As June saunters into the room, so comes the frolicking festivities of Pride. PrideFest commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stone Wall Riots and kicks off Milwaukee’s self-loving and loving selflessly celebration. Tonight, June 6, is the start of Milwaukee PrideFest, which runs through June 10.
With all of this, our city braces itself for a menagerie of parties, events and above all – drag shows. This month’s schedule can become so daunting, it’s easy to get lost among the vegan leather and thwoorping fans. Turning to some of the Cream City’s leading experts (its own drag queens), we gathered some of the not-to-miss shows happening this week and beyond.
Milwaukee Pride Fest’s Dance Pavilion
“Each drag show has a different vibe, but there’ll for sure be a little something for everyone! Be sure not to miss me hosting at the dance pavilion though.”
Where: Milwaukee PrideFest at Henry S. Meyer Festival Grounds
When: Thursday-Sunday, June 6-10, at 6 p.m.
Who: Dita Von
D.I.X. MARVEL COMIX
“A Monthly Party for the nerd in all of us! Cosplay! COSTUMES WELCOME! Different themes every month with drag shows based on all our favorite characters!”
Where: D.I.X. Milwaukee
When: Every last Saturday of the month
Who: Melee Mcqueen
Lady Gia Review
“Milwaukee PrideFest’s longest running show. Best part is, it always features performers from across the state.”
Where: Pride Fest Dance Pavilion
When: Friday, June 7, at 6 p.m.
Who: Tempest Heat-Stratton
Pride Sunday Night: Trixie Mattel
“Trixie triumphantly returns home! The only thing better would be winning Tit’s Thursday night bingo hosted by yours truly.”
Where: This Is It!
When: Sunday, June 9, at 11 p.m. **(This Is it’s Bingo happens every Thursday night at 6 p.m., hosted by Chanel D’vine and featuring a special guest each week)
Who: Chanel Devine
DIX Pride Dida’s Delicious Divas
“Get ready to throw your dollars at these divas. Best part is, my undead self will be there, spinning endlessly for your pleasure.”
Where: DIX Milwaukee
When: Friday, June 7, at 10 p.m.
Fat DIX Block Party
“The lineup is great. The party is super gay. The drinks are endless. Most importantly the entire community comes out together; all ages, all humans, celebrating who they are and who they love. Xoxo.”
Where: Outside of DIX Milwaukee, on E. National St.
When: Sunday June 9, at 10 a.m.
Who: Paris LaBaise
“Don’t miss Coven because that’s not cool, man.”
Where: DIX Milwaukee
When: Every Second Saturday of the month
Who: Aubrey Del Mar
The Cooperage Pride Kickoff Hosted by Lenda Jo
“Stop by the Cooperage as we celebrate the opening of PrideFest weekend! Lenda Jo has collected a colorful cast of Queens, setting up her variety revue with a strong group of powerhouse performances — a fitting start to represent the strength and diversity of the LGBT+ community, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.”
Where: The Cooperage
When: Thursday, June 6, at 9 p.m.
Who: Miss Birdee