Oaklash is the Bay Area's drag and queer performance festival


Our 2022 festival featured a full week of nonstop DRAG including live performance, DJs, panels, workshops, a queer film festival, performers on roller skates and more! Queens, kings, and queers from all over the Bay Area and beyond joined together for this celebration of queer culture and art.

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*Free for a limited time only*

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We are committed to making all of our events as accessible as possible including having ASL interpretation during all performances, panels, and workshops, captions on all pre-recorded video content, and operating all in-person events at ADA accessible venues. Check individual event listings for other  age restrictions and please let us know if you have other access needs or feedback at oaklashfeedback@gmail.com

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MONDAY MAY 23rd

6PM - 7PM PT

Indigenous Voices: Drag as Medicine, Drag as Ceremony

Hosted by Enbeguiling

Featuring Landa Lakes and Papi Churro

 

An all-Indigenous panel on the healing power of drag/burlesque for our communities, as well as the importance of prioritizing Indigenous performers in spaces in and out of drag. We want to provide a safe space for other Indigenous performers to come together and discuss how in the midst of navigating challenges as marginalized peoples, drag/draglesque is medicine and ceremony for ourselves and for our communities.

 

TUESDAY MAY 24th

6PM - 7PM PT

Commedia dell'Arte and the Art of Improv in Drag

Hosted by Mercury Divine & Tater Tatas

@ CounterPulse • 80 Turk St, SF

*Proof of vaccination or negative test within 48 hours required*

Learn improv techniques for performance art or just for fun! This workshop explores the historical technique of Commedia dell'Arte along with some generalized improv skills - because you never know when things might not go according to plan... 

~Recording coming soon~

WEDNESDAY MAY 25th

6PM - 7PM PT

Introduction to music production & synthesis for QTPOC

Hosted by Neyva

An introduction to music production synthesis in an inclusive learning environment. Anyone with an interest in music and community needs to attend. The goal is for people to walk out with knowing some aspects of creating music, some electronic music history (a lot of electronic music pioneers are queer and trans) as well as meeting fellow artists or at least making a friend.

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THURSDAY MAY 26TH

6PM - 7PM PT

Generations of Drag

Hosted by Melanie Sparks

 

Featuring Madd Dogg 20/20, Helixir Jynder Byntwell,

Kipper Snacks, and Donna Personna

 

What was the drag scene like before the days of digital drag, drag race, or TikTok? What hasn't changed in decades? This intergenerational, cross-cultural dialogue features notable Bay Area drag icons and community members that will touch on various topics including: the drag scene then & now, accessibility, drag etiquette, and personal anecdotes.

FRIDAY MAY 27TH

7PM - 8PM PT

Oaklash Film Festival

Hosted by Media Meltdown

@ The New Parkway

Films by:

Piranha

Skirt Cocaine (LA)
Gorgeous Dykes Band
Drago Nesa
Paradise
Major Hammy
King Baba Moon (LA)
Ryan Patrick Welsh
Neyva (LA)

And a live performance by Holly Graphic

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$15 General Admission • $12 for Students & Seniors

8PM - 2AM PT

Oaklash Kick Off

Hosted by VERA!

@ The White Horse

*21+ only with valid ID. Proof of vaccination required*

Snaxx
Sally Limon

Cemora Valentino Divine

Hercusleaze (Call Me Mother Season 1)
and a live set by Maya Songbird

DJ honeybear & DJ Blossom 007

 

SATURDAY MAY 28TH

1PM - 8PM PT

Oaklash Block Party

on 9th St & Broadway in Old Oakland

*All ages welcome. Some areas restricted to folx 21+*

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21+ Stage

1:30 PM

Hosted by Meatflap

Papi Churro
Translucent
Paradox Rei (TX)
Hollywood Texas
Fontaine Blue

DJ Del

2:30 PM

Hosted by Rosie Petals
Rebel Kings of Oakland
Hera Wynn
Mz' Love'O
Shiksa Mess (CO)

