Best Bets: Our Guide to the Best LGBTQ Events in Atlanta for October 25-November 8

Friday, Oct. 25

Mix and mingle with LGBTQ+ business professionals, allies, non-profit leaders and more as the OUT Georgia Business Alliance (OGBA) – formerly known as the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce – hosts its October Fourth Friday, hosted by BB&T.

5:30 – 7:30pm

Out Front Theatre Company


For the ninth year, the Grant Park’s Halloween Lantern Parade is ready to welcome in Halloween. All are invited to take part in this Halloween season tradition at Grant Park where you can make a lantern and walk the parade. Leading the parade around the park path is the Black Sheep Ensemble with the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons giant puppets and goblins. The Wasted Potential Brass Band will bring up the rear and DJ Tabone will be on hand to handle dancing after the parade.

6 – 10pm

Grant Park


The San Francisco based, all-male Chanticleer brings their “Trade Winds” show to Atlanta.


Sandy Springs Performing 

Arts Centre


Saturday, Oct. 26

“Wicked,” the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz … but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin –smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships … until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”

7:30pm, through Nov. 17

Fox Theatre


Come get Halloween started right and attend a screening of the 1925 Silent Film “The Phantom of the Opera” starring Lon Chaney. Featuring Randy Elkins, as theatre organist, the event – which is free and open to the public – is part of the Druid Hills Presbyterian Church Organ Restoration Project. All donations will go 100% towards

the restoration of DHPC’s Aeolian-

Skinner organ.

8 – 10pm


TEN Atlanta sponsors the Forest of the Gallery costume contest.



Sunday, Oct. 27

Continue partying all night with Halloween magic at Xion after hours with DJ Morabito.

3 – 7am

BJ Roosters


At the Day of the Dead Festival, guests enjoy traditional dancing, crafts, and authentic Mexican food and entertainment. View a display of altars honoring lost family and friends that are decorated with flowers, food, and beverages. Admission is free.

Noon – 5pm

Atlanta History Center


Charis Books and More celebrates Nic Stone’s newest book, “Jackpot: All Bet$ Are Off,” a pitch-perfect romance that examines class, privilege, and how a stroke of good luck can change an entire life. Nic will be in conversation with local YA author Becky Albertalli, who wrote “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda,” which became the film “Love, Simon.”

6 – 7pm


Monday, Oct. 28

Announcing: Stage to Screen! In partnership with Out on Film, Out Front Theatre Company will be hosting a special screening of “The Birdcage” tonight to coincide with the company’s production of “La Cage aux Folles.” Get your tickets fast to see this comedy classic inspired by the Tony Award-winning musical.


Out Front Theatre Company


Tuesday, Oct. 29

Join the OUT Georgia Business Alliance (OGBA) – formerly known as the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce – for its Membership Orientation to learn about how to best utilize your business membership. Sponsored by BB&T, and held at their Atlantic Station offices. 5:30 – 7:30pm


Wednesday, Oct 30

Return to light the black flame candle with the classic 1993 Bette Midler romp “Hocus Pocus.” Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. The screening is hosted by Phoenix, Molly Rimswell, & Iv Fischer.

7:30 and 10pm

Plaza Atlanta


Thursday, Oct 31

Not trick or treating? Come to Eddies’ Attic as Hannah Thomas joins forces with Jason Hawk Harris.



The ninth annual Haunted Hoedown scares up a crowd tonight, with cash and prizes for best costume.


Heretic Atlanta


Friday, Nov. 1 – 2

Part-time Atlanta native Elton John brings his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour to State Farm Arena tonight and tomorrow. 8pm


Friday, Nov. 1

Join MAAP on the first Friday of each month for its “It’s Friday – Mix, Mingle and Network” event. This is a great way to start your weekend right and connect with new friends and business contacts over drinks, laughter, and good professional conversation.


My Sister’s Room


Don’t miss PALS Atlanta’s second annual Fur Ball Masquerade. VIP admission – beginning at 7pm – is $100/person and includes a VIP cocktail hour, a gift bag, and all general admission benefits. General admission – beginning at 8pm – is $75/person and includes an open bar, heavy passed hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, a souvenir mask, a silent auction, beats by DJ Sed the Saint, and a masquerade mask contest.

