Queerfest Founder Sara Gougeon Sets Her Eyes on the Horizon

Rachel Cholst
August 9, 2023
Rainbow Rodeo

The Nashville Scene’s 2022 “Best New Music Festival” returns for its third year celebrating queer artists in Music City this weekend. Founded by artist and entrepreneur Sara Gougeon in 2021, Queerfest has continued growing and transforming each year thanks to Gougeon’s dedication, passion, and effort to create a safe space for LGBTQ+ artists and fans in Nashville. Audiences can expect intimate performances from 13 rising Nashville artists starting at Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge on day 1, and finishing at The 5 Spot and The Basement East on day 2.

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