Festivals, cocktail parties, concert hall performances, tea dances for a cause and gay men’s favorite funny lady make April another great month to be gay in Atlanta.
Compiled by Mike Fleming
Anderson Cooper’s bestie keeps her gays laughing with celebrity skewerings like only she can deliver. This time, we’re guaranteed some Donald Trump one-liners that you can repeat at parties for weeks to come. Secure your seats to the April 15 show at Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, on kathygriffin.net.
Spring Festival on Ponce
Art, music and food combine with the perfect temps of the season to make this popular outdoor event memorable. The gay-run Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces pulls out all the stops to highlight the city’s best parks with festivals throughout the year. This one takes place on April 2-3 in Olmsted Linear Park, through 6 p.m. both days. festivalonponce.com
Hobnob, munch, sip and bid at Jerusalem House’s annual silent auction mixer on April 7 at the Biltmore Ballrooms, 817 Peachtree St. NE. Gourmet bites, vodka specialty drinks, and music by the Will Scruggs Quartet complement fabulous items up for bids to benefit the organization’s permanent housing programs. jerusalemhouse.org
Atlanta Dogwood Festival
The crown jewel of spring festival season welcomes all comers to gay Atlanta’s unofficial home park. Shorts weather and blooming century-old trees set the scene for the 80th annual celebration of art, food, music and more at Piedmont Park April 8-10. Make plans at dogwood.org.
Change of Seasons
A gay right of passage every spring, this Joining Hearts tea dance brings boys, beverages and beats. DJs Neon the Glowgobear and Kevin Durard hit the decks with this year’s ‘80s theme on April 10 at the Georgia Terrace Hotel, 659 Peachtree St. NE. Find tickets and info at joininghearts.org.
Atlanta Film Festival
Ten days of cinematic excellence include a packed Pink Peach track of LGBT films and filmmakers. The centerpiece film VIVA tells the story of a gay hairdresser in drag bar who dreams of becoming one of the performers. AFF screenings take place April 1 through April 10 at venues all over town. Visit atlantafilmfestival.com.
HRC Atlanta Gala Dinner & Silent Auction
One of the city’s premiere LGBT events comes back around to bring out your tuxedoed best. Hobnob with elected officials, gay bigwigs, special guests making waves in the national movement, and hundreds of friends raising funds at this 29th annual event. See how they riff on the 2016 theme “Beyond Marriage” on April 30 at Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Tickets are available at hrcatlanta.com.