Image by Suzanne Balding

The day of non-stop drag.

The event that set a Guinness World Record in 2017 hosting the world's longest non-stop drag show ever, nearly 37 hrs long with 88 Melbourne drag performers, is back.

The 86's annual day of drag event, 'DRAG A THON', returns with 9 hours of live drag shows including the much loved 'open stage' sessions. On Sunday 13 February, we invite you to join us for the day of the year we cherish most, 'Drag A Thon' day. A celebration of the campery, comedy, glamour and gowns, the grrr and gruel, sass and significantly, the sync!

The always electrifying and engulfing 'open stage' sessions in the afternoon are open to anyone who would like to perform. Each year more and more people make their drag stage debut at Drag A Thon, and many thereafter are regularly booked in shows. Acts in the afternoon shows may also choose to take part in the competition and battle it out for a spot in the evening's main show with a chance to win in the $1,000 prize package. But if you would just like the opportunity to let your inner drag delight out and not actually compete, that is ok too.

At 8pm as the sun sets we raise the curtain on the main show starring cast from our own 'Fellas in Frocks' comedy show, local renowned lip larrikins and legends, special guests, as well as our winners from the afternoon shows, in a 4 hour NON-STOP Drag Show!

This is a great chance to strut, shimmy and sync under stage lights and to a live audience in a celebratory safe space. To secure a performance time in one of the 'open stage' shows you need to register quickly as performance times are strictly limited and usually book out before the event.

Register to perform: www.the86.com.au.

Stream the event live here: https://www.the86.com.au/Dragathon.html

It's a fabulously fun and free day long celebration of drag.

DOORS: 12pm
OPEN STAGE SHOWTIMES: 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm
MAIN SHOWTIME: 8pm - Midnight [non-stop]

Image by Suzanne Balding

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Event & ticketing details

Dates & Times

WHEN Sun 13 Feb 2pm-12am


FREE No ticket required


The 86 Cabaret Bar

185 Smith St, Fitzroy

Get directions


86 to stop 17

Event notes


Award Winning


Strobe lights, Smoke/haze, Non seated event or long periods of standing

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