Rupaul's DragCon LA will be making its way back to Los Angeles to kick the summer off for a massive three-day event that the drag community will not want to miss. Since its debut in 2015, Rupaul and his production team have tripled the convention's attendance rate, made the event kid-friendly, and is now responsible for the world's largest drag culture convention. And now, with DragCon being a bi-coastal staple in both New York and Los Angeles, DragCon LA 2019 returns for its fifth consecutive year. Check out all of the details you need to know about this year's DragCon LA 2019 in order to schedule your perfect DragCon LA experience below.
The three-day art/pop culture event will feature a multitude of panels hosted by your favorite drag personalities, lip sync contests, main stage events, kids zone Drag Queen Story Hour (May 25-26 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.), exclusive VIP events, photo ops, merch booths, and more. Listed below is a list of main stage events that have become must-see staples for those who have become regular DragCon attendees:
Friday, May 24 – 4 p.m. – The Official RuPaul's Drag Race Podcast (VIP Exclusive)
Friday, May 24 – 5:30 p.m. – Lip Sync For Your Life (VIP Exclusive)
Saturday, May 25 – 11 a.m. – Kid's Fashion Show
Saturday, May 25 – 11:30 a.m. – RuPaul's What's The T Dance *RuPaul DJ Set*
Saturday, May 25 – 3:30 p.m. – Tik Tok x Morphe Makeover
Sunday, May 26 – 11 a.m. – RuPaul's Hot Lunch Jam *RuPaul DJ Set*
RuPaul's Drag Race Queens as well as additional featured talent will have their very own dedicated booths spread throughout the showroom floor. A full list of the Queens booth numbers/locations and signing schedule can be found, here. Lastly, be mindful that event lists and scheduled performances are subject to change at any moment.
For more event details, check out the full event list featuring over a total of 70 scheduled events, here.
RuPaul's Drag Race contestants are a forever growing list as the show is currently on its eleventh season and has produced several spin-off programs that have garnered their very own cult-like following. Not only will RuPaul himself be in attendance at DragCon LA 2019, but so will so many other drag personalities such as Yvie Oddly, A'kiera Chanel Davenport, Silky Nutmeg Ganache, Brooke Lynn Hytes, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, Nina West, Shuga Cain, Plastique Tiara, Ra'jah O'Hara, Scarlet Envy, Ariel Versace, Mercedes Iman Diamond, Honey Davenport, Kahanna Montrese, and Soju.
Additional special guest of RuPaul's DragCon LA 2019 also include singer/songwriter Allie X, model Blac Chyna, actor Daniel Franzese, author James St. James, and so many more. For a complete list of all of DragCon LA 2019's special guest, check out the celebrity guest list, here.
Location, Time, Date, & Ticket Information
Rupaul's DragCon LA will be hosting its wide array of events and festivities at both the Los Angeles Convention Center and The Theatre at Ace Hotel Los Angeles from Friday, May 24 to Sunday, May 26. Single day tickets for DragCon LA 2019 are priced at $40 each while the weekend tickets are priced at $70. Children will be granted free access to the convention while the VIP Experience package priced at $300 a pop will include early access, exclusive merch, signed memorbilia by RuPaul, and much more for those willing to the price. Check out one-day ticket options and full weekend ticket information below:
May 24 (3 p.m. -12 a.m) – Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Convention Center Opening Night
May 25 (8pm) – Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel World of Queens Special Event (Tickets)
May 26 (8pm) – Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 11 Tour (Tickets)
Travel & Hotel Specials
The organizers of DragCon LA have teamed up with the venue's surrounding hotels and compiled a complete list of reasonable hotel options close to the event's Los Angeles Convention Center and Ace Hotel locations. A full list of participating DragCon LA hotels can be found, here. Listed below are several of the closest hotels to the Los Angeles Convention Center and the Ace Hotel.
Luxe City Center Hotel – 1020 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015 – (Reservations)
Sheraton Grand Los Angeles – 711 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90017 – (Reservations)
Hotel Indigo Los Angeles – 899 Francisco St, Los Angeles, CA 90017– (Reservations)
JW Marriott Los Angeles LA Live – 900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015 – (Reservations)
Ace Hotel Los Angeles – 929 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015 – (Reservations)
Check out a full 40-minute recap of RuPaul's DragCon LA 2018 hosted by Soju in the video provided above. Stick with AXS for tickets to the hottest entertainers in concert, live shows, sporting events, festivals and more.