Forget everything you think you know about BINGO because Honey… this ain’t your Grandma’s Bingo!

drag bingo
It's the most fun $25 you'll ever spend!

Drag queens, outlandish outfits, contests, and prizes with raunchy and ribald humor, Drag Bingo is not for the faint of heart. No one is safe and nothing is sacred but it is all in good fun.

Drag Bingo is entering our twenty-fourth season, and like any bingo, it is a game of chance where participants try to create rows, columns, or special shapes on their grid of 5X5 numbers based on random numbers. Sponsors, Special guests, or the Drag Queens themselves call the numbers for each game. There are surprises galore so you never know what you are going to hear or see. “Special Games” are played throughout the night as well so there are many chances and ways to win.

Rhodes
The famous Rhodes on the Pawtuxet

Held on a Thursday during the month, and now at a NEW LOCATION at the famous Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston, this fun night is filled with lots of laughs and crazy antics all while raising much needed funds for the programs and services of AIDS Care Ocean State. Cost is $25 for a Bingo Packet, cash or check only and they cannot be purchased in advance. There is a different theme every month and costumes & table décor are strongly encouraged so be creative. This is an 18+ event (no exceptions) and there is plenty of free parking. Doors open at 5pm and the game begins at 7pm sharp!

Registration is strongly recommended and can be made below. Your registration should include your name, phone number and the number of people in your party. Registration is for headcount purposes ONLY and does not guarantee a seat if we reach capacity or if you arrive after 7pm. Seating is first-come, first-serve so please arrive as close to 5pm as possible on the Thursday of Drag Bingo. Alcohol is NOT allowed in the main ballroom.

Doors open at 5pm with a cash bar Cocktail Hour before the start of the Drag Bingo game. Refreshments can be purchased throughout the evening but you can also bring your own food and snacks. By state law, alcohol is NOT allowed in the main ballroom and will not be served 15 mins before the game begins. Doors to the main ballroom will open at 5:30pm. Did I mention, alcohol is NOT allowed in the main ballroom?


***NEW Full Circle Reservation Fee***

To reserve a table of 10 is an additional $5/person = $50 fee per table of 10 and can be paid online by clicking this link. In the section entitled "ADDITIONAL COMMENTS/REQUESTS" please enter "Bingo Full Circle" so your information can be captured. This would reserve a table for 10 people for the night of Drag Bingo. However, if you are not able to fill your table (10 people) and you have empty seats on the night of Drag Bingo, the remaining seats may be filled as needed with other players.

This fee is not refundable if you cancel your Full Circle Reservation and, Per State of RI law, does NOT go towards the $25 Bingo Packet cost per person to play Drag Bingo. This charge is completely separate and cannot be combined with any other Drag Bingo purchases. Furthermore, the payment of the $50 Full Circle Fee does not guarantee a person is able to play Drag Bingo if they arrive after 7pm unless someone else had already purchased a Bingo Booklet for them prior to 7pm on the night of Drag Bingo. Under no circumstances can Bingo Booklets be sold once the Drag Bingo games have begun at 7pm so the Full Circle fee is only to reserve a table of 10.

Register for your spot today!

Registration is used for headcount purposes only. Please include your name, phone number and number of people in your party in the registration email.

To reserve a table of 10 with our new Full Circle program is an additional $5/person x 10 people= $50 fee per table and can be paid online by clicking this link. See above for full details on the Full Circle program.

Thank you for your support.

Premiere Circle Season Sponsors

Mister Sister Erotica

Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center

Jordan's Jungle

Thundermist Health Center Convenient Care

Atlantic States LeatherSIR Sir Tom Matt

AIDS Care Ocean State Board of Directors


Become a Drag Bingo Sponsor!

Season #25 Season Sponsorship Form

Monthly Sponsorship Form


Season #24 Drag Bingo Schedule 2022

April 14th (2nd Thursday) Easter Bonnet -Best Bonnet Contest- $100 prize

May 5th (1st Thursday) Beach Blanket- Wear Your Beach Attire

June 16th (3rd Thursday) Show Us Your Pride- Wear Your Rainbow Attire

July 21st (3rd Thursday) Catch A Mermaid/Merman/Merperson

August 18th (3rd Thursday) Back on Campus- Backpack & School Supplies Drive

September 8th (2nd Thursday) End of the Rainbow- End of Summer Celebration

October 27th (4th Thursday) Nightmare on the Pawtuxet- Costume Contest- $100 Prize

November 17th (3rd Thursday) All the Trimmings- Nonperishable Food Drive & Pie Eating Contest- $100 Prize

December 8th (2nd Thursday) Silver Balls- Gift Certificate or Unwrapped Toy Drive

The History of Drag Bingo

Courtesy of The Wink Bingo Blog

Drag Queen Bingo finds its roots in Seattle in the 1990s. Dreamed up by Judy Werle, then Director of Development for the Chicken Soup Brigade (a support organization for people with AIDS), it was envisaged as a way to raise capital for their charitable aims.

As Judy explained in a 2007 interview for Time Magizne, “I checked out places where people gathered and spent money, because I figured if you had that, you could redirect the money to a good cause.”

It was this logic that led the fundraising mastermind to bingo halls: “They were totally full of obsessed people, but it was also extremely boring, so we decided to liven it up in the way that only gay men can.”

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group of drag queens dressed as nuns, was formed with this in mind. On their very first night of performing, the line of attendees would stretch around the block, prompting the charity to almost immediately schedule more.

It wasn’t just the LGBT+ community in attendance either. Although they did make up a large part of the Drag Queen Bingo’s original audience, they were joined by many others – exceptionally good news for the Brigade, whose mission to expand their donor base was suddenly made an awful lot easier.

Soon, the game was bringing together individuals from all walks of life. Its popularity spread further and further afield, until people were playing in Boston, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, [Rhode Island] and, finally, all around the world. By the noughties, it had even merited a mention on Sex and the City!