October is one of my favorite months of the year because there are so many things going on in Central Florida. I’ve already mentioned the numerous Pride celebrations, with the largest event being Orlando Pride, which is coming up next week. This week, Ocala celebrates Pride, and later this month, Volusia County, Sarasota and Gainesville will have celebrations for their communities as well. That’s not to mention the large number of special events that are coming up, a few of which you’ll see in the column this week. Happy October! Lots of love!
Thursday October 1
Joey Brooks will be hosting the weekly amateur strip contest at Bradley’s on 7th in Tampa tonight at midnight. Joining her this week as co-host is Lady Janet. This weekend’s shows, also hosted by Joey, promise to be very exciting; on Friday, Joey’s show cast will include Bradley’s diva Esme Russell and Ashlee Bangkx, and on Saturday, Joey and Esme will be joined by Kori Stevens and CoCo Markstone. Weekend showtimes are at 11:30 p.m. and 1:15 a.m.
Friday October 2
Hamburger Mary’s Orlando is one of the businesses part of the brand-new Church Street Alive @ Five live music event, beginning at 5 p.m. right at Church Street Station. Eat at Mary’s and find out what promotions are going on all up and down Church Street. Live entertainment from Emily Kopp begins at 6 p.m.
Daphne Ferraro‘s Friday night drag shows at Enigma in St. Petersburg are a big hit! See Daphne and two of her equally talented female illusionist friends this evening for two shows, one at 10 p.m. and one at 11:30 p.m. Celebrate the dawn of the weekend at Enigma!
Saturday October 3
Help Marion County celebrate Pride by attending their Ocala Pride Festival, which will begin at 11 a.m. at Citizens’ Circle in Ocala. CoCo Montrese, RuPaul’s Drag Race fan favorite and a former Miss Gay Ocala, will be the headlining performer. Also at the festival, there will be a donation drive for two organizations: Tools 4 Teaching and the Humane Society of Marion County. Admission is free.
Head on back to the ’20s for a night at the Cotton Club! Not only is that a beautiful backdrop for a gala, it’s the theme of The Center Orlando’s Black and White Gala for this year, which will begin at 7 p.m. at the Orlando Museum of Art. There will be a silent and live auction, live entertainment, and a sit-down dinner. To buy tickets, visit thecentergala.eventbrite.com.
If you love the ’80s, you should come to Parliament House Orlando tonight for a totally rad and tubular time! Tonight, the P-House hosts “Thriller,” and they call it Orlando’s “ultimate ’80s party.” Enjoy ’80s music in the disco and in two other rooms in the complex. The acclaimed Footlight Players will put on a “Thriller”-themed drag show tonight at 10 p.m. and again at midnight.
If you haven’t heard, Iman is back full-time as the hostess and emcee of the Saturday drag shows at Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg! Iman’s show cast features the talents of Dulce Andrews, CoCo Markstone, and Kiala Santi. Also, keep an eye open for Iman’s special guest, which will change weekly. Showtime is at 11:30 p.m.!
Monday October 5
Hamburger Mary’s Clearwater loves to give back to the community by hosting weekly drag queen bingo nights, where the proceeds are given to local non-profits. Stephanie Shippae calls the numbers every Monday; she knows how to command a room and she will leave you in stitches! Game time is at 7:30 so make sure you reserve your table for 6:30. Call (727) 400-6996 to make sure your spot is saved!
Wednesday October 7
Southern Nights Orlando hosts Sabrosura Wednesdays tonight and every Wednesday beginning at 9 p.m. Lisa Lane is your hostess, and she will host a drag show at 12:30 a.m. in the Southern Nights Theatre with some special guests! Latin nights have never been so caliente! There is no cover for people over 21 until 11 p.m.