San Francisco Folsom Street Fair to be held on September 24th

This uniquely San Francisco event is upon us again for its 23rd year. People from all over the world attend this fair and if you’ve never been to it, you owe it to yourself to check it out with an open mind. Images from the 2005 Folsom Street Fair can be found here.

Additional information from their press release:


Strongest Entertainment Lineup Ever

On Sunday, September 24, 2006 from 11:00am – 6:00pm, Folsom Street Events™ presents Folsom Street Fair™, the final major event of its 23rd annual fair season. The organization plans to attract record donations by finalizing one of the strongest entertainment line ups in its history. Already voted Best Street Fair for 2006 by the readers of the SF Bay Guardian, Folsom Street Fair will be showcasing a roster of world-renowned alternative rock acts along side up-and-coming talent from far and wide.

The current (still tentative) stage line up is:

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11:30a Exhibition 11:30a The Ethel Merman Experience
12:15p Catalog 12:15p Space Vacuum from Outer Space
1:15p Logan Lynn 1:00p Daniel Cartier
2:00p Vibatron 1:45p The May Fire
2:45p Groin 2:30p Unknown Boy
3:15p Trannyshack 3:15p Hot Mute
4:00p Smash-Up Derby 4:00p The Presets
4:45p My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult 5:00p Blowoff (with Bob Mould and Richard Morel)

According to Jeff Johnson, Entertainment Chair of Folsom Street Events, “Folsom Street Fair is an incomparable event for the worldwide leather community. We are extremely excited to showcase such famous artists as My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult and Blowoff, with celebrated alt-rocker Bob Mould of Hüsker Dü.” Demetri Moshoyannis, Executive Director, said “The focus on our live acts promises to draw a wider cross-section of the adult alternative lifestyle community to the Fair. Personally, I can’t wait to see Logan Lynn, The May Fire, Unknown Boy, and The Presets.” My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult and The Presets are finalizing a full gig for the next night (Monday, September 25TH) at The Independent.

Folsom Street Events welcomes LIVE 105 as its exclusive radio partner, offering broadcasts of interviews with bands and fair-goers alike. Other sponsors of the event are Miller Lite/MGD, Tattoo, Cuervo,, TitanMen, Elbow Grease, Dungeonbeds, Blow Buddies, Hot House Entertainment, Steamworks, Mustang Studios, Mr. S Leather, BigMuscle, Leatherpost, Renoir Hotel, and Powerhouse.

2006 Beneficiaries

This year’s benefiting charities include: AIDS/HIV/Hep C Nightline, Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center, Bay Area Young Positives, Episcopal Community Services, The Family Link, Frameline, Immune Enhancement Project, Lesbian Health Research Center, Magnet, SF Gay Men’s Chorus, Tenderloin Health (the merger of Tenderloin AIDS Resource Center and Continuum), and Visual Aid.

About Folsom Street Events

Folsom Street Events™, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, produces Up Your Alley™, Magnitude™, and Folsom Street Fair™. The mission of Folsom Street Events™ is to create volunteer-driven leather events that provide the adult alternative lifestyle community with safe venues for self-expression while emphasizing freedom, fun, frolic and fetish and raising critical funds to benefit San Francisco charities. In 2005, Folsom Street Events marked the 22nd Folsom Street Fair™ with nearly 400,000 attendees and over $280,000 donated to San Francisco charities.

For More Information

For more information about the Folsom Street Events, the Up Your Alley Fair™, Folsom Street Fair™, Magnitude, or volunteer opportunities please see our Web site:

or contact:

Demetri Moshoyannis
Folsom Street Events
[email protected]
(415) 861-3247

San Francisco Love Parade returns in 2006 as ‘Love Fest’

The San Francisco Love Parade returns for a third year on September 23rd as Love Fest. The name was changed because the Love Parade Berlin organization did not renew any of their worldwide licenses not already under contract so they could focus on their own event. Regardless of the name, the event is expected to draw a large crowd. The first Love Parade in San Francisco opened with a small following of an estimated 37,000 people. Last year’s parade was longer and bigger with an attendance of 50-60,000 people. According to Wikipedia, “The Love Parade has its roots in the spirit of a changing Europe. In 1989, it was first celebrated 4 months before the demolition of the Berlin Wall. It was started by the fresh Berlin Underground under the initiative of Matthias Roeingh aka “Dr. Motte”. It was held as a political demonstration for peace and international understanding through music.”

Check out my gallery of 400 images from the 2005 Love Parade

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