Best Bets: Our Guide to the Best LGBTQ Events in Atlanta for August 2-15

Friday, Aug. 2

Join MAAP for its monthly It’s Friday – Mix, Mingle and Network session. This month’s event will be at the Living Room (Lobby Bar) of the W Atlanta – Midtown. W Atlanta Midtown will graciously be providing drink specials for your enjoyment, light bites, and a DJ to spin some tunes. Pre-register now at

6 – 8pm


Through laughter, tears and every emotion in between, “Summer Shorts” explores the colorfully rich spectrum of the queer experience. Through a series of short plays and monologues, performed as part of Out Front Theatre Company’s Young Professional Performer Series, “Summer Shorts” promises to enliven, enlighten and entertain in the summer heat tonight.

8pm, through August 4

Out Front Theatre Company


Out of Box is proud to kick off its Beta Test Series with a developmental production of Topher Payne’s “Entertaining Lesbians.” All Rowena Tuttle wants is a place in polite society. But as a cisgender heterosexual white woman, no one finds her interesting anymore. If she wants to gain admission for her daughter into the uber-exclusive School for Young People, she’s going to require a more compelling personal narrative, and a more diverse group of friends. Aided with significant hesitation by her husband and her personal assistant, Rowena sets her sights on Atlanta’s most powerful lesbian couple, determined to forge a friendship. But just before the lesbians arrive, Rowena’s past catches up with her.

8pm, through Aug 17


Saturday, August 3

Join the Feminist Center and #VuleyFellows at Charis Books and More today for the Abortion Teach-in, which features interactive activities, a demonstration, and talking points based on the book “Shout Your Abortion” by Amelia Bonow and Emily Nokes. Activities include a value clarification prompt and a gallery walk of a timeline of abortion laws in Georgia and Reproaction’s Abortion Access exhibit. The “Demystifying Demo” will feature a papaya for an illustrative talk about an abortion procedure. Plus a DYI zine will be available for allies and supporters to record talking points and to continue to destigmatizing abortion.

2 – 5pm


Heyday, your favorite ‘80s dance party, is back. Bring your friends to dance and sing along to the biggest hits from Madonna, Whitney, Prince, INXS, Journey, New Order, Cyndi Lauper, and all of your other favorites. Kimber is the night’s DJ.

10pm – 3am

The Basement 


It’s time for the ultimate Saturday night dance party in Atlanta with DJ Eric! Get your dance and drink on for a night of the best beats in town! No Cover!

10pm – 3am


DJ Eddie Martinez is back in the ATL for a night of high-intensity music and a crowd like no other!

10pm – 3am

Heretic Atlanta 


Sunday, August 4

DJ Ana Paula, Deejay Woman, the Girl from Ipanema returns to Xion for a morning of hot beats and sweaty dancing!

3am – 7am

BJ Roosters


Join the fun tonight at Swank’s Tea Party on the deck. Kimber (Creative Loafing’s Best Resident DJ 2018) is the DJ and she’ll have your hips swaying with pop, indie dance, house remixes of classics, disco, and sing-along surprises. Grab your peeps, a cocktail and get your twirl on.

4 – 8pm

Henry’s Midtown


OnStage Atlanta presents a special event “Motherhood Out Loud,” featuring work by a number of writers. “Motherhood Out Loud” shatters traditional notions about parenthood, unveils its inherent comedy and celebrates the deeply personal truths that span and unite generations.

7pm, through August 11


Monday, August 5

Trans and Friends is a youth-focused group for trans people, people questioning their own gender and aspiring allies, providing a facilitated space to discuss gender, relevant resources and activism around social issues.

6:30 – 8pm

Charis Books and More


The PFLAG support group for parents and families of LGBTQ children opens its doors tonight.

7:30 – 9pm

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta 


Tuesday, August 6

The Minnesota Lynx take on the Atlanta Dream, who badly need a win.


