OutFest Brings A Huge Outdoor Party To Philly’s Gayborhood This Sunday, October 8

Look forward to 150-plus vendors, high heel races, outdoor drinking, dancing and more...

Sunday, October 8 marks National Coming Out Day, and guess which city hosts the largest celebratory event in the world? Philadelphia!

OutFest hits the Gayborhood from 12 to 6 p.m. this Sunday, bringing an all-afternoon party complete with DJ-spun tunes, multiple entertainment areas, outdoor pop-up bars and 150-plus vendors from which to shop.


  • OutFest goes down Sunday, October 8 from noon to 6 p.m.
  • The free festival will take place across the Gayborhood, centered on 12th and 13th streets between Walnut and Spruce streets.
  • Live entertainment will unfold across multiple areas.
  • More than 150 vendor booths will create numerous shopping opportunities.


As the biggest LGBT event in Philly, OutFest brings a full lineup of festival action.

Most of the happenings go down along 12th and 13th streets between Walnut and Spruce streets. Throughout the Gayborhood on side streets like Quince, you’ll also find tucked-away vendors and bars hosting celebratory events. The main stage is located at 13th and Locust streets.

(Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
OutFest brings a huge, all-afternoon festival to the heart of the Gayborhood, centered on 12th and 13th streets between Walnut and Spruce streets.

More than 150 vendor booths across the festival grounds bring the chance for festival-goers to do some shopping and grab goody bags from local LGBT nonprofits.

Food and drink stations, entertainment areas and designated activity zones are also scattered throughout the fest. Attendees should bring their dancing shoes and get ready to party, as DJs will keep the music bumping all afternoon long.


In addition to a ton of shopping and outdoor drinking opportunities, OutFest also hosts an array of scheduled entertainment. Look forward to drag shows, high heel races, hula hoop performances, award ceremonies and more.

An array of ongoing activities will also unfold throughout the block party, which last year included chances to get soaked in a dunk tank, test your skills at darts and ride a mechanical bull.

Stay up to date on details of this year’s festival as they’re released here.

A performer at Outfest in Philadelphia
(Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
Look forward to a vibrant lineup of festivities at OutFest including…

  • High heel races
  • Drag shows
  • Award ceremonies
  • Games and more…

Area bars like Tabu, Woody’s, Bob & Barbara’s, Boxers and U Bar are all partaking in the fun, and some will host outdoor bars and post-fest dance parties. Check with local gay bars for a schedule of the special events happening throughout the Gayborhood all weekend long.

In light of LGBT History Month, other spirited events will also unfold throughout the entirety of October. So, if you can’t make it to OutFest, check out some of the other scheduled happenings in the city here.

We’ll see you out there, standing with pride!


When:Sunday, October 8, noon-6 p.m.
Where:12th and 13th streets from Walnut to Spruce streets and select area side streets
Cost:Free to attend; pay-as-you-go food and drink



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