The 24th annual OutFest is on Sunday, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t celebrate National Coming Out Day all weekend. To keep you on your gay-game we’ve rounded up the best events so you’ll know how to whoop it up from Thursday night till the sun goes down Sunday.
Alter Street prepare yourselves, because it’s almost time for GreenStreet Coffee Roasters’ 3rd annual block party. On Saturday, August 16th, the Philadelphia-based, fair trade coffee company will be hosting a day devoted to beer, barbecue, music, games and of course, their coffee.
The merrymaking starts on the 1900 block of Alter Street in Point Breeze at 1 p.m and runs until 7 p.m. The event is $10 and all of the proceeds are donated to the Fresh Artists Program and Deva Watson’s Palates To Palettes. Both organizations support the continuation of art education in Philadelphia schools.
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Philly’s weeklong Wawa Welcome America festival is just around the corner, and this year, for the first time in its history, it’s going to be kicked off with a summer block party. The streets around the Shops at Liberty Place will be closed down for the Liberty Block Party on Saturday, June 28th. The fete will last from noon to 10 p.m.
No matter what your crowd, there was a festival in town for you this weekend. We’ve got photos of three of them — the Rittenhouse Row and South Street spring festivals, and Equality Forum’s SundayOUT at the Piazza — below.
Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
Shots from South Street Spring Festival and SundayOUT at the Piazza after the jump
There are some who believe OutFest, the annual celebration to mark National Coming Out Day, is the ultimate Philly Pride celebration. Why? Well, unlike other major LGBT events, like Pride or Equality Forum, this one takes place right in the heart of our Gayborhood. It’s also one of the season’s last block parties, where, as Alexander Kacala explains in our Big Gay Fall Guide, “The fiercest of Philadelphia drag queens are represented by performances all day … while cruising becomes an Olympic event in the Bike Stop’s back parking lot, where cheap beers are chilled and the boys treat 12th Street like a runway.”
To help you make the most of your festivities, I’ve rounded up some of the day’s must-do events — from Philly’s largest-ever outdoor drag show to the two lesbian parties that seek to keep the wayward Sisters crowd bumping all day long. Happy Coming Out Day!