State Farm Arena


Before the film version comes out later this year, enjoy the national touring version of “Cats” tonight.

7:30pm, through August 11

Fox Theatre


Wednesday, August 7

As “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Miss Congeniality and All-Stars Season Two finalist, Katya Zamolodchikova, brings her hilarious new stand up show to Atlanta for the first time. Known for her incredibly funny personas and characters, starring in “UNHhhh” with Trixie Mattel, and appearances in productions like “Hurricane Bianca,” Katya’s show promises to be one hilarious night. “Help Me, I’m Dying” is a multimedia, multi-character, multi-faceted live stage show – a fusion of stand-up comedy, storytelling, video, and live dancerly-ish action and music that talks about what it means to be a woman, from the perspective of a person that dresses up like one.


Center Stage


Come see Neonblk: The Brother Show, created to make a space for black queer performers to shine. The only all-black drag show in East Atlanta Village is coming back to Mary’s tonight with a brand new cast hosted by Dotte Com. This month, it’s all drag kings, featuring Adonis Black, Artofyshal, Jacque Strap, Lincoln Bio, Perka-$exxx and Royal Iman Dickerson.




Thursday, August 8

Let the sunshine in! It was one of the company’s biggest hits ever and now the musical “Hair” is back at Serenbe Playhouse. Running through August 18, the musical plays tonight.


Wild Flower Meadow at Serenbe


Friday, August 9

Winner of eight Tony Awards, “Spring Awakening” is a provocative exploration of the journey from adolescence to adulthood told through an electrifying contemporary musical with a pop/rock score. Based on Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 play of the same name, it follows the interweaving lives of a group of German teenagers as they navigate issues of sexuality, morality, and adulthood. Although set in late-19th century Germany, the angst, emotion, desire, and romance still ring true today.

8pm, through August 24

Onstage Atlanta 


Get ready for all the Latin music you can handle with Atlanta Eagle’s Latin Dance Party presented by DJ Moose! Every 2nd Friday of the Month and no cover!

10pm – 3am


Are you undead, brain-hungry, and still want to party? Let all the beautiful dead gather at RITUAL for a night of dark music and dancing. DJ Lechter and DJ Silk Wolf will be resurrecting your favorite goth industrial tracks from the grave! Angel will be returning with tarot readings in the chill room. Under the Slab returns with all the beautiful and unique jewelry they handcrafted. Remember you don’t have to dress in theme to come out and party. Just come as you are!

10pm – 3am

Heretic Atlanta


Saturday, August 10

Direct from Broadway! If you want to be part of the party of the summer, get thee to Actor’s Express for the hilarious, sexy Broadway hit “Head Over Heels,” featuring the music of the iconic ’80s band The Go-Go’s. Full of campy fun and romantic entanglements, this wildly entertaining musical romp follows the royal family of mythical Arcadia on a madcap journey to save their kingdom and follow their hearts.

8pm, through August 15


Don’t miss K!NG a drag show, a night celebrating drag kings and trans performers from Atlanta and the greater Southeast. Hosted by Atlanta’s own Mystery Meat and D’Knighten Day, the event will feature Andro Gin (Miami) as the special guest headliner. Other guests include Tj Maxx, Slyver Cox, Aries Alxndr, Stoney Dark Day, Jackson Rimsday, Mr. Elle Aye and more, with music by DJ Oliver Trax. Don’t forget to dress in a look for the photo booth by Schuylar Shayne Photography.

10pm – 2am

The Star Community Bar


Midtown Moon presents the riotous Madams of the Moonlight Cabaret tonight, with host Myah Ross Monroe and Niesha Dupree. Special guests include Tristan Panucci Dupree, Raquel Rae Heat, Chava Scott and Mona Lott.



Bearracuda is back for our summertime party at Heretic! Join us on the patio and dancefloor! Bring your harness or strip down to your jock or undies at the club – clothes check available. DJ John Cross from Portland makes his Atlanta debut! You don’t want to miss it!

