Saturday, February 8, 8 PM–1 AM
It’s the naughtiest night of the year at the GAI Haus—a night of revelry German Karneval style. This over-the-top costume party is an opportunity for normally serious folk to let loose. Entertainment features cabaret performances with well-known local performers Elektra Cute and Victoria DeVille of Black Hearts Burlesque.
This year we're hosting a drag competition benefiting JustUs Health. Judged by a panel including Elektra Cute and entertainment reporter Todd Walker, the winner will get fabulous prizes and be crowned Karneval Tanzparty König/Königin. As always, there will be dancing to Euro hits in the Rathskeller black light disco and Madam Chava will read your tarot cards.
Come as you are, but more fun is come as you aren't! Costumes are not required, but highly recommended—from traditional Karneval costumes or masks to drag.
Beverages will be available on all three floors. Look for special cocktails created by our in-Haus mix master, good German beer and wine, and a food truck for snacks.
The Haus will be full to bursting, so don't miss out—get your tickets in advance.
21+, $15 ($10 GAI members and cultural partners member)
Advance tickets online, limited tickets at the door.
9 and 11 PM: Burlesque cabaret with Black Hearts Burlesque
10 PM: Amateur drag competition
Drag Competition Showcase at Karneval Tanzparty
Strut your stuff to benefit JustUs Health and to be crowned the GAI Karneval Tanzparty König/Königin (King/Queen). A panel of judges including Elektra Cute and entertainment reporter Todd Walker will select the winner, who will get a free application to the Minnesota Burlesque Festival along with other fabulous prizes.
For every competition entry (entries are free) the Germanic-American Institute will donate $50 to JustUs Health, an organization that works for equitable health care access for folks who are living with HIV and the LGBTQ+ community. Bar tips will also be donated to JustUs Health.
Contestants will perform a 4–5 minute program
Competition information and registration
Register early—the number of entrants is limited