Best Bets: Our Guide to the Best LGBTQ Events in Atlanta for September 27 – October 10

Friday, Sept. 27

Theatrical Outfit’s version of the LGBT-themed “The Laramie Project,” running in rep with the classic “Our Town,” continues tonight.

7:30pm, through Sept. 29


The only hoedown in Atlanta! It’s all-night dancing to a mix of country, swing, and pop. Handsome good ol’ boys, dashing dames. There’s line dancing, two-step, west coast swing, and more! Something for everyone. You won’t want to miss it!

8pm – 3am

Heretic Atlanta


Saturday, Sept. 28

The 32nd annual Out On Film continues today and it’s Georgia Voice day, with films and shorts programs all day culminating with the acclaimed “Circus of Books” “Sell By.”

7pm and 9pm

Midtown Art Cinema


Dudes, Daddies, Discreet, Don’t Know … DILF is for ALL MEN! Joe Whitaker & The DILF Party Present … a special leather and gear event, DILF “Leather Me Up Daddy” featuring DJ James Anthony from New York.

10pm – 3am

Heretic Atlanta


Sunday, Sept. 29

DJ Phil Romano is back at Xion after hours for a morning of non-stop dancing!

3am – 7am

BJ Roosters


The AIDS Walk and Music Festival gets started with music in the park to follow.


Piedmont Park


Monday, Sept. 30

Don’t be shy at Fetish Monday tonight.

7pm – 3am

Atlanta Eagle


Wednesday, Oct. 2

It’s bound to be one of the biggest productions of the fall. The Alliance Theatre presents the world premiere of “Becoming Nancy,” based on the young adult novel by Terry Ronald about a teenage boy who tries out for a musical and is cast in a female part. It’s directed by the legendary (and out) Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell.

7:30pm, through Oct. 6


Charis welcomes debut novelist Julie E. Justicz, for a wide-ranging conversation about art, music, and activism with musician Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls. Justicz will share pieces of her novel, “Degrees of Difficulty” which tells the story of Ben, a boy with multiple seizure disorders, and his siblings and parents who struggle in various ways to connect with him and care for him. Julie will be joined in conversation by her longtime friend, Emily Saliers. Emily will share a few songs and talk about the similarities and differences in their respective creative processes. Julie will sign books and light refreshments will be served.

7:30 – 9pm

Charis Books and Moore 


Thursday, Oct. 3

Building on the feminist activist tradition of consciousness-raising groups, each month Charis invites community members to join this lightly facilitated group to talk about issues in their personal lives or society as a whole that they are trying to process or deconstruct. The group will then use intersectional feminist strategies as tools to help talk through those issues. Group members will share resources, books, websites, and support. The goal is for this group to grow from a place of venting and expressions of solidarity into concrete actions and collaborations. People of all genders, levels of political experience, and education are welcome. This is a Charis Circle Founding the Future of Feminism Event. The suggested donation is $5.


Friday, Oct. 4

Event planners, wedding service providers and other professionals interested in expanding their knowledge about inclusive wedding planning are invited to attend the Fox Theatre’s first-ever event presented with Equally Wed Pro, We Do! Inclusive wedding planning for Atlanta’s LGBTQ community. Lunch and beverages will also be included with the seminar ticket.


Fox Theatre


Meet up with MAAP at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art for their HIGH-Frequency Friday: YP Takeover tonight. MAAP will be co-hosting a Pride-themed activity with the High’s Young Professionals during this evening of casual networking, live music, signature cocktails, and performances throughout the galleries. Look for the MAAP check-in table near the museum entrance.

6 – 9pm


When Jodi Isaac flies across the country to visit her famous fashion mogul father for his 70th birthday, she finds that his posh downtown New York townhouse has a new resident: dad’s new boyfriend who is 20, and a porn star. This blistering new comedy by Joshua Harmon, “Bad Jews,” “Significant Other” hilariously excoriates America’s obsession with youth, sex, and physical beauty.

