In 1990, just two years after National Coming Out Day was founded, Philadelphia became the first city make it an annual event. What came to be known as Outfest is a testament to the city’s dynamic and socially conscience LGBTQ community in the form of a giant block party in the Gayborhood. This year’s Outfest offers free STD screenings, food, a flea market, live music and a tribute to Brian Sims, Pennsylvania’s first openly gay state representative. Outfest is the largest event of its kind, with more than 40,000 people coming out, both literally and figuratively, to past editions.
Sun., Oct. 13, noon-6 p.m., free, 13th and Locust streets, 215-875-9288, phillypride.org.