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Friday, May 4

B.I.G. Productions presents “Bear Invasion” with DJ Sean Mac and NYC’s DJ/Producer John LePage. 9 p.m. at Heretic, 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,,

Got Leche welcomes special guest DJ Cubanito spins for a night featuring performances from “Ru Paul’s Drag Race” alumni Jessica Wild and Mariah Belinciaga. 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. at Club Rush, 2715 Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA 30041.

Enjoy Femmistry Fridays with Traxx Girls, 10 p.m. at Encore, 2520 Piedmont Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

The guys at WassupNAtl get the party going with three levels of fun at Trio Fridays. 10 p.m – 4 a.m. at Mengo’s. 91 Broad Street, Atlanta, GA 30303,

Join the guys at Mixx for a Grown & Sexy Party with DJ Smash. 10 p.m. at Mixx, 1492 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309,

DJ Lydia Prim spins every Friday at the Heretic. 10 p.m. 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

Kitty LeClaw’s Meow Mix gets catty at 11 p.m. at Blake’s on the Park, 227 10th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309,

Every Friday, Destiny Brooks, Jasmine Antoinette, Monica Van Pelt, Iysis Dupree, Eva Destruction and an ensemble cast from Dragstar Season 2 star in “Divas Get Schooled,” a cabaret production. 11 p.m. at LeBuzz, 585 Franklin Road, Marietta, GA 30067.

Friday, May 4 – Sunday, May 6

OutlantaCon 2012 once again unites gay gamers, sci-fi enthusiasts, fantasy lovers and the general “Queer Geek audience” for a weekend of special guests and games.  Details TBA at the Holiday Inn Hotel Select Atlanta-Perimeter/Dunwoody, 4386 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30341,

“Music in the Mountains” brings three days of performances to Swiftwaters, a “womanspace” campground near Dahlonega, Ga. Swiftwaters, 830 Swiftwaters Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533,

Saturday, May 5

Expect appearances from Nichelle Paris, Shavonna B. Brooks, Necole Luv Dupree, Isabella Diamante and more at the Miss Atlanta Devine Continental drag pageant 2012. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Jungle, 2115 Faulkner Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,

The 25th Annual HRC Dinner Gala and Auction takes over the Hyatt Regency Atlanta featuring beats by DJ Mike Pope, a performance by Frenchie Davis and a keynote from U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin. 6 – 11 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 265 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30303

The Atlanta Bucks gay rugby team continues its First Friday beer and wing bust at the Heretic. 8 p.m., 2069 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324,,

Saturday, May 5 – Sunday, May 6

Join 175 artists, artisans and live acoustic musicians for the Buckhead Spring Arts & Crafts Festival, a part of the gay owned and operated Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces series of festivals. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Chastain Park, 4469 Stella Dr., Atlanta, GA 30327

Sunday, May 6

Kelli’s Childcare Collective of Atlanta hosts children’s author S.J. Tindal for a family reading of her book “Nairobi and the Firefly,” reminding readers to honor and respect the freedom of all the living. 1 – 2:30 p.m. at Charis Books and More, 1189 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307,

The Piedmont Bark Yappy Hour presents the 2012 Pet Cotillion, the annual crowning of the PALS “spokespet” and a fundraiser for the non-profit that helps pet owners with HIV/AIDS. Fenuxe Magazine’s Tyler Calkins and DAVE FM’s Mara Davis host the pet costume-optional event. 3 – 6 p.m. at Piedmont Bark, 501 Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306,

Hear ye, hear ye! The Georgia Renaissance Festival hosts an official “Gay Day” for all LGBT princesses, queens, wenches and kings. 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Rain or shine. I-85 at Exit 61 – Fairburn.

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