Over the weekend of May 19 and May 20, everything that you love about popular culture is going to unspool in a big, inclusive, diverse and “only in the Big Apple” sort of way—meaning it’s going to be a show.
This year is the fifth anniversary of the Vulture Festival, presented by AT&T, with a big lineup of events featuring Ava DuVernay, Tracy Morgan, Jim Parsons, Julianna Margulies and Adam Pally, as well as the casts of “Younger,” “Queen Sugar” and “Star Trek: Discovery.” Just a few days before the world explodes with LGBTQ pride, there will be a “RuPaul’s Drag Race” panel! Also, by popular demand, there will be a large selection of podcasts, including “Throwing Shade,” “Queery,” “Dr. Gameshow” and “Good One.”
Here are some of the highlights for your calendar.
Saturday, May 19
7 a.m. to 9 a.m.—“Who? Weekly” Royal Wedding Live-Watch
Hosts of the popular podcast “Who? Weekly,” Lindsey Weber and Bobby Finger and special guests, including at least one British person, watch the long-awaited nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, discussing all the hats and guests that are supposedly famous in England. Freehold, 45 S. Third St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Tickets are $20 (includes complimentary English treats and access to the Vulture Lounge after the event, which opens
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.—John Leguizamo: In Conversation
Multihyphenate artist of stage, film and television, John Leguizamo, joins Vulture Festival for the first time to chat about his new graphic novel, “Freak,” his latest theater production, “Latin History for Morons,” his diverse film career and his general New York-y awesomeness. The panel will be followed by a book signing. Milk Studios (450 W. 15th St.). Tickets are $30 (includes complimentary access to the
Vulture Lounge after the event).
1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.—“Drag Race”: Ten Seasons Later and Taking Over the Mother Tucking World
Gurl! “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fan favorite queens are spilling the tea. Revisit moments from 10 seasons that totally slayed, learn how to perfect your death drop and more. Milk Studios (450 W. 15th St.). Tickets are $30 (includes complimentary access to the Vulture Lounge after the event).
8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.—Tracy Morgan: In Hilarious
There is only one Tracy Morgan, and he’ll be at Vulture Festival to talk about his new hit TBS comedy, “The Last O.G.,” and to discuss his return to comedy. Milk Studios (450 W. 15th St.). Tickets are $30 (includes complimentary access to the Vulture Lounge after the event).
8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.—“Las Culturistas Live!”
Comedians and beloved Vulture recappers of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang, are creating a special live spectacular version of their podcast, “Las Culturistas,” featuring an interview with a special celebrity guest, “I Don’t Think So, Honey: The Gameshow” and more, so much more. Milk Studios (450 W. 15th St.). Tickets are $20 (includes complimentary access to the Vulture Lounge after the event).
Sunday, May 20
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.—“Star Trek Discovery”: The Future Is Definitely Female
Join “Star Trek Discovery” cast members Sonequa Martin-Green, Mary Chieffo, Mary Wiseman and Michelle Yeoh and executive producer Gretchen J. Berg as they reveal the secrets to their distinctly female-forward mission on their CBS All Access series, “Star Trek: Discovery.” Milk Studios (450 W. 15th St.). Tickets are $30 (includes complimentary access to the Vulture Lounge after the event).
6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.—Ava DuVernay and the cast of “Queen Sugar”
Oscar-nominated director and executive producer Ava DuVernay returns to Vulture Festival with OWN’s “Queen Sugar,” also featuring cast members Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Kofi Siriboe. Milk Studios (450 W. 15th St.). Tickets are $30 (includes complimentary access to the Vulture Lounge after
4 the event).
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.—Vulture Festival Comedy Show
A Vulture-curated evening of the very best stand-ups New York City has to offer, featuring Wyatt Cenac, Ana Fabrega, Josh Gondelman, Matteo Lane, John Reynolds, Julio Torres, Emma Willmann and Michelle Buteau. The Bell House (149 Seventh St., Brooklyn). Tickets are $20 (includes complimentary access to the Vulture Lounge after4 the event).
Tickets are currently on sale at vulturefestival.com and will include access to the Vulture Lounge, featuring complimentary drinks and festival activations. Follow @VultureFestival and @Vulture for updates.