Originally published in the May 2009 issue of The Advocate.
April 27-May 3
One of the best gay cultural events in the United States, Equality Forum is billed as the largest annual national and international GLBT civil rights conference -- and a weeklong party. If you read this in time, get yourself to the SundayOUT! bash May 3. If you miss this year?s events, start planning for next year.
Sportsweek brings together athletes from Philadelphia and the entire East Coast, packing the city with jocks of every persuasion just in time for Pride weekend. Team Philadelphia offers spirited events like last year?s ?ReGAYtta? dragon boat race.
There?s nowhere better to spend Independence Day than the place it all started, and this event sets off a nationwide ringing ceremony, as descendants of the signers of the Declaration of Independence give the Liberty Bell a symbolic ?tap? (no earplugs required).
Formerly the Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, the rebranded QFest will present more than 250 films, documentaries, and shorts, with two full weeks of uninhibited programming (like last year?s sing-along Mamma Mia!) and colorful parties.
The prestigious Philadelphia Flower Show is a springtime favorite, but once summer winds down, locals will tell you that a jaunt out to Longwood Gardens is well worth the three-mile drive. For two months the 1,000+ acres? 40 indoor and outdoor gardens transform into an autumnal utopia (complete with monster pumpkins).