Friday, May 25 – Sunday, May 27

The 24th annual Decatur Arts Festival is a three day artist take-over with tons of events including an artist walk, dance performances, book signings, artists market and much more. Events throughout the days on the Decatur Square near Clairemont Ave. and W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030,
www.decaturartsfestival.com 

“Queer Justice! Queer Beats!” is the theme for this year’s MondoHomo queer arts and politics fest. Friday night sees the headlining music event featuring Double Duchess, GlitterLust, the Sexual Side Effects and KIN4LIFE.  Saturday brings a day of workshops ending with a variety show and live music. Sunday is Mondo Meadow with aerialists and live music ending with party at Mary’s in East Atlanta. All events at the Arts Exchange, 750 Kalb Street, SE, Atlanta, GA 30312, www.mondohomo.com

Friday, May 25

Worthmore Jewelers celebrates the Decatur Arts Festival and the store anniversary with a Steampunk art show held in conjunction with the Artifice Club. Enjoy the sounds of Doctor Q, drinks and appetizers. Come dressed in Steampunk attire for a chance to win two Best Dressed awards. 6 – 9 p.m. at Worthmore Jewelers in Decatur, 117 East Court Square, Decatur, GA 30030, www.worthmorejewelers.com

Former Atlantan DJay McCracken returns to spin a benefit for CHRIS Kids featuring a performance by DAX!, prize giveaways from Boy Next Door, shot boys, go-go dancers and more. 10 p.m. at Amsterdam Atlanta, 502-A Amsterdam Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306, http://on.fb.me/J736av

 “Ru Paul’s Drag Race” alum Morgan McMichaels is the special guest at Fab Five. 10 p.m. at Burkhart’s, 1492 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.burkharts.com

Traxx Girls’ DJ M & Twee present Dance Fever, a Memorial Day Weekend kickoff with DJ Mary Mac spinning 80s, 90s, Top 40 and house. 10 p.m. at My Sister’s Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316, www.traxxgirls.com

Mixx Atlanta continues its 3rd Anniversary Celebration at 4 p.m. with a Big Peach Softball Tournament pre-party at 5 p.m. and a “grown and sexy” part with DJ Smash at 10 p.m. Mixx Atlanta, 1492-B Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.mixxatlanta.com

DJ Ron Pullman and DJ Yusef take party-goers on a “Sacred Journey” Memorial Day house music party with a special performance by Miranda Nicole. 10 p.m. at XS Ultra Lounge, 108 Spring St., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.xsultralounge.com

Saturday, May 26

Orlando’s DJ Twisted Dee spins a set for a dance event hosted by Carioca Productions. $15 before 11, $20 after. Doors at 10 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.cariocaproductions.com

XS Ultra Lounge separates “the boyz from the men” with their Boot Camp Memorial Day Weekend party with a beerfest, barbecue and more. 10 p.m. at XS Ultra Lounge, 708 Spring St., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.xsultralounge.com

Starting tonight, every Saturday is INK Saturdays with Girls in the Night, which honors and celebrates sexy ladies and their tattoos. TV’s Dice Fixos hosts with Sweet Trive and Rhythm Gattii on the mic. 10 p.m. at

Inkaholics Luxury Lounge,1878 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30324, www.facebook.com/girlsinthenight.usa

Though it will technically be Sunday morning, DJ Eric Stecker (of DJ Duo Travis & Eric) hits the turn tables after the rest of ATL closes down. 3 – 7 a.m. on Sunday, May 27, at Xion, 2241 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, http://on.fb.me/Me5diq

Saturday, May 26 – Monday, May 28

The Atlanta Jazz Festival is among the country’s largest jazz fests and includes headliners Roy Ayers, Tito Puente Jr. & Orchestra and the Robert Glasper Experiment. 1 p.m. in Piedmont Park, www.atlantafestivals.com

Sunday, May 27

The, um, ladies of the Armorettes, Atlanta’s infamous fundraising camp drag troupe, perform a special Memorial Day weekend show with prizes for hot military boys and men in uniform. 8 p.m. at Burkhart’s, 1492 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309, http://on.fb.me/IF8Ue0, www.burkharts.com

