Up Your Alley Street Fair
When it comes to the Up Your Alley Fair, it’s hard to know where to begin. Is it with the leather? The flogging? The BDSM? Maybe a lighter touch would better introduce the topic. With that in mind, let’s start with the uniqueness of expression on hand to be celebrated at the Up Your Alley Fair!
In our country of festivals, it seems that almost everyone has an event they can go to in order to feel their identity validated. Ethnocentric fairs, music festivals, art fairs, and others all cater to the various predilections of individuals and confirm their conceptions of themselves. But what about people who have as a core part of their identity something a little less…normal? What if you find yourself looking for a little deviance every once in a while?
Well, if you are a gay man and identify “deviance” as hardcore BDSM, then we have a treat for you: the Up Your Alley Fair is coming back to San Francisco!
While many people have heard of the Folsom Street Fair (San Francisco’s most famous LGBTQ+ street fair that is certainly broad in its scope, but also fairly family friendly), Up Your Alley Fair is something a tad further from the cloth of heteronormativity. In fact, you could say that the Up Your Alley Fair is like the crazy, dirty, avant-garde uncle to the Folsom Street Fair.
Taking place on Sunday, July 29th, and running from 11:00 in the morning until 6:00 in the evening, the Up Your Alley Fair will run along two perpendicular streets: Dore Alley, from Howard to Folsom, and Folsom Street, from 9th to Juniper. Along this route, you will not find flannel clad, bike riding, banjo strumming hip kids. You will not find elderly ladies selling fudge. You will not find hula hoopers or people wearing top hats. You will however find men. Upwards of 15,000 of them in a clothing optional space where things such as rubber, muscle, leather, whips, gags, and hair (lots and lots of it) are the bodily furnishings of choice.
Proudly claiming the title of the filthiest event in the United States of America, Up Your Alley is not for the faint of heart, and why should it be? There are plenty of other festivals for those of a less stalwart demeanor. Instead, Up Your Alley wants to call your dirty daddy up from the depths and set him loose in a crowd of his peers.
Best of all, Up Your Alley is free!