Castro Street Fair

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Market and Castro Steets
Always the First Sunday in October
11:00 am to 6:00 pm

The Fair is located in the heart of San Francisco's Castro District, at the intersection of Market & Castro Streets and the surrounding area.

The Castro Street Fair is a community street celebration that was founded by Harvey Milk in 1974. Hundreds of local artists, vendors, craftspeople, and organizations line the streets and celebrate the diversity of the neighborhood. Stages with live entertainment and dance pavilions can be found throughout the fairgrounds.

The Fair is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and all proceeds go directly to charitable causes important to the Castro community. Additionally, the Fair funds the rainbow flag that flies over the intersection of Castro and Market.

Proceeds from the Castro Street Fair are shared with our beneficiaries. Benefiting organizations provide volunteers to assist with various Fair operations, primarily collecting donations at our entry gates. Proceeds from these collected donations and other Fair sales are shared with beneficiaries based on the number of volunteer hours each organization works. Volunteers work in shifts from 10 AM to 7 PM on the day of the Fair, which is always the first Sunday in October.

2009 Beneficiaries

$81,745.22 was raised for our benefiting partners in 2009
The 15 Association
AIDS and Breast Cancer Emergency Fund
AIDS Housing Alliance
Aids Legal Referral Panel
Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center
Bad Boys San Francisco Softball
Bay Positives
Bears of San Francisco
Castro Lions
Community United Against Violence
Eureka Valley Promotional Association
The Family Link
Haight Ashbury Nursery School
Hartford Street Zen Center
Harvey Milk Civil Right Academy
Healing Waters
Immune Enhancement Project
Imperial Council of San Francisco
Instituto Familiar de la Raza
Lyon-Martin Health Services
Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco
McKinley Elementary School
Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
Project Inform
Project Open Hand
The San Francisco Fog Rugby
Football Club
San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
Triangle Martial Arts Association
Visual Aid

Best of the Gays: 40th Anniversary of the Castro Street Fair

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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.

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