Ladies at Play breaks it down over Memorial Day Weekend, first with a casual couture party with DJ Periodic and DJ D. Raban. 9 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Venetian, 50 Hurt Plaza, Atlanta, GA 30303, http://lapmemorialwknd2012.eventbrite.com, www.ladiesatplay.com

Memorial Day Sunday is a busy day for Heretic Atlanta as they host a Joining Hearts Foam Beach Party, the Big Peach Softball Tournament closing party and DJ David Knapp. Events through out the day at Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.hereticatlanta.com

Monday, May 28

The Georgia Chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights observes Memorial Day with a Taps and Wreath Placing Ceremony in Piedmont Park. 12 p.m. at the intersection of 12th St. and Piedmont Ave., http://on.fb.me/L9OeLV

Ladies at Play follows up their Venetian party with an afternoon of open mic spoken word hosted by Red Summer with beats by DJ Sugarcut. 3 – 8 p.m. at Aurum, 915 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309, http://lapmemorialwknd2012.eventbrite.com, www.ladiesatplay.com

Friends on Ponce brings Pensacola to you with a Memorial Day cookout. 2 p.m. at Friends Neighborhood Bar, 736 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306, www.friendsonponce-atl.com

Join Traxx Girls for their annual SplasHer Memorial Day Pool Party. 3 – 8 p.m. at the Melia Roof Top Pool, 590 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30308,
http://on.fb.me/KqyD6K

Mixx Atlanta ends its 3rd anniversary celebration with a Memorial Day cookout. 5:30 – 10 p.m. at Mixx Atlanta, 1492-B Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.mixxatlanta.com

Writing With Intent is open to writers of fiction and creative non-fiction; group offers motivational exercises, constructive criticism and more to keep you on track. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, www.charisbooksandmore.com

Wednesday, May 30

The Health Initiative hosts a screening of the documentary “Trans,” about the joys and challenges of being trans in the world today. Dr. Mark Schoen, a producer of the film, will be present and a Q&A follows. 7 p.m. at the Phillip Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307, http://on.fb.me/KpfkwM

Gay playwright Timothy Gray presents “The Hottest Ticket in Town,” a comedy about three sad actors in a sad, sinking ship of a show with a backstage peek into the frustrations of talentless actors. Four shows only. Through June 2. $10 advance, $15 at the door. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. at the Arts Exchange, 750 Kalb St. SE, Atlanta, GA 30312, www.oddmanouttheater.com

LeBuzz hosts its 5th annual Turnabout Show where the bar staff does drag and the entertainers become bartenders for a night. 10 p.m. at Lebuzz, 585 Franklin Road, Marietta, GA 30067, www.thenewlebuzz.com

Thursday, May 31

“Pay it For-Red” as Latino singer Andres Cuervo performs a benefit show featuring drinks by Cuervo Tequila and BV Wins with nosh by Food Network personality Chef Alexis Hernandez, and, of course, the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Proceeds from the benefit go to Positive Impact. $10 includes cocktails, bites and entertainment. 6 – 8 p.m. at the Wimbish House. 1150 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, http://on.fb.me/KRlYNb

Apres Diem “Feeds the Soul” with a monthly fundraising venture for a number of Atlanta’s non-profits. This month its Joining Hearts, and 20 percent of today’s total receipts will be donated. Apres Diem, 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308, www.apresdiem.com

Atlantic Station’s Movies in Central Park offers a free, outdoor screening of “Dirty Dancing.” Film starts at sundown in Atlantic Station, 1380 Atlantic Drive, Atlanta, GA 30363, www.atlanticstation.com, http://bit.ly/HQxNjT

Latino Fire Atlanta presents the Grand Opening Temptation Party featuring Latin, top 40 and dance music with special guests and a live performance. 9 p.m. at Josephine Lounge, 6235 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30306, http://on.fb.me/JhgygQ

Friday, June 1

The Atlanta Bucks gay rugby team hosts a $10 all-you-can-eat wings and beer on the front patio of the Heretic. DJ Lydia Prim spins after. 8 p.m. at the Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road., Atlanta, GA 30324, www.facebook.com/atlantabucks

k.d. lang performs an intimate show at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens with special guest Jane Siberry. 8 p.m. at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org

