10 Things You Absolutely Must Do at DragCon NYC 2019

"Drag Race U.K!" "UNHhhh" Live! Elizabeth Warren?!

The third annual RuPaul’s DragCon NYC is finally here. This Friday through Sunday, September 6-8, drag queens, celebs, and thousands of fans will fill Manhattan’s Javits Center for what will surely be a fierce AF weekend for the herstory books.

We know the DragCon schedule looks super packed, so if you don’t know which panels or events to attend, check out our handy guide of the must-see moments at this year’s biggest weekend for all things drag.

  1. Mix ’n’ mingle with the queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K.

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    The time has finally come! The girls from RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. have jumped the pond for their first stateside appearance, and you have the chance to chat and spill the tea with the newest crop of queens. Better bring a saucer or two because the tea they spill will surely be piping hot.

    For VIP ticket holders only; Friday at 2:30pm

  2. Watch a special Trixie Mattel performance

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    The All Stars winner—and movie star—has been touring the country with her new documentary, Moving Parts, but she’s coming to the Big Apple to perform a special set for DragCon VIP squirrel friends. We assume you’ve already memorized the lyrics to “Yellow Cloud,” yes?

    For VIP ticket holders only; Friday at 3pm

  3. Catch a DJ Ru set

    Better bring your boogie shoes because Mutha is turning the Javits Center into one giant Soul Train line with special DJ sets both Saturday and Sunday on the DragCon mainstage. Honey, if you follow any of Ru’s Spotify playlists, then you already know that this is going to be a party!

    Saturday at 11:30am; Sunday at 11am

  4. Behold the Queens of New York

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    After WorldPride and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, we ain’t done celebrating the Big Apple just yet. While you’re here in NYC, check out some of the city’s most legendary queens including Dusty Ray Bottoms, Brini Maxwell, Marti Gould Cummings, Merrie Cherry, and Flotilla Debarge as they sit on a panel hosted by NewNowNext’s own Michael Musto, talking all things New York nightlife.

    Saturday at 11am

  5. Watch a special video message from Sen. Elizabeth Warren

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    Elizabeth Warren has a plan for everything—even DragCon! The Democratic presidential candidate has recorded a special video message for all of the squirrel friends at DragCon NYC and it will be broadcast from the mainstage. Hopefully no one brings up Trump: The Rusical.

    Saturday at 1:45pm

  6. Catch Ginger Minj’s Celebrity Drag Makeover

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    FACT: Ginger Minj is always a good time. Watch her beat the mug of Million Dollar Listing New York’s Tyler Whitman in front of a packed room of fierce fans. Will the transformation be a million dollar makeover? You’ll have to swing by the Glamour Toad’s tutorial to find out!

    Saturday at 11:30am

  7. Listen to some Judgey Judies

    Have you always wanted to know what it was like sitting next to RuPaul on the Drag Race judges panel? Well, now is your chance to find out as Gabe Bergado moderates a discussion with Michelle Visage, Ross Mathews, and Carson Kressley about what it takes to be the ultimate judgey Judy.

    Sunday at 10am

  8. Watch RuTalks with none other than Whoopi Goldberg

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    RuPaul’s RuTalks is where the queen of queens sits down for a one-on-one conversation with a special guest. The year’s RuTalks will be held on Saturday with legendary fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, then on Sunday Ru will kiki with EGOT winner and pop culture icon Whoopi Goldberg.

    Sunday at 3pm

  9. Witness UNHhhh Live!

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    Trixie Mattel and Katya reunited at last year’s DragCon NYC, and now that the dynamic duo is back doing their UNHhhh digital series, they are bringing the fun to you live… well, kind of. Katya will be there via satellite. But the real reason to sit in on this panel isn’t the biological woman on stage but the guest appearance by Jeff Maccubbin, one of the infamous editors behind UNHhhh’s lunacy. Legends only, honestly.

    Sunday at 10:30am

  10. Study up at Yvie’s Odd School

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    In the world premiere of her new WOW Presents Plus digital series, the Drag Race Season 11 winner takes you to the dollar store with some cheap hacks proving you can do drag on a dime. Honey, New York is expensive, so we need all the help we can get!

    Sunday at 1pm

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