Can we get an amen up in here? DragCon is back after two sickening (and not in the good way!) years of pandemic. What started as a campy little TV show blew up into a bonafide cultural phenomenon, influencing all facets of entertainment, and honey, we don’t ever want to go back! Drag as an artform and mode of expression and inclusion is here to stay thanks to RuPaul and World of Wonder (the geniuses behind Drag Race) and it’s taken over the world, literally– there are international versions of the competition across the globe now.

Expect to see many of the queens from various countries and continents, plus our own locals and ladies who moved to L.A. holding court like only they can with panels, vendor booths and so much more. The extravaganza’s PR team just sent us their “What Not To Miss” guide to DragCon 2022 to help us all “shantay through the weekend” and we’re sharing it here for our readers. Condragulations to everyone at DragCon on what should be a tremendous and triumphant return. Look for post-event photos here next week, and some of the event’s panels to be aired on WOWPresents Plus soon.

Mother Pluckers at RuPaul's DragCon 2016

RuPaul’s DragCon 2016 (Star Foreman)

FRIDAY, MAY 13

8:45 AM, Pink Carpet – DragCon Pink Ribbon Cutting featuring RuPaul and the cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars Season 7

10:30 AM, Pink Carpet: The queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race make their grand entrance onto the show floor during The Queens Walk!

11:30 AM, House of Love Main Stage: live RuPaul DJ Set

12:00 PM, RuPaul’s Drag Race Superstar Panel Room: A Discussion with RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars All Winners TS Madison, Monet X Change, The Vivienne, Raja, Shea Couleé, Trinity the Tuck, and  Jinkx Monsoon

1:30 PM, RuPaul’s Drag Race Live Panel Room: Adore Delano joins Ash Kenazi for WOW Podcasts: The Pink Room

2:00 PM, House of Love Panel Room: Bring Back My Girls: The Cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Season 1 & 2 Reunion Panel featuring TS Madison, Lawrence Chaney, Tia Kofi, A’Whora, Tayce, Sum Ting Wong, The Vivienne, Blu Hydrangea, Vinegar Strokes, Baga Chipz, and Cheryl Hole.    

3:30 PM, RuPaul’s Drag Race Live Panel Room: WOW Presents Plus: Binge Queens discussion with Rock M Sakura, Heidi N Closet, and Brittany Broski

3:50 PM, House of Love Main Stage: A performance by Canada’s Drag Race S1 winner Priyanka

4:00PM, House of Love Panel Room: Bring Back My Girls*: The Cast of Drag Race Holland Season 1 & 2 Reunion Panel featuring TS Madison, Pierre Alexandre (Love Masisi), Envy Peru, Vanessa Van Cartier, Sederginne, and Janey Jacké

5:30 PM, House of Love Main Stage: A performance by The Frock Destroyers (Blu Hydrangea and Baga Chipz)

Samantha Piscine

RuPaul’s DragCon 2017 (Star Foreman)

SATURDAY, MAY 14

10:30 AM, House of Love Main Stage: Lipsync For Your Life Contest for Attendees

11:00 AM, House of Love Panel Room: Bring Back My Girls:The Cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs The World Reunion Panel featuring TS Madison, Blu Hydrangea, Pangina Heals, Baga Chipz, JuJubee, Janey Jacké, Jimbo, Lemon, Cheryl Hole, and Mo Heart

11:30 AM, House of Love Main Stage: live RuPaul DJ Set

11:30 AM, RuPaul’s Drag Race Live Panel Room: WOW Podcasts: Homophilia panel featuring Dave Holmes, Matt McConkey, Bosco, and June Diane Raphael

11:30 AM, WOW Presents Plus Panel Room: Viva La Reina De Drag! with Enrique Sapene, Madame LaQueer, Alyssa Hunter, Alexis Mateo, Carmen Farala, Serena Chacha

1:00 PM, House of Love Panel Room: Bring Back My Girls: The Cast of Canada’s Drag Race Season 2 Reunion Panel featuring TS Madison, Adriana, Kimora Amour, Océan Aqua-Black,Synthia Kiss, Beth, and Gia Metric

