Oaklash hosts a weekend-long festival of drag and other queer performance that takes place annually in Oakland, California.


Founded by Beatrix LaHaine and Mama Celeste in 2018, Oaklash has featured hundreds of queer performers from the Bay Area and all around the world.


Oaklash is dedicated to building new and ever-expanding stages to showcase & elevate Bay Area queer talent. Our programming aims to create safe and accessible environments that celebrate the queer community, especially queer and trans people of color. Our organization was created to showcase performances that are boundary pushing, provocative, and unique to the sensibility of the Bay Area. We aim to stay true to the history of Oakland as a home to creative renaissance rooted in diversity. We hope that by amplifying and supporting the queer art community in the Bay Area, we can emphasize the need for investment in the arts in the face of systemic racism, growing economic disparities, and the Bay Area housing crisis.

Here's What People Are Saying About Oaklash

Lashing Out: Oaklash Drag Fest Reaches New Heights with Pandemic Performances

East Bay Express - 2020


Drag Performers Champion Anti-Racism, Disability Justice at Oaklash

KQED Arts - 2020

Grab that virtual wig, it’s all aboard for Oaklash!

48 Hills - 2020

‘Queens, kings and queers’ learn how to navigate the digital world for Oaklash 2020

Bay City News Foundation - 2020

Oaklash delivers deliciously deviant drag

Bay Area Reporter - 2020

Oaklash Goes Digital and Now More People Can Enjoy Drag

From the Comfort of Their Home

BobCut Magazine - 2020

Oaklash drag festival explores messy, punky Bay Area performance art 

SF Chronicle - 2019


What is Bay Area drag? Oaklash Festival has some wild ideas 

48 Hills - 2019


Oaklash - East Bay dragfest rocks 

Bay Area Reporter - 2019


Oaklash 2019: a colorful weekend in Oakland 

News Up Now - 2019

Oaklash 2019: Bay Area Drag Festival 

TrishTV - 2019


Mama Celeste's Rules of Drag 

Creative Mornings Oakland - 2019

Oaklash festival to celebrate diversity of Bay Area drag. Take that, RuPaul 

SF Chronicle - 2018


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Oaklash is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit charity in the state of California (EIN: 38-4133258)

All donations to Oaklash are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Oaklash Board of Directors

President: Mama Celeste • Vice President: Beatrix LaHaine

Board Chair: VivvyAnne ForeverMore • Secretary: Maha Wam • Treasurer: Alyssa Jarvis

Directors: Kochina Rude • Vera Hannush • Beatrice Thomas • Emmett Chen-Ran