Survival Guide 2017

Preparing for RuPaul’s DragCon LA

  1. If you bought a ticket online, print it out (or have it downloaded to your phone)!
  2. Get your schedule set! Check out the Panel and Signing schedules before you arrive, and know where you want to be when!
  3. Know your way around. Download the floor map before the show.
  4. Read our Harassment Policy! No shade allowed! DragCon is a love fest! If you see or feel like someone is bothering you (or being inappropriate), tell a DragCon staff member or security right away! Remember kids, Drag Is Not Consent! Ask before you snap a photo.
  5. Have your phone charged and bring a mobile charger! You don’t wanna miss any amazing photo opportunities! If you need to top off, stop by a Jeffree Star Charging Station!
  1. Get a hotel room near the LACC. There are plenty of places to stay near DragCon.
  2. Bring cash! Many of our fabulous exhibitors take credit cards, but because of all the people Tweeting and Instagramming, it can slow down processing. So don’t miss out on that amazing shade of lipstick or that RuPaul commemorative plate. (Yes, we have ATM’s at the LACC but you know about the lines and bank fees).
  3. If you are traveling in a group or with small kids, make a meeting point in case you get lost. Good choices are the #DragCon Lounge, the World of Wonder DragCon booth, or at the entrance. Phones do die on the show floor. Don’t get lost!


  1. Avoid the lines by getting your badge early, on Friday. You can do early badge pick up Friday. Otherwise, plan on arriving at the convention as early as possible to avoid long lines. We want you to spend your time at DragCon meeting Queens, shopping and seeing panels.
  2. Bring your ticket to Attendee Badge Redemption at the LACC West Hall Lobby. We will scan that ticket and hand you a badge and lanyard to wear for the duration of DragCon. VIP ticket holders will have a separate line in the LACC West Hall Lobby.
  1. We encourage all attendees to use alternative travel options – take the Metrolink and/or Metro! Or Carpool with your squirrel friends! You’ll save on parking and have more cash to shop!
  2. If you were lucky enough to get the Gift Bag, pick it up on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday at the Gift Bag Redemption area.
  3. If you were able to snatch a VIP ticket, there’s a separate VIP badge redemption area in the Lobby.


  1. If you have something special you want signed, bring it! Or buy merch at the DragCon booth or from the Queens!
  2. Shoes! Heels will be a plenty. But remember heels hurt after awhile. Try to wear comfortable shoes, or bring some with you. You’re gonna be doing a ton of walking!
  3. Come in Drag (whatever that means to you)! It’s not mandatory, but will make for great photo ops!
  4. Don’t forget to stop by the World of Wonder DragCon Merch booth for amazing exclusives!
  1. Get the official DragCon program guide with the panel schedule, autograph times, and other useful info!
  2. Make sure you see our awesome floor features like the Kid Zone.
  3. Share your #DragCon experience with your friends who couldn’t make it! Use #DragCon on your social media. And check out SnapChat for custom DragCon filters!
  4. Support those who support DragCon, visit our vendors and get some of the hottest merch!