Folsom Street Fair

The Folsom Street Fair is actually a three day weekend event bringing over 400,000 visitors to San Francisco. The highlight of the event is the Street Fair itself taking place in the historic Folsom street, from 8th to 13th Streets. The pre and post parties are some of the wildest nights in the American party circuit.  Check out our insider guide to the best events, plus where to drink dine and what not to miss during your visit to the city by the bay.

What are the dates for The Folsom Street Fair – San Francisco?

The Folsom Street Fair is the world’s largest Leather Event and takes place each year in San Francisco during the last week in September. The dates for Folsom Street Fair 2018 are Sunday September 30th from 11am to 6pm On Folsom St. from 8th to 13th Streets. With over 400,000 visitors you should book your hotel room early!

What are the not to be missed events during The Folsom Street Fair – San Francisco?

Folsom Street Fair

The actual fair itself which takes place on the Sunday is the biggest draw! Deviants closing party is also a “must-do” event.

Magnitude – Saturday

The Official Saturday Night Dance Party of Folsom Street Fair, arrives at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture with world-class lighting, live stage shows, and superstar international DJs, with 3,000 of the hottest leather men from around  the globe.

The Street Fair – Sunday

Bigger IS better at this ‘only in San Francisco’ event! With 250,000 fetish enthusiasts spread out over 13 city blocks, there is something for everyone. Located on historic Folsom Street, leather and fetish players from all over the world converge. With over 200 exhibitor booths showcasing fetish gear and toys, it’s a pig’s dream. Check out our massive live stage with top-name indie, electronic and alternative acts, our huge dance area spinning the best of the  international party scene, live BDSM demos, and a sick and twisted performance stage. And, yes, you can still be naked, so avail yourself of the coat and clothes check areas as well!

Deviants – Closing Party

Deviants, the Official Closing Party of Folsom Street Fair, has exploded in popularity. Celebrating its ninth year, the festivities will be held at the renowned venue Mezzanine at 444 Jessie Street – just a 10-minute walk from the  fairgrounds.

Other popular events include the BRUT party and the unique Folsom Sunset Cruise.

Where is the gay neighborhood in San Francisco?

Castro Street San Franacisco

Castro Street is certainly the most famous gay district in the USA. 

San Francisco has become synonymous with gay culture. The Castro is the epicenter of gay life what is one of the friendliest cities in the USA. The Castro is a unique a experience. Well served by public transport, this gay district is situated around Market Street, the main artery of San Francisco. The Castro is recognizable by the countless rainbow flags lining the streets and blocks. At the entry to this gay area flies a huge rainbow flag on Harvey Milk Plaza.

The South of Market district, or SoMa, is one of the liveliest and most colourful parts of San Francisco. This area is also home to many gay cultural spots, such as the LGBTQ and Leather Cultural District.

There’s an enormous gay leather community here, and many gay bars such as The Stud (the country’s oldest leather bar) and Powerhouse. In the summer Folsom St. is often taken over into huge street parties: Up Your Alley in September and  the Folsom St. Fair in September.

What’s not to miss in Gay San Francisco?

Twin Peaks San Francisco

Head to Twin Peaks for the most breathtaking views of the entire city and the bay.

No trip to SF is complete without seeing the Golden Gate Bridge. Of the touristy things to do, Alcatraz is our top choice and the island has some of the best views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. You can also enjoy the views  as you take the ferry ride across the Bay.

Make sure to check out Harvey Milk Plaza, the AIDS Memorial Grove or the GLBT History Museum.

Also, check out Twin Peaks, a gay bar at the corner of 17th and Castro that opened in the 70s. The bar was famous for its full-length glass windows that let its patrons look out, and more importantly, the public look in!

Take a tour of the historical district with our expert guides in this top rated trip!

Where to begin and end your night in San Francisco?

Hi Tops San Francisco

Try a delicious snack and some delicious boys at Hi Tops, San Francisco.

Head to the patio at the back of the Mix Bar in the Castro for a cocktail and some down time. Start the night with a drink at HiTops and then head to Beaux. Those wanting to party on a Sunday should check out Lookout for a crazy fun afternoon! Party late into the night at Oasis, a sprawling gay nightspot in a former bathhouse featuring cabaret & drag shows, DJs & dance parties.

Those looking for a more alternative scene should head to Folsom and visit The Eagle, The Stud or Powerhouse for your fix of men with no attitude.

The best place for brunch or dinner?

Zuni San Francisco

Zuni is a Bustling, bi-level bistro serving famous roast chicken & other seasonal wood-fired eats. 

Starbelly is a great place for lunch, with a nice back patio. A friendly and casual neighborhood Castro, Starbelly features a menu of forward-thinking, California comfort food. For a nice dinner, either head to the bar at Nopa or try Zuni. Hi Tops is a gay sports bar that also serves delicious foods, and the boys are always cute.

Where to stay in Gay San Francisco?

Hotel Zetta offers comfortable rooms right in the heart of the city.

Some of the best hotels are in SoMa, the lively hub of culture and colour in the city and a great destination for gay travellers.

The Hotel Zetta offers Free WiFi, an iPod docking station, a portable wireless Bluetooth speaker, & double-panned windows for quiet & privacy. It is also one of the best locations in the city with easy access to all the major tourist  sights and a short tram ride to the gay bars.

If you want to stay in the Castro, check out the San Francisco Proper Hotel. It provides a comfortable 4 star stay a short walk away from San Francisco’s gay scene, The Castro, making it perfect for gay travellers and gay couples.

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