Dog days of summer? More like Gay Days this week. Joining Hearts tops gay ways to beat the heat for just about every L, G, B and T in Atlanta. Check out our favorite Friday through Sunday events.

Friday, July 20
Sunset Garden with Swimsuit Fashion Show. This patio party pumps beats and drinks on Friday and Saturday evenings this summer to raise money for non-profit organizations, tonight with DJ Christopher Kind benefiting Saint Lost-n-Found and featuring Boy Next Door fashions modeled by the Atlanta Rainbow Trout (top photo) gay swim team @ Burkhart’s, 7 p.m.

TakeOver Atlanta benefits Joining Hearts. DJ Mike Pope spins for the party boys who do regular private gigs (second photo) but open up the fun this time to maximize 25 percent of bar sales benefiting Joining Hearts @ W Midtown, 8 p.m.

Rainbow Days Pre-Splash Party gets psyched for their upcoming LGBT Six Flags event with a bar night hosted by Gayborhood App and Montage Old Fourth Ward featuring complimentary Absolut shots and a souvenir shot glass to take home @ Burkhart’s, 9 p.m.

Bill Lowe Gallery’s 23rd Anniversary Opening presents the works of Italian painter Alfredo Bovio di Giovanni at this cocktail reception celebrating the gay-owned gallery’s birthday, 6 p.m.

Joining Hearts Kickoff with DJ Joe Gauthreaux (third photo) starts a whole weekend of 25th Anniversary parties to benefit AID Atlanta and Jerusalem House @ Heretic, 10 p.m. Watch our Gauthreaux video interview from the last time he beat Heretic into a frenzy, and preview all Joining Hearts Weekend events.

Third Friday Film Series screens “The End of Poverty?” with the queer-led social justice group Southerners On New Ground @ First Existentialist, 7 p.m.

Bitch, Please! monthly party goes down with DJ Ree de la Vega and DJ Fluff with dance jams downstairs and the Atlanta Radical Faeries in the Boozy Cougar lounge upstairs @ Mary’s, 10 p.m.

White Party with Christian Chavez finds partiers wearing white and a live performance by the cutie Latin singing/telenova superstar (fourth photo) during the weekly Got Leche? gay Latin night @ Club Rush, 10 p.m.

NSFW Party: Schoolgirls, Nerds and Fishnet Stockings is brought to you by SecretRoom and features best naughty schoolgirl costume contest, performances and electro retro @ Jungle, 10 p.m.

Dance Fever: I Want You Back Edition celebrates the Jackson 5 with DJs M & Twee and scores of women dancing the night away @ My Sister’s Room, 10 p.m.


Saturday, July 21
Joining Hearts 25 (fifth photo) is gay Atlanta’s biggest summer pool party. The 25th annual main event gets down with DJs Roland Belmares and Don Bishop @ Piedmont Park Pool, 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. Get psyched with our preview and hear a Belmares podcast, check out photos from last year, or view just the hunkiest hunks. And oh, it’s on, even if it rains on Joining Hearts.

Sunset Garden pumps beats on the patio Friday and Saturday nights this summer to raise money for non-profit organizations, tonight with DJ Bryan Craft benefiting Saint Lost-n-Found @ Burkhart’s, 7 p.m.

Insane Saturday Queer Comedy Night features six comics on the mic including Julie Osbourne and Ian Aber, followed by the Lee Family drag show @ My Sister’s Room, 8 p.m.

Atlanta Roller Girls Quadzilla 2012 is the quentessential double header women’s roller derby matches of the summer. Atlanta (sixth photo) takes on Los Angeles first, then two ATL home teams, the Sake Tuyas vs. Toxic Shocks, battle it out @ Yaraab Shrine Auditorium, 5 p.m. and 7:30. p.m.

Armorette Follies, Early Country & Late Night Dance make for a full night at Heretic. Armorettes for Lost-n-Found Youth, followed by Country scootin’ then DJ Mike Pope @ Heretic, 8 p.m., 10 p.m. and 12 midnight.

Flirt! Party brings out the lesbians—guys welcome too—every third Saturday for a party thrown by former Bellissima bar owner Anna Ragghianti @ Westside Pie, 9 p.m.

The B52s (seventh photo) in concert brings back Georgia’s own gay-inclusive party band for one night of 80s retro fabulous with old faves perfect for summer like “Rock Lobster,” “Love Shack” and “Roam” @ Fox Theatre, 8 p.m.

Dance This Mess Around B52s Afterparty is for everyone who went to the concert and those who didn’t get to go with DJ Westwood A Go-Go spinnning B52s party music til you drop to the floor and twitch @ Cockpit, 11:30 p.m.

Joining Hearts Official Afterparty with DJ Tony Moran (eighth photo) keeps the party weekend going well into the night @ Jungle, 10 p.m.

DJ Jalil Z keeps the Joining Hearts vibe going until sunrise a walk away from Jungle @ Xion, 3 a.m.


Sunday, July 22
Wet Silent Sundays let you laze away the day poolside with the gay and gay-adjacent showing off their swimwear with $25 food and beverage purchase, towel and cocktail service and more @ Wet/W Hotel Midtown, 12 noon - 7 p.m.

Joining Hearts Tea Dance from GA Boy Productions closes the big gay circuit fundraising weekend with DJs Alyson Calagna (ninth photo) and Scott Anthony @ Opera, 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.

PFLAG Marietta hosts its monthly support meeting @ Pilgramage UCC, 1 p.m.

Twisters Beer Pong Tournament & Beer Bust benefits the Atlanta Twisters gay softball team with lots of dripping wet beer, games, raffles, Jell-O pudding shots and prizes @ The Hideaway, 2 p.m.

The Armorettes Show brings on the troupe’s weekly camp drag fundraising performance with a full slate of cast members and special guests @ Burkhart’s, 8 p.m. And you heard right: The Armorettes are among this year’s Atlanta Pride Parade Grand Marshals.

“True Blood” viewing party ogles the hotties and relishes the drama in the HBO hit @ Cockpit, 9 p.m.

Leaned! Party goes down just in case you didn’t get enough weekend and music, featuring music by Taste Tester, Morning High, Double Nil and DazzyD88 @ iLounge, 10 p.m.