The best queer things to do in Atlanta this weekend

Add this share

From dancing all night to fest-ing all day, LGBTQ Atlanta’s event roster knows how to cure the weekday blues. Take your pick from options subdued to sublime, raucous to restrained.

Friday, Sept. 14

House Cat (top photo). DJ Tracy Levine gets the weekend going @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

MAAP Mix, Mingle & Film.  Metro Atlanta Association of Professionals hosts its happy hour with a preview of Out On Film with trailers, giveaways, as well as complimentary light bites, beer and wine @Atlanta Beltline Center, 6 p.m

“It’s Only a Play.” Process Theatre Co.  stages Terrance McNally’s show about opening night with a playwright, his best friend, a television star, his fledgling producer, erratic leading lady, wunderkind director, an infamous drama critic and a wide-eyed coat check attendant @ Out Of Box Theatre, 8 p.m. Runs through Sept. 22.

The Other Show. Edie Cheezburger and her kooky queens work Atlanta’s newest gay bar @ Midtown Tavern, 9:30 p.m. 

Bitch Please. Party with the cool kids in East Atlanta @ Mary’s, 9 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. Early drag to wrap your week, 8 p.m. and drag eleganza fabulosity with Shavonna B. Brooks and Raquel Lord to kick off the weekend, 11 p.m. There's also a movie on the patio bar @ Midtown Moon, 7 p.m.

Drrty Divas. Boys, booze, beats and Atlanta's hottest queens hosted by Destiny Brooks @ 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 @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.


Saturday, Sept. 15

Rome. The Saturnalia party crew presents an all-are-welcome costume party with DJ Brett Oosterhaus @ Heretic, 10 p.m.  Read our preview.

Respect the Brunch. Gays who eat breakfast for lunch do it this time to benefit PFLAG Atlanta @ Ten, 12 noon.

Music Midtown Brunch.  What better way to munch during the annual festival than on gay-owned tacos @ Guac Y Margys, 12 noon.

Bucks Car Wash Beer Bust. Atlanta’s queer rugby squad puts suds in your glass and on your car as a fundraiser @ Midtown Moon, 2 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.

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. 

Atlanta United Watch Party. The local LGBT pro-soccer fan club All Stripes checks out the away game together on multiple screens @ Red Hare Brewing, 3 p.m. The game is also on the gay sports bar's TVs @ Woofs, 6:30 p.m.

Dueling Pianos. The Andrews Brothers are back riling up the crowd @ Midtown Tavern, 10 p.m.

Fantasy Girls. The queens you love doing what you love cabaret style @ Ten, 9 p.m.

Icon: Rihanna & Sia.  “Drag Race”finalist Shea Couleé headlines this iteration of the party series in tribute to two legends @ Deep End, 10 p.m.

Fuego. DJs Daniel Weaver and Ranny kick 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.

Deep South Residents Night. DJs Vicki Powell, Robert Ansley, Ash Laurynand Brian Rojasget it @ Music Room, 10 p.m.

Fort Troff: Maneuvers. Your military gear is encouraged for the gay male sex club’s theme night @ Manifest4U, 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 Afterhours with DJ Rodolfo Bravat moves you ‘til sunrise @ BJ Roosters, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Sunday, Sept. 16

Chaka KahnCon. The Chaka Khan Hacienda party ups the ante this time with DJ Ree de la Vega (bottom photo), Tarot, free Kombucha, wares for sale, hairstyling on site, food vendors and more @ 8Arm, 5 p.m.

Gospel Brunch. Armorette Priscilla O'Kneelstages the singing queens while you eat from an amazing smorgasbord of serving stations @ Midtown Moon, 11 a.m.

Music Midtown Brunch.  What better way to munch during the annual festival than on gay-owned tacos @ Guac Y Margys, 12 noon.

Drag Brunch with the Sisters of Sequins @ Lips, 12:30 p.m. Walk-ins welcome. Or sleep in and do Dinner with the Divas, 6:30 p.m.

After Glow Jell-O Wrestling. Be a spectator or join in the fun with your favorite dancers @ BJ Roosters, 8 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 outdoor dudes, DJs and drinks, 4 p.m.

Gay Softball World Series Celebration. Southern Softpaw League has a pre-season fall ball meeting, too, but these beers go out to Atlanta’s travelling summer teams @ Midtown Moon, 4 p.m.

Sunday Sabbath. Celeste Holmes stages the queens for your weekend wrap party @ Midtown Tavern, 6 p.m.

Armorettes. The camp drag crazies with the hearts of gold against AIDS are in their 40th year of weekly shows @ Midtown Moon, 9 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 ran in Q magazine. Read the latest issue below for even more, check back here every Thursday for the full weekend roundup, or jump ahead to a packed fall in queer Atlanta.


Project Q Atlanta goes on hiatus after 14 years

On Sept. 1, 2008, Project Q Atlanta promised a hyper-local “queer media diet” for Atlanta. The site set out to bring LGBTQ news, in-depth...

Photos catch Purple Dress Run invading Midtown

After three years of pandemic-inflicted limitations, Atlanta’s gay rugby squad let loose on one of its most popular events. The Atlanta Bucks Purple Dress...

Ooo Bearracuda: Photos from Bear Pride’s Main Event

The seventh annual Atlanta Bear Pride hit the ground running on Friday with packed houses at Woofs, Heretic and Future. Turned out, they hadn’t...

Atlanta Bear Pride set to go hard and long all weekend

That low, growing growl you hear is a nation of gay bears headed for Atlanta Bear Pride this weekend. By the time they arrive,...

PHOTOS: Armorettes bring back Easter Drag Race magic

Gay Atlanta’s queens of do-good drag brought the sunshine to a cloudy afternoon on Saturday when Heretic hosted the triumphant return of Armorettes Easter...