Weeknight Drag Roundup
The party shouldn’t stop when you clock in.
By A. Micah Mills,
8:00AM, Mon. Aug. 26, 2019
We’re a society that lives for the weekend, but it’s 2019 and fluidity is the word so why should the fun stop on Sundays? And lez be honest, Austin has something – or some drag – for everyone, every night of the week.
That’s right, the category is weeknight drag and we’ve got your (v robust) roundup below. (For the sake of this story, we’re defining “weeknight” as Sunday through Thursday, or a night that has a traditional workday following it.) Of course, we’re not perfect (damn close, though) so if we’ve missed an event or there’s a shiny new one starting up, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
KREAM, hosted by Cupcake and Noodles with DJ Ruby Knight. Sellers Underground, 213 W. Fourth St., 11pm-2am
One of the only shows in Austin one can watch from the bar or the comfort of their couch, KREAM is both a drag show and a live broadcast on Facebook. They take cash and Venmo tips (for those of you sitting on their couch watching), cuz, as we mentioned, it’s 2019. There’s no excuse to miss it. Simply click that like @KREAMonSunday on Facebook.
#Brunch,Qween! Hosted by Roxy Brooks with DJ Macky Ray. Oilcan Harry’s, 211 W. Fourth St., 5-9pm
For when you’ve brunched too hard head over to #Brunch, Qween! to keep the party going. T-dance vibes start out the night, and smack dab in the middle comes a one-woman show by Roxy Brooks. She gives you Broadway. She gives you hip-hop. She gives you spoken word, and everything in between. Plus, what’s better than ending your weekend with brunch and $2 mimosas?
The DIVAS Show, hosted by Roxy Brooks and alternating castmate with DJ Eriq Stylez, Oilcan Harry’s, 211 W. Fourth St., 11pm-2am
They say seven is a lucky number, and seven queens you’ll get every Sunday night. With a new theme and special guest each week, it’s a show that’ll surprise you. Whether it’s disco or glow, you can shake those Sunday scaries with some of the most fabulous divas in town.
Highland’s Sunday Funday, hosted by Lady Grackle Birdbreath and Colleen DeForrest. Highland, 404 Colorado St., 8pm
Start with Dirty Birdie Drag Bingo from 8-10pm. Yup, it’s all in the name. There will be a chicken named Patsy (yes, sports fans, Fajita the Chicken recently retired as she’s now a mother to a handful of downy chicks!) Anywho, bingo is free to play, but if you buy a Chicken Shit Number ($3) and Patsy deems yer number lucky enough to poop on it, you win the cash pot and all proceeds go to the Fajita the Chicken Legacy fund, which supports and rescues local chickens. The fun doesn’t stop there and carries over into late-night karaoke where you can sing your heart out and save some money until 10pm with happy hour prices.
Cupcake’s Bar Trivia, hosted by Cupcake. Rain, 217 W. Fourth St., 7-9pm
Mondays are for martinis and a sweet treat like Cupcake. She’s bringing everyone back to the Nineties with three free rounds of trivia played on her overhead projector. Don’t miss $6.75 you-call-it martinis.
Austin’s Next Drag Superstar, hosted by Nadine Hughes, Sellers Underground, 213 W. Fourth St., 11pm-2am
After seven cycles of competition, Nadine Hughes is rounding up the best of the best from past seasons to create Austin’s Next Drag Superstar All-Stars to compete for Austin’s Miss Superstar – sound familiar? Every week the queens will have to rise to a weekly challenge to snatch the crown.
Show Stopper, hosted by Sabel Scities and Jack Rabid. (Breaks for Drag Class starting September 3 until December 3.) Rain, 217 W. Fourth St, 9pm-midnight.
Show Stopper is open to a range of talents, including singers, dancers, kings, queens, and every talent in between. Bring your friends because each talent is voted on by audience applause and the loudest wins $75. Whether people bring talent or not, they can enjoy specials on Lonestars and Three Olive cocktails.