11:30 PM, WOW Presents Plus Panel Room: Discussion with Marc Malkin, Joel Kim Booster, Matt Rogers, Yuhua Hamasaki, and Jan on new film ‘Fire Island Diaries’

3:00 PM, RuPaul’s Drag Race Superstar Panel Room: Anastasia Beverly Hills: Exploring Beauty panel featuring Detox, Norvina aka Claudia Soare, Trinity the Tuck, Jorgeous, and Kerri Colby

3:00 PM, House of Love Main Stage: Mo Heart crafts live with customer favorites from JOANN Fabrics

3:00 PM, House of Love Panel Room: Bring Back My Girls: The Cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under Season 1 Reunion Panel featuring TS Madison, Kita Mean, Etcetera Etcetera, Maxi Sheild, and Art Simone

3:30 PM, WOW Presents Plus Panel Room: Carson Kressley, Raja, Nicky Doll, Alexis Mateo, and Gottmik sit down for panel WOW Presents Plus: Fashion Photo Ruview

3:30 PM, RuPaul’s Drag Race Live Panel Room: WOW Podcasts: It Do Take Nerd panel featuring Jackie Cox, Steven Sims, Tina Burner, and Daniel Franzese

5:20 PM, House of Love Main Stage: A performance by Drag Race Holland’s Janey Jacké

5:20 PM, House of Love Main Stage: A performance by Pandora Boxx

From the ribbon cutting to the weekend's close

RuPaul’s DragCon 2018 (Courtesy World of Wonder)

SUNDAY, MAY 15

10:30 AM, House of Love Main Stage: Kid’s Fashion Show: Presented by LA Public Library

11:00 AM House of Love Panel Room: Bring Back My Girls*: The Cast of Canada’s Drag Race Season 1 Reunion Panel featuring TS Madison, Ilona Verley, Tynomi Banks, Jimbo, Scarlet BoBo, Anastarzia Anaquway, Lemon, Kiara, Priyanka, and Juice Boxx

11:30 AM, WOW Presents Plus Panel Room: Black Excellence! Black Joy! Black Drag! with Jada Gomez, Honey Davenport, Kerri Colby, Lala Ri, and Angeria Paris VanMichaels

11:30 AM, RuPaul’s Drag Race Live Panel Room: Girl Group Gossip with Cheryl Hole discussion featuring Jackie Cox, Jan, and Rachel Bloom

12:30 PM, House of Love Main Stage: A performance by Season 13’s Alyssa Hunter

1:00 PM, House of Love Panel Room: Bring Back My Girls: The Cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 featuring TS Madison, Aiden Zhane, Gigi Goode, Jackie Cox, Heidi N Closet, Crystal Methyd, Widow Von’du, Brita, Nicky Doll, Jan, Rock M Sakura, and Dahlia Sin

1:30 PM, WOW Presents Plus Panel Room: From Our House to Yours: Chosen Families with Alexander Kacala and the House of Avalon

1:30 PM, RuPaul’s Drag Race Live Panel Room: Everybody Say Love! Lift Up or Log Off! Panel on the consequences of cyberbullying on mental health featuring Carson Kressley, Pangina Heals, A’Whora, Océane Aqua-Black, Honey Davenport, and Beth

1:50 PM, House of Love Main Stage: A performance by All Stars S6 winner Kylie Sonique Love

3:00 PM, House of Love Main Stage: A performance by Canada Drag Race’s Jimbo

3:30 PM, RuPaul’s Drag Race Live Panel Room: WOW Presents Plus: Frockumentary discussion with Leland, Blu Hydrangea, and Baga Chipz

4:00 PM, House of Love Main Stage: WOWIES Awards hosted by TS Madison, with  performances by Adore Delano and Kennedy Davenport   

DRAGCON LA, at the LA Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Downtown L.A. May 13-15 (Fri.-Sat. May 13-14: 9 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sun., May 15, 9 a.m.- to 5 p.m. Tickets, full schedule, vendor info and more at rupaulsdragcon.com/.

LA Weekly has covered the convention every year with a wealth of articles, interviews and photos (some seen above). Here are just a few to start your engines for this year’s event:

RuPaul's DragCon Returns to Wow L.A.

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 3 Winner Raja on How Drag Transcended a TV Game Show

Time For Tea: A "Ru-port" From DragCon 2019

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