Bring on the turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce —- and the LGBT events. Thanksgiving week brings a diverse list of options, from popular DJs to potlucks and bowling, to make you thankful for gay Atlanta.
On Wednesday, you can try your hand at the Turkey Bowl, show your gratitude at First Metropolitan Community Church’s Thanksgiving Eve Service, and dance the night away as Power Infiniti spins for the “Butter Ball” at Amsterdam Atlanta.
Thanksgiving Day features events at the Model T, Mary’s, and XS Ultra Lounge, among others, and the nightlife parties on through the weekend, including the Turkey Relief Dance Party on Saturday night at My Sister’s Room.
Here are some of the highlights through the weekend. Also look out for regular weekly events at your favorite bars.
Wednesday, Nov. 21
Get ready to gobble at Turkey Bowl, promising three games of “crazy fun” plus at Turkey Toss. Hosted by Dixie Invitational Bowling at 7 p.m. at Midtown Bowl, 1936 Piedmont Circle, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.dixiebowl.org
First Metropolitan Community Church hosts its annual Thanksgiving Eve Service. 7 p.m. at First MCC, 1379 Tullie Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329. www.firstmcc.com
Power Infiniti brings star power to the annual Thanksgiving Eve “ButterBall.” 10 p.m. at Amsterdam Atlanta, 502-A Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306, www.amsterdamatlanta.com at Amsterdam with Power Infiniti
DJ Sin Morera spins to benefit Joining Hearts at the Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.hereticatlanta.com
Thursday, Nov. 22
The Model T hosts a Thanksgiving Potluck at 3 p.m. at 699 Ponce De Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.modeltatlanta.com
Dance off your turkey and dressing with OFFyerHEAD: Britpop + Indie, the Thanksgiving Night party starting at 9 p.m. at Mary’s, 1287 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316, www.marysatlanta.com
Traxx presents Thankful Thursday, with a $100 money drop at the Turnt Up Thursdays party at XS Ultra Lounge, 708 Spring St., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.xsultralounge.com
Friday, Nov. 23
The Santaland Diaries, an Atlanta theater tradition, brings gay humorist David Sedaris’ satire about working as a Macy’s elf back to the stage. Opens tonight, runs through Dec. 30 at Horizon Theatre, 1083 Austin Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307, www.horizontheatre.com
Edie Cheezburger presents The Other Show, featuring Jasmine Antoinette, Justice Tyana Taylor, Miami Royale, Violet Chachki and special guest Arrianna Paris. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., show at 9:30 p.m., DJ Thomas Byrd spins pop and top 40 after. Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.jungleclubatlanta.com
City of the South Theatre Company presents “Birds of a Feather,” aka “The Birdcage,” complete with a three-course meal for the Holiday Dinner Theatre at Jungle. Opens tonight with shows Nov. 24, Dec. 6-8 at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, GA 30324, www.jungleclubatlanta.com
The Model T hosts a Toy Drive for Jerusalem House, which helps those living with HIV. Model T, 699 Ponce De Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.modeltatlanta.com
Traxx Girls presents the Friday night Banjee Girls hip-hop party from 9 p.m. – 4 a.m. at My Sister’s Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316, www.mysistersroom.com
DJ Brett Long spins for Mr. and Miss Atlanta Eagle bar night, Atlanta Eagle, 306 Ponce De Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.atlantaeagle.com
Saturday, Nov. 24
Atlanta’s Every Womyn presents an “LGBT Old School Game Night,” with games like Monopoly, Scrabble, Twister, Musical Chairs and much more to benefit Lift Up Atlanta. $7. 7 – 10 p.m. at the Phillip Rush Center, 1530 Dekalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307
Take a break from leftovers with the Turkey Relief Dance Party featuring DJ Rapko from Q100 at My Sister’s Room, 1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316, www.mysistersroom.com
Mon Cherie presents The Chamber Reunion II, harkening back to the glory days of Atlanta’s former fetish bar with aerial artists, fetish and burlesque performers, DJs Jennocide and Alabaster, host Devin Liquor and much more. 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. at The Masquerade, 695 North Ave., Atlanta, GA 30308, www.moncheriepresents.com
Traxx Girls presents the annual Red & Black Affair: Toy Drive 2012, hosted by Kenya Moore of “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” 10 p.m. – 2:45 a.m. at 595, 595 North Ave., Atlanta, GA 30318, www.traxxgirls.com
Traxx Clubs presents a Thanksgiving Extravaganza with Kenya Moore of “Real Housewives,” who also appears at the Traxx Girls party. DJ Eclipse and DJ Angel X spin house and hip hop. XS Ultra Lounge, 708 Spring Street Atlanta, GA 30308, www.xcessultralounge.com
Daring Divas is the new Saturday night show at Blake’s feauring Charlie Brown, Shawnna Brooks, Angelica D’Paige, Savannah Leigh, Michelle Paris and The Lady Shabazz. Blake’s on the Park, 227 10th St., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.blakesontheparkatlanta.com