Look for the Harvey Milk memorial inside. Located at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place.
Photo courtesy GameBoi SF, by Irene Tang
Every Thursday, 9pm-2am at The Cafe, 2369 Market St. Latin, Dance Musica & Hip Hop all night, Papi Go-Go Dancers. No cover before 10pm, 2-4-1 drinks before 10:30pm.
Every Friday, 9pm-2am at 2369 Market St. Where the boys are, every Friday night! Hot go-go sets and fantastic drink specials, BOY BAR is the place to be in the Castro! DJ: KIDD SYSKO.
June 1, 2013, 8-10:30pm Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand Ave, Oakland. Lesson 7:30-8pm. Gender-role-free, traditional American social dance, born in New England, roaming free across USA/world. Caller: Alan Winston. Band: StringFire (Patti Cobb, Erik Ievins, James MacQueen). Dessert soiree 10:30-11:30pm. Also: Berkeley Circle Left gender-free contra, June 14th, July 12th, August 9th.
Ongoing through June 2, 2013, at YBCA Galleries. In the Age of Information, actual reality has been supplanted by virtual reality, computer simulation, and false narratives. Since the concept of utopia is based on the improvement of reality, the disappearance of the real also signals the end of utopia. This premise is illustrated by examining false narratives that masquerade as truth.
June 7, 2013, 7pm at Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission --Free. Frank Melleno’s Polaroid photographs capture extraordinary nudes and erotic scenes of pre-AIDS gay sexual culture. Part-owner/ night manager of The Fairoaks Hotel bathhouse, (1977-1979), documents/celebrates social and sexual behavior with no apology. The Boyfriend singing trio will perform at the opening.
June 8, 2013, 9pm-3am, at Beatbox, 314 11th St, SF. $6 before 10pm, $10 after. DJs Robert Jeffrey + dabecy. Party for bears, cubs and friends... in the city where the party started.
June 8, 2013, 10pm at Rickshaw Stop. Second Saturdays/month queer dance party for Dykes, lezzies, Trannies, Homos & Friends. Super ecstatic DJs Kidd Sysko and Natalie Nuxx spin the best of Nineties, HipHop, Dancepop, Soul, 80's & other danceable themes all night long. "We love music, we love queers and we LOVE to make you dance till your socks fall off!!"
June 16, 2013, 9pm-2am, at the Stud, 399 9th St. PE Presents an awesome night of studly gents and gnarly drinks. "We are going to totally, like, have a blast...." Fresh go-go bears and cubs on all stages, and all over the place. Third Sundays of every month parties are themed and snacks are provided for guests.
June 16, 2013, 6pm Tea Dance at MIGHTY, 119 Utah Street, SF. Four times a year event from Gus Presents. DJ: GRIND.
June 20-30, 2013, annual event, the longest-running and largest gay film festival in the world. Ongoing series includes free films at Frameline at the Center, 1800 Market Street at 7:30pm, second Thursdays of select months.
June 27, 2013, 9:30pm at Crib, 715 Harrison St. World premiere relaunch party - all-new Crib crew, Crazy Cage Contest - strip down for $100 cash. San Francisco's 18+ destination for Gay Boys, Girls and friends! every Thursday night $10 - best in pop, hip-hop, rap and video, crazy giveaways + hot surprises every week!
June 27-28, 2013, at Nourse Auditorium. SFGMC, several partners, and the Harvey B. Milk Foundation, are planning regional events and celebrations to culminate in a world premiere multi-media concert and exhibition. It will include public submissions, and a newly commissioned work by Broadway composer Andrew Lippa.
June 28, 2013, 9pm-3am at Public Works, 161 Erie Street. Party for Bears, Cubs & friends. DJs Steve Sherwood and Craig Gaibler in the main room; Upstairs, from HONEY SOUNDSYSTEM, P. Play and Josh Cheon. Skip the line with $12 advance tickets here:
June 28, 2013 Matinée Revolution Tour Pride Launch Party at 1015 Folsom, with DJs Javier Medina, Jamie J Sanchez, Billy Lace.
June 29, 2013 4-10am at 525 Harrison St, SF. DJs: Hector Fonseca + Lee Decker. Part of the Pride Weekend celebrations from Gus Presents. See details and photo slideshow on website:
June 29, 2013, Saturday night in Castro Area $5 suggested donation at the gates. On Pride eve the Sisters bring the party to the streets, (closed to traffic), with music from multiple sound stages, and food trucks along Market Street, for the largest nighttime street party in SF. Party until late then do it all again Sunday at the downtown Pride Parade.
June 29-30, 2013 - climaxes a month of events. See their website for media of 2012 festival celebrations at the downtown Civic Center, and the Parade from Market & Beale with over 200 contingents marching. Blowback over the handling of the Bradley Manