The best queer things to do on Atlanta Pride Weekend

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Rainbow up and come on down to more LGBTQ events than you can handle during Atlanta's queerest weekend of the year. Check out dozens of options in and beyond the park and Parade.

Friday, Oct. 11

Atlanta Pride Kickoff Party. The official cocktail and dance event @ Georgia Aquarium, 7 p.m.

PrEP for Pleasure. An interactive and artistic event with a sex-ed twist. Free food, drinks, games, art and conversations about PrEP @ Westside Cultural Arts Center, 6 p.m.

Pride Fish Fry. The lesbian-owned College Park eatery you don't ever want to miss celebrates the weekend with a fish special and karaoke @ Urban Foodie Feed Store, 7 p.m.

Pride Glow Block Party. Two words: Open bar. Two more: Black Light. Get with the gals @ My Sister’s Room, 8 p.m

Bunny Hop. Lady Bunny hits town for another Wussy dance party @ W Atlanta Midtown, 9 p.m.

Big Ol’ Slice of 100% Genuine Atlanta Gay Pride. It’s a long name, but when you hear it’s a whole gay-boy-dance party series through Monday morning, it fits. It started Thursday night at District and Xion, and continues tonight with Proud: Rupaul’s Shangela, plus DJs Joe Gauthreaux and Kevin Durard keep the Big Ol’ Slice party series going @ @ Georgia Railroad Freight Depot, 10 p.m. Keep going, bitches. It’s Xion with DJ Alex Acosta @ BJ Roosters, 3 a.m.

Skintight: Closing Weekend. Joshua Harmon excoriates America’s obsession with youth, sex and physical beauty in this comedy about a gay May-December Romance and family dynamics @ Actor’s Express, 8 p.m. Runs through Sunday. Read the Q preview and interviews.

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

Glitz & Glam Dinner Theater. Charlie Brown, the undisputed Bitch of the South and her girls 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.

Deep South: Mariconera. Party with the East Atlanta cool kids and DJ Vicki Powell’s sisterhood of the traveling dance party @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.

Love Wins. Drink specials and sports on the screens show the Pride love @ Woofs, 9 p.m.

DJ GSP. The sexy, talented legend helms the official aquarium afterparty @ Heretic, 10 p.m.

Shameless. Kyra Mora hosts Domino Presley and Billy & Gage Santoro with a DJ-driven soundtrack @ Ten, 10 p.m.

Eagle Pride Kickoff. DJ Pat Scott gets the weekend started @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Sugar Shack. Southern Fried Queer Pride pours some Pride dance party on you, plus a pop-up drag show, because of course @ The Bakery, 10 p.m.

Pride 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.

Madames of the Moonlight Cabaret. Drag eleganza fabulosity with local legends @ Midtown Moon, 11:30 p.m.

Blackout Night. Sex is some gay men’s favorite Pride afterhours @ Flex, 10 p.m.


Saturday, Oct. 12

Atlanta Pride. You know what’s up @ Piedmont Park, all day and Sunday too. Saturday park events include but are by no means limited to the Chalk Festival, all day, Drag Queen Story Time, 12 noon, Trans March, 1:15 p.m., Dock Side Tea Dance, 2 p.m., Bi+ Pan March, 3 p.m., Dyke March, 4:30 p.m., and a whole day of entertainment including Kesha.

Fall Festival on Ponce. Away from the maddening crowd, it’s gay-sanctioned arts, crafts, food and milling @ Olmstead Linear Park, all day and Sunday too.

Deep South Pool Party. DJ Vicki Powell and her loyal acolytes dance. Just add water @ Moxy Hotel, 12 noon.

Bottoms Up! Rupaul’s Tammie Brown puts her unique spin on the next Wussy party of the weekend @ Annex Bookstore, 12 noon.

Big Gay Brunch. Mona Lott, Orchid, Destiny Brooks, Raquel Heart and Cici Nicole perform while you eat @ Park Tavern, 12 noon.

Andy Warhol’s Empire. Screen the 8-hour time lapse of the Empire State Building with the gay-led Film Love @ The Works, 12 noon.

College Football Saturday. The action is on the screens @ Woofs, 4 p.m.

Pride #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 Gurlfrandz, 10:30 p.m.

Pride Glitz & Glam with Charlie Brown. The self-titled Bitch of the South and her girls entertain 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. 

Electric Circus. My Sister’s Roomhosts Leisah Haily, the Hellfire Harlots, DJs galore and more @ District, 9 p.m.

