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OutFest Returns To The Gayborhood With Tons Of Live Entertainment, Shopping, A Dance Party And More, This Sunday, October 13

Outfest is back with a bang, head to the Gayborhood for a full day of live entertainment, shopping, food and more, Sunday, October 13. (Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC)

The heart of the Gayborhood welcomes the return of OutFest, an annual block party throughout Midtown Village.

Philadelphia was one of the first cities to organize a National Coming Out Day celebration, and the event has since grown to be the largest Coming Out Day celebration in the world!

On Sunday, October 13, from noon to dusk (or whenever the neighborhood-wide party ends), live entertainment, shopping vendors, numerous outdoor dance party, high heel race and much more take to the downtown streets.

The main stage, located at 13th and Locust streets, ushers in live entertainment of all sort all day long. Think everything from a pet show, to a hula hoop contest, to an opening workout led by the 12th Street Gym. The huge alfresco block party also recognizes notable members of Philadelphia gay community in an afternoon awards ceremony.

For those looking to shop, enjoy a flea market down 13th Street, a bazaar along Quince Street and the shopping goodness of Midtown Village’s regular store offerings.

Click here to view the full day’s events.

The street-closing festival takes over all of the Gayborhood, from 11th Street to 13th Street and from Walnut Street to Spruce Street. Nearly every bar, restaurant and shop in the festival radius presents festival goers with specials for the duration of the festival.

Outfest 2013
When: Sunday, October 13, noon
Where: Throughout the Gayborhood; Main Stage is located at 13th and Locust Streets
Cost: Free
More info: www.phillypride.org

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The Annual Equality Forum Brings Scores Of LGBT Events To Philadelphia, May 2-5

The Equality Forum celebrates LGBT pride and rights with a multi-day festival at locations across the city, May 2-5. (Photo by R. Kennedy for GPTMC)

Philadelphia’a global LGBT summit Equality Forum returns for its annual event next week, May 2-5.

The four-day celebration includes a wide range of programming, from late-night parties to free panel discussions.

The multi-day affair begins with two panels at the University of the Arts. First up, a National Religious Colloquy panel will be hosted by four influential members of the religious community to discuss officiating same-sex ceremonies and counseling same-sex couples. The second panel of opening night, a National Transgender Panel,puts transgender civil rights in the spotlight.

The first night draws to a close at the Welcome Night party at Midtown Village bar and restaurant Mixto from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Come the weekend, check out dozens of events at locations across the city. Highlights include a entertaining drag show and party at Tabu on May 3 at 8 p.m. and modern take on Shakespeare’s iconic play Romeo and Juliet as interpreted by the Mauckingbird Theatre Company. The play — which features an all-male cast — is set to take the stage at Caplan Theater at the University of the Arts on Friday, May 3 at 8 p.m. and on Saturday, May 4 at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Festivities end with a blowout bash, SundayOUT! at The Piazza on Sunday, May 5. The party is sure to be double the fun as it celebrates both the end of the 2013 Equality Forum and Cinco de Mayo. Live music, food, vendors and more fill the Northern Liberties plaza. Travel from Midtown to Northern Liberties is swift and safe with a free roundtrip shuttle, which rolls out every 10 minutes from Sisters at 13th and Chancellor streets.

The events that make up this year’s Equality Forum span way past the offerings listed here. There’s the big-ticket International Equality Dinner at the National Museum of American Jewish History, an art exhibition the William Way LGBT Community Center, a LGBT youth advocacy summit, dance parties and much more.

Check out the full listing of events here and go to www.visitphilly.com/gay for more.

Equality Forum
When: May 2-5
Where: Various locations
Cost: Varies
More info: www.equalityforum.com

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Uwishunu’s Summer Daycation Series, Final Installment: New Hope In Bucks County

Coryell’s Historic Sightseeing Boat Rides in New Hope offer tours of the Delaware River aboard a 65-foot Mississippi-style river boat. (Photo by B. Krist for GPTMC)

[Welcome to Uwishunu’s Summer Daycation series. Can’t take extended time off? Working with a shoestring budget? Want to sleep in your own bed? Not a worry. This month, we’ve been highlighting destinations in the Philadelphia area that make for the perfect day trip. August is the perfect month, after all, to capitalize on the chance to take a daycation. And we’ve done all the planning for you, so you’ll even have enough time to come back and enjoy a summer night in the city so you won’t miss a beat.]

We’ve arrived at our final daycation in Uwishunu’s Summer Daycation series.

Previously, we featured Ridley Creek State Park in Delaware County, Valley Forge National Historical Park in Montgomery County and Lake Nockamixon State Park in Bucks County. And now we’re featuring a fourth awesome option for a late summer/early fall day trip.

