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June 10, 2024

Bar crawls, field days and youth festivals: Your guide to Philly Pride Month's third week

Celebrations continue with an event featuring budding LGBTQ+ playwrights and a celebration full of pop-ups.

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The third annual Pride Festival in Narberth Park will feature live music from local artists and vendors, with the event fundraising for the Attic Youth Shelter. Pictured above is a photo from the 2022 festival.

Midway through Pride Month, this week's LGBTQ+ events in the Philly area feature friendly field day competitions, readings of short plays authored by queer writers and a celebration full of pop-ups. 

In the suburbs, Lower Merion residents will be throwing their own Pride Festival. 

Here's a look at what's going on this week:

Queer Play Fest

Budding LGBTQ+ playwrights will bring their work to life at the MAAS Building on 1325 N. Randolph St. The event, organized by the Strides Collective, will showcase three staged readings of original and new one-act plays. 

The three playwrights (Ally Duvak, Amir-Gabriel Gad and Noah Mannix) were chosen in the spring and provided with mentorship, a director and actors.

Celebrate queer theater on Monday, June 10, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is free, though donations will go to the Strides Collective's efforts and provide compensation to the festival's participants.

Pride in the Park: Philly LGBTQ+ Field Day

Be sure to stretch and stay hydrated for field day in Fairmount Park. There will be 13 LGBTQ+ organizations teaming up with Fairmount Park Conservancy for this event, which promises to be a fun-filled day and a chance for queer locals to expand their community.

A $10 "Play Pass" will provide access to minigames that include speed throwing, batting practice, dunk tank, slip-and-slide and cornhole. The $15 "Competitive Pass" will give access to the minigames and the main games of kickball, tug of war, soccer relay race and softball gear relay.

The games at the John Welsh Memorial Fountain will be from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, June 15.

Trunc Presents All-Day Pride in Northern Liberties

Trunc, an LGBTQ+, woman- and Black-owned business, is hosting an all-day celebration full of pop-ups. Deserted, a luxury secondhand clothing shop founded by Michael David Kennedy, will feature designer clothes, home goods and accessories.

Later in the day, chef Equarius Mitchell will sell mac and cheese in a cone, and local singer Dominic Patrick, who competed in "The Voice" in 2022, will perform some of his original songs and favorite covers.

It all happens on Saturday, June 15, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at 929 N. 2nd St.

Narberth's Pride at the Park Festival

The Lower Merion and Narberth LGBTQ community has had its own youth-led Pride Festival since 2022, and it's returning this year to raise funds for the Attic Youth Shelter. The organization is a center for LGBTQ+ youth to grow into a safe and supportive community while promoting acceptance of young queer people in society. 

The festival itself will feature live music from local artists and plenty of vendors, nonprofits and student organizations. The team behind the annual festival expects over 1,000 attendees and 42 vendors.

The festival will be from noon-5 p.m. at Narberth Park on Saturday, June 15.

Philly Pride Bar Crawl

Explore Philly's Gayborhood by hopping around in an event hosted by Bar Crawl Live. Enjoy Philly's nightlife while celebrating inclusivity and diversity at Woody's, GloBar, Voyeur Nightclub, Tabu and others. 

Exclusive drink specials are available to bar crawl participants. 

General admission begins at $20 for a wristband, and there's a VIP ticket option for $60. The crawl begins at Woody's at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, and there is another crawl scheduled for Saturday, June 22.