The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend
Don’t worry. Not every gay man and lesbian in Atlanta is going to Pensacola. In fact, sticking close to home is just as fun with annual blasts and weekend-long events that up the ante for Memorial Day.
Friday, May 25
MondoHomo. Atlanta’s annual alternaqueer festival (top photo) hits its second night hard with the Who’s Beats? Our Beats! concert to go with this year’s theme “Queer Justice! Queer Beats!” @ Arts Exchange, 7:30 p.m. Politics meets party at events through Sunday. Read our preview for the full lineup.
Gossip CD Release Party rocks the weekly Boys Room party with giveaways of “A Joyful Noise” disc from the band (second photo) and all the East Atlanta gay action you can handle @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.
Lil Kenya Michaels (third photo) from “RuPaul’s Drag Race 4” serves fish realness to the Friday Got Leche? crowd of Latino gaiety @ Club Rush, 10 p.m. There’s more “Ru” alum action when Morgan McMichaels takes over the Fab Five Show tonight and Saturday @ Burkhart’s, 11 p.m. View our pics of McMichaels’ earlier performance this week.
Big Peach Registration Party welcomes all 47 teams of gay softball players to town for the annual weekend-long tournament with the just-for-fun Mr. and Miss Big Peach talent and hot body contests @ Burkhart’s, 6 p.m.
Dance Fever Memorial Weekend Kickoff features DJ Mary Mac rockin’ it women-for-women style all night long @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.
Spicy Friday begins its once-a-month run of Latin Nights with DJ Karlitos, drag faves and much, much more @ Jungle, 10 p.m.
DJ Jay McCracken (fourth photo) returns to Atlanta after moving to L.A. for The Takeover party to benefit CHRIS Kids @ Amsterdam, 10 p.m.
Saturday, May 26
MondoHomo: 2012 Queer Justice! Queer Beats! festival continues with a Skills Share Brunch, 12 noon; the Mondo Variety Show, 6 p.m.; and yet another set of Queertastic Musical Selections, 10:30 p.m. @ Arts Exchange. Read our preview.
Big Peach Softball Tournament (fifth photo) kicks off two days of play with gay teams vying for the championship in three divisions on six fields @ Metro Atlanta Softball Complex, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Memorial Weekend Dance Party features DJ Kenya @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.
Mary-oke returns to Saturdays, and this time, it includes the cast of the currently running “Xanadu” joining the party @ Mary’s, 11 p.m. DJ Something Else lays it down beforehand starting at 8 p.m.
Country Dance and Sheila’s Birthday Bash @ Heretic, 9 p.m. Change it up with hot dance beats beginning at 12 midnight.
DJ Twisted Dee (sixth photo) helms the Carioca dance party to move your feet @ Jungle, 10 p.m., then get set for DJ Eric Stecker—of DJ Duo Travis & Eric—keeping the beats alive with Carioca @ Xion, 3 a.m. - 7 a.m.
Sunday, May 27
All-Day Memorial Weekend Foam Party Summer Kickoff (seventh photo) includes a beach blast outside by day with DJ Mike Pope, cookout, frozen t-shirt contest, hot swimsuit contest and more @ Heretic, 3 p.m., plus the Big Peach Tournament Closing Ceremonies victory party, 6 p.m., and DJ David Knapp on the dance floor by night, 9 p.m. It all benefits Joining Hearts.
Camo, Queens & Seamen: Day of Service party requests you wear your military gear in honor of Memorial Day, and get serviced by the holiday-themed Armorettes show to boot @ Burkhart’s, 8 p.m.
MondoHomo festival (bottom photo) wraps its four-day queer festival with the Mondo Meadow @ Arts Exchange, 1 p.m. and the Mondo Sashay party with DJs Speakerfoxx and Ree De La Vega @ Mary’s, 10:30 p.m. Read our preview.
Ladies At Play Memorial Weekend Bash features Lady DJ Periodic, London House DJ D. RABAN and you lesbians in your “casual couture” @ the Venetian Room, 9 p.m.
Monday, May 28. Happy Memorial Day!
American Veterans for Equal Rights LGBT military veterans group heads up its annual Taps & Wreath ceremony at the veterans memorial flag @ 12th Street gate of Piedmont Park, 12 noon.
Memorial Day Cookout. The 3rd Anniversary Party for Mixx Atlanta winds up right where it started, serving up burgers and dogs outside on the patio with all the fixin’s and of course, their full bar to wash it down, 5:30 p.m.
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