Unless you’ve been to DragCon or a similar event in another city, it’s doubtful you will see as much drag in one day and in one place as you’ll see on Saturday, September 14th at Baltimore’s first ever Drag Festival. All the dragstravaganza will take place at the Creative Alliance (3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore).
The day kicks off with “Story Time with Drag Queens” from noon to 1 pm. Everyone loves story time, and everything is better with drag queens, right? Baltimore’s own Pariah Sinclair and Lula Lioness will host this event reading kids stories with a twist. It’s open to all ages and totally free. Bring your family and friends to a welcoming space where kids and storytellers are free to present as they feel comfortable and listen to classic children’s tales. Please note however, that this event will be held in the Amalie Rothschild Gallery where a life drawing exhibition is currently on view. This means that there are drawings of people in the nude on the walls.
At 7 pm the vendor fair opens and will include makeup tutorials by local queens along with venders selling the essentials for both veteran queens and weekend drag warriors.
Alongside the glitter and glitz, the BeSure van will be offering free HIV testing and the Baltimore Board of Elections will be helping with voter registration to make sure everyone can exercise their right to vote! Food and drink will be available from Points South Latin Kitchen, Nacho Mama’s, and Union Craft Brewing.
In addition, representatives from the Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center will be at the event to promote the upcoming tour shows of Xanadu, featuring “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alumni Ginger Minj and Jinx Monsoon. Be sure to stop by their booth to enter a chance to win a pair of tickets to an upcoming performance of the show.
At 9:30 pm the doors to what is likely the biggest drag show Baltimore has ever seen will open, and the show will begin at 10. The show will include drag queens, drag kings, and bio queens and will be headlined by Sabrina White, Karmella and Iyana Deschanel. Also performing are Abbi Kadabra, Ariel Von Wuinn, Baby, Bambi Galore, Chastity Vain, Deedee Dereon, Jalah Nicole, Kandi Pop, Kayden Amour Chloe, Lilyah Michelle Adams, Lula Lioness, Lyric Bordeaux, Onyx D Pearl, Pariah Sinclair, Sabrina Sommers, Sasha Mann, Sextia N’Eight, Shaunda Leer, Venus Fastrada, Victoria Blair, and Washington Heights. At midnight, DJ KB will spin a music set to play out the evening.
Advance purchase general admission tickets to the event are $15 ($12 for Creative Alliance members), or $18 / $15 if purchased at the door. General admission tickets are standing-room only. VIP tickets that include reserved seating and a drink are $25 ($22 for members). Tickets are available online at Bit.ly/2kBuGvR. If you have seating or accessibility concerns, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for accommodations.
For more info visit the Facebook event page at Bit.ly/2kEccuz. With any luck, this event will become a new Baltimore institution, and continue for many years to come!