40th Annual Haight-Ashbury Street Fair
The Haight-Ashbury Street Fair is returning (of course) this year for a day full of art, music, dance, costumes, laughter, and food. Taking place on Sunday, June 11th, the HASF begins at 11 in the morning and runs until 5:30 in the evening; plenty of time for you and your family/friends to fill yourselves with the magic of the neighborhood.
For those who don’t already know, the Haight-Ashbury district is one of San Francisco’s most well known and beloved areas. A center for the countercultural movements of the 60s and 70s, Haight-Ashbury is considered by many to be the genesis point for many of the writers, musicians, comics, visual artists, and filmmakers of the past few decades. From the time periods when it was almost bubbling with creative energy, Haight-Ashbury has since become something less rooted in continuing its cutting edge reputation. Instead, it exists as a time capsule returning people to a time when LSD was just hitting the streets, the Grateful Dead were playing at The Fillmore, and R. Cumb was pushing around the first copies of ZAP Comix in a baby carriage.
The Haight-Ashbury Street Fair is then a condensed tribute to all things psychedelic, artistic, and transcendental in the most groovy fashion. A non-profit group, the Haight-Ashbury Street Fair is completely free to attend. The festival’s organizers pride themselves on the ability to uniquely maintain the importance of this corner of the world as well as offer a showcase for some of the new community events and programs that the area is attempting to build. With its fantastic blend of food cars, craft vendors, and outreach campaigns, the HASF has built itself a solid reputation as a respectable and vital part of the Haight-Ashbury district.
This year, the HASF is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary of festivities, so be prepared to become surrounded by colors, noise, games, and life as you wander through the booths and streets of this legendary neighborhood, breathing in the memory of psychic experimentation and community building that has cemented itself as one of the most recognizable periods of modern American History.