8pm, through Oct. 5

Actor’s Express


Saturday, Oct. 5

A Conversation with Love, Simon author Becky Albertalli. New York Times bestselling author Becky Albertalli will discuss her books, including the highly acclaimed novel that inspired the major motion picture “Love, Simon,” and what it was like working with Hollywood. Bookmiser will be on hand to sell Albertalli’s full catalog of books, including “The Upside of Unrequited” and “Leah on the Offbeat,” and Albertalli will sign autographs following the talk. FREE but Ticket required. (Space is limited)



Roswell Cultural Arts Center


Positive Impact Health Center’s annual event, Party With Impact, raises money for HIV medical care, supportive services, prevention, and testing throughout metro Atlanta. Come out tonight for a Pre-Pride event dancing to all your favorite ’80s songs and live performances by Martha Wash (above) and Taylor Dayne (inset). 8 – 11:30pm. Tabernacle Atlanta.


Get ready for the 2019 Stride Into Pride Warm-up Party featuring

DJ Jackinsky!

10pm – 3am 

Heretic Atlanta


Sunday, Oct. 6

DJ’s Travis and Eric, the dynamic duo, are back at Xion to keep the party going!

3am – 7am

BJ Roosters


Atlanta United hosts the New England Revolution in a pivotal pre-playoff game.


Mercedes-Benz Stadium


Monday, Oct. 7

Trans and Friends is a youth-focused group for trans people, people questioning their 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, Oct. 8

Hang out with some friends and enjoy Taco Tuesday at Friends Neighborhood bar tonight.


Wednesday, Oct. 9

Bulldogs hosts Karaoke with DJ Kaye G!



Across town, Thad Stevens hosts Karaoke tonight.


My Sister’s Room


Thursday, Oct. 10

Tony Conway and the team at Legendary Events are thrilled to invite you to join Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms for the second annual Mayor’s Pride Reception. On the eve of National Coming Out Day, Mayor Bottoms will host her second annual Pride reception, which will be an evening of celebration, just before Atlanta Pride. Guests will enjoy speakers, live entertainment and more! Attire: cocktail or business casual, Flourish, 7 – 9pm


Atlanta-born and Georgia-raised (and lesbian fave) musician Caroline Aiken performs tonight at Eddie’s Attic.



WUSSY MAG & For All Humans present Playhouse with Alyssa Edwards and over 20 local performers including LaLa Ri, Diego Serna, Melissa Coffey, Brigitte Bidet, Molly Rimswell, Ivana Fischer, The Kourtesans, House of ALXNDR, EllaSaurus-Rex and more.


Buckhead Theatre 



Saturday, Oct 12

The third annual Bottoms Up Drag brunch is tonight with Tammie Brown of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,”

Noon – 4pm

Annex Bookstore

Are you ready for some Pride in Atlanta? Join us as we present “Geared: 50 Years of Pride”! We love our leather, rubber, spandex gear so break out your best and join us for a night of fun and friskiness as DJ Neon the Glowgobear spins the hottest tunes.

10pm – 3am

Atlanta Eagle


Film Love presents: Andy Warhol’s “Empire,” brought to Atlanta by the Hambidge Center and The Works Upper Westside. The event is free to the public, but seating is limited so get tickets on their Facebook page.


Sunday, Oct. 13

With a programming team who can’t be bothered to look at an Atlanta calendar, talk show icon Rachel Maddow visits the Fox Theatre this evening. 5:30pm.


Following three decades in the spotlight, numerous GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM Awards to her name, countless multi-platinum certifications, and millions of fans entertained, the same passion still motivates and moves Trisha Yearwood. She performs tonight.


Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre


Monday, Oct. 14

Out On Film and the Consulate General of Ireland screen the film “The Queen of Ireland,” with a Q and A by its star, the iconic Irish dag personality Panti Bliss and a reception to follow.


Midtown Art Cinema