The best queer things to do in Atlanta this weekend

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Queen and Adam Lambert were just the tip of queer ‘royalty’ in Atlanta’s LGBTQ events. Ball legend Kia Labeija and Club kid Rify Royalty top a busy weekend, so get to genuflecting and making plans.

Friday, Aug. 23

Chop the Stigma Kiki Ball. More Living Walls festivities as part of an incredible event series, featuring House legend Kia Labeija (top photo) with backbeats by Morph and awesomeness by Southern Fried Queer Pride @ MET Atlanta, 10 p.m.

Pictures & Puppies. AIDS Walk benefits from you and your dog in a professional portrait plus a signature Tito’s cocktail, all for $20 @ Henry’s, 5 p.m. 

AGLCC Fourth Friday. Join fellow LGBTQ business prose of Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce for happy hour @ Westin Atlanta Perimeter North, 5:30 p.m.

Art as Awareness. Join the conversation about raising HIV awareness, acceptance and representation continuing the huge, collaborative effort by the CDC, the City of Atlanta and Living Walls @ Hill Auditorium, 7 p.m. 

Sips N Strokes: Paint with Pride. Atlanta Pride benefits while you drink and paint @ Sips N Strokes, 7 p.m.

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

Head over Heels: Closing Weekend. 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. Final days of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms' LGBTQ art exhibit in the Mayor’s Gallery @ Atlanta City Hall, Today and Monday. 8:30 a.m. – 5 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.

Atlanta United Watch Party. The local LGBTQ pro-soccer fan club All Stripes checks out the away game on the screens @ Georgia Beer Garden, 7:30 p.m.  The game is also on [email protected] Woofs, 7:30 p.m.

GAYties: Eurotrash backs the booze, beats and boys @ Heretic, 10 p.m. 

Cruise Control. DJ Mister Richard kicks off the weekend @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

TGIF. DJ Sean Michael brings the beats @ Ten Atlanta, 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, Aug. 24

Nuclear Meltdown. New York club kid and drag performer Rify Royalty (middle photo) hits town with you in themed looks @ My Sister’s Room, 10 p.m.

NFFL Flag Football Mini Camp. The LGBTQ National Flag Football League of Atlanta prepares for the fall season with a skills session (and a social gathering afterward) @ Silverbacks Park, 10 a.m. – 12 noon.

#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.

Wackers Beer Bust. The Hotlanta Softball team raises funds for their Gay Softball World Series bid with raffles, drunken gummies and of course bottomless beer @ Woofs, 3 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. 

Sweet Baby Cheeses. Grilled cheese while they last and a comedy lineup curated by Q columnist and comic Ian Aber @ Relapse Theatre, 8 p.m.

A Southern Fairytale. Ty Autry embodies the true story of a gay, Southern Christian coming up in the world @ Out Front Theatre, 8 p.m.

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

Isis & Detox. Get in on Guadalajara DJ Isis Muretech’s local debut plus a performance by RPDR favorite Detox @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Submission. DJ Daniel Weaver leaves you breathless @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.  It’s also the Tidal Wave Kickoff Party.

Midtown Saturday Night lays beats on both decks with you in the spotlight @ Ten, 10 p.m

CircuitBreaker. DJ Jack Chang headlines this Beyond Productions dance party @ Believe Music Hall, 10 p.m. 

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

Xion Afterhours. “Twisted Dee” Martello moves you ‘til sunrise @ BJ Roosters, 3 a.m. – 7 a.m.


Sunday, Aug. 25

Sunday Funday Patio Party (bottom photo). Unlimited drinks, hors d'oeuvres, a raffle and more are on tap to support Atlanta’s specifically LGBTQ theatrical troupe @ Out Front Theatre, 2 p.m.

Outworlders Summer Picnic. Atlanta’s LGBTQ gaming/sci-fi/fantasy fan group puts grub on the grill with potluck sides and some friendly competitions @ McKoy Park, Decatur, 11 a.m.

Courtney Evans Center Town Hall Meeting. The effort to start an LGBTQ community center in the name of the late trans activist gets a meeting @ Jason’s Deli, 1 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 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 @ 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.

Sunday Funday. The weekly tradition of outdoor dudes, DJs and drinks @ Ten, 4 p.m.

Swank Deck Party. Join the women who love women and just about everyone else on the big deck with DJ Amy Alexander @ Henry’s, 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 hosts 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:

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