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Drag Queen Bingo

Beyond drag queen brunches, drag queen bingo is coming in to its own in Austin with many of your not-so-typical venues bringing in local queens to host a bingo night. Check out our new guide on when you can find your favorite queen rolling balls.

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It’s hard to believe, but there actually was a time in Austin that you would have been hard pressed to find a drag queen hosting bingo game night anywhere in the city. These days, drag queen bingo nights are about as ubiquitous as craft breweries in Austin. In fact, several local craft breweries host drag queen bingo nights themselves.

Back in 2012, Rebecca Havemeyer hosted her first Shitty Kitty Big Ball Bingo down on 4th Street at Rain on 4th. It was White Elephant-style and there was actual cat shit involved.

One of the highlights was whenever she pulled the (dreaded) B-11 … or as she called it BEH-ONCE … and the deejay would throw on a Beyonce number and she’d go crazy, dancing up and down the tables and cages (back when Rain had cages).

It became a huge success, and during it’s run, it raised thousands for a range of non-profit organizations. Unfortunately, as Rebecca Havemeyer’s creator Paul Soileau’s other character, Christeene became more and more successful and was on the road more often, it became difficult to keep the show going on.

Fortunately, popularity creates opportunity, so by the time Rain put the bingo cage away, there were plenty of other drag queens hosting bingo nights around town for those looking to roll balls.

If you’re looking for a weekly fix, you can find Lady Grackle in the Warehouse District hosting Dirty Bird Drag Queen Bingo at Highland every Sunday night from 7-10 PM. Over in the Red River District, Rhonda Jewels serves up a special version of bingo with Drag Queen Bling-O at the Waller Creek Pub House on Friday nights from 8-10 PM. While up north, Vegas Van Cartier hosts bingo night twice a week at BT2: Sunday evenings at 5 PM and Thursday nights at 7 PM.

Louisianna Purchase hosts two bingo nights each month. The first at the St Elmo Brewing Company on the third Wednesday of the month and the second at Jo’s Coffee Downtown on the last Friday of the month, both from 7-9 PM.

Cupcake and Maeve Haven host the popular Big Boobie Bingo down on South Lamar at Maria’s Taco Xpress the first Tuesday of the month from 6-9 PM.

If you’re looking bingo that’s a little bougie, check out our Big Gay River Float partner Austin Tour Company and their Deep Eddy Drag Queen Bingo Bus the second Sunday of each month, hosted by Colleen Deforrest. The package, which runs $35, includes transportation out to the Deep Eddy Vodka Tasting Room in Dripping Springs, with pick up and dropoff on 4th Street at Oilcan Harry’s, a cocktail in a souvenir glass, multiple rounds of bingo and performances by Colleen.

Check out all these events and more on our community calendar.

Upcoming Bingo Events

19sep7:00 PM9:00 PMDrag BingoHost by Vegas Van Cartier7:00 PM - 9:00 PM BT2 AustinCategories:DragAges:21+

20sep8:00 PM10:00 PMWaller Creek Pub House Drag Queen Bling-OHosted by Rhonda Jewels8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Waller Creek Pub HouseCategories:DragAges:All Ages

22sep5:00 PM7:00 PMDrag BingoHost by Vegas Van Cartier5:00 PM - 7:00 PM BT2 AustinCategories:DragAges:21+

22sep7:00 PM10:00 PMDirty Bird Drag Queen BingoHost by Lady Grackle Birdbreath7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Highland LoungeCategories:DragAges:21+

26sep7:00 PM9:00 PMDrag BingoHost by Vegas Van Cartier7:00 PM - 9:00 PM BT2 AustinCategories:DragAges:21+

27sep7:00 PM9:00 PMDrag Queen BingoHosted by Louisianna Purchase7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Jo's Coffee DowntownCategories:DragAges:All Ages

27sep8:00 PM10:00 PMWaller Creek Pub House Drag Queen Bling-OHosted by Rhonda Jewels8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Waller Creek Pub HouseCategories:DragAges:All Ages

29sep5:00 PM7:00 PMDrag BingoHost by Vegas Van Cartier5:00 PM - 7:00 PM BT2 AustinCategories:DragAges:21+

29sep7:00 PM10:00 PMDirty Bird Drag Queen BingoHost by Lady Grackle Birdbreath7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Highland LoungeCategories:DragAges:21+

Chase is the Founder and Creative Director of therepubliq.com, Host and Executive Producer of OutCast Austin, an award-winning LGBT weekly radio program on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin. In 2011, he was named the Critics Pick for 'Most Gaybiquitous' in the Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin. In 2012, CultureMap Austin named him one of Austin's Top LGBT bloggers and he received the AGLCC's Chamber Award for Social Media Diva.

