Come Out and Play Festival SF Presents Fifth Annual Program at Civic Center

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Come Out and Play Festival SF Presents
Fifth Annual Program at Civic Center
Free games festival runs on October 24-25, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — (September 25, 2014) San Francisco’s fifth annual Come Out & Play Festival comes to Civic Center next month, transforming the city into a giant playground with a two-day line up of over 20 real-world games. Partnering with local organizations including SF Beautiful and SOMArts, the free, all-ages festival showcases many new games making their public debut and over 30 designers from the Bay Area and around the country. After the success of last year’s festival — with more than 4,000 participants attending — Come Out and Play SF once again invites players to experience game designs that prompt immersive experiences, urban exploration and social experimentation.

“San Francisco is well known for its experimental and innovative game design,” says Albert Kong, Festival Director. “We’re excited to bring these games to the public through Come Out and Play, where they can interact with local designers and public space and an entirely new line-up.”

The 2014 program will culminate with a festival tradition and locally-produced game now played around the world, Journey to the End of the Night. An epic chase through checkpoints scattered throughout the streets of San Francisco, the game attracted over 3000 players last year.

Other festival games include live action Spectrum Ops, where teams must track down and then duel invisible opponents; Confession Christmas, a social experiment that asks players to share intimate secrets with complete strangers; Caught in the Act, a thrilling game in which players engage in espionage and evidence-gathering; and the interactive Mad Tea Party, where party guests can expect a mix of card-swapping, shouting over one another, compulsory singing and, of course, a comical amount of tea.

The games will take place in the festival’s new format, starting with an evening of night games on Friday, October 24th, and continuing in the afternoon on Saturday, October 25th. The festival is located in the heart of Civic Center, on Fulton Street between Hyde and Larkin. Admission is free. For more information and to view the full schedule, visit

For media inquires and to schedule interviews with Albert Kong, Festival Director, contact


Come Out and Play was founded in 2006 in New York City. It had one mission: to bring a public eager to rediscover the world around them through play together with designers producing innovative new games and experiences. The festival expanded to San Francisco in 2010. The free annual festival was the first of its kind in the world, and over the years, more than 235 public games have delighted 15,000 people. The event sparked an influential international street games movement, directly inspiring ten festivals around the globe, from Washington D.C., to London to Athens. This year, the festival is a part of the Pause, Play, Connect at UN Plaza series.

Come Out & Play SF 2014 is sponsored by San Francisco Recreation and Parks, San Francisco Beautiful, MJM Management, and the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development. The festival’s fiscal sponsor is SOMArts.


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