Austin’s Heel Country Queer Carnival : Queer Carnival & Drag – Sept. 17

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Heel Country Fair : Austin’s Premier Queer Carnival & Drag – Sept. 17

Heel Country Fair : Austin’s Heel Country Queer Carnival

ADDRESS : 8504 S Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78745

Austin's Heel Country Queer Carnival Austin's Heel Country Queer Carnival
Austin’s Heel Country Queer Carnival

Experience a unique twist on the traditional fall carnival with the Heel Country Fair, a collaboration between Louisianna Purchase, Bubu, and the Little Gay Shop. This event will take place at the Far Out Lounge and Stage on Sunday, Sept. 17, from 2 to 10pm. Attendees can enjoy carnival games, food, arts and crafts exhibits, a petting zoo, vendors, and performances from over 30 local drag artists. The event will also feature DJ sets from various artists.

The idea for Heel Country originated from Bubu’s desire to have a local drag festival similar to those in other major cities. The event’s name is a playful take on a popular brand. Bubu’s inspiration also came from her childhood memories of local fairs, and she wanted to recreate that experience with a queer twist. Tickets are available online for $25, and the event is restricted to those 18 and older.

In addition, the Austin Eagle, a recent award winner, is hosting a leather-themed carnival. The weekend’s events center around the Mr. & Ms. Austin Eagle leather competition. Activities include a gear swap, meet & greet, cigar social, and various other events culminating in the leather contest on Sunday, Sept. 17. More details can be found on their website.

Several other events are lined up :

  • Theo Love’s album release party on Sept. 14 at HowMuch?! Studios.
  • A party to celebrate Mexican Independence Day on Sept. 15 at Parish.
  • A celebration of Mexican drag on Sept. 16 at Cheer Up Charlies.
  • A live script reading of a classic film on Sept. 16 at Fallout Theater.
  • An experimental film festival on Sept. 16 at the Museum of Human Achievement.
  • Lady Grackle Birdbreath’s birthday party on Sept. 18 at Oilcan’s.
  • A ballroom-centric dance party on Sept. 21 at Coconut Club.
  • And many more events, including drag shows, bingo nights, craft nights, brunches, karaoke, trivia nights, and film screenings.
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For those interested in shopping, there’s the Thigh Hi Vintage Soft Opening on Sept. 16. For those looking to learn, there’s a mosh and learn event on Sept. 16 at Kind Clinic.

Whether you’re looking to party, learn, shop, or just hang out, there’s something for everyone in the LGBTQ+ community in Austin this month.


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