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Austin Sports

Austin is full of healthy, active people and the LGBTQ community is no different. Whether you’re an athlete looking to play in an organized league or just want to hang out with like-minded individuals, there’s a place for you in one of Austin’s growing list of LGBTQ sports leagues, groups or clubs.

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Austin is full of healthy, active people and the LGBTQ community is no different. Whether you’re an athlete looking to play in an organized league or just want to hang out with like-minded individuals, there’s a place for you in one of Austin’s growing list of LGBTQ sports leagues, groups or clubs.

If you’d prefer to join a group to run or cycle with rather than alone, there’s a group for you. Looking for team sports? There are plenty of those, too. Austin has no shortage of groups to join and the list continues to grow as these like-minded individuals come together and discover more shared interests.


BASKETBALL

Austin Gay Basketball League marching in the Austin Pride Parade September 2015. Photo credit: Josh Martinez

Austin Gay Basketball League

PO Box 40252, Austin TX 78704
info@agbl.org
agbl.org

The Austin Gay Basketball League was created to provide a welcoming environment to all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people who are interested in playing basketball, building friendships, and giving back to Austin’s community. AGBL promotes an athletic environment free of discrimination. LGBT-friendly basketball players are encouraged to come out and join as well. Beginners are always welcome!

The AGBL hosts both a winter season, with games on Friday nights, starting in January and a summer season, with games on Thursday nights, starting in June. Both seasons run between 6 to 8 weeks. Each season features three divisions based on player skill level — recreational, competitive and advanced. All divisions are co-ed. All new players are required to attend a rating session to assess their skills and get assigned to the appropriate division. Cost to register is $60-$65, depending on when you sign up. 

The league hosts open play of pick up games between seasons at the First United Methodist Church’s Family Life Center. The gymnasium is located upstairs. Check out the league’s Facebook events page for upcoming open play nights, which are typically divisions specific. Cost for open play is $2 which is donated back to the church for the use of their space. Additionally, the league also hosts skills sessions throughout the year.

The league also hosts several social events throughout the year, including a uniform social before the seasons start where players pick up their t-shirts and meet their teams as well as post-game social after each seasons’ games. 

The AGBL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and welcome any volunteers or donations. Volunteers can help with game night operations and assisting in social events.

september

No Events


BOWLING

The Austin Pride Bowling League meets Tuesday nights at the Dart Bowl in northern Central Austin.
The Austin Pride Bowling League meets Tuesday nights at the Dart Bowl in northern Central Austin. Photo credit: Austin Pride Bowling League / Facebook

Austin Pride Bowling League

pridebowlingATX@gmail.com
facebook.com/groups/AustinGayBowlingLeague/

Formerly known as the Austin Gamblers, the Austin Pride Bowling League has been the city’s LGBTQ bowling league for over thirty years. Since 1986, the league has worked to promote a sence of community while providing a great social and sporty outlet for those that particpate.

The league starts in the fall with games played at the Dart Bowl in north Austin on Tuesday nights from 8:30-10:30 PM. The league lasts for 30 weeks. Costs include a one-time fee of $23 for USBC membership (paid on the league’s first week) and then $16 weekly for bowling fees.

september

17sep8:30 PM10:30 PMAustin Pride Bowling League8:30 PM - 10:30 PM Dart BowlCategories:BowlingAges:All Ages

24sep8:30 PM10:30 PMAustin Pride Bowling League8:30 PM - 10:30 PM Dart BowlCategories:BowlingAges:All Ages

CYCLING

Queer Ride hits the road every Wednesday night.
Queer Ride hits the road every Wednesday night. Photo credit: Queer Ride / Facebook

Queer Ride

queerride@gmail.com
queerride.org

facebook.com/queerride/
facebook.com/groups/QRATX/

Started in Austin in 2011, Queer Ride is a weekly inclusive social ride that aims to be the most fun, inclusive, care-free, no-drop social ride for queer folks and allies.

Meet up every Wednesday at 7 PM at the South gates of the Texas State Capitol on 11th St facing Congress. Wheels down at 7:30 PM for a 10-15 mile ride.

Queer Ride rides AS traffic and NOT AGAINST it. Riders avoid sidewalks as much as possible, stop at red lights, yield the right of way, and don’t block extra lanes at intersections. Riders share the road with all vehicles.