Thanksgiving and all its trimmings brings exactly the extended weekend you’ve been craving. It’s time to turn the holiday into a holi-gay.
By Mike Fleming
With not one day off but often two, most of gay Atlanta gets a four-day weekend as Thanksgiving rolls around. As if you needed an excuse to let loose.
Aside from family obligations for some, the man-on-man nightlife train makes extra stops. Beginning on Wednesday night, it continues unabated with extra steam through Saturday.
First stop: Wednesday. That’s when Heretic, Burkhart’s and Ten have made a few holiday traditions of their own every Thanksgiving Eve for as long as anyone can remember. Of course, all your favorite watering holes are open and pouring, but at these events in particular, look for special guest DJs and performances.
After skipping Atlanta for L.A. a few years ago, DJ Jay McCracken returns to Ten Atlanta as DJ Kraax. Look for his signature beats in a special blacklights in the dark party.
Over at Heretic, popular touring DJ Deanne hits the decks. A portion of your entry fee at that event benefits Joining Hearts and their ongoing mission to fight HIV/AIDS in Atlanta.
Your Wednesday bar hop continues for Thanksgiving Eve with the Gobble Girls. Headed by one of our David Atlanta Heroes for 2016, Angelica D’Paige, the bar is hopping and the queens will be popping. Look for Destiny Brooks, Alissah Brooks, Jaeda P. Starr and Brigitte Bidet.
The whole thing is set up to suit the annual crowds expected – a combination of native Atlanta guys and college boys back in town for Thanksgiving with family, as well as resident gays who stay home to celebrate the Big Day their way. It’s a proven recipe for fun.
Just for the occasion, the red carpet rolls out and stays out all weekend. we gathered some of our favorite event options.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23
Blackout Dance Party
990 Piedmont Ave. NE
Joining Hearts Thanksgiving Eve
2069 Cheshire Bridge Road NE
DJ Super Blue
893 Peachtree St.
THURSDAY, NOV. 24
Bring a dish and toys for toy drive
699 Ponce de Leon Ave.
Hot In Here
All nude, all male and complimentary food all night
1400 Northside Drive NW
$1 of every Absolut drink through December benefits Lost N Found Youth
FRIDAY, NOV. 25
DJ Stan Jackson
SATURDAY, NOV. 26
DJs Rob Reum & Bill Berdeaux,
plus Fantasy Girls of Backstreet
2115 Faulkner Road
DJs Mike Servito and Gay Marvine
DJ Marcos Moreno (Barcelona)
306 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE