The best queer things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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The LGBTQ-ATL keeps queer cool in the heat with an annual fest, a birthday bash, and more shows, soirees and specials than you can shake a stick at.

Friday, July 5

Atlanta Bear Fest (top photo). Furry fun goes down under this year’s theme, “Super Bears.” Up up and away @ Courtyard Marriott by day and Atlanta Eagle all night, all weekend.

LGBTQ Artist Exhibit at Atlanta City Hall. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ office recognizes LGBTQ artists and LGBTQ-inspired art in the Mayor’s Gallery. The works of 20 artists were selected for the exhibit open to the public Monday through Friday @ Atlanta City Hall, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Aug. 26.

The Other Show: Pride. 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.

DILF: Dom Daddy. The latest jock/underwear party, this time with DJ Tommy K backing thebooze, beats and boys @ Heretic, 10 p.m. 

Pop Battle & Pullman Soul kick off the weekend @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

DJ Rob Reum puts beats on the decks and you in the spotlight @ Ten, 10 p.m

Celestial Friday with 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. The new faces of Fresh Fish drag show wrap your week, then the drag eleganza of Moonlight Cabaret starts the weekend @ Midtown Moon, 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Fem Friday. Get your weekend started with DJ beats, performances and scores of women in Midtown’s home for Atlanta lesbian nightlife @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.


Saturday, July 6

Rise (middle photo). No cover charge, and DJ Mike Pope pumps the beats that moves your feets @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Atlanta Bear Fest. Furry fun goes down under this year’s theme, “Super Bears.” Up up and away @ Courtyard Marriott by day and Atlanta Eagle by night, all weekend.

#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. 

Outworlders Game Night. The local gaymers gather, this time with Werewolf ATL in attendance with Werewolf games in one of the rooms. Adults only and BYOB @ Metropolitan Library, 7 p.m.

DJ Moose’s 80s 90s 00s kicks Saturday into high [email protected] Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m. 

Under the Rainbow. Candybox Revue serves burlesque and drag kings @ My Sister’s Room, 10p.m.

DJ Timothy Woodruff puts beats on the decks and you in the spotlight @ Ten, 10 p.m

Heyday 80s Dance Party. Nonsense ATL’s party inclusive of every f-in body @ The Basement, 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.

Gurlfrandz. Say happy birthday to Ellasaurus Rex with her gurlz @ Mary’s, 11 p.m.

DJ Remy Martin. Latenight in EAV with this one and only spinmaster @ Banshee, 11 p.m.

Xion Afterhours. An overdose of sexy lands with Jerac moving you ‘til sunrise @ BJ Roosters, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Sunday, July 7

Gender Blender (bottom photo). Q’s Stonewall cover girland trans goddess IV Fischer’s birthday collides with her wildly popular show @ My Sister’s Room, 8 p.m.

Super-Sized Sunday. 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 @ 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.

Heifer Review. Ruby Redd corrals the queens on the patio, this week with the bonus of being HSL’s Extra Inning Beer Bust @ Joe’s on Juniper, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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

Madames & Mimosas serves drag, brunch and drink specials @ Ten Atlanta, 1 p.m. Sit. Stay. The Sunday Funday tradition of outdoor dudes, DJs and drinks follows, 4 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 appeared in Q magazine. Read the full issue online here:

Pick up a new edition each week at queer and LGBTQ-friendly venues around town, and check back every Thursday for the latest Queer Agenda of weekend events. You can also check out our schedule of queer Atlanta’s biggest and best summer shows, soirees and special guests through Labor Day.


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