It’s a lot, but you can handle it. From one-night-only specials to weekly stalwarts and annual blasts, the LGBTQ-ATL rolls out the events to cure the weekday woes that ail you.
Friday, June 8
Atlanta Fringe Festival. The decidedly left-of-center stage festival includes performances of hilarious life lessons by “The Gay Uncle” Jeffrey Robert (top photo) @ The Marianna, 8 p.m. Performances through the weekend. Other LGBTQ acts at the Fringe Festival include Jamie Black, Chetter M Galloway, and Leola Nolan.
MAAP Networking. Join the LGBTQ Metro Atlanta Area Professionals @ Ten, 6 p.m
‘Closing Time.’ An opening reception for this solo exhibition of work by local queer illustrator Matt Jones @ 212 Mitchell St, 7 p.m. Show runs through June 30.
The Other Show. Edie Cheezburger and her kooky queens work Atlanta’s newest gay bar @ Midtown Tavern, 9:30 p.m.
Queer Bait. Hang with the cool kids in East Atlanta @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.
DJ Mr. Richard gets the weekend going @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 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.
Guys & Dolls. Pretty bartenders and even prettier queens @ Ten, 10 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 Night. Get your LGBTQ 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, June 9
Six Flags Out at the Park (middle photo). LGBTQ amusements, fun and special queer events all day @ Six Flags Over Georgia, 10 a.m.
Flag Football Championships. The gridiron gays of National Flag Football League of Atlanta hit the fields for the last time this season @ Franklin Gateway Sports Complex, Marietta, 9 a.m. Then it’s time to celebrate with the End of Season Brunch and Saturday Funday @ Blake’s, 1 p.m.
ATTA French Open Brunch. The women’s finals are on TV, and breakfast is served with Atlanta Team Tennis Association @ Amsterdam, 11 a.m.
Atlanta United Watch Party. The LGBTQ pro soccer fans of the home team watch an away game @ Amsterdam, 12 noon.
#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 nighttime shenanigans, 10 p.m.
HRC Atlanta Margarita Bust. Bottomless frozen greenies benefit the equality movement @ Zocalo, 3 p.m.
Hotlanta Volleyball Beer Bust. Drinks, food and worldwide sports on multiple TVs @ Woofs, 4 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.
CHRIS 180 White Party. The dress code is in the event name to benefit Georgia children in need @ Mason Fine Art, 7 p.m.
Atlanta Fringe Festival. The decidedly left-of-center stage festival includes performances of hilarious life lessons by “The Gay Uncle” Jeffrey Robert @ The Marianna, 6:30 p.m. Performances through the weekend. Other LGBTQ acts at the Fringe Festival include Jamie Black, Chetter M Galloway, and Leola Nolan.
Miss Bar Fly/Miss OTP. The Armorettes get trashier than usual to compete for crowns and sashes @ Heretic, 8 p.m.
Mamma Mia! An Aurora Theatre production of the Abba-riffic musical @ Georgia Tech Ferst Center, 8 p.m. Runs through June 24.
Pop Karaoke with Princess Charles. Sing your heart out with your host plus DJ Suzanne @ Midtown Tavern, 9 p.m.
Fantasy Girls. The queens you love doing what you love cabaret style @ Ten, 9 p.m.
Rise with DJ Alain Jackinsky. This sexy spinmeister heads up the latest iteration of this recurring dance party @ Heretic, 10 p.m.
Latin Saturday. Ahora comenzamos el verano. ¡Empezamos una nueva fiesta @ Mixx, 9 p.m.
DJ Moose kicks Saturday into high gear @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.
Pop! Popup drag and Popup men werqs Saturday night into a frenzy @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.
After Hours. Soulful house music by resident DJs presented by Culmination Productions keeps you partying as late as you want @ Tokyo Valentino, 2 a.m.
Xion. Dance til dawn with DJ Scott Anthony @ BJ Roosters, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.
Sunday, June 10
Gospel Brunch (bottom photo). Armorette Priscilla O'Kneel stages the singing queens while you eat from an amazing smorgasbord of serving stations @ Midtown Moon, 11 a.m.
Southern Fried Queer Pride Volunteer Day. The five-day festival is two weeks away, and they need your help @ The Bakery, 2 p.m.
Trois Summer. Women who love women who love DJs who love drink specials all summer @ My Sister’s Room, 2 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.
Madams, Marys & Mimosas serves drag, brunch and drink specials @ Ten Atlanta, 1 p.m. Sit. Stay. The Sunday Funday weekly tradition of dudes, DJs and drinks, 3 p.m., then High Tea with today’s hits, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Atlanta Fringe Festival. The decidedly left-of-center stage festival includes performances of hilarious life lessons by “The Gay Uncle” Jeffrey Robert @ The Marianna, 5 p.m. Performances through the weekend. Other LGBTQ acts at the Fringe Festival include Jamie Black, Chetter M Galloway, and Leola Nolan.
Sunday Sabbath. Celeste Holmes stages the queens for your weekend wrap party @ Midtown Tavern, 6 p.m.
Sunday Service. DJ Brian Rojas rocks a set for Vicki Powell’s party series @ Sister Louisa’s Church, 7 p.m.
Armorettes. The camp drag crazies with the hearts of gold against AIDS are in their 40th year of weekly shows, now in a new home bar @ Midtown Moon, 8 p.m.
Tossed Salad. The magic and madness masterminded by Brigitte Bidet and her left-of-center queens goes all in @ My Sister’s Room, 9:30 p.m.
After Hours. Urban Hip Hop all night by resident DJs, plus 15 dancers and three levels to party presented by Culmination Productions keeps you partying as late as you want @ Tokyo Valentino, 11 p.m.
A version of this feature originally appeared in Q magazine. Read the full issue below, and pick up your hard copy around town.