Know Before You Go
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Portland has a rich drag and performance art culture that encompasses everything from traditional female impersonation to new-school drag to queer burlesque.
Darcelle XV Showcase
Since 1967, the female impersonators of Darcelle XV and company have been performing a Las Vegas-style cabaret full of sequins and sophistication. In 2016, she was crowned the “Oldest Drag Queen Performer” by the Guinness Book of World Records. She may be in her 80s, but Darcelle XV still knows how to put on a show. This is a Portland institution not to be missed.
Shows at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; reservations recommended
The Superstar Divas Variety Show
The wacky drag queen trio The Superstar Divas hosts a weekly variety show including comedy, skits, singing, game shows, dance and more.
Every Sunday at CC Slaughters
Burlesque S’il Vous Plait
The Burlesque S’il Vous Plait may be Portland’s longest-running burlesque show (since April 2006), but it’s so much more. Started by drag performer (and instructor at the Rose City School of Burlesque) Zora Phoenix in Long Beach, Calif., as an alternative to lip-syncing drag shows, the monthly revue often includes live singing, comedy, burlesque and dance.
First Friday of every month at Crush Bar.
Homomentum – the Musical
Based on a popular queer cabaret of the same name, and penned by its founder, emcee and multi-hyphenate performer, Max Voltage, Homomentum – the Musical is a gender-bending sci-fi fantasy about unicorns saving the world through dance and queer awesomeness.
Portland has a well-established network of venues and theater companies and an increasingly dynamic and diverse small theater scene.
Portland dance has an inventive spirit that welcomes collaborations and often spills beyond the generally accepted boundaries of “dance.”
Check out plenty of in-demand comedians in a classic format for sidesplitting humor — live and in person.
Peachy Springs hosts the monthly Drag Bingo night the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. Grab your people and come out for food, drink, a ton of laughs, bingo and prizes worth playing for.
When you dine at a participating restaurant on April 30th, between 20%-35% of your bill goes directly to EMO’s HIV Day Center & OHSU’s Partnership Project . Both organizations work closely together to provide vital programs & services to individuals living with HIV in the Portland Metro area.
EVENT POSTPONED. Please visit the event website for current information. American Woman, a comedy spectacular that asks: what does it mean to be a woman in America? As a lady raised by—and always surrounded by—strong female figures, Cracker cracks jokes and performs lip syncs about everything from beauty to birth control. But behind the comedy,…
EVENT POSTPONEDdf. Please visit the event website for current information. At Portland’s annual Red Dress Party, all attendees are required to wear a red dress or pre-approved attire. Tickets to the event include entrance to the party, entertainment and dancing, as well as food and drinks all evening. All proceeds from this year’s Red Dress…
Every June, the Portland Pride Festival & Parade makes a name for itself — and LGBTQ+ community members — all over town.
Gaylabration is the biggest dance party and fundraiser of Portland Pride Weekend. In 2020, the event celebrates its 10-year anniversary with the theme “DecaDANCE.” Enjoy a special laser light show and DJs who keep the dance floor packed with uplifting sounds from around the world.
Join Portland’s Gay Men’s Chorus at their annual Pride Month concert! In 2020, the theme is “Turn the Radio Up,” featuring some of the best pop hits from the 1980s through today (think Madonna, Cher, George Michael, Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo, Pink, Taylor Swift and Whitney Houston). Joined by a cappella super group Cascade and dance…
Sequins, boas and a rainbow of talent mark LGBTQ variety show Peacock in the Park’s takeover of Washington Park.