The best queer things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Mother issues take center stage in the Queer Agenda calendar, as Mother’s Day presses pause on some LGBTQ Atlanta events, presses play on others for a good time to be had by all.

Friday, May 10

OutlantaCon (top photo). The annual queer cosplay, sci-fi, fantasy and gaymer convention goes for three days in southwest Atlanta @ One Hartsfield Center Parkway, all weekend. Among tonight’s festivities is A Very Queerly Soiree speakeasy show and dance party. View the full weekend schedule.

The SPOT Relaunch Barbecue. Party with great food and a great resource against HIV @ The SPOT at Rush Center, 6 p.m. The center is a big damn deal for Atlanta, and you need to know about it.

Fourth Tuesday. It’s first Friday and that means happy hour for this venerable lesbian social group @ Midtown Moon, 6 p.m.

The Other Show. Edie Cheezburger, Jaye Lish and the cast bring their brand of drag to their new home @ Midtown Moon, 9 p.m. 

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

Monthly Latin Dance Party kicks off the weekend @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Celestial Friday. Celeste Holmes puts the grrls on display for your entertainment and your dollars. Don’t forget Second Level beats upstairs @ Blake’s, 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.

Fresh Fish Friday & Moonlight Cabaret. Early drag to wrap your week and drag eleganza fabulosity to start the weekend @ Midtown Moon, 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Drrty Divas. Hit them up for boys, booze, beats and Atlanta's hottest queens hosted by Destiny Brooks @ Ten, 10 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, May 11

Buss It Open: A Sex + Art Show. Southern Fried Queer Pride and Bodies On Display team up for this exhibition and exhibitionism party. Works include photography by Jesse Pratt Lopez (middle photo) @ Murmur Gallery, 6 p.m.

OutlantaCon. The annual queer cosplay, sci-fi, fantasy and gaymer convention goes for three days in southwest Atlanta @ One Hartsfield Center Parkway, all weekend. Today’s festivities include the She-Ra Princess of Power: Representation at Last panel. View the full schedule.

Trans Equity in Housing, Employment & Healthcare. The LGBTQ Institute hosts this panel discussion @ Center for Civil & Human Rights, 8 a.m.

Chastain Park Arts & Crafts Festival. The gay-run Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces loves this time of year, this time @ Chastain Park, all weekend.

Atlanta Rainbow Trout Beer Bust. The LGBTQ swimming and water polo teams go land lubber for bottomless beer @ Joe’s on Juniper, 1 p.m.

Flow for Roe. Yoga fundraiser and post-yoga mimosa reception to fight anti-abortion efforts here and nationally @ Rush Center, 1 p.m.

Drag Queen Story Hour. Edie Cheezburger reads to kids for the entertainment of adults @ Posman Books, 3 p.m.

NOH8 Photo Shoot. Photographer Adam Bouska is back snapping you with duct tape over your mouth and his sticker on your face. Wear white @ W Atlanta Downtown, 2 p.m.

Atlanta Rollergirls. Rock em sock em roller skating chicks in a double header @ Yaraab Shrine, 4:30 p.m. You might like a sexy lil’ Roller Derby Afterparty @ My Sister’s Room, 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 regularly scheduled shenanigans, 9 p.m.

Hotlanta Volleyball Beer Bust. For these gay jocks, the road to the 25thHotlanta Classic starts with beer @ Ten, 4 p.m.

Glitz & Glam with Charlie Brown.T he 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. 

Michelle Malone Birthday Show. The rocker sings her own birthday blues and throws a barbecue with two performances including a guest spot for Steve Conn @ Eddie’s Attic, 6 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.

Eddie Izzard. The one and only brings his latest one-man show, “Wunderbar,” to the stage @ Fox Theatre, 7 p.m.

Sexy Saturday Burlesque. Candy Box Revue in the hizzy @ My Sister’s Room, 10 p.m.

Miss Mid-Life Crisis. A pageant that only the Armorettes could conceive @ Heretic, 7 p.m.

Fantasy Girls. The queens you love doing what you love cabaret [email protected] Ten, 9 p.m. 

DJ Rob Moore kicks Saturday into high [email protected] Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m. 

Rise. ENL Productions has DJ Mike Pope spin beats to move feets @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

‘80s New Wave Video Dance Party. VJ Anthony has us dancing to the oldies @ Amsterdam, 10 p.m.

Pop! Popup drag and Popup men werqs Saturday night into a frenzy @ Blake’s, 10 p.m.

Moonlight Cabaret. Queens on the scene @ Midtown Moon, 11p.m.

Xion Afterhours. DJ Susan Morabito moves you ‘til sunrise @ BJ Roosters, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Sunday, May 12

Atlanta United Tailgate (bottom photo). The LGBTQ pro soccer fans of All Stripes do pre-gaming festivities before the match. Look for the rainbow everything @ Lot 1 “The Gulch” outside Mercedes Benz Stadium, 10:30 a.m. The action is also on TV @ Woofs, 2 p.m.

HBD Mom Concert. Taylor Alxndr, Sweet William and Jamee Cornelia play live sets @ Mother Bar, 2 p.m.

OutlantaCon. The annual queer cosplay, sci-fi, fantasy and gaymer convention goes for three days in southwest Atlanta @ One Hartsfield Center Parkway. View the full schedule.

Chastain Park Arts Festival. The gay-run Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces loves this time of year, this time @ Chastain Park, all day.

Midtown Rouge. irst, 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.

Drag Brunch Theatre. 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.

Come Thru Queen Drag Brunch. Fiera Ice, Tiffany Diamond DeVille, Jor’dore Dior, Lady Gray andCiCi Nicole are joined by a special guest for this weekly brunch show @ Eclectic Bistro & Bar, 1 p.m.

Heifer Review: Mother’s Day Show. Ruby Redd corrals the queens on the patio @ Joe’s on Juniper, 1 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.

Revival. Gospel Brunch has a whole new look, benefiting Rainbow House @ Midtown Moon, 3 p.m.

Vicki Powell’s Sunday Service. The queer legend and her cohort DJ Brian Rojas person the tables @ Sister Louisa’s Church, 7 p.m.

Mother’s Day with “Grey Gardens.” When the cult classic on the big screen is the concept for Mother’s Day viewing, you know Wussy and Plaza are behind it, and delightfully so @ Plaza Theatre, 7 p.m.

Armorettes. The camp drag crazies with the hearts of gold against AIDS are in their 41st year of weekly shows @ Midtown Moon, 8 p.m.

Queer AF. Drew Friday and Candida Valentina host this raucous drag and variety show @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

A version of this calendar originally ran in Q magazine. Read the full issue:




Pick up a new edition of Q each week at LGBTQ and allied venues across Atlanta. You can also check out our schedule of queer Atlanta’s best spring shows, soirees and specials through Memorial Day.


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