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Portland has a rich drag and performance art culture that includes traditional female impersonation, new-school drag and queer burlesque.
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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, Darcelle XV was crowned the “Oldest Drag Queen Performer” by the Guinness Book of World Records. Though now in her 90s, Darcelle XV still knows how to put on a show. This is a Portland institution not to be missed.
Darcelle XV and Company host two shows per night on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is $20 at the door.
Every Sunday, Poison Waters and Alexis Campbell Starr host Sunday Funday Drag Queen Brunch. Admission is $20 at the door, which includes brunch.
Learn More About Drag Queens in Portland
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Does Portland have drag queen brunch events?
Northeast Portland bar Local Lounge hosts drag-themed events throughout the week. The rotating calendar typically includes a variety show, but drag queen BINGO, drag queen brunch and drag king events can pop up anytime.
The Superstar Divas Variety Show
Thank Gawd I’m Fab (TGIF)
Get your weekend started off right with a drag show presented by Inanna Miss at C.C. Slaughters. and drink specials. Seating is first come first serve, and the $5 cover charge is paid directly to the performers.
Rooftop Drag Queen Brunch
Currently holding court on Botanist‘s rooftop, Drag Queen Brunch features a rotating cast of performers including (but not limited to) drag queens and kings, burlesque performers, singers and dancers. Advance ticket purchase required, includes performance only.
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