Who said San Francisco has lost its soul and is not as playful as it used to be? Certainly not the organizers who are preparing for Folsom Street Fair 2022. No less than 250,000 participants are expected this year.
If a city like San Francisco can host such a street event on a Sunday, right in the middle of town, it’s just because San Francisco is not your ordinary city!
Guessing that you have never been, here are four basics:
Rule #1 – Attend with an open mind; you will face surprising situations that might challenge your sang-froid.
Rule #2 – Do not go with kids!! This is a +18 Y/O-only event. This is a hard rule!
Rule #3 – No need to dress up or undress in a particular manner. Go as you feel like to go and if you are ready for the leather bondage outfit, do not hesitate, you will look like so many others.
Rule #4 – Even if you intend to go naked, take a purse, or a credit card as you want to support the cause; Folsom Street Fair is a non-profit that gives back to various San Francisco Bay area-based and national charities.
The organization raises multiple thousand dollars every year between individual donations ($10-15) and profit from the different bars. Since 1984, the Folsom Street Association has given more than $7 million to associations supporting the LGBTQ2S+ cause. Go naked if you feel like it but be a do-gooder for the day.
Their mission (in their own words) is to create world-class leather and fetish events that unite adult alternative lifestyle communities with safe venues for self-expression and exciting entertainment. “We value sexual freedom, diversity, and volunteerism. All of our events are adult-oriented, sex-positive fetish events”.
If you feel like to understand better where Folsom Street Fair takes its roots, remember that San Francisco is a harbor… For a full story, check Wikipedia or the Folsom Street Fair site.
Folsom Street Fair is the 2nd largest street event in the City after the San Francisco Pride.
Date: Sunday, September 25th, 2022
Where: On Folsom Street between 8th and 13th St