Fairgrounds “Out at Night”
Started in 2004 as a joint venture between Mark Nelson and Chris Wright, Fairgrounds “Out at Night” has evolved over the past 10 years to be the main fall outdoor event in the tri-state and beyond area.
The event has raised more than $400,000 for non-profits including Heritage of Pride, The Task Force Action Fund, The Gay Center in NYC, ASPCA, The Imperial Court and others.
Originally, the focus was to create a safe environment for LGBTQI people, which Nelson and Wright felt wasn’t being done fully at similar amusement parks. As the years have progressed, they have opened up their target market for those who love a great night out and want to be free to be who and what they are without judgments.
This is the only event where the entire LGBTQI community is out in force and equal in numbers as far as age, ethnicity, size, etc. In other words, Latinos, Chelsea boys, butch and lipstick ladies, couples with children (you can come during day and stay into private night) and 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond ages. People attend from all over, including New York City, Philadelphia, Jersey, Washington, Connecticut and more.
Whether you like world-renown roller coasters, midway attractions, enjoying the crisp autumn air, meeting old and making new friends or dancing under the stars, this is the event!
As producers, Nelson and Wright have been on top of their game, having brought A-List entertainment to their events over the years, including Janet Jackson, Sylvia Tosun, Jennifer Lopez, Cindy Lauper, Ultra Nate, Colton Ford, Charo, Zhana, Vassy, Meg, Bex, Neon Hitch, Pussycat Dolls, Jennifer Hudson, Martha Wash, Joi Cardwell, Melissa Gorga, Big Ang, Brian Kent, Quentin Elias, Angie Stone, Porcelain Black, Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry and more. These guys have been quietly ruling the roost!
This year, they are proud to present the incredible Zelma Davis (lead vocalist of C+C Music Factory), G POW (named one of the top up-and-coming girl groups in the U.S.) and Circuit Party Matinee’s house diva, Natascha Bessez!
The internationally renowned DJ lineup will include Hector Fonseca, DJ Grind, Steve Sidewalk and introducing Jared Conner from Philadelphia.
The event also features Cheer New York and special hosts Lady Havokk, Vinny Vega, King Ralphy, Akash Abraham, Jason Hellinger, JT and Jose MX, Billy Cavallo, Nicole Sanders, Matthew Camp, Tom Orlando, The Imperial Court and members of the Task Force.
More than 10,000 are expected, while the park holds more than 60,000 featuring the biggest drop in the world (double the Statue of Liberty) Zumanjaro and of course the scream machine, KINGDA KA!
The 11th Annual Fairgrounds: Out At Night Returns!
Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014
Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ. The largest LGBT private party in the nation!
Invite your family, invite your friends … the park is ours!
Main Stage DJs:
Hector Fonseca, Grind, Steve Sidewalk, Jared Conner.
Cheer NY, Zelma Davis, G-POW, Circuit Party Matinee’s House Diva Natascha Bessez.
Mark Nelson and Chris Wright in association with Vinny Vega.
Benefits the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund, NY LGBT Center and the ASPCA.
From 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Your ticket grants you early admission to the park. At 8 p.m. the park closes to the general public and opens for the LGBT community, family and friends. No refunds. Anyone without a bracelet will be asked to leave.
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