Travel north along our beloved Delaware River into the heart of Bucks County. There, you’ll find the gem of New Hope.

Just under an hour drive from the city, this Bucks County village combines the historical with the modern, leaving something for everyone to explore.

Check out our guide to spending a day in New Hope, below:

What To Expect

New Hope blends in the historical with the modern. From shopping, galleries and wineries to historic sites and ghost tours, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this Bucks County village.

The sophisticated yet country-casual spot is nearly 300 years old. It’s the perfect way to relax and escape a hectic lifestyle for a day.

The town is also proud to be gay friendly and welcomes all visitors to come and explore everything it has to offer.

Historic New Hope

It was here in New Hope that George Washington made his famous crossing of the Delaware. As an almost 300-year-old town, the town is steeped in American history and colonial culture. It’s the perfect place to brush up on your history.

Shopping Old and New: Downtown New Hope is filled with shops and galleries for you to peruse. You can buy anything from Irish, Spanish and Celtic crafts to pipes. For the vintage and antique enthusiast, New Hope offers an eclectic variety of antique stores. You might even leave with a Victorian bird cage!

Tours: There are many ways to take in New Hope. Whether it’s by carriage, foot, a Bucks County Trolley or the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad, touring New Hope is easy. You can even take a ghost tour after dark.

New Hope Historical Society: Pay a visit to the New Hope Historical Society for a greater understanding of New Hope’s place in American history. While you’re here, don’t miss the free tour of Parry Mansion.

Bucks County Playhouse: The landmark Bucks County Playhouse reopened this year for its inaugural season. Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park is currently running through September 2. The playhouse is located in a former grist mill on the banks of the Delaware River, originally built in 1790.

On the Water: Catch a historic boat ride on Coryell’s Ferry, a Mississippi-style paddlewheel boat. The ride offers beautiful scenery and a boats-eye view of the Delaware River’s varied wildlife through September.

One-hour narrated barge rides through Delaware Canal State Park in New Hope provide a glimpse into early 19th-century canal life. (Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC)

New Hope Noteworthy

Covered Bridges: Bucks County is home to more than ten covered bridges. Check out the beautiful red and white Van Sant Covered Bridge in New Hope. Some of the other covered bridges are also nearby.

Bowman’s Hill Flower Preserve: This hilltop preserve brings you more than 1,000 species of native perennial woodland wildflowers, trees, shrubs and ferns and is a perfect spot for bird watching. Bowman’s Hill Flower Preserve also features the Penn’s Woods arboretum. Don’t miss the gazebo nestled among the tall trees.

Friday Night Fireworks: Running through the end of August, New Hope offers a dazzling Friday night fireworks display over the Delaware River. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. Sounds like the perfect cap to your daycation.

Rice’s Market: Summer’s the perfect time to check out the outdoor Rice’s Market. Open on Tuesdays and Saturdays, the market spans 30 acres, offering antiques, collectables, jewelry, crafts, fresh fruits and vegetables, Amish meats and baked goods.

Read on for more of New Hope’s impressive offerings.

New Hope Celebrates Pride, an annual eight-day festival, is the largest of its kind in the entire region. (Photo by A. Sinagoga for GPTMC)

New Hope Celebrates

With their exciting week-long pride festival in May, New Hope continues to be a LGBTA-friendly community.

New Hope Celebrates is dedicated to bringing you quality LGBTA programming throughout the year as well as a general guide to great gay friendly spots in town like the Raven Bar, tripling up as a club, restaurant and motel.

Check out their website for the full guide here.

In fact, the Huffington Post just picked New Hope as one of their “Top 10 Small Cities and Towns for LGBT Travelers.”

Wine & Dine

Wineries: Learn how local wine is made at New Hope Winery. Tastings are offered daily for just $7 per person. Also, they have a calendar of special events from live music to crafts fairs. Channel your inner wino and check out nearby Crossing Vineyards and Winery and Sand Castle Winery or explore the whole Bucks County Wine Trail.

Waterfront Dining: We were proud to highlight some of New Hope’s great restaurants in our past roundup. With picturesque spots right next to the Delaware River, you can have a meal at Tuscany at the Towpath House (see below), Francisco’s On The River and many other great waterfront restaurants.

The beautiful outdoor patio, piano performances and cozy bar area with a fireplace are a huge draw at New Hope’s Tuscany at the Towpath House. (Photo by A. Sinagoga for GPTMC)

How To Get There

It only takes less than an hour to drive to New Hope. Looking for some travel options? We’ve got you covered.

Car Share: For the day, you can rent a car hourly through Philly Car Share or hop into a Zip Car to make the trip.

Carpool: Taking a daycation is the perfect way to spend some time with family and friends. Bring everyone along and make the trip together. Perfect for trading off drivers after an action-packed day.

New Hope in Bucks County

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