Come Out and Play was founded in 2006 to offer the public new ways to enjoy and experience their city through games played in public spaces. It was the first festival of its kind in the world and remains a leader in identifying trends in public gaming and an inspiration for games festivals worldwide. Since then, the festival has run annually in New York City. In 2010, the festival expanded to the West Coast alongside one of its co-founders, and in 2012 presented its third San Francisco edition as a weekend festival and exhibition at SOMArts.
Over the years, Come Out & Play’s annual festivals have brought together over 12,000 people of all ages to play hundreds of live public games in the sidewalks, streets, parks and plazas of ten different neighborhoods. We have sparked an influential international street games movement, directly inspiring ten spinoff festivals around the globe in places like D.C., Athens, London and Berlin. With game designers as their directors and onlookers as their audience, people just like you hop, skip, and jump their way across a city reimagined, engaging with their communities in new ways. This movement is an open one: join us!