Annual drag festival to take place at Ridgewood’s Onderdonk House

Photos courtesy of Bushwig

It’ll be a real drag to see this show, but in a fun way.

Ridgewood’s Onderdonk House is gearing up to host Bushwig, the fourth annual festival of drag and musical performances in Queens.

The main event will take place on Sept. 12 and 13 from 2 to 10 p.m. at 1820 Flushing Ave. on the Ridgewood/Bushwick border. The shows during this time are appropriate for all ages and are being held outdoors, and DJ sets, BBQ, crafts, a photo booth, games and prizes are all slated to be a part of the lineup.

The festival will feature 150 drag queens with different styles and themed costumes and 20 live musical performances. Major names set to appear include Lady Bunny, No Bra, Macy Rodman and Chae Buttuh, and Mz. Bushwig 2015 will be crowned during a special ball on the night of Sept. 11 at the Lovegun club on Grand Avenue in Brooklyn.

According to Matthew Mendoza, an event planner performing under the name “Matty Horrorchata,” the show has grown considerably since its creation. This will be its first year at the Onderdonk House as part of that expansion.

Mendoza—who dubbed the show “Bushwig” after being inspired by a wig shopping trip—said that a lot of the performers had an experimental performing style. This sentiment was echoed last year in a 2014 review by The New York Times, who declared the festival to be “pushing the boundaries of drag.”

“We’re not ‘pageanty.’ It’s not traditional,” Mendoza said. “It’s newer and cutting edge.”

A full access weekend passes is $40 and is available at bushwig2015.peatix.com.

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