The best queer things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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The weekend delivers another awesome opportunity to get your queer on. Gather your friends or meet some new ones at these LGBTQ events on the Queer Agenda.

Friday, Sept. 21

Kathy Griffin (top photo). The comedian’s Laugh Your Head Off World Tourstops in Atlanta @ Cobb Energy Centre, 8 p.m. Read our hilarious interview.

Anime Weekend Atlanta.  Four days of anime, manga, concerts, AMV premieres, panels, guest events and more @ Cobb Galleria Centre, all weekend.

AGLCC Community Awards. Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce throws its annual black-tie celebration of LGBTQ business @ Marriott Marquis, 6:30 p.m.

“It’s Only a Play” Closing Weekend.  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.

Country Night. Boot scootin’ and line dancin’ with Atlanta’s LGBTQ country music lovers @ Heretic, 8 p.m.

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

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

Flashback with DJ Ron Pullman kicks Saturday into high gear @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Nonsense Dance Party. DJ Kimber and her boy crew oversee the dance floor @ The Basement, 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.

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.


Saturday, Sept. 22

Old Fourth Ward Fall Fest (middle photo). Have fun with the cool kids on the Beltline @ Old Fourth Ward Park, all day.

Buckhead Fine Arts Festival. The gay-founded, gay-run Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces curates art vendors, live music and food @ Buckhead Village, all day, Sunday too.

SSL Fall Ball. Southern Softpaw League opens its 10th softball season with games and opening ceremonies featuring Qween Farrazz @ Nickajack Park, 10 a.m. Every Saturday except Pride Weekend through Nov. 10.

College Football Saturday. All the games on all the screens, and all the gay guys to watch it with @ Woofs, 12 noon.

East Atlanta Strut #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.

Drag Queen Story Hour.  Edie Cheezburger reads children’s books for the entertainment of kids and adults alike @ Posman Books, 3 p.m.

Atlanta United Tailgate. The gay pro soccer fans of All Stripes do pre-gaming festivities before the match @ Lot 1 in the Gulch outside Mercedes Benz Stadium, 3 p.m. You can also watch the game on TV @ Woofs, 3:30 p.m.

Lantern Parade Pre-Gaming. Get some socially lubricated on gay-owned tacos and margaritas before the BeltLine Lantern Parade @ Guac Y Margy’s, 3 p.m. – 7 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. 

The Rainbow Ball.  A Studio 54-vibe disco to benefit the local LGBTQ theater troupe also includes a buffet dinner and open bar @ Out Front Theatre, 6:30 p.m.

Hotlanta Squares.  Atlanta’s queer square dancers are do-si-doing again @ City of Light, 7 p.m.

Changers Book Launch Party. Queer authors T Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper present the fourth in their YA series @ Charis Books & More, 7:30 p.m.

Elise Witt + Joyce & Jacque. A queer concert to benefit this congregation and venue with awesome music @ First Existentialist, 8 p.m.

Pop Karaoke with Princess Charles. Sing your heart out with your host plus DJ Suzanne @ Midtown Tavern, 9 p.m.

Armorettes Backstage Burlesque. The monthly show camps it up @ Heretic, 8 p.m.

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

Stride Into Pride with DJ Roland Belmares. The legend spins the hits while you dance, benefiting Atlanta Pride @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Read our interviews about Pride’s peacemaking with the bars.

DJ Neon the Glowgobear 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.

Expressions with Ash Lauryn and Stefan Ringer. Queer beats for alternafeets @ Sound Table, 11 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. DJ Leo Blanco moves you ‘til sunrise @ BJ Roosters, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Sunday, Sept. 23

Heifer Review: Circus (bottom photo). The camp queens who perform while you eat take on a theme this week @ Cowtippers, 1 p.m.

Buckhead Fine Arts Festival. The gay-founded, gay-run Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces curates art vendors, live music and food @ Buckhead Village, all day.

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

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

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.

Poochie's Power Party. An all-out celebration of life and legacy for the one and only Bart Stancil @ Mary's, 3 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.

Abrams Mural Unveiling. This queer-owned, Edgewood-tastic corner building gets a gigantic Stacey Abrams for Governor mural @ Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room, 5 p.m.

BisexualiTEA. It’s Bi Visibility Week, and this group is mixing and mingling about it. All are welcome @ Rush Center, 5 p.m.

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

End of Summer T-Dance.  GA Boy Productions says hello to fall with DJ Morabito dropping beats and shirtless dancing queens @ District Atlanta, 7 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.


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