The best gay things to do in Atlanta this weekend
Got plans? Now you do. Whatever your pleasure this Friday through Sunday, check out a ton of LGBT Atlanta events ready, willing and more than able to put the gay into your weekend’s gay agenda.
Friday, July 27
Marietta Rainbow Festival (top photo) continues delivering Pride to the OTP neck of the gay woods with the debut of Divas Cabaret “Circus” Cabaret led by Charlie Brown @ LeBuzz, 9 p.m. Fest all day and night Saturday too. Read our preview.
“Modern Life” with HGTV’s Sabrina Soto includes the TV designer (second photo) signing her new book and artwork by local gay personality Brandon Rudat of CBS “Better Mornings,” all in the surrounds of the gay-owned modern/mid-century furniture showroom @ Bobby Berk Home, 7 p.m. Preview with our interviews.
Coffee Talk with AID Atlanta’s Gay Outreach social hub @ Starbucks on Ponce/Midtown Place Shopping Center, 4 p.m.
Fourth Friday Networking with Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce celebrates the expansion of Business Women of the Year Pam Ridgway and Kelly Spurgeon with cocktails and light bites @ Advantage Graphics, 5:30 p.m.
Sunset Garden for For The Kid In All Of Us. This party pumps beats on the patio Friday and Saturday nights this summer to raise money for non-profit organizations, tonight with DJ Christopher Kind for For The Kid in All of Us with raffles for tickets to Saturday’s Backpack in the Park or December’s Toy Party @ Burkhart’s, 7 p.m.
Olympics Opening Ceremonies Watch Party puts the big event on mulitple giant screens so you can watch and drink with your friends @ Amsterdam, 7:30 p.m.
Brandi Carlile brings her lesbian-powered vocals with opening act Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 8 p.m.
JL King’s “Raw: The Play” exposes a dad, a son, HIV and a man obsessed with “raw” sex in this production written by Atlanta resident and New York Times best-selling “down low” author King @ The Star Theater, 8 p.m.
Drive-By Theatre Project presents two shows, “Office Politics” and “Muthas” in Odd Man Out Theatre’s gay-led quest to bring original stage work to Atlanta @ Arts Exchange, 8 p.m.
Trans rock legend Jayne County (fourth photo) headlines the NYC Punk Tribute Show with bands covering everyone from the Ramones to Blondie to The New York Dolls @ Star Bar, 9 p.m.
The Leo Party with DJs Mike Pope and Vicki Powell serving the third annual event celebrating July-August birthday lions plus performances buy Shawnna Brooks and Phoenix @ Amsterdam, 9 p.m.
Dance Fever: Scream featuring DJs M and Twee plus the LGBT Atlanta Freedom Bands Color Guard Recruitment Night @ My Sister’s Room, 10 p.m.
Summer Camp Night (fifth photo) brings back the days of bunking up with your buddies in the woods. Wear your tanks and shorts and get ready for camp games, campy tunes and weenies and s’mores roasting @ Mary’s, 9 p.m.
DJ Lydia Prim serves circuit dance realness every Friday @ Heretic, 10 p.m.
Saturday, July 28
Backpack in the Park (sixth photo) with For the Kid in All of Us is the annual day of gay carnival games, hoop shooting with WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, DJ Vicki Powell, and collecting backpacks filled with school supplies for Georgia’s less privileged kids @ Piedmont Park’s Greystone Pavillion, 4 p.m. Air-conditioned indoors, rain or shine!
Cotillion Drinks with Ginni Beer Bust III for Atlanta Cotillion is the latest fundraiser for the Atlanta Cotillion crown quest for AID Atlanta by gay male debutante Virginia “Ginny” Bouvier-St. Cloud aka Scott Tucker @ Joe’s, 1 p.m.
Cotillion Pool Party benefits Atlanta Cotillion deb David Janke in “her” first appearance as deb Victoria Candler plus drag numbers by “Kelly,” “Reba” and “TLC” doing “Waterfalls” plus poolside hot dogs and hamburgers @ Heights Armour pool, 2 p.m.
Marietta Rainbow Festival (seventh photo) kicks this year’s “Circus” theme into high gear with 100 performers, multiple live bands, vendors and games by day, performances and Pride extras by night @ LeBuzz, 1 p.m. - 3 a.m. Read our preview.
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 for Atlanta Cotillion benefiting AID Atlanta @ Burkhart’s, 7 p.m.
ATTA Variety Show & Hunk Auction puts drag faves on stage and hunks on display to benefit the gay Atlanta Team Tennis Association @ Jungle, 7 p.m.
Charie Harding Meet & Greet. The Falcon star and Fuerte Men porn god (eighth photo) signs autographs and gives out photographs @ Woofs, 8 p.m.
Shakespeare Follies turns the Bard on his ear with its “The Romeo & Juliet Show” featuring Katherine Lashe & Sunny Midnight of Syrens of the South under the watchful eye of the gay-run Odd Man Out Theatre Company. Safety Third Jugglers return as part of the show @ Arts Exchange, 8 p.m.
Sweet Honey in the Rock concert finds the lesbian Charis Books & More sponsoring the equality-loving a capella gospel goodness at MLK’s home church @ Ebenezer Baptist, 8 p.m.
“Vive La France” Concert (ninth photo) with the gay Atlanta Freedom Bands celebrates the end of the concert season and a big gay grant from the state @ Saint Mark United Methodist Church, 8 p.m. Read our preview.
Raw Talent: One Hit Wonders Night finds the drag competitors in the months-long elimination competition taking on numbers by one-hitters with dancing afterward @ My Sister’s Room, 9 p.m.
“Taboo-La-La: Reform School Girls” Burlesque Show with Blast Off Burlesque features performances plus Reform School Girl Costume Contest and DJ Westwood A-Go-Go @ Plaza Theatre, 9 p.m.
Superhero Blackout Glow Party invites you to wear your best tights, capes and masks to the beat of DJ Alex Acosta (10th photo) @ Jungle, 10 p.m.
Black Carpet Leo Party with Rockstars Production features open bar with Bombay Cocktails and Black Gay Pride VIP Pass giveaways @ 595 North, 10 p.m.
Sunday, July 29
Hotlanta Softball Beer Bust (11th photo) raises funds for the Atlanta Genesis team going to the Gay Softball World Series @ Woofs, 4 p.m.
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.
The Armorettes Show (bottom photo) serves up 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.
“Quinceanera Del Muerte” Dax Exclamation Point! Birthday offers DJs, performers and costumed mayhem late on a school night @ Drunken Unicorn, 12 midnight.
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