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About The 2023 Oaklash FestivaL
The Oaklash Festival is the Bay Area's premier celebration of drag and queer performance. Our 2023 Festival will feature panels and workshops throughout the month of May leading up to a full weekend of nonstop DRAG including live performance, DJs, artists, music, dancing, vendors and more Friday May 19th - Sunday May 21st! Kings, queens, and queers from all over the Bay Area and beyond will join together for this annual celebration of local queer culture. Check out our full lineup of events here.
All Oaklash events are NOTAFLOF: No One Turned Away For Lack of Funds, though limited tickets may be available at the door so pre-sales are encouraged!
All revenue at our gates and pre-sale registrations sold through Eventbrite are suggested donations which go to support our artists, event staff, production fees, and overhead costs. There are no refunds. All surplus proceeds help Oaklash provide resources and opportunities for queer and trans artists in the Bay Area all year round, and ensure that we can continue to keep our festival going for years to come!
All Oaklash panels and workshops are entirely free! Pre-sale tickets for our shows this year start at $20 but discounted full weekend passes are available at $50 for a limited time! Click here to get yours now!
For more information or pre-sale discount codes, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
All Oaklash Festival shows are 21+ except for our Block Party on Saturday May 20th which will feature only family-friendly performances. Panels and workshops are open to 18+.
Block Party attendees under the age of 18 should be accompanied by an adult. Parents and families are encouraged not to post photos of their children with drag performers online, both for the safety of the children and performers.
All Oaklash performances, panels, and workshops will be ASL interpreted!
All Oaklash events will take place at ADA-compliant venues, though access to some areas may be limited by stairs including:
- The green room of Thee Stork Club
- The stage of The Continental Club
There will be an accessible area at the front of all stages which is prioritized for those who need seating options, wheelchair access, or visibility to ASL interpreters.
If you have any additional accessibility needs, please contact email@example.com
All of our events are easily accessed by Bay Area Rapid Transit!
OakSMASH: Queer and Trans Self Defense Workshop
Sunday May 7th • 1PM @ Lake Merritt
- .3 Miles from 19th St BART
Going Deeper: Lipsync Performance Workshop
Wednesday May 10 • 6PM @ Temescal Art Center
- .5 Miles from MacArthur BART
Holla If Ya Hear Me! Black Femmes in Music Panel
Wednesday May 10 • 6PM @ Wolfepack Studios
- .3 Miles from 12th St BART
Black & Brown King Workshop
Wednesady May 17 • 4PM @ Oakstop 1721 Broadway
- 387 Feet from 19th St BART
Black & Brown King Showcase
Wednesday May 17 • 9PM @ White Horse Inn
- .8 Miles from Ashby BART
BACKLASH: Queer and Trans Music Night
Friday May 19th • 8PM @ Thee Stork Club
- .4 Miles from 19th St BART
Oaklash Block Party
Saturday May 20th • 1PM @ Old Oakland
- .3 Miles from 12th St BART
Oaklash Official Afterkii
Saturday May 20th • 8PM @ The Continental Club
- .5 Miles from West Oakland BART
Oaklash Grand Finale
Sunday May 21st • 6PM @ Fairyland
- .5 Mile from 19th St BART
We're looking for volunteers to help make this festival a reality. We are looking for in person volunteers including ushers, tip kittens, set up/strike, ticketing, backstage assistants, photographer, videographers, stage managers, COVID compliance officers, A/V assistants, and more for our annual event.
The Oaklash Festival 2023 will take place Friday May 19th thru Sunday May 21st, but we also need volunteer support for our panels and workshops all throughout the month of May
Click here to apply! Volunteers accepted on a rolling basis.
WE DO NOT TOLERATE HATE, VIOLENCE, OR DISCRIMINATION OF ANY KIND. CONSENT IS MANDATORY. IF IN VIOLATION, YOU MAY BE ASKED TO LEAVE OUR EVENT AT ANY TIME WITHOUT REFUND.