A drive-in drag show and movie is happening at this Toronto airplane runway

There’s drive-in movies, there’s drag shows, but what about a combined drive-in movie and drag show experience — where the whole thing happens on an airplane runway? If you’re looking for some summer entertainment this weekend, there’s a two-night Runway Reels event happening on the Downsview Airport Lands.

The event, which was created by Northcrest Developments in partnership with Drag Me To The Movies and the Inside Out 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival, promises to transport attendees back in time for a magical evening under the starlit sky. Attendees can drive in or bring their own lawn chairs to set up for this free experience.

Just in time for Pride weekend, the airport runway will play host to drag performer Babia Majora on night one, June 21, and Bombae on night two, as well as being hosted by Weird Alice.

Runway Reels will feature both cult classic films and creations by local artists: night one will showcase Wayne’s World, followed by short film Polly and The Pockets, directed by Gabriella Arno. Night two’s feature film is The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, followed by Cherry Cola, directed by Joseph Amenta. 

To really make the backdrop of Toronto’s skyline sparkle, the gates open at 7 p.m. but the show doesn’t start officially until 8:30 p.m. for the drag performances and 9 p.m. for the movies — by then, the sun will have set and you’ll be ready for a nostalgic evening of fun.

DJs Rose Hips and The Frandiscos will also be spinning tracks prior to the movies, so feel free to get out of your car and have a dance party!

The event is free, but reserve your parking or seating spot in advance to ensure there’s enough space for everyone — there won’t be any lawn chairs provided but there are a few picnic tables available on a first come, first serve basis.

Runway Reels is a rain or shine event, so come prepared — the forecast in Toronto is currently showing a 30-40 per cent chance of rain Friday evening and a 40 per cent chance of rain on Saturday.

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