Come Out St. Pete event series celebrates coming out of the closet and into the world

Giant rainbow flag being marched down a road.

October is going to be a busy month in the Sunshine City. Come OUT St. Pete, an organization that advocates for community awareness and acceptance of all sexual orientations and gender identities, has planned more than a week’s worth of events in preparation for National Coming Out Day on October 11.

The Come OUT St Pete series of events in St. Petersburg and Gulfport in mid October will celebrate “coming out of the closet and into the world” for the area’s burgeoning LGBTQ community, according to the organization’s website.

Here’s a quick rundown of everything going on in October that you cannot miss:

October 3 

Taste of Grand Central

Eat and drink at the best spots in the Grand Central District for a good cause. On Thursday, October 3, from 9am-11:30pm, Grand Central District hot spot will donate a percentage of their profits and/or a flat rate to Come OUT St. Pete. Black Crow, Urban Brew & BBQ, Casita Taqueria, Pom Pom’s Tea House, Trophy Fish, Dog Bar, The Garage on Central, and Baba are among the participating businesses. You can see a full list by visiting the Facebook event page.

October 4 

Vogue Ball to Benefit the VFW 

This year, instead of the very well received Drag/Trans Fashion Shows, Come OUT St. Pete willl be debuting an actual Vogue Ball Competition. 100% of proceeds will go to helping the VFW refurbish their upstairs theater. Visit the event page for a full list of Vogue Ball rules and categories. The event runs from 7-10pm. VFW Post 39, 2599 Central Avenue.

Lip Sync Battle at Dog Bar St. Pete

DJ Shannon C will be hosting this event as a panel of judges decide who is the lip sync battle winner. $200 cash prize to the winner. Click HERE to register. 8-11pm. Dog Bar St. Pete, 2300 Central Avenue.

October 5 

Come OUT St. Pete Parade

The parade will begin at approximately 20th Street and head west on Central Avenue.. A custom rainbow flag, one city block in length, will be unfurled along the route. 11am-noon. More details on the Parade event page.

Come OUT St. Pete Festival 

Burg businesses, artists and makers will be selling their goods and services. Many of the businesses in the district will be providing live entertainment and special performances during and after the market. 11am-5pm. Takes place in the Grand Central District, between 1600 and 3100 Central Avenue.

Official After Party at Enigma 

The celebration isn’t over just yet. Following the parade and the Come OUT St. Pete Festival, Enigma in the EDGE District will host the official after party. Enjoy drinks, music and more from 8pm-2am. Enigma St. Pete, 1110 Central Avenue.

October 6 

Beach Day at St. Pete Beach

Enjoy a family-friendly beach day, laid back and relaxing time and appreciate the sights and sounds of Pass-A-Grille. PFLAG St Pete will have a tent with resources to answer your questions about their chapter. Noon-4pm. Pass-A-Grille Beach, 113 11th Avenue.

Come Out St. Pete Brunch at Old Key West Bar and Grill

Can you say yum? Join Come OUT St. Pete for a delicious brunch at Old Key West Bar and Grill. 11am-4pm. Old Key West Bar and Grill, 2451 Central Avenue.

Sunset Tea Dance at The Hurricane 

It’s time for a rooftop party at The Hurricane! Enjoy a beautiful sunset as you dance on the roof of The Hurricane. The event runs from 4-9pm. The Hurricane, 809 Gulf Way.

Y2GAY Sundays at MORPH

Calling all queers, queens, bi’s, gays, trans, non-binary, non-conformists, allies, honoraries, and anyone who swings with the in-betweens! Your Sundays music fix is here. Join Come OUT St. Pete and MORPHY for cocktails, friends and amazing performances. 9pm-3am. FREE with guest list before 11pm. $5 Cover all night. MORPH, 1833 1st Avenue South.

October 10 

Come OUT St. Pete Proclamation from the City 

Join Mayor RIck Kriseman and the City Council for official recognition from the City of St Petersburg for the presentation of the Proclamation for Come OUT St Pete. 3-4pm. Sunshine Center, 330 5th Street North.

October 11 

Come OUT St. Pete Official Closing Party 

Celebrate the close of Come OUT St Pete with cocktails at the Metro LGBTQ Welcome Center. Donation bar provided by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and light hors d’ ourves provided by Punky’s Bar and Grill! 3-4pm. METRO LGBTQ Welcome Center, 2227 Central Avenue.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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