A Quick Guide
year, 450,000 leather and kink enthusiasts flock to San Francisco for the
largest and most famous leather event in the United States. If you've
never been before, or are planning on attending this year, here is a brief
guide to the granddaddy of all leather events.
Street Fair is always the last Sunday in September. Folsom Street
Fair marks the end of Leather Week.
2008, the the Folsom Street Fair will be held on September 28th.
more information about leather and kink events in San Francisco, visit
Francisco Leather Calendar.
Folsom Street Fair is held on Folsom Street between 7th and 12th Streets.
During the fair, traffic is very heavy and parking extremely limited.
Folsom Street Fair is a five minute walk from the Civic Center MUNI Station.
Information for visitors to San Francisco
hotel and travel reservations well in advance! Over 300,000
people come to San Francisco for Folsom Street Fair - making it one of
the largest public events in California. The gay-friendly and centrally
located hotels sell out months in advance. Even less desirable hotels
will also sell out before the event. Make sure you plan your trip
long before the fair! See our list of leather-friendly accommodations
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.
Folsom Street Fair 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
Week is a seven-day celebration of all things leather and kink! Each
year, the week before Folsom Street Fair is filled with motorcycle rides,
the Leather Walk, special events, sex parties and other fun activities.
For more information on Leather Week events, visit the San
Francisco Leather Calendar.
to Stay & Airport Information
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Francisco in September generally has warm days and cool nights. During
the day, it can be between 80-95 degrees (F), and much cooler at night.
In rare years, it has rained during Folsom Street Fair. You can check