33rd Annual Folsom Street Fair

World’s Largest Leather Event

Event Details

Known as the world’s biggest leather event, the free admission outdoor fair is held over 13 city blocks with 200-plus vendors selling fetish gear and toys. It’s a spectacle not for the faint of heart, as up to 400,000 leather enthusiasts, some wearing little or nothing at all, converge on the SoMa (South of Market) District for the 33rd annual fair.

Music and More

A live performance stage will host indie music, electronic dance music, erotic performances, alternative acts throughout the day. Beverage and food trucks and stalls will keep the crowds watered and nourished; buy a $10 ticket at the entrance and get $2 off all drinks all day. Proceeds are directed toward selected local charities.

Crowd Control

The organizers have provided some good information about accessing the festival through one of the five gates open to the public. Avoid the gate on Folsom at 9th St. due to the bottleneck. The easiest gate may be the wide one which is well-staffed at Howard at 10th St. Alternatively, Howard at 9th St. and 11th St. is a good option. Also, the gates on the Harrison Street side are the slowest gates and you can just breeze right in on the south side of the Folsom fairgrounds.

What to Know Before You Go

The organizers also point out that this is a smoke-free, adult-only event, so under 18s and pets aren’t permitted entry. On the subject of nudity, they write, “Per a recent law banning nudity in San Francisco, permitted street fairs like ours are exempt.”

Getting There

The Civic Center BART Station is a five minute walk to Folsom Street. Muni bus lines 9, 12, and 47 routes will route around the Folsom Street Fair and line 19 will be subject to delays. Motorcycle parking hosted by Dykes on Bikes is available at Harrison Street and 9th Street and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will offer valet bike parking on 12th Street for those arriving on bicycles.

Contact
  • Folsom Street Events Information
    Phone: (415) 777-3247
    Address:
    On Folsom St., from 8th St. to 13th St.
    San Francisco, CA
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