Amateur Night

  • Jul 6, 2023 - Aug 21, 2024
  • The Painted Mug Cafe

    1527 Jackson Street
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19145
Ticket Price $0.00-$22.13 Buy Tickets

This amateur competition is a chance for new and young performers to put their drag to the test! 9 fierce competitors but there can only be 1 winner.

A judged amateur competition featuring nine 16+ Amatuer Performers

Hosted by Mister Right and Eugene Rideher with special guests every month!

Doors @ 7:30pm, Show @ 8pm

Performers have been asked to keep content PG-13,  so content may be inappropriate for young children. Guests under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.



There are two steps up into the cafe and a single use, all-gender restroom. We are currently fundraising to build a ramp, and renovate the bathroom to accommodate the turning radius of a wheelchair. Not all tickets include seating, but guests who require seating for medical reasons should email to reserve seats at no additional cost.


We are located at 1527 Jackson Street, on the corner of Jackson and Mole, just a few blocks from the BSL Subway and one block from the 2 and 79 busses. There is parking available in the neighborhood, but many streets immediately around the cafe have two-hour limits. Free, unrestricted parking is available a few blocks west of the cafe, and there is plenty of metered parking on Snyder, Passyunk, and Broad Street, all less than two blocks away.

Informed Consent Space

The Painted Mug is committed to ensuring all our guests are aware of what they may encounter in our space. While most of our events are sober events, we also occasionally host BYOB events and private events with Alcohol. We also have events with content that is not appropriate for all audiences. All events with alcohol and age restrictions will be clearly labeled. Please check the event description for more information about this specific event.  

COVID Policy

Our staff reserves the right to require masks at any event when respiratory illness transmission rates are high. If you have questions about this or any other Painted Mug policy, please email

Date & Time

Jul 6, 2023 - Aug 21, 2024

Venue Details

The Painted Mug Cafe

1527 Jackson Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19145 The Painted Mug Cafe
The Painted Mug Cafe

The Painted Mug Cafe, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a new performance space, venue for rent, and (soon-to-be) full-service café with espresso bar. ‘The Mug’ was developed by a collaborative team of queer artists seeking to serve and empower our LGBTQIA+ community through ambitious programming made accessible—physically and digitally. The café is on track to be worker-owned, and we will reinvest in the QTPOC and disabled artists of our city by prioritizing a shared narrative in our programming. ‘The Mug’ is an intentional LGBTQIA+ performance space and designed to decenter drugs and alcohol.

We seek to provide opportunities for growth for our member-artists, including access to work, talent-incubation, and professional development. We believe a performance space for queer artists designed by queer artists is as empowering as it is unique.

For our neighbors, we seek to be an LGBTQIA+ affirming asset of the community with great coffee, and the venue chosen to host those personal milestone events that will become lifelong happy memories.

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