Philadelphia will present the inaugural OURFest (which stands for Our Uniting Resilience), organized by Galaei as part of its Pride 365 initiative. OURFest is in honor of National Coming Out Day. The celebration features a National Coming Out Parade on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 4-6 p.m. that kicks off in the birthplace of the nation at Independence Mall before heading through Philadelphia's Gayborhood with floats, marching bands, artists, performers, officials, community leaders, and a 200-foot-long Pride flag. On Sunday, Oct. 8 from 12-7 p.m., there will be a National Coming Out Festival and Resource Fair taking place in the Gayborhood.
Visit Philadelphia is partnering with Pennsylvania Horticultural Society on Out In The Garden, a month-long series of LGBTQ+ event programming at the PHS Pop Up Garden at South Street running in September & October. The full event lineup is detailed here, including an LGBTQ+ Sip City Mixer, garden party and free concert, and a drag performance.
Philadephia Fringe Festival (Sept. 7-24) is one of Philly’s marquee performing arts festivals. Fringe Festival launched in 1997 and fills Philadelphia’s venues with hundreds of independently produced performances and events each fall, many of which include drag performances, LGBTQ+-focused shows, cabaret, and more.
Opera Philadelphia's Festival O23: The fifth iteration of Opera Philadelphia’s popular and innovative season opener. The 11-day event features live performances, opera film screenings and panel discussions at venues across the city. This year’s performances include Grammy-winning soprano Ana María Martínez, award-winning baritone Quinn Kelsey and more.
From Sept. 16 - Nov. 5, we've got Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards in neighboring Delaware County. Think pumpkin picking, hay rides, pony rides, fresh fruit and pies, and more.
Plus, Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia's Fairmount neighborhood runs Sept. 22 - Nov. 11. It's Philly’s premier spooky attraction, offering serious thrills and chills with 15 separate attractions, including five terrifying haunted houses as well as historic tours, live performances, themed bars and lounges, and other hidden surprises. More details on both here.
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