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Come Out & Play is an annual festival of street games that turns New York City & San Francisco into a giant playground. We provide a forum for new types of public games and play by bringing together players eager to interact with the world around them and designers producing innovative new games and experiences.
Oh yeah, and we have city-size fun.
In 2006 the Come Out & Play Festival turned New York City into a playground for a weekend, then did the same for the city of Amsterdam in 2007. We returned home to NYC in 2008. And 2009. And 2010. Over the years, thousands of players have gathered to play dozens of city-wide games. Players raced through the night in a city-wide game of zombie tag. Friends faced off in life-sized Pong using only their ears to “hear” the ball. (Papier-mache) pigeons were pummeled with wiffleball bats. Bicyclists armed with spray chalk and stencils competed to claim and build bike lanes. Strangers worked together to build and race blindly through labyrinths as part of a ancient lost sport. Payphones produced points, and Tompkins Square Park became a putt-putt course. And it’s all just the beginning.
A Global Community
The Come Out & Play Festival wouldn’t be possible without help from the growing community of people interested in street games. We’d love to have your help in making the festival a success. Tell your friends about us, create and run a game at the festival, volunteer at the festival, sign up to play games, blog about us, ask your company to sponsor us, or start a similar festival in your hometown.
The Come Out & Play founders, from left to right: Nick Fortugno, Mattia Romeo, Catherine Herdlick, Peter Lee and Greg Trefry
113 Carroll St, #3
Brooklyn, NY 11231
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