Egyptian Ballroom of 

the Fox Theatre


Out Front Theatre Company presents the musical “La Cage aux Folles” tonight. Georges is the owner of the La Cage Aux Folles nightclub, which features a drag show starring his partner and the love of his life, Albin. After 20 years of unwedded bliss, Georges and his partner Albin face the hardest challenge of their relationship yet: meeting their son, Jean-Michel’s fiancé’s parents. Albin has always raised Jean-Michel, Georges’ biological son, as his own. But when Jean-Michel falls in love and becomes engaged to the daughter of an ultra-conservative, anti-gay politician, Georges feels compelled to try to present a more “traditional” family. When Albin tries and fails to take on a masculine persona in the role of Uncle Al, he gets more creative in order to find a way to be part of the “meet the parents” experience.

8pm, through Nov. 9


Saturday, Nov. 2

Bearracuda is back to celebrate 10 years at the Heretic Atlanta. DJ Paul Goodyear and very special guests will be making this a fun night to remember.

10pm – 3am


Sunday, Nov. 3

Play pool and enjoy beats by DJ Tron.



Monday, Nov. 4

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, Nov. 5

With an anti-abortion majority on the Supreme Court and several states attempting to outlaw abortion altogether, many activists are on the defensive, hoping to hold on to reproductive rights in a few places and cases. How did we get here and how do we build a fighting movement for abortion rights and full reproductive justice? In her new book “Without Apology,” Jenny Brown uncovers a century of legal abortion in the United States until 1873, recalls women’s experiences in the illegal days, and shows how the women’s liberation movement of the 1960s really won abortion rights. Brown talks about the book tonight.


Charis Books and More


Wednesday, Nov. 6

Get your trivia on tonight.


Woofs Atlanta


Thursday, Nov. 7

Get adventurous for Blackout Night.


Atlanta Eagle


Friday, Nov. 8

Topher Payne’s “Swell Party” opens 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 trunkload 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



Saturday, Nov. 9

Charis Books and More turns 45 years old today. Come celebrate with an all-day party and sale. Everything in the store is 10% off and if you spend more than $45 in the book store or become a monthly cornerstone donor to Charis Circle, our non-profit, you get a free Charis Books and More tote bag.

10am – 7pm


Condom Couture ATL hosts its inaugural fashion show benefiting Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates. See spectacular Masquerade-themed garments on the runway designed using over 1,000 colorful condoms by local creatives Sarah Lawrence, Mo’Dest Volgare and more. The prophylactic fashion runway event will feature performances by RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 2 contestant Nicole Paige Brooks.

8 – 10pm

Westside Cultural Arts Center


Tuesday, Nov. 12

To commemorate the 90th anniversary of the birth of Anne Frank and the 75th anniversary of her last entry in her diary, the Clark Atlanta University Philharmonic Society will present a performance of “Annelies” tonight. This stunning choral work, by James Whitbourn, brings to life the diary written by Annelies (Anne) Frank between 1942 and 1944 when she and her family hid in the back of an Amsterdam warehouse.


The Temple


Wednesday, Nov. 13

No wire hangers – ever!! Wussy Wednesday returns with one of the best camp classics ever – “Mommie Dearest,” hosted by Brigitte Bidet and Molly Rimswell. Arrive and grab a cocktail and snack and take some photos before the look contest.



Thursday, Nov. 14

Point Foundation invites you to join

A Night On Point. The evening will feature remarks from Point scholars and staff to help increase awareness of Point’s mission and work, as well as an introduction to how individuals and companies can help support Point’s programs and initiatives.

7:30 – 9:30pm 

721 Miami Circle NE, Atlanta, GA 30324-3025


NerdLanta and Hot Mic Comedy bring you Holy Sh!t Comedy Night on the 2nd Thursday of every month. Brothers and sisters, cometh to our service hosted by Pastor Ian Aber. Together we shall praise, repent and rejoice in the holy spirit of comedy.


Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium