If you're a drag race super fan, then you probably already know that RuPaul's Werq The World Tour is headed to the Sony Centre this fall. This year's tour will have Michelle Visage and a host of queens like Asia O'Hara, Aquaria, Detox, Monet Exchange, Naomi Smalls, Plastique, Violet Chachki, and Yvie Oddly, and sounds great, but at nearly $300 a ticket, it's not going to werq for everyone. If you love the art of drag, but can't afford the ticket, don't worry - there are a number of affordable Toronto drag events you can attend instead!
Glad Day Bookshop: Drag Bingo
Location: 499 Church St.
Why you need to go: Enjoy bingo, food, drinks, and live performances from local drag queens and kings at one of the world's longest-surviving queer bookstores, while being charitable the whole time! Hosted every third Saturday, doors open at 6:30 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. Funds raised by this event go to LGBTQ-focused charities.
Toronto Public Library: Drag Queen Story Time
Location: Todmorden Room
Why you need to go: Drop into this free, all-ages event to enjoy a series of stories and songs presented by local drag queens. The next scheduled storytime is August 17.
Gladstone Hotel: Drag Brunch
Location: 1214 Queen St. W.
Price: Free Entry
Why you need to go: You already love brunch, so why not add a little drag show to that Sunday mid-morning routine? Seating is first-come, first-serve and there are drag performances every half an hour.
Crews And Tangos: Karaoke
Location: 508 Church St.
Price: Cover price may vary
Why you need to go: Forget lipsyncing for your life, you can belt out your favourite songs as loudly as you like at karaoke night! Hosted every Thursday night at 10 p.m. as part of their Ultimate Thursdays.