10+ Excellent Fall LGBT Events In Philadelphia

As the weather cools down, Philly’s LGBT scene heats up...

This year, autumn’s arrival offers even more for LGBT visitors to the City of Brotherly and Sisterly Love.

The season begins with the Fringe Festival, a 17-day citywide bonanza of cutting-edge contemporary live arts — many of which spotlight the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender experience.

From September to December, Bearded Ladies Cabaret artistic director John Jarboe resurrects his irreverent and bawdy cabaret series Get Pegged.

And that’s just on the stages. Come October, Philadelphia will host the nation’s largest coming out party in OutFest and put on the city’s 30th annual AIDS Walk.

Here’s a look at what to expect from Philadelphia’s LGBT scene this fall.

2016 Fringe Festival

Tangle Movement ArtsPhoto by Mike Ermilio courtesy Tangle Move

LGBT theater takes a prominent role in this year’s Fringe Festival in Philly. Forward-thinking, ever-physical dance troupe Brian Sanders JUNK uses aerial acrobatics and punk and disco music in Carried Away, a performance that evokes scenes from a gay leather bar in the 1970s. Philadelphia choreographer and performance artist Gunnar Montana offers twisted fairytale Wroughtland, featuring sexy versions of familiar characters and exotic sets. Contemporary circus arts company Tangle Movement Arts presents Surface Tension, an aerial dance show with an an emphasis on queer and female experience. For the festival’s traditional (except not at all traditional) finale, Martha Graham Cracker returns for her annual cabaret of pop tunes and impromptu lap dances.

2016 Fringe Festival

When:September 9-24
Where:Various locations, including FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Varies

www.fringearts.com

Get Pegged Cabaret at FringeArts

John Jarboe, artistic director of The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, reprises his Get Pegged Cabaret series on Penn’s Landing at FringeArts. From September through December, Jarboe invites LGBT artists from Philly and beyond to the stage for impassioned—and often times irreverent—musical performances invoking early-19th-century French cabarets.

Get Pegged Cabaret at FringeArts

When:September 14, October 21, November 18, December 16, 10:30 p.m.
Where:FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Cost:Standing Room $5; Table $10 per seat

www.fringearts.com

Midtown Village Fall Festival

Photo By G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

A half dozen beer gardens, three stages, vast sidewalk sales, tons of fantastic food and loads of family fun show off the vibrant neighborhood also known as the Gayborhood during the Midtown Village Fall Festival. The rain-or-shine street party closes off nine blocks to car traffic in order to welcome person traffic, and lots of it.

Midtown Village Fall Festival

When:Saturday, October 1, noon-8 p.m.
Where:Between 12th & Broad Streets and Locust & Chestnut Streets
Cost:Pay as you go

midtownvillagephilly.org

LGBT Night at Terror Behind the Walls

Haunted attractions are always more fun when experienced with friends—and LGBT Night at Terror Behind the Walls is no exception. Eastern State Penitentiary’s terrifying Halloween-time tradition features six attractions inside the cellblock of a real, abandoned prison, September 16-November 5. For one evening, the crumbling venue hosts brave members of the LGBT community in all six of its scary spaces, followed by cocktails in Al Capone’s cell.

LGBT Night at Terror Behind the Walls

When:Wednesday, October 12
Where:Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
Cost:Varies

www.easternstate.org

OutFest

Photo By G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Held annually around National Coming Out Day, the Gayborhood’s OutFest is the world’s largest coming-out event in the form of an old-fashioned block party. Restaurants and bars throw open their doors to host street-side cookouts and dance parties. There are special areas for children and pets, a mechanical bull, rock-climbing wall, flea market, hula-hoop contest, high-heel race and risqué bagel-eating contest.

OutFest

When:Sunday, October 9, noon-6 p.m.
Where:12th & Locust Streets
Cost:Pay as you go

www.phillygaypride.org

AIDS Walk Philly

This fall’s AIDS Walk Philly marks the 30th year the event is helping those with HIV disease in the Greater Philadelphia area. The theme for 2016: Getting to zero. Now a walk-run — including the 5K AIDS Run Philly — the event starts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and continues along scenic Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.

AIDS Walk Philly

When:Sunday, October 16, 5K Run 7:30 a.m.; 5K Walk 9 a.m.
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$50

www.aidswalkphilly.org

Martha Graham Cracker

Those who miss Martha Graham Cracker at the Fringe have no need to fret. The towering diva croons every second Thursday of each month at L’Etage in Bella Vista. Set in the intimate, second-story confines of a French-inspired bar, the popular show includes special guest performances and a full set of Martha reprising tunes by artists from David Bowie to Whitney Houston.

Martha Graham Cracker

When:Every second Thursday, 7 p.m.
Where:Creperie Beau Monde, 624 South 6th Street
Cost:Varies

www.creperie-beaumonde.com

In My Body

In In My Body showing at the Prince Theater, real-life couple and Old City gallery owners Michael Biello and Dan Martin use song, spoken word and dance to explore some of the more befuddling aspects of embracing body image. A series of poignant vignettes follow characters grappling with all-too-familiar issues, including sexuality, gender identity, pride and aging.

In My Body

When:November 9-13
Where:Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street
Cost:$10-$27

www.princetheater.org

Sunset, o639 Hours

Photo courtesy BalletX

BalletX kicks off its 2016-2017 season this fall with choreographer and co-founder Matthew Neenan and composer Rosie Langabeer’s Sunset, o639 Hours. Live music from The Sunset Club helps transport this mesmerizing, full-length ballet to 1938, when pilot Edwin Musick made his pivotal flight across the Pacific Ocean.

Sunset, o639 Hours

When:November 16-20
Where:The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad Street
Cost:$25-$40

www.balletx.org

Hi, Are You Single?

As if the gay dating scene weren’t already tough, actor Ryan J. Haddad explores what it’s like to be gay and on the prowl when you have cerebral palsy in Hi, Are You Single? The one-man show, playing this fall during the First Person Arts Festival, tackles the whole gamut—from Grindr to navigating the gay bar scene—on a disabled man’s journey to find Mr. Right.

Hi, Are You Single?

When:Saturday, November 12, 8 p.m.
Where:Christ Church, 20 N. American Street
Cost:$12

firstpersonarts.org

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