Best Bets: Our Guide to the Best LGBTQ Events in Atlanta for January 4-19

Friday, Jan. 4

Experience the mystery and fun of the beloved movie that captivated audiences around the world at “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert,” complete with John Williams’ Academy Award®-winning score performed live by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Tonight and tomorrow, 8pm


Every Friday night at Mary’s Atlanta, come enjoy Queer Bait, featuring videos with DJ Headmaster.


Saturday, Jan. 5

Watch NFL playoff games at Woofs Atlanta today.


Atlanta Prime Timers meets today.


Phillip Rush Center Annex


Rock in 2019 with Exquisite Gender and special guest Cathleen Thomas.


Smith’s Olde Bar


Be ready to dance at Heyday,
Atlanta’s #1 ‘80s dance party, with hits all nights, featuring Kimber and Saved by the Band

10pm – 3am

The Basement


Get ready for another serving of daddies in leather! Joe Whitaker presents DILF’s Atlanta Black and Blue “be bad” party with beats by Pure Noise DJ Jeff Dority. Black and Blue theme encouraged. Clothing check available. Go to to purchase tickets.

10pm – 3am

Heretic Atlanta


Love David Bowie? You’ll get a chance to jam out to his classic hits all night long! Hosted by DJ/VJ Anthony. Food served until 10:30pm with two bars and tons of drink specials. $10 cover at the door. Must be 21 and over.

10pm – 3am

Amsterdam Atlanta


Sunday, Jan. 6

Lady Gaga or Glenn Close? Rami Malek or Bradley Cooper? The Golden Globes awards show is tonight at 8pm on NBC, with several queer or queer favorite shows and movies nominated.


Monday, Jan. 7

T-Time Atlanta Trans Youth holds their weekly meeting tonight.


St. Annes Episcopal Church


The PFLAG support group for parents and families of LGBTQ children meets today.

7:30 – 9pm

Atlanta International School


Tuesday, Jan. 8

Enjoy free pool tonight and beats by rotating DJs at Bulldogs tonight.


Wednesday, Jan. 9

Ndstry Wednesday features music and videos with DJ Sean Michael.

3pm – 3am

Blake’s on the Park


Thursday, Jan. 10

In Leonard Bernstein’s iconic “West Side Story,” star-crossed lovers dare to dream against the 1950s backdrop of New York’s gang-infested Upper West Side. Bernstein’s rollicking score enlivens the show that garnered six Tony nominations and 10 Academy Awards. Hit songs include “Maria” and “Somewhere.” Guest conductor Christopher Allen leads special guests and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in an extravaganza of music from this and other Broadway hits in “Leonard Bernstein, An American Original.”

Tonight and Saturday, 8pm


The groundbreaking Obie-winning Off-Broadway smash “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” tells the story of “internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock ‘n’ roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation, which has left her with just “an angry inch.” This outrageous and unexpectedly hilarious story is performed by Hedwig (née Hansel) in the form of a rock gig/stand-up comedy routine backed by the hard-rocking band “The Angry Inch,” using songs and monologues. The show is directed by Bubba Carr and stars Chad Darnell.

Tonight through Feb. 2, 8pm

Pinch ‘N’ Ouch Theatre


Friday, Jan. 11

Join MAAP the second Friday of each month for its Mix, Mingle, and Network session. This is our your chance to leave the work week behind and connect with other like-minded professionals over drinks, laughter, and conversation.

6 – 8pm

TEN Atlanta


Living Room, Out Front Theatre Company and Out On Film are partnering for a screening of “Last Men Standing,” the first feature-length documentary from The San Francisco Chronicle selected for entry into a series of prestigious film festivals in the U.S. and Canada. The film follows eight Bay Area men who had the remarkable luck to survive AIDS and the brutal misfortune to live on. Rich and distinguished stories unfold among the lives of long-term survivors who have learned how to celebrate, heal, love, and thrive after the devastation of the early AIDS crisis. In this cathartic and intimate documentary, eight men look back on their experiences and then toward the future with the strength and resiliency they have cultivated over the past 30 years. Survivors are still affected by the trauma of not only their diagnosis but also the loss of community and way of life. Nobody knew they would grow old with AIDS. Many abandoned careers and went on long-term disability to wait out their death sentence, and now they face an uncertain economic future. As they age, and as the Castro neighborhood changes, long-term survivors are also creating new ways to connect and to find meaning and community. This meditative documentary, the first full-length film produced by the San Francisco Chronicle, draws attention to the emotional and inspiring history of the city’s gay community in the post-AIDS era. Admission is free, and concessions will be sold on sight.


Out Front Theatre


Every Friday at midnight, it’s time to slip on those fishnets and make-up for the greatest live troupe in the city, Lips Down on Dixie, Inc., for a righteous party in front of the big screen for “The Rocky Horror Show.”


Plaza Theatre


Saturday, Jan. 12

For one night only, enjoy a delicious helping of a “Who’s Who” of “Della’s Diner” alumni for a special live concert of Atlanta’s longest running musical. “Della’s Diner” is a hilarious musical comedy soap opera full of non-stop surprises, twists, and turns. The titular Della is the sassy, big-hearted café owner who dispenses love, wisdom and moral advice to the parade of oddballs who come and go from her cozy diner of Morning Glory Mountain.


