Best Bets: Our Guide to the Best LGBTQ Events in Atlanta for November 22-December 5

Friday, Nov. 22 

Topher Payne’s “Swell Party” continues at Onstage Atlanta tonight. It’s 1932, and 20-year-old orphaned tobacco heir Smith Reynolds has returned from New York to his family’s Winston-Salem estate with a surprise souvenir: a wife. The new Mrs. Reynolds is notorious Broadway star Libby Holman – a dozen years older than Smith. She arrives with a trunk load of gin and an acting coach who is quite possibly insane. Smith’s guardian, Kate Reynolds, attempts to manage the scandal- giving Libby a crash course in Southern decorum. A party is thrown to introduce the newlyweds to society, but it’s flat-out ruined when the groom turns up dead. The guests are gathered to reconstruct the evening’s events for a beleaguered County Solicitor, but they fail spectacularly, which shouldn’t be a surprise.

8pm, through Nov. 24


Can you believe it?! Mary’s is 21. Come throw down with DJ Headmaster who’ll spinning a Flashback Dance Party with all the Mary’s hits you know and love.

10pm – 3am


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, Nov. 23

Tis the season for warm weather gear and beer. ABetterBuzz is headed back to Woofs Atlanta for a Holiday Pop Up and Beer Bus. This year, ABB is raising money for Action Cycling Atlanta. Enjoy the beer bust, a 50/50 raffle, photos by Just Toby and new fall and winter designs.

4 – 9pm


Allen Collins Productions is proud to present Dan Slater for a night of high-intensity dancing! Get tickets on event Facebook page. 10pm – 3am

Heretic Atlanta


Jujubee from RuPaul’s Drag Race is the guest headliner for LMAO, a hilarious night of comedy queens featuring comedic drag performances from some of your favorite local performers such as Brigitte Bidet, Phoenix, Iv Fischer, Miss He, Mo’Dest Volgare and Molly Rimswell.

10pm – 3am

My Sister’s Room


Join DJ Moose on the dancefloor with reimagined dance hits of the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s all night long!

10pm – 3am

Atlanta Eagle


Sunday, Nov. 24

DJ Aaron Aanenson makes his debut in Atlanta at Xion after hours.

3am – 7am

BJ Roosters


Check out free pool and rotating DJs at Bulldogs tonight.


Monday, Nov. 25

The new film “The Good Liar,” starring Helen Mirren, Ian Mckellen and Russell Tovey and directed by Bill Condon.

Continues in metro area theaters today


“Should feminists clone?” “What do neurons think about?” “How can we learn from bacterial writing?” These and other provocative questions have long preoccupied neuroscientist, molecular biologist, and intrepid feminist theorist Deboleena Roy, who takes seriously the capabilities of lab “objects”– bacteria and other human, nonhuman, organic, and inorganic actants – in order to understand processes of becoming. In her book “Molecular Feminisms,” Roy – who will be reading and signing books – investigates science as feminism at the lab bench, engaging in an interdisciplinary conversation between molecular biology, Deleuzian philosophies, posthumanism, and postcolonial and decolonial studies. This event is sponsored by Agnes Scott College Departments of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Philosophy, and Neuroscience.

6 – 7:30pm

Luchsinger Lounge, Alston Student Center building at Agnes Scott College


Tuesday, Nov. 26

A holiday favorite is back. The Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Garden Lights, Holiday Nights returns this year with new features and crowd favorites – including new music and motion. Experience the Skylights Lounge in the Skyline Garden, several larger-than-life plant giants from Imaginary Worlds: Alice’s Wonderland display, and displays like the Ice Goddess and Tunnel of Light.

Running through Jan 11


Wednesday, Nov. 27

Join My Sister’s Room for its Thanksgiving Eve/23rd Annual Karaoke Bash, hosted by Thad Steven with no cover.



Expecting a quiet Thanksgiving eve? Not in Atlanta! Thanksgiving eve at Heretic has been a Gay Atlanta tradition for over two decades. This year, DJ Eric James will serve up a platter of hearty beats to leave you feeling full even before the Thanksgiving feast begins! Gobble gobble!

10pm – 3am

Heretic Atlanta


DJ Mister Richard is taking you on an adventure through the decades! Dance to a different decade each hour, from 2010s to disco ’70s!

10pm – 3am

Atlanta Eagle 


Thursday, Nov. 28

The gay-themed “Pain and Glory” tells of a series of reencounters experienced by Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas), a film director in his physical decline. From Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar, the film is an autobiographical telling of two love stories determined by time and fate.

Various showtimes

Landmark Midtown Art Cinema and The Springs Cinema and Taphouse


Friday, Nov. 29

The Black Friday R&B MegaFest visits State Farm Arena tonight, with the likes of Chaka Khan, Stephanie Mills, Tony Toni Tone and more.



Cirque du Soleil’s latest, “Volta,” continues its near-capacity run with fun-thrilled shows.

