Rochester is a city bursting with drag performers and events, and though venues change and close and open over time, it is imperative for our community to support the art and culture of drag. Below are Rochester shows and events to attend and follow. It is not exhaustive — if you know of another drag night or event that is not listed here, let us know! Don’t forget to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ your favorite performers on social media for up-to-date news and events.
DeeDee Dubois has created “DeeDee’s Club Night Out” on Facebook. A “happy hour” show, sit down dinner/theater show, and Halloween themed brunch are all in the works at East End Tavern as well.
140 Alex has begun testing an 18+ night on Thursdays, in an effort to absorb displaced under-21 community members who no longer have Tilt to attend. 140 Alex also runs drag shows Wednesday-Saturday nights:
- Wednesday – ‘Drag Me to My Destiny’ hosted by Destiny Spice
- Thursday – ‘King-Sized’ hosted by Cassanova the King
- Friday – ‘Pop! at 140’ hosted by Destiny Spice
- Saturday – ‘Shitshow Saturday’ hosted by Kyla Minx
Boyz Night Out offers a monthly drag revue at Firehouse Saloon on S. Clinton & Miegs on the first Saturday of each month 10pm-2am. Proceeds from the door go directly to community members. Hosted by Miss Deelicious.
What the Frock?! Fridays at Lux Lounge on South Avenue are a monthly drag show on varying Friday evenings, hosted by Wednesday Westwood, featuring KiKi BañañaHammøck, Veronica Lace, and a guest performer each month.
Edibles Restaurant offers “Drag Me to Brunch”, a monthly drag brunch featuring a rotating cast of performers with Mrs. Kasha Davis, Westwood, Darienne Lake, and special guests like Ambrosia Salad, Pandora Boxx, Aggy Dune, and others.
The Out Alliance’s InQueery program hosts monthly drag queen bingo at venues across the city with a rotating cast of queens who perform and call numbers on the last Monday of each month.
Flower City Queens has produced the first-ever drag calendar of Rochester’s famous and infamous. A portion of each sale will go towards area LGBTQ+ community organizations and programs like Out Alliance, Center for Youth, Drag Queen Storytime, and more!
Drag Story Hour at Blackfriars Theatre with Mrs. Kasha Davis has expanded from 6 to 12 shows this season. This free program features inclusive children’s stories that focus on themes of acceptance, love, identity and diversity. Each event will include a story, a dance party and a craft activity.