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By Chelena Goldman

It’s almost that time of year again, when you stow away that summer speedo and start treating those little leather booty shorts.

That’s right kids: It’s almost time for Folsom Street Fair.

My Castro will be bringing you up-to-date info and extras over the next few weeks as we get closer to what is surely one of the San Francisco’s biggest events of the year. Everything from where to shop for your event duds to what DJs will be spinning to what Castro neighborhood venues will be featuring the best before and after extravaganzas.

But for starters—since the “big show” isn’t until September 21—here are some of the bare bones basics for the 2014 edition:

The SF-exclusive leather event spans down Folsom Street between 8th and 13th Streets—a shift from previous years’ locale—in the city’s SoMa district.

Of course, the festivities don’t generally stay corralled into that area and pour into the Castro, but this is where the main event takes place.

There will be parking for both cars and motorcycles for those commuting to the neighborhood, or who don’t feel like braving a MUNI bus from a Castro district pre-party while wearing a harness.


Folsom’s website boasts some 200 exhibitors and artists will have booths set up—understandable given that this is in fact the world’s largest leather show.

There will be play-things and gear galore, so bring a little spending money if you feel the need to bring home a sexy souvenir.

Some of the world’s kinkiest artists will showcase themselves on the fair’s live stage. They’ll also be getting a boost from benefit event XXXhibition ( )coming up this weekend at the Eagle Tavern on 12th Street. Nothing like starting your Folsom celebration in Labor Day weekend by helping out those who make it such a colossal event!


In addition to the live stage—which is sure to get many event-goers’ erotic motors running—there will also be a few stages set up with DJs spinning many types of dance jams to fit your fancy.

And the music isn’t limited to the usual electronic mixes. The Folsom Street events site informs us that there will be indie and alternative tunes as well.

We promise to get you a more in depth breakdown on the dance stage situation in the coming weeks!


Clothing is optional.

Because of course it is. This is a fetish festival after all.

But one of the best parts about Folsom Street Fair is that event-goers are free to wear whatever makes you feel comfortable, whether that’s just a hint of leather or a whole darn pig. While the “When In Rome…” approach to dressing for Folsom Street Fair seems like a bit of a gimme, the event has no dress code. So you can basically wear whatever you want, or just about nothing at all.

And for those erring on the side of nakedness, the event’s website says you can leave your clothing at coat check.

Check back with us next week for a what-to-wear/where-to-shop guide!