4:30 and 8pm, through Jan. 5

Atlantic Station


Saturday, Nov. 30

Cirque Dreams Holidaze brings its latest electrifying and reimagined live family holiday spectacular to the Fox Theatre with three unforgettable performances.

4 and 8pm, tomorrow at 2pm


Furball returns to Atlanta with Dan De Leon spinning the hottest beats all night long! Get your jock, fetish-wear, and gear ready for a sexy night of dancing and mingling! Tickets available on event Facebook page.

10pm – 3am

Heretic Atlanta


Sunday, Dec. 1

The Atlanta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosts a 2019 World AIDS Day EventRed Ribbon Afternoon of Jazz

1 – 4pm

Loudermilk Conference Center


Monday, Dec. 2

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 meets today.

7:30 – 9pm

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta


Tuesday, Dec. 3

Jam to your favorite music at Retro Video Jukebox tonight.

6 – 10pm

Woofs Atlanta


Wednesday, Dec. 4

Enjoy two events in one – Warp Zone in the Pub and Boy’s Night Out!

9pm – 2am

Heretic Atlanta


Thursday, Dec. 5

Join OUT Georgia Business Alliance (formerly AGLCC) us for the eighth annual Out In The Kitchen held at the W Atlanta-Midtown This delicious kick-off to the holiday season features Atlanta’s premier LGBTQ+ and ally chefs and their culinary inspirations. Eat, drink, be merry and celebrate the start of the holidays and the close of 2019 alongside your closest LGBTQ+ and ally community friends. Chefs will provide delightful tastings for our guests to enjoy, with colorful tunes and cash bars serving wonderful libations.

6 – 8pm


The riotous camp classic “Christmas with the Crawfords” is based on the actual Christmas Eve live radio broadcast from Joan Crawford’s Brentwood mansion in 1949. Filled with exaggerated silver screen icons, this mash-up musical parody is a loving homage to Hollywood’s “Golden Age” and features appearances of Tinsel Town divas such as Judy Garland, Carmen Miranda, Gloria Swanson, Hedda Hopper, Ethel Merman, and the Andrews Sisters.

8pm, through Dec. 21

Out Front Theatre Company



Friday, Dec. 6

Chart-topping, Grammy-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz returns to the road this holiday season with the 22nd annual Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2019. Koz and Friends will perform fresh renditions of timeless Christmas classics – as well as a Chanukah medley – and hits from their respective catalogues.


Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre


DILF returns to Atlanta for the annual “Jingle My Balls Daddy” party hosted by Joe Whitaker. DJ Jesus Pelayo from Madrid, Spain will take you on a musical journey to get you into the holiday mood! Tickets available on event Facebook page.

10pm – 3am

Heretic Atlanta


Saturday, Dec. 7 

Watch the SEC Championship at Woofs Atlanta!

12 – 3pm


Charis Books welcomes Dr. E. Patrick Johnson in conversation with Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall for a celebration of “Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women,” a narrative non-fiction companion to his instant classic oral history released earlier this year, “Black. Queer. Southern. Women – An Oral History.”

7:30 – 9pm


B.I.G. Productions presents Bear Invasion with the one and only tribal bitch, DJ Paulo.

10pm – 3am

Heretic Atlanta


DJ Daniel Weaver prepares you for the HOE-lidays with his illumination party! It’s the dance of the lights, so don’t miss it!

10pm – 3am

Atlanta Eagle


Sunday, Dec. 8

Georgia native Jamie Barton, a mezzo-soprano who came out as bisexual, has played at opera houses around the world and visits Spivey Hall today, in concert with pianist Kathleen Kelly.



Thursday, Dec. 12

Metro Atlanta Association of Professionals will celebrate the holidays tonight with the ultimate networking event of the year. The night kicks off on the rooftop terrace at the Alexan on 8th in Midtown. Bill Kaelin Marketing will provide holiday refreshments in the super cool speakeasy for you to enjoy while festively networking the night away. Admission is a new unwrapped toy and those who bring one will receive five raffle tickets to win a set of VIP passes to the

Toy Party.

6 – 9pm


Like a damaged St. Nick for the Christmas corrupted, John Waters – legendary filmmaker, raconteur and author of bestselling books – hitchhikes into town with a bag full of sticks and stones for the devoted and the damned, spreading Yuletide profanity and perverted piety with his critically acclaimed one-man show, “A John Waters Christmas.”


Variety Playhouse


Saturday, Dec. 14

Check out the new Drag Queen Brunch at Twisted Soul Cookhouse and Pours. Afterwards, DJ Shailon will be spinning music to keep the party going.

Noon – 2pm 


Sunday, Dec. 15

It’s one of the big parties of the season – For the Kid in All of Us hosts the Toy Party and Silent Auction tonight. Admission includes great entertainment, complimentary food, and a wide variety of drinks, including four drinks free with every general admission ticket (or unlimited drinks for VIP).

6 – 11pm

Domaine and The Wimbish House