9 Viva Harvey Milk! The Castro Street Fair Returns to The Mission
One of the most enduring legacies of the gay-rights activist Harvey Milk is the Castro Street Fair. Founded by Milk and the Castro Valley Association in 1974, the event has since grown to become one of the most beloved and well-attended of all the fall events happening throughout the Bay Area.
While certainly a celebration of LGBT community within San Francisco and northern California, the Castro Street Fair is also a chance for people from numerous walks of life to gather together in a playful, safe, and extremely fun atmosphere. Ultimately, life itself is at the center of the celebration, and as anyone who has attended a Castro Street Fair in years past will tell you, this festival is one that does not fail in meeting and exceeding its goals.
Every year, the Castro Street Fair takes place on the first Sunday of October and runs from 11:00 in the morning until 6:00 at night. Every year, the Castro Street Fair features scores of local and national performers on several different stages throughout the area. Every year, the Castro Street Fair has rows of food vendors serving up some of the most mouth-watering treats that the city has to offer. Every year there is dancing, games, songs, laughter, costumes, crafts, and so, so much more.
This year, the festival’s main and secondary stages will host a wide variety of musical styles from artists such as:
- San Francisco Lesbian Gay Freedom Band
- The Ethel Merman Experience
- Avenue Q
- D’Arcy Drollinger & Sexitude
- The Woah Nellies!
As well as the performances, the Castro Street Fair will host Dance Alley, a showcase for some of the hottest DJs in the Bay Area with names like:
- Ambrosia Salad
Want more dancing? Head down to the Sundance Saloon where the word ‘round these parts is that toes’ll be tappin’ to country and western music from the beginning until the bitter end.
The Castro Street Fair does not sell tickets in advance. Instead, at the entrance to Market and Castro Streets you will be asked for a small donation of $5 or $10 dollars that goes directly to local organizations.
This year’s Castro Street Fair will take place on Sunday, October 7th.