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San Francisco Leather Walk 2018!
San Francisco’s Leather Walk is one of the most diverse marches in the city and mixes a party atmosphere with an important charity raising event, while promoting the leather community and all its attractions.
The annual Leather Walk takes place on every year in September. On-site registration and check in begins at 10:00am at 440 Castro. Each marcher received a collectible LeatherWalk pin. While you’re waiting for the action to get started, grab some breakfast at The Cove on Castro, San Francisco’s favorite local diner.
Entertainment starts at 11:30am at Jane Warner Plaza. The walk itself plans to start moving at 12:00pm from the front of Castro Theatre. The walk features performances by some of San Francisco’s most amazing vocal and drag talent. The Leather Walk will include the following stops stops:
Stop 1: SF Oasis
Stop 2: Powerhouse
Stop 3: Mr-S-Leather
Stop 5: The Lone Star Saloon
Stop 6: SF Eagle Final Stop- Flag Raising and Beer Bust
Folsom Street Events presents LeatherWalk as the official kick-off for San Francisco’s Leather Week which culminates one week later at the Folsom Street Fair. People walk together to celebrate leather, kink, family and community — all while raising funds for three great agencies.
Each year, hundreds of LeatherWalkers take over Market Street and march from the Castro to SoMa. The route includes stops at some of San Francisco’s favorite watering holes, ending with the raising of the Leather Pride Flag at the SF Eagle. Each host venue will showcase some amazing entertainment.
LeatherWalk was founded in 1992 by Art Tomaszewski, former AEF Board President, Bare Chest Calendar Man and former Mr. Headquarters Leather.
Art was inspired to start an event that would raise visibility, comradery and funds for AEF. In 2001, Sandy ‘Mama’ Reinhardt, a tireless community fundraiser and founding advisor at BCEF, took over event production of LeatherWalk. Each year, Mama and Mama’s Family hold LeatherWalk fundraisers across the country. Today, LeatherWalk raises vital funds for Folsom Street Events and Positive Resource Center.
The Leather community in San Francisco is quite diverse. The city has a the Leather and LGBTQ District in part of the city’s South of Market neighborhood.The neighborhood remains home to gay and kink bars and the popular Folsom Street Fair, which draws thousands of people every year to celebrate leather sexuality.
San Francisco is split into several areas but the main 2 are The Castro and Soma, with Soma being the area the where you will find Folsom Street, and most of the leather and fetish bars. With there being so many gay bars we have had to put 2 maps in and have found hotels for each area that have good reviews, SOMA, Best Western Carriage Inn, InterContinental Hotel San Francisco, Courtyard by Marriott San Francisco Downtown, Palace Hotel, Palomar San Francisco, a Kimpton Hotel, Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco – Union Square.
Gay Map of San Francisco
We have divided the map into two areas, the Castro, San Francisco’s world famous gay district and SOMA, the are where the Folsom Street Fair takes place each September.
Map of Gay San Francisco (SOMA)
Map of Gay San Francisco (The Castro)
Video Of San Francisco Leather Walk
Leather Walk 2017, SF Folsom Kick-off
Recommended Hotels in San Francisco
Stay close to Union Square and you will be close to all the main action and just a BART away from the gay bars and clubs of the Castro.
A Kimpton hotel in the heart of the city with beautiful rooms.