Shops at Liberty Place Block Party Kicking Off Wawa Welcome America Saturday

Eighties R&B group New Edition will be honored at Wawa Welcome America's TK.

Eighties R&B group New Edition will be honored by Mayor Nutter at Wawa Welcome America’s kickoff event, the Liberty Block Party.

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.

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PHOTOS: Rittenhouse Row and South Street’s Spring Festivals + SundayOUT at the Piazza

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.

Shots from South Street Spring Festival and SundayOUT at the Piazza after the jump

What’s Happening at OutFest 2013

Photo courtesy of George Widman for GPTMC

Photo courtesy of George Widman for GPTMC

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!

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