Pride Vibes. Candybox Revue, DJ Ksquared and lady go-gos top the lineup of the lesbian block party @ My Sister’s Room, 10 p.m.

Pride Dance. Strippers and DJ Twee make customers feel right at home @ BJ Roosters, 9 p.m.

Big Ol’ Slice of 100% Genuine Atlanta Gay Pride. It’s a long name, but when you hear it’s a whole gay-boy-dance party series through Monday morning, it fits. It started Thursday night at District and Xion, and continues tonight with DJ Rosabel’s Pride Main Event @ Coca-Cola Roxy, 9 p.m.  Keep going, bitches. It’s Afterglow with Paulo @ District, 3 a.m.

Eagle Pride. DJs Eric & Neon the Glowgobear leave you breathless @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m. 

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

Deep South x Kudzu. Two great party promoters join forces with JSport, Father Figure, Ash Lauren and Vicki Powell @ the Bakery, 10 p.m.

Starz Party. The truly legendary DJ Tracy Young races your heart @ Ten, 10 p.m.

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

Blackout Night. Sex is some gay men’s favorite Pride afterhours @ Flex, 10 p.m.

Moonlight Cabaret with Jade Jolie. The Ru girl joins the queens on the scene @ Midtown Moon, 11p.m.

Pride Cabaret. Theater queens do what they do, once more with feeling @ OnStage Atlanta, 11 p.m.


Sunday, Oct. 13

Atlanta Pride. Everything you loved about Saturday, plus of course the climax Atlanta Pride Parade (bottom photo), down Peachtree and 10th Streets, 12 noon. Events in the park after that include musical acts all afternoon, the Sweet Tea Queer Variety Show, 3:30 p.m., and the imitable Starlight Cabaret, 7 p.m. Remember: Atlanta extends Sunday bar hours for Pride.

Hi T Parade Watch Party. DJs Barry Harris, Dave Aude and Cosmo command the epicenter of the parade @ Ten, 12 noon.

View. A decidedly different crowd does the same as above with Rupaul’s Tatiana @ Fox Theatre, 12 noon.

HRC Pride Brunch. Chow down, hobnob and watch the parade @ Empire State South, 10:30 a.m.

Henry’s Parade Party. It’s kid friendly up in this lesbian-owned restaurant with a great deck @ Henry’s, 12 noon.

Super-Sized Sunday. First, it’s High Energy and DJ Bill Berdeaux with the parade, 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: Pride Edition. 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. 

Matrix Tea Dance. DJ Neon the Glowgobear and William host @ Moxy Midtown, 2 p.m. 

All Ages Pride Party. The Tegan & Sara Foundation pops a party with MCs Kristin Russo and Shanti LaSawn, plus live music from Be Steadwell and spoken word from Atlanta Word Youth Poets @ Swtichyards, 2 p.m.

SFQP Pride Party. DJ Blackbox Disco pumps right after the parade passes to benefit Southern Fried Queer Pride @ The Lawrence, 2 p.m.

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

Falcons vs. Cardinals. For some people, Pride pales to NFL Sunday @ Woofs, 4 p.m.

Rachel Maddow. The MSNBC anchor and lesbian legend talks about her oil crisis book basically right after the Pride parade @ Fox Theatre, 5:30 p.m.

Best of Atlanta Pride Comedy: Two Shows. Some of your faves including Ian Aber and Brent Star hit the stage to laugh you out of Pride Weekend @ Laughing Skull, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

She: The Horror of Femme. Queer burlesque with a message, y’all. Why is femininity so horrifying to society? What's so scary about women? Why is the frightening so alluring? Coco Rose and the ladies perform about it @ Red Light Café, 7 p.m.

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

Hellfire Harlots. Sexy dancers headline with DJs Ree de la Vega and Amethyst @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.

Misc Edgewood. Watch “kings, queens and in between”in a seven-week elimination competition for the title @ Noni’s, 10:30 p.m. through Nov. 10

Eagle Pride Closer. DJ Fernando closes out the weekend @ Atlanta Eagle, 10 p.m.

Big Ol’ Slice Finales. The Ga Boy Productions series concludes with an amazing international DJ at each place: Closing Party with Danny Verde and Tony Moran @ Havana Club, 10 p.m.;  the Afterparty with DJ Mickey Friedmann @ Xion/BJ Roosters 3 a.m., and the Morning Party with Alyson Calagna @ Heretic, 7 a.m.

This calendar originally appeared in Q Magazine. Read the full issue online below:

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