10pm – 3am

Heretic Atlanta


Sunday, August 11

Make it an all-day affair at Bulldogs. Enjoy Brunch & Booze, then stick around for the Sunday Night Marty with DJ Tron.



Monday, August 12

Wear your favorite gear to Fetish Mondays tonight.

7pm – 3am

Atlanta Eagle 


Tuesday, August 13

Shake your groove thing on down to the car wash and get ready to do the hustle with hostess Bubba D. Licious, Erica Lee, Desiree Storm, Patsy and the rest of the PALS (Pets Are Loving Support) queens at Disco! PALS Drag Queen Bingo.


Lips Atlanta


Wednesday, August 14

Food. Community. Conversations. Why not have them all at the same time? Come out to Let’s Eat!, a queer + trans community potluck, put on by Southern Fried Queer Pride. This dinner is open and free to all. Organizers highly encourage folks to bring dishes, sides, treats, and more. SFQP will be making food and bringing dishes from community businesses and startups.

6 – 8pm

Neighborhood Church


The opening chords of the first track, “Inside,” on award-winning, singer-songwriter, author, and activist Chely Wright’s new record, “I Am the Rain,” are direct, purposeful, and intense – a sound that defines the album. After more than five years away from the spotlight, and through a heroic personal and creative journey, Wright has returned with the release of a long-anticipated new CD.


Eddie’s Attic 


Drink your juice, Shelby! WUSSY returns with its monthly campy feature fantastico to honor the 30th anniversary of a film every gay man can quote endlessly – “Steel Magnolias.” Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. The event is hosted by Molly Rimswell and Brigitte Bidet.


Plaza Atlanta 


Thursday, August 15

The Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) hosts its annual Award Dinner Nominee Party at a TBD time and location. Check for details.



Friday, August 16

The Big Queer Sizzle III is an annual fundraiser for Charis Circle featuring a night of performances by local queer artists. Join in for dance, poetry, porn, songs, and lyrics featuring the likes of hostess Kathleen Delaney Adams, Collin Kelley, Connie Tuttle, Sid Robinson, Norwood LeVough, Franklin Abbott, Xt Venus Valentine, Adriana Chiknas, Al Schlong, Katie Farris and more.

7:30 – 10pm

Charis Books and More 


MADONNA MADONNA MADONNA!!! It’s a two-part celebration for the Queen of Pop’s 61st birthday starting with Confessions on a Dance Floor live concert viewing party followed by a tribute to all music over Madonna’s career from the very beginning to the present day including the release of her latest album: MADAME X.

8pm – 3am.

Heretic Atlanta


Saturday, August 17

My Sisters Room presents Her HRC, a night of cabaret.



Love BBQ and beer? Come out for fun, food, and booze! The Atlanta Chargers are having a Kansas City Bear-BQ, and it’s all you can eat and drink for $20. Jell-O shots and a 50/50 raffle also on hand.

5pm ‒ 8pm. 

Atlanta Eagle


It’s the Glamorous one-year anniversary, Bold and Gold party, with DJ/producer Yinon Yahel from Tel Aviv! DJ Neon the Glogobear will set the tone of the night on Atlanta’s best dance floor! Tickets available at

10pm ‒ 3am

Heretic Atlanta


Sunday, August 18

DJ Alex Acosta returns to Xion to serve up intense after-hours beats until the sun rises!

3am ‒ 7am

BJ Roosters


Monday, August 19

WUSSY MAG + Out On Film and Plaza Atlanta present “Queers on Film,” a new monthly series of LGBTQ+ arthouse and independent classics at the Plaza Theatre. Tonight’s screening is the 1982 Julie Andrews classic “Victor/Victoria,” featuring great performances, the unforgettable number “Le Jazz Hot” and a post-film discussion. Sing-a-long with the film, shady dames.