Saturday, June 2

The MEGA Family Project hosts a course of information and support about the different routes to LGBT parenthood. 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Phillip Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.megafamilyproject.org

Lesbian acoustic duo Halcyon starts the night with a concert, then DJ Liz Owen spins the night away for Chase Daniels’ birthday. 9:30 p.m. at My Sister’s Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316, www.mysistersroom.com

The Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus hosts its annual Big Wig Party, this year themed “Once Upon a Wig.” Admission is discounted with a wig, and there’s an open bar, raffle and beats by DJ Todd Skelton. 7 p.m. at Atlantic Station in the space that was Fox Sports Grill, 261 19th St., Atlanta, GA 30363, www.agmchorus.org

Gay singer/songwriter JL Rogriguez plays an intimate show to raise funds for recording and producing new music. 8 p.m. at the Mint Moose, 248 Josephine Street, Atlanta, GA 30307, www.jlrodriguezmusic.com

The party boys of Bearracuda return to the Heretic with the Atlanta debut of DJ Paul Goodyear all the way from Sydney, Australia. 9 p.m. at Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.hereticatlanta.com

Saturday, June 2 – Sunday, June 3

The Virginia-Highland Summerfest means two days of music, arts and even a 5k. Saturday 10 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Virginia between North Highland and Park Drive. www.vahi.org/summerfest/

Sunday, June 3

Kelli’s Childcare Collective of Atlanta presents a family reading and pizza day with local author Michele Yulo, who brings “Super Tool Lula,” a children’s book that teaches being different and kind is cool. 1 – 2:30 p.m. at Charis Books and More, 1189 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.charisbooksandmore.com

Monday, June 4

“T&F Transitionz: a Project of the Feminist Outlawz” is an open forum to discuss gender and facilitating dialogue and activism around social issues led by social justice minded feminists Buttonz and SJ. 7 – 9:30 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA, 30307, www.charisbooksandmore.com

PFLAG Atlanta hosts its monthly First Monday support group meeting. 7:30 – 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universality Congregation of Atlanta, slightly beyond 1587 Northeast Expressway, Atlanta, GA 30329, www.pflagatl.org

Tuesday, June 5

Co-sponsored by Atlanta Pride, Charis Books and More hosts a discussion of “I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters.” 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Charis Books and More, 1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, www.charisbooksandmore.com

Wednesday, June 6

The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hosts a Business Builder Luncheon. 11:55 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Carpe Diem, 105 Sycamore Place, Decatur, GA 30030, www.atlantagaychamber.org

Le Buzz hosts the Miss Gay Heart of the South and USA at Large pageant. 10 p.m. at Le Buzz, 585 Franklin Road., Marietta, GA 30067, www.thenewlebuzz.com

Thursday, June 7

Every Thursday is 3 Legged Cowboy night at the Heretic with free line dance lessons at 8 p.m followed by open dance at 9 p.m. 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 303024, www.hereticatlanta.com

SAGE Atlanta, a services and advocacy organization for LGBT elders, hosts Emory Fellow Dr. Daniel Rivers for the lecture “1980s: Epidemic and Unexpected Effects.” 11 a.m. at the Phillip Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307

The Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce hosts an LGBT Business Certification Workshop. 3 – 5 p.m. at the Philip Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.atlantagaychamber.org

The Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are helping the Armorettes reach their $2 million mark with a fundraising night at Woof’s. 6 – 9 p.m. at Woof’s, 2425 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30324, http://on.fb.me/J9uVER

Atlantic Station’s Movies in Central Park offers a free, outdoor screening of “The Muppets.” Film starts at sundown in Atlantic Station, 1380 Atlantic Drive, Atlanta, GA 30363, www.atlanticstation.com, http://bit.ly/HQxNjT

Join infamous drag personality Ruby Redd for the truly Dirty Boy Bingo. 10 p.m. at Cockpit, 465 Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30312, http://thecockpit-atlanta.blogspot.com

Start your thursday nights with Texas Hold’em Poker at 7:30 p.m., then catch the Shawnna Factor drag show. 11 p.m. at Blake’s on the Park, 227 10th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, www.blakesontheparkatlanta.com

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