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Up Your Alley / Dore Alley Street Fair
A Quick Guide

Known both as The Dore Alley Street Fair and officially As Up Your Alley, this street fair is the smaller brother to Folsom Street Fair.  Attended by more locals than tourists, this intimate fair is a favorite summer pastime for leathermen and bears.

Date
Up Your Alley  is always the last Sunday in July..

In 2007, the the Up Your Alley Fair will be held on July 29th.

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Location
 
The Up Your Alley Fair is located in San Francisco's South of Market district on Dore Alley between Folsom and Howard Streets.  The fair location is a short walk from the Civic Center MUNI station. 
Important Information for visitors to San Francisco
San Francisco is generally more drug friendly than other cities, and there is a good amount of drug use in the queer community.  Visit DanceSafe.org for more information on recreational drugs and their effects.

Like The Folsom Street Fair, Up Your Alley is run by volunteers and raises huge amounts of money for worthy non-profits.  On your way into the fair, you'll be asked for a donation.  Please be kind and remember your money supports the community. 

Places to Stay & Airport Information
 
The Best Western Motor Inn and Ramada Inn Civic Center are the closest hotels to the Fair and are preferred by experienced visitors.  You'll be sure to be in good company if you can get reservations there.  Other queer-friendly accommodations are listed on our leather places page.

If you are making hotel reservations, hotels located near South of Market, Union Square, Downtown, and Castro are the best bets for being near the fair and easy access to MUNI (public transportation).  Avoid staying at hotels near the airport (it's 10 miles from the city and hard to get to on public transport), in the Tenderloin/Civic Center, or on the north side of the city. 

It's best to fly into San Francisco International Airport.  Oakland International Airport is a good second choice. San Jose International Airport isis 40 miles and an hour away by car.

Unless you want to spend your entire trip searching for parking, forget renting a car.  Take a cab, bus or shuttle to the city.  Once you are in San Francisco, getting around is easy via MUNI or by taxi.  Buy a MUNI map at any MUNI station or from your hotel concierge.  It's also easy to get around the city by foot - it's a very compact city.

We highly recommend you consider staying until Monday after the fair.  Traffic around the fair makes getting transportation to the airport very difficult.  The crowd stays out late into the night on the day of the fair, so enjoy another day in San Francisco.

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