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October 7 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
OUTFEST is the largest National Coming Out Day (NCOD) event in the world. The idea for a NCOD grew from the second march on Washington for gay and lesbian equality on October 11, 1987. The idea quickly took hold in the LGBT community, spawning celebrations in numerous cities around the country. Philadelphia and Philly Pride was one of the first cities to organize around NCOD on a large scale by creating a block party to showcase the many facets of our community in 1990. Our event quickly grew into what the greater Philadelphia region now uniquely celebrates as “OutFest.” Held the Sunday prior to Columbus Day every October, OutFest attracts nearly 40,000 people.
OutFest is hugely popular because: (1) it had the feel of an old-fashioned block party, (2) it’s free, (3) it’s in the gayborhood, (4) all local bars, restaurants, and businesses do something outside, (5) entertainment showcases local talent, (6) all community organizations participate, (7) there are carnival attractions, (8) there is a massive flea market, (9) there is always something new and unique, and (10) everybody is there!
Pride is the foundation of our community, and on this foundation we build a better tomorrow for us all.