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Recently named the "Best of the Gays" by the Bay Area Reporter, the Castro Street Fair is one big gay party you just can’t miss.

"In a city that is world-renowned for outdoor festivals and events (queer, straight, athletic, musical, or otherwise; and all of the above), it is truly an honor to be recognized," said George Ridgely, executive director of the fair, according to the Bay Area Reporter.

Founded by Harvey Milk in 1974, the Castro Street Fair radiates with history, and beams with pride about its hyper-local, grassroots production. The event includes entertainment for attendees young and old, dancing, information booths, art, food, drinks, and much, much more.

This year, the Castro Street Fair is celebrating its 40th Anniversary — and it’s going to be one hell of a party. On Saturday, October 6th, 2013, you’ll get to enjoy entertainment from well-known artists such as Peaches Christ, Dirty Ghosts and Jimmy Hits with Bubbles (see set times below).

While your ears fill with the sounds of the Castro, you can feast on delicious local eats and drinks, and feast your eyes on beautiful locally made goodies. The Castro Street Fair has over 200 exhibitors every year with more than 50,000 guests. (Interested in becoming a vendor the Castro Street Fair’s 40th birthday bash? Email for more details.)

Not only does the Castro Street Fair support local artists and craftspeople, but a big part of their mission is to raise money for nonprofits. "We have raised over $1.1 million since 1998 and we couldn't have done this without the generous gate donations of our attendees," Ridgely told the Bay Area Reporter.

Your donations at our entry gates go directly to supporting these organizations. Each year these groups count on your support to help them continue providing services and support to our community.

In addition, when you make a donation at the gate we will give you sticker that entitles you to $1-off every beer you purchase at any of our six Official Beverage Booths. Proceeds from the beverage booths go directly to our beneficiaries as well, stated the website.

What’s you favorite part of the Castro Street Fair? Are you going this year?

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