Drag Fest Best Bets

Curated by Gay Place for you, our devoted readers

Today, Austin turns into the dragtastic center of the universe with the third annual Austin International Drag Festival. Four days filled with all-ages events, student discounts, panels, workshops, a Glamour Lounge, 200 drag artists, 5 stages, and 400 performances.

The grrrls of Poo Poo Platter celebrate five dirty, drag-filled years (Photo provided by Harry Roberts)

Trust us when we say this year’s fest is going to be fierce, but if you're feeling overwhelmed by its epicness – we're here to help. Save the werrrk for the stage and check out Gay Place’s not-to-be-missed Drag Fest events.

POC Performers Q&A With Papi Churro

Thu., Nov. 9, 3pm
Drag Village (Holiday Inn Austin Midtown)

Kick off the festival with a discussion on being a POC drag performer with Austin’s genderqueer conceptual drag king Papi Churro.

Binding with Spikey Van Dykey

Thu., Nov. 9, 4pm
Drag Village

Legendary gender-bending male illusionist Spikey Van Dykey will teach you how to safely and responsibly bind during this xxxtra fun workshop.

Sellers Thursday Night Showcase

Thu., Nov. 9, 10:30pm
Sellers Underground

Get the party started at this showcase hosted by the divinely feline Crimson Kitty. Featuring Austin’s much-loved Chique-fil-atio and Big Apple fave Jizzabella, the evening promises to be one for the lewk books.

Riot Queens, Ballroom Divas

Fri., Nov. 10, 4pm
Drag Village

Discover the rich history of drag as a tool for resistance and revolution at this class led by Lady J Martinez O’Neal, a “queer activist and graduate student by day, and fierce entertainer by night.”

Sidewinder Friday Night Showcase

Fri., Nov. 10, 7pm
Sidewinder (Rear Stage)

Hosted by Cheddar Gorgeous, acts from across the world will be slaying the stage, but our very own Tatiana Cholula will make sure to close out the night on a high note.

Our very own Chique-Fil-atio, performing Thursday night. (Photo by Nick Mollberg)

Poo Poo Platter’s Fifth Anniversary

Sat., Nov. 11, 12:50am
97.5 Pride Austin Stage (Elysium)

How can you say no to celebrating the half-decade anniversary of Poo Poo Platter, Austin’s filthy drag royalty? Hosted by the legendary Boulet Brothers and qween from across the pond Dis Charge, this show will feature the Chronicle’s 2017 Best Drag Performer Louisianna Purchase and the other spooky half of Best Scream Queen Duo Zane Zena.

Bye Felicia Brunch & Show

Sun., Nov. 12, 10am
WERRRK.COM Showcase Stage (Holiday Inn Austin Midtown)

Wrap up the fest on a relatively healthy note with brunch - OJ in mimosas make them healthy, right? - and a daytime showcase. Get your fill of Mystique Summers, Smashlyn Monroe, and Enigma (a.k.a. The Bearded Queer of Texas), among others, before we all sashay away until next year.

The festival runs today (Thursday, Nov. 9) through Sunday, Nov. 12. See the full lineup on their website. Also, because Drag Fest loves Gay Place and the Chronicle (and vice versa) they're offering our readers 25% off passes when you use the code "AUSTIN"!

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