Drag Class, hosted by Sabel Scities (starting Sept. 3 through Nov. 19). Rain, 217 W. Fourth St., 9pm-midnight
Sabel Scities is taking you back to class and schoolin' you on drag. She opens her school doors to entertainers who’ve been performing for two years or less and want to learn how to style their wigs, beat their mug, build a brand, and so much more. Sabel’s students are paired with a seasoned queen who will show ‘em the ropes over the semester. The queens compete for $1,000, photoshoots, bookings, and more. Bonus: No one will wanna miss the After School Dance party that follows.
Kiki & Karaoke, hosted by Nadine Hughes and Adam Stone. Sellers Underground, 213 W. Fourth St., 10pm-2am
This is not your average karaoke night. Come sing for the crowd while Nadine and Mr. Austin Pride 2019 Adam Stone sit back, chat, and, well play Simon Cowell. No matter what happens, they always have snacks.
Texas History is Drag, hosted by Colleen DeForrest. Dean's One Trick Pony at The LINE Hotel, 111 E. Cesar Chavez St., 8-10pm
Learn Texas history like junior high could never teach it with Austin’s self-proclaimed senator Colleen DeForrest at one of the swankiest hotels in town where she’ll bring some of the state’s most legendary tales to life through the art of drag. Get ready to participate in all the fun.
Cupcake’s Bar Trivia, hosted by Cupcake. Trudy’s Texas Star, 409 W. 30th St., 8-10pm.
If you missed her trivia on Monday, come play Cupcake’s second trivia of the week. Rumor has it, she wants to be the first drag queen on Jeopardy. She brings her overhead transparency over to West Campus. It’s happy hour all night and free to play – we call that a win-win.
The Sabel Show, hosted by Sabel Scities. Rain, 217 W. Fourth St., 10pm-midnight.
Mix one part drag show, one part variety, and a generous amount of fun and you get the Sabel Show, Austin’s only drag show run by one queen plus one special guest each week. Each month you’ll see a rising star, a local favorite, a state favorite, and someone from outside Texas! We promise, you’ll never see the same show twice.
WERQ, hosted by Diamond Dior with DJ Tony Castro. Sellers Underground, 213 W. Fourth St., 11pm-2am.
On Wednesdays we WERQ for the all-inclusive drag show where viewers have a chance to be part of Diamond Dior's underground dollhouse. Expect all the entertainment and a little bit of table talk to lube things up. There will be games, gossip, fun, and, of course, drinks.
Rupaul's Drag Race Rewind, hosted by Louisianna Purchase. Jo’s Coffee, 242 W. 2nd St., 8pm.
We’re in the offseason of RuPaul’s Drag Race and our engines are stopped, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to quit. Louisanna Purchase, season three contestant of the Boulet Brothers’ Dragula!, screens past seasons of Drag Race every Thursday at one of Austin's favorite coffee shops – with a bar. Don’t worry, they fast forward to the live season when it’s airing.
Thirstgay Thursdays, hosted by Cheeki Kahnt with DJ Corey Speir. Stereotype, 510 Rio Grande St., 10pm-2am.
There’s a new party coming to West Sixth St. and it’s ready to quench your thirst. A night filled with jams, games, and drag. Come hang out with Cheeki every week, and on the last Thursday of the month catch her and a special guest’s drag show.
The Queens of 4th, hosted by Nadine Hughes and rotating guests, Sellers Underground, 213 W. Fourth St., 11pm-2am
No themes, no competitions, no BS – just drag. This show brings you a rotating cast throughout the month: The Obsession cast – featuring Austin’s latest and greatest queens; the Octane cast of high-energy babes, and the Opulence cast featuring our most seasoned, glam queens. You don’t want to miss the range of talent that this show has to offer.
Drag Survivor hosted by Kelly Kline, Bout Time II, 6607 IH-35, 11pm-2am
After 14 seasons, Kelly Kline brings Austin’s longest-running, all-encompassing talent competition to North Austin. This season, come see the “Battle of the Seasons.” Our local queens – who’ve all competed in previous seasons – face weekly challenges to avoid getting eliminated. The winner will take home $1,500, paid bookings, a photoshoot, and more.
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Austin Drag, Louisianna Purchase, Boulet Brothers Dragula, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Cupcake, Noodles, Roxy Brooks, Lady Grackle Birdbreath, Colleen DeForrest, Nadine Hughes, Sabel Scities, Cheeki Kahnt, Kelly Kline