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, 10 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.

Adult Disney Sing-A-Long. Round-robin caroling featuring songs from Moana, The Lion King, Frozen, The Little Mermaid, Mulan, and more. The bar is open, and people’s kids are specifically forbidden. 21+ @ The Vista Room, 6 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.

Sunday Tea. 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.

Armorettes. 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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