DJ Del

3:30 PM

Hosted by Kaikai B Michaels

Maraschino Cheri
Stinky Pinky
Crimson Kitty (NY)
Clive Maxx
Dollii

DJ Grumpylilshit

4:30 PM

Hosted by Meatflap

Heaven On Earth
King Perka Sexxx (NC)
LOTUS BOY
Palace of Trash

DJ Grumpylilshit

5:30 PM

Hosted by Adriana Roy

Mia Munro
Melanie Sparks
Cara Coronado

Mahlae Balenciaga

DJ Houseplant Paradise

6:30 PM

Hosted by Kaikai B Michaels
Folclórico Colibrí
Cheetah Biscotti
Erika Klash (Dragula Season 2)

Vibemuzik

DJ Houseplant Paradise

All Ages Stage

2:00 PM

Hosted by Beatrix LaHaine

Mojo Carter (LA)
Cosimo
Polly Amber Ross
La Vanidad (LA)
Cristal Guysir

DJ Twinset

3:00 PM

Hosted by Nicki Jizz

Bonita Rose
Sir Acha

Miss Monstrosity

Lotus Party
Cash Monet (LA)

DJ Twinset

4:00 PM

Hosted by Mama Celeste

Iman
Enbeguiling
Blaysia Erotica
Franzia Rose

 

DJ Fawks

5:00 PM

Hosted by Mama Celeste

Mercury Divine (WA)
Evian
FiliP!NX

Hercusleaze (Call Me Mother Season 1)

DJ Fawks

6:00 PM

Hosted by Nicki Jizz
Robyn D Banks
Jaybella Banks (GA)

Bionka Simone

Calypso Jete (Legendary Season 1)

DJ DREAMS

7:00 PM

Hosted by Beatrix LaHaine

Laundra Tyme
Luke Modelo

Deja Skye (Drag Race Season 14)

DJ DREAMS

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8PM - LATE

Oaklash Afterkii

Hosted by Sir Joq

@ The New Parish

*21+ only with valid ID. Some areas only accessible by stairs*

--- DJs ---

Nico • Fiera Ferari • Charles Hawthorne • Guerilla Pump

--- Performers ---

Mary Vice

King Perka Sexxx (NC)

Calypso Jete (Legendary Season 1)

and a live set by AroMa

SUNDAY MAY 29TH

12PM - 8PM PT

Rollin With The Homos

x Its a Lovely Day

Hosted by The House of Cakes

@ Oakland Township Commons

*All ages welcome*

 

Celeb DJ set by Quaint But Extra

Drag shows at 5PM, 6PM, & 7PM by

Roselia Valentine

Solid Gold Dancers

Maybe

Tyson Check-In

Ah-Mer-Ah-Su

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Performers and hosts for Oaklash 2022 were selected from over 200+ applicants by a curatorial board consisting of local queer artists including Nicki Jizz, Mama Celeste, Beatrix LaHaine, Adriana Roy, KaiKai B Michaels, Meatflap, LOTUS BOY, Santana Tapia, and Maha Wam.

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~ PREVIOUS FESTIVAL EVENTS ~

Rebel Kings of Oaklash

@ The White Horse

Thursday September 9, 2021

Oaklash 2021

Online @ Oasis

Friday May 28 - Sunday May 30, 2021

Oaklash 2020

Online @ Oasis & 7th West

Friday September 4 - Sunday September 6, 2020

Oaklash Pride 2019

@ The Golden Bull

Saturday September 7, 2019

Oaklash 2019

@ Classic Cars West

Saturday April 27, 2019

Backlash @ Elis Mile High Club - Friday April 26, 2019

Afterkii @ The Port Bar - Saturday April 27, 2019

Oaklash Pride 2018

@ Bar 355

Sunday September 9, 2018

Oaklash 2018

@ Classic Cars WEst

Saturday May 19, 2018

Backlash @ Elis Mile High Club - Saturday May 19, 2018