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Presenting QUEERFEST, a celebration of local queer art, history, and culture. Silver Lake businesses, bars, and venues will embrace their queer histories and play host to installations, screenings, performances, and parties, culminating in a neighborhood wide event featuring live performances, local queer artists and vendors, a park installation, and a stage adjacent to the historic site of The Black Cat Tavern, where early LGBTQ demonstrations occurred.


QUEERFEST will be free for the public, but requires funding to pay for city fees, artists, performances, and operating costs. This is where YOU come in. If you believe this is a festival we need for our community, please consider donating at any level.

Every bit helps!

More donation options

Check (preferred)
Please make checks payable to: PASADENA ARTS COUNCIL
Also, please be sure to write in the Memo section "QUEERFEST"

Mail to:
Pasadena Arts Council
65 S. Grand Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105

Wire Transfer
Please contact sean@queerfest.la

QUEERFEST is a project of the Pasadena Arts Council’s EMERGE Program.
Donations to QUEERFEST are tax deductible.
The Pasadena Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) organization.


“ queer ”

For us, QUEER is not a label. It’s a conversation. In the past it’s been used as a pejorative, a liberating term for activists, an academic point-of-view, and a commercial marketing tool. For some, the word simultaneously builds up and tears down boundaries of identity — the non-specificity of the word can be liberating. Our festival is inclusive of all who identify with the word queer, regardless of gender or sexuality.


Who we are.

We are artists, musicians, creators, promoters, academics, curators, historians, and members of the LGBTQ community in Los Angeles.

We are pushing culture forward, we are shifting paradigms, we are blurring the lines of what is normal and what is queer.


Presenting QUEERFEST, a celebration of local queer art, history, and culture. Silver Lake businesses, bars, and venues will embrace their queer histories and play host to installations, screenings, performances, and parties, culminating in a neighborhood wide event featuring live performances, local queer artists and vendors, a park installation, and a stage adjacent to the historic site of The Black Cat Tavern, where early LGBTQ demonstrations occurred.


QUEERFEST will be free for the public, but requires funding to pay for city fees, artists, performances, and operating costs. This is where YOU come in. If you believe this is a festival we need for our community, please consider donating at any level.

Every bit helps!

More donation options

Check (preferred)
Please make checks payable to: PASADENA ARTS COUNCIL
Also, please be sure to write in the Memo section "QUEERFEST"

Mail to:
Pasadena Arts Council
65 S. Grand Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105

Wire Transfer
Please contact sean@queerfest.la

QUEERFEST is a project of the Pasadena Arts Council’s EMERGE Program.
Donations to QUEERFEST aretax deductible.
The Pasadena Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) organization.

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Goals

  • To connect the Los Angeles LGBTQ community in a creative and fun environment
  • To showcase LA as one of the pioneering LGBTQ cities of our time — one which not only changed the course of history, but continues to help push culture forward
  • To encourage local businesses, galleries, and spaces to show pride and support for the LGBTQ community
  • To offer education and provide resources on current local and global issues that affect our community
  • To expose active queer artists in Los Angeles, and our pioneering queer artists of the past
  • To set an example for today’s LGBTQ youth, who often look to events like this for information when forming their own identities
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Why Silver Lake?

Silver Lake has been a historic home to Los Angeles LGBTQ communities. The Mattachine Society was founded here in 1950. The Black Cat Riots (pre-dating Stonewall) occurred here. PRIDE was founded in the area, and the parades marched along a nearby stretch of Hollywood Blvd.

Silver Lake’s large concentration of gay-owned bars and nightclubs enabled LGBTQ people to meet like-minded individuals, share opinions on culture and politics, and eventually unify as a voice and take action to the streets, city halls, and courts.

In addition to these celebrated historic moments, Silver Lake has been home to ACT UP headquarters and AIDS education centers. Its LGBTQ community has produced a variety of significant art, zines, and other content — as it continues to do to this day.


The Program

QueerFest focuses on a historic area once known for its dense saturation of LGBTQ businesses and culture. These businesses will play host to a variety of installations, screenings, and parties throughout the weekend -- and in some cases become their former incarnations for a night (The Black Cat, The Other Side, etc.). The program will culminate in a festival on Saturday featuring live performances, local queer artists and vendors, a park installation, and stage adjacent to the historic site of The Black Cat Tavern.

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