Out Front Theatre


Funny men Steve Martin and Martin Short – two-thirds of “The Three Amigos” – appear together at the Fox Theatre.

Tonight, 8pm


Grab your harnesses and jockstraps, and don’t forget the diamonds! Billy Banderas Productions and Heretic Atlanta bring back the Glamorous party with the superstar DJ ARON spinning the beats. Atlanta’s very own DJ Neon the Glowgobear kicks off the evening. For ticket info, head to Heretic Atlanta’s Facebook page.

10 – 3am

Heretic Atlanta


Sunday, Jan. 13

Keep the party going after Heretic Atlanta’s Glamorous party, with the ultimate after-hours experience at Xion. Beats by international DeeJee Woman, Ana Paula.

3 – 7am

BJ Roosters


My Sister’s Room hosts the Sunday LGBTQ Day Party, hosted by Kia Comedy with tons of drink specials.

4 – 8pm


Monday, Jan. 14

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,

7 – 8:30pm

Charis Books and More


Tuesday, Jan. 15

Don’t be timid – it’s Underwear Night at the Atlanta Eagle.



Wednesday, Jan. 16 

Don’t miss Ruby Redd’s Birdcage Bingo tonight, joined by some drag royalty.


The Hideaway Atlanta


Thursday, Jan. 17

Charis and Cliterati pair up to present an inviting and fierce open mic & reading series on the third Thursday of every month. All are welcome to come share their work. This is the last Cliterati at the 5 Points location before Charis moves to Agnes Scott later this year. It’s also being curated by Southern Fried Queer Pride. This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary Event, and the suggested donation is $5.

7:30 – 9pm

Charis Books and More



Friday, Jan. 18

The G8Yties – 80’s Dance Party features tunes from Prince, Madonna, Culture Club, Queen, Cyndi Lauper and more. Organizers will have your 12” extended versions of all your favorite original 80’s dance songs. Come join the party and dance the night away as DJ Mike Pope will be spinning the greatest ’80s hits including “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “ Like a Prayer,” “We Got the Beat,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “ Karma Chameleon,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and more.

10pm – 2am

Heretic Atlanta


Nonsense is having a slumber party, and you’re invited. In the winter, it’s tough to get out of your comfy jammies and go out dancing. So don’t – wear your fave pajamas, sleep mask, and slippers. The event will feature music from DJ Kimber – including Robyn, Janelle Monae, Ariana, Kesha, Sia and more – plus pillow fights, games, some hairbrush lip syncing, a giant crowd-surfing teddy bear, and other surprises. The first 200 people will get friendship bracelets.


The Bracelet


Saturday, Jan. 19

The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Hammonds House Museum, will host curator Shantrelle P. Lewis in a conversation on her work in the photographic exhibit “Dandy Lion: (Re) Articulating Black Masculine Identity.” “Dandy Lion” seeks to distinguish the contemporary expressions of the Black Dandy phenomenon in popular culture. The first comprehensive exhibition of its kind, this project highlights young men in city-landscapes who defy stereotypical and monolithic understandings of Black masculinity by remixing Victorian-era fashion with traditional African sartorial sensibilities. Shantrelle P. Lewis is an independent curator based out of Brooklyn and Philadelphia. Lewis has served as the Executive Director and Curator of the McKenna Museum of African American Art as well as the Director of Public Exhibitions and Public Programming at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute.


Auburn Avenue Research Library


Join Charis in celebrating Atlanta author Breanna J. McDaniel’s first book, “Hands Up,” a triumphant picture book which recasts a charged phrase as part of a black girl’s everyday life – hands up for a hug, hands up in class, hands up for a high five – before culminating in a moment of resistance at a protest march. This is a Charis Circle Strong Families, Whole Children Program. The suggested donation is $5, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

5 – 6:30pm

Charis Books and More


In 40 years, the Armorettes have raised over $2.3 million for HIV/AIDS support services. Members have also performed at events all across the city. Join tonight in celebrating the 100+ men who have donned a wig and lashes for the cause.


The Buckhead Theatre


Jessica Holter and Lez Elegance present “Secret of the Pearl” Season 4: “Lez Diary,” a literary revelation of female fantasies. Ripped from real Letters and the erotic pages of “Punany: The Hip Hop Psalms IV: Secret of the Pearl” (Volume 4), “Secret” delivers raw sensuality on a red velvet bed of erotic poetry, exotic dance and classic erotic sketch theater. Come alone, with a group of friends, or bring a date and play along in this interactive episode of erotic sex education theater, replete with tips and tricks for fantasy-fulfillment and audience interaction.


Phillip Rush Center


Saturday, Jan. 26

Bearracuda is back for its first party of 2019 tonight – the ATL Winter Beef Ball, now in its fourth year, in collaboration with GROWLr. Join DJ Ryan Jones for a night of dancing, beefy guys and fun.

9pm – 3am

Heretic Atlanta


Join in behind the velvet rope for a night of glamour, debauchery, and disco dancing at the Atlanta Disco Society, presented by Nonsense ATL. Anything goes on the light-up dance floor, and everyone who’s anyone will be there. Saddle up your white horse, find your most fashionable jumpsuit, and prepare for a night to remember.


The Basement