The best queer things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Joining Hearts Weekend is just the tip of the LGBTQ Atlanta events iceberg. Start chipping away at more cool options for this hot summer in our weekly Queer Agenda calendar.

Friday, July 19

Shameless. Kyra Mora (top photo with Alex Mecum) returns with her porn-tastic party, this time with Arad Winwin dancing on the bar @ Ten, 10 p.m

Head over Heels. The Gogos catalogue backs this musical with queer Atlanta performers in the cast @ Actor’s Express, 8 p.m. Runs through Aug. 25.

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 Wizard of Oz. The SCAD Legacy Series continues with the 1939 classic @ SCADshow, 7 p.m.

Belong Dinner. The gay social and mentoring group gathers for grub @ Roxx, 7 p.m.

Spring Awakening. The sexually charged and queer-inclusive Broadway hit gets a local re-do @ Onstage Atlanta, 8 p.m. Runs through Aug. 24

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.

Joining Hearts Kickoff Party. DJ Joe Gauthreaux makes sure the weekend of swimwear and late nights begins with booze, beats and boys @ Heretic, 10 p.m. 

Stanley’s Flashback kicks off the weekend @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Nonsense ATL: Glow. DJ Kimber’s straight-inclusive dance party for every freakin’ body @ The Basement, 11 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 20

Joining Hearts Weekend. The legend continues with the 32nd annual pool party and its satellite events. Get ready for a long day with the Celebration Main Event at Greystone at Piedmont Park, 4 p.m., DJ Micky Friedmann Afterparty @ Buckhead Theatre, 10 p.m., and After Hours with Pagano @ Xion, 3 a.m. Play our Joining Hearts Drinking Game in this week’s Q magazine.

Big Gay Summer Potluck Picnic. The social group Belong hosts all comers with a dish @ McClatchey Park, 11 a.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. 

Composer Concert. Grammy nominated composer John Burke performs selections of new and known works from piano to electronic video game music @ Out Front Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Drag Race Weekend Takeover. RuPaul’s Drag Racehits Atlanta twice tonight. The Season 11 Tour presents the most recent cast @ Center Stage, 8 p.m., then the Valley of the Dills dance party features Miz Cracker @ MSR, 10 p.m. Check out our Best Miz Cracker Quotes in the current issue of Q magazine.

Ruby’s Redd Light District & Moonlight Cabaret. Queens on the scene @ Midtown Moon, 8 p.m. and 11p.m.

Saturday Night Country. Dance lessons, 8 p.m. then open boot-scootin, 9 p.m. @ Heretic with no cover charge all night.

Spark. DJ Daniel Weaver leaves you breathless @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m. 

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


Sunday, July 21

Atlanta United Tailgate. The gay pro soccer fans of All Stripes do pre-gaming festivities before the match. Look for the rainbow flag extravaganza @ Lot 1 “The Gulch” outside Mercedes Benz Stadium, 12 noon. The game is also on TV @ Woofs, 4 p.m., and baby, it’s an all-new Woofs location to boot.

Heifer Review (bottom photo). 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. 

Sweet Spot & Joining Hearts Closing Party. Patio Party with DJs Deanne, Pride and Brian Rojas @ District Atlanta, 2 p.m. Hang tight. It leads directly into the DJ Dan Slater Joining Hearts Closing Party, 7 p.m. You don't have to leave, but there's also a Sugar Tea Dance @ Loca Luna, 4 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.

Sporty Sunday Funday. Games and matches on screen, plus all the guys to watch them with @ Woofs, 12 noon.

Drag BrunchTheatre. 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. 

Drag Me to Brunch. Good grub and cool queens serve Sunday vibes @ My Sister’s Room, 2 p.m.

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

Easy Tiger Women’s Party. DJ Amethyst, Queerly Beloved and some of the finest LBTQ women in [email protected] My Sister’s Room, 4 p.m.

Atlanta Sister’s of Perpetual Indulgence. A general meeting open and welcoming @ Rush Center, 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 appeared in Q magazine. Read the full issue online here:

Pick up a new edition each week at queer and LGBTQ-friendly venues in Atlanta, 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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