Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Austin International Drag Festival/Foundation?

The Austin International Drag Festival (AIDF) is a yearly drag festival and conference that takes place in Austin, Texas that began in 2015 with the goal of providing platforms for all forms of drag, making our festival one of the most inclusive drag events that currently exist. AIDF purposely makes room for not just for drag queens, but also drag kings, nonbinary and gender-nonconforming performers, and all artists who do not fit the standard “drag queen” category. The Foundation that puts on this festival is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is 100% volunteer-run. We have also had virtual iterations of the festival at the beginning of the pandemic with virtual Zoom-based drag festival programming.

When is AIDF 2023?

Thursday, April 6th - Sunday, April 9th 2023

Where is AIDF 2023?

AIDF will take place at its home base of the Holiday Inn Midtown located at 6000 Middle Fiskville Road. The daytime showcases typically run from 12pm - 6/7pm and nighttime showcases usually occur at Red River venues like Elysium and Valhalla, which run from around 9pm - 2am.

I want to purchase tickets to this year’s festival. Where can I buy them?

TBA - keep your eyes peeled for an Eventbrite link where you can purchase!

I’m a drag performer and I want to audition for this year’s festival. Where do I sign up?


I’m a vendor and I would like to apply to be an official vendor for this year’s festival. Where do I sign up?

**APPLICATIONS CLOSE MARCH 15, 2023 at 11:59pm CST**

Link to 2023 Vendor Application

I want to donate money and/or be a sponsor for this year’s festival. Where can I get more information?

Link to 2023 Sponsor Application

For personal donations to AIDF, please see our Donate page on this website!

I want to volunteer with this year’s festival. Where do I sign up?

Link to 2023 Volunteer Application

What perks do I get with volunteering with AIDF?

Volunteers get a badge for the specific days that they will be working. Volunteers are divided by categories and there are only limited spots for volunteering due to high volumes of interest. More information to come as we get closer to the festival :~)

What COVID-19 protocols will be in place at the festival?

AIDF is aware that the pandemic is not over, and safety is our number one priority. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at the hotel lobby/registration, and we encourage attendees and guests to maintain 6ft apart from each other. Some illnesses are invisible, so it is important for all participants of this year’s festival to make this as safe of an event as possible.

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