Charm City becomes Drag City for one fabulous weekend filled with entertainment, delicious dining, nightlife, and rich culture. Plan a pre-Pride getaway to Baltimore and kick off spring with a fun weekend that stretches from the famous Inner Harbor to the heart of the Mount Vernon gayborhood and throughout many of Baltimore’s colorful communities that are welcoming to all travelers. Make it a Drag City Weekend. Begin planning your trip and explore Baltimore at baltimore.org.
Baltimore National Heritage Area Presents History Is a Drag
Thursday, April 20, 6 p.m.
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, 700 Aliceanna St., Baltimore, MD 21202 | 410-878-6411 (Baltimore National Heritage Area)
Part carnival, part masquerade and très Baltimore, this unique gala event generates funds for the Baltimore National Heritage Area’s Heritage Investment Grant program. Mingle and trade fashion tips with the city’s original fashionista, Betsy Patterson Bonaparte. Sip craft cocktails and talk politics with Francis Scott Key. It’s a drag show for the ages. Tickets start at $250.
Diva Dinner at Poets Modern Cocktails & Eats
Friday, April 21, 7 p.m.
Hotel Indigo Baltimore, 24 W. Franklin St., Baltimore, MD 21201
Drag out your weekend to see and be seen at this one-of-a-kind Diva Dinner, a celebratory take on the upscale supper club with over-the-top glitz, glamour, and culinary treats. Reservations include a cocktail reception, Diva Dinner and drag show. Hosted by Sue Nami, Miss Gay Maryland 2009 and starring Rebecca Blaqueout, Miss Gay Maryland 2016; Diamond, Miss Gay Maryland 2000; and Joanna Blue, Miss Gay Maryland 1993. Tickets: $35 plus 18% gratuity. Seating begins at 6:30 pm.
Miss Gay Maryland Pageant
Saturday, April 22, 7 p.m.
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, 1525 Russell St. Baltimore, MD 21230
Maryland’s state pageant for Miss Gay America attracts the finest female impersonators to compete for the annual title. Contestants will take part in interviews, talent showcases and evening-gown competitions, featuring the 2017 theme Alice in Wonderland. Doors open 6 pm; pageant begins 7 pm. Tickets $15 before April 15, $20 after April 15.
Drag Brunch at Points South Latin Kitchen
Sunday, April 23, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
1640 Thames St., Baltimore, MD 21231
This Fell’s Point restaurant is home to Baltimore's premier weekly Drag Brunch starring Iyana Deschanel, Sabrina White, and Jasmine Blue, and hosted by Brooklyn Heights. Show reservations are free with a $25 all-you-can-eat brunch buffet featuring amazing Latin-infused cuisine! Enjoy the special Drag Queen Cocktail menu along with mimosas and sangria specials.
Mount Vernon Pride: LGBTQ Heritage Walking Tour
Sunday, April 23, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Tour begins at Waxter Center, 1000 Cathedral St., Baltimore, MD 21201 | Reservations: 443-306-3369
Many know Mount Vernon as the home of Baltimore’s Pride Parade as well as the city’s oldest gay and lesbian bars and businesses. But that is only a small part of the LGBTQ history and historic places found in this neighborhood. Baltimore Heritage’s volunteer sleuths and historians lead a 90-minute walking tour of the neighborhood’s queer heritage landmarks, from the origins of the Chase Brexton Health Center to the locations where early 20th-century lesbian women helped shape some of Baltimore’s premier educational institutions. Hear about the medical professionals and volunteers who led the city’s first responses to the AIDS epidemic and residents who founded Baltimore’s only African American LGBT-identified church. Tickets $15. Reservations required.
Queer Interiors at The Baltimore Museum of Art
On view through August 31
10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218
Conceived and produced by interdisciplinary artists Rahne Alexander and Jaimes Mayhew, this commissioned installation includes a larger-than-life bed, furnishings, personal artifacts and a multimedia wall quilt known as the Baltimore LGBTQI+ Home Movie Quilt. This component of the installation pays homage to Baltimore album quilts and the AIDS Quilt, with the aim of presenting a crowd-sourced multimedia portrait of the city’s LGBTQI+ communities.
Divine at the American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230
Baltimore's own Glen Milstead AKA "Divine," the late trailblazing actor and entertainer of John Waters' fame, was a friend and co-conspirator with the American Visionary Art Museum's featured mirror artist, Andrew Logan. Logan's three major sculptures—his 10-foot-tall statue of Divine, complete with fishtail skirt; his outdoor Cosmic Galaxy Egg, inspired by the Hubble Telescope's images of the beauty of deep space; and his life-sized winged Icarus which daily ascends and descends our museum's central stairwell—are prominent and beloved visitor favorites at the American Visionary Art Museum.