Your Ultimate Guide to the Parties, Panels & Pageants of DragCon L.A. Weekend
RuPaul’s DragCon weekend in Los Angeles can be overwhelming, with so much to do and so many queens to support. But Hornet’s DragCon L.A. weekend guide for May 10–13 has you covered!
We’ve outlined some of the best things happening over DragCon L.A. weekend. From not-to-be-missed panel discussions to unofficial parties that aren’t officially part of the festivities, here are 13 happenings that simply have to be on your weekend itinerary. It’s gonna be a great weekend to enjoy the L.A. sun!
Check out Hornet’s DragCon L.A. Weekend Guide:
1. The Pinché Panty Show (Thursday, May 10)
If you’re in town early, head over to DTLA’s biggest draw for queer people looking to party, Precinct, to watch the latest episode of Drag Race Season 10. Then after, stay for The Pinché Panty Show, featuring local queens Pinché Queen, Meatball and Cubrina Bearly. The episode screening starts at 8 p.m.
2. Trixie Mattel, Live! (Friday, May 11)
DragCon L.A. weekend officially kicks off with a special live performance from Trixie Mattel at The Runway inside the Convention Center. The All Stars 3 winner and star of Vice’s The Trixie & Katya Show is performing an acoustic set just for VIP Experience ticket holders. We’re huge fans of Mattel’s new album One Stone, and we can’t wait to hear her chirp out the new songs live in an intimate setting like this. Be there by 3 p.m. to catch it.
3. Battle on the Runway (Friday, May 11)
The entire cast of Drag Race Season 10 will face-off in an unforgettable runway show combining fashion with high-energy performance. Shangela hosts this battle of looks versus dance at the Belasco Theater at 8 p.m.
4. Queen Kong (Friday, May 11)
Every Friday night the Boulet Brothers host their weekly “homo-spectacular” Queen Kong at Precinct in Downtown L.A. During DragCon L.A. weekend, a very special Drag Race queen will be making a guest appearance. The party kicks off at 10 p.m.
5. Heaven on Earth (Friday, May 11)
DJ Ty Sunderland of NYC fame is bringing his rager Heaven on Earth to L.A. for a special affair, and luckily for us it just so happens to be over DragCon L.A. weekend. He and his crew will be taking over a TBD space downtown. There will be shows by Ruby Fox and Mikayla Gottlieb, with Sunderland, Chapman and Sabbatical spinning lots of Britney Spears. RSVP here to make sure you get the venue info when it’s available. The party will run from 11 p.m.–5 a.m.
6. Brian McCook’s DEB Talk (Saturday, May 12)
Brian McCook, better known as Katya Zamolodchikova, is doing his own TED Talk as part of the DragCon panel programming in the Convention Center. Dubbed a DEB (Drag Entertainment Business) Talk, this powerful and inspirational discussion promises to be “uncensored, uncut and totally leotarded.” The talk begins at 10 a.m.
7. Billy Eichner Wants You … to Glam Up The Midterms! (Saturday, May 12)
Comedian and actor Billy Eichner will be joined by drag queens Alaska 5000 and Peppermint for a panel in conjunction with the “Glam Up The Midterms” campaign, a program launched by Eichner and Funny or Die earlier this year that’s dedicated to energizing young people to vote during November’s midterm elections. The panel begins at 11:30 a.m. in the convention center’s Uniqueness Room.
8. Partners in Crime (Saturday, May 12)
We love drag queens, but how do they find romantic love with the demands of their hectic schedules? On this panel, beloved queens Chad Michaels, Ginger Minj and Dusty Ray Bottoms spill the tea on balancing long-term relationships with the demands of a drag superstar. The panel begins at 12:30 p.m. in the convention center’s Uniqueness Room.
9. DragulaWorld (Saturday, May 12)
The Boulet Brothers host a one-night-only Dragula extravaganza that is for sure going to be a sickening affair. Taking place at the historic Globe Theatre in DTLA, DragulaWorld promises three levels of massive massacre madness, featuring the entire cast of the Dragula series with even more queers and queens from across the world. Hornet is also hosting the red carpet, featuring the very hilarious (and very hairy) queen Meatball on the mic. The event starts at 10 p.m. Don’t miss it!
10. Everybody Tweet Love! (Sunday, May 13)
This panel is dedicated to ending online hate speech, which is something all too relevant now in the community of Drag Race fans. Panelists Aja, Blair St Clair, Ginger Minj, Jasmine Masters and Milk share their own experiences with cyberbullying as well solutions on how we can change that in Drag Race fandom.The panel begins at 11:30 a.m. in the convention center’s Uniqueness Room.
11. Peaches Christ: Parody Superstar (Sunday, May 13)
On this panel, the San Francisco drag legend discusses her role as the mastermind behind hilarious drag parodies like Drag Becomes Her, Steel Dragnolias, 9 to 5 Inches and more. With panelists BenDeLaCreme, Chad Michaels, Coco Peru and Jinkx Monsoon joining her, we’re sure this is going to be a kiki attendees can’t miss. The panel begins at 12:30 p.m. in the convention center’s Uniqueness Room.
12. RuPaul’s DragCon Pageant (Sunday, May 13)
For years, RuPaul’s Drag Race fans have clamored for an All Stars season comprised of nothing but first-eliminated queens. While that doesn’t seem to be happening, the queens who got the chop right off the bat are making a splashy return during DragCon L.A. weekend. Hosted by Michelle Visage, queens Coco Montrese, Jaymes Mansfield, Naysha Lopez, Pandora Boxx, Porkchop, Tempest DuJour, Vanessa Mateo and Venus DLite are returning for this special pageant, and we can’t wait. The event takes place at 8 p.m. at DTLA’s Orpheum Theatre.
13. Bears in Space (Sunday, May 13)
One of gay L.A.’s most popular events, Bears in Space is a parking lot party that only takes place a few months out of the year once the weather has warmed up and the gays are looking to day-drink. Always featuring some of L.A.’s best local DJ talent and a bevy of drag performers — along with a food truck, a bouncy castle and pop-up shops — Bears in Space kicks off its 2018 season during DragCon L.A. weekend. The season opener is co-hosted by Pittsburgh party Honcho and will have YouTube sensation Michael Henry play the role of emcee. The party takes place at Akbar from 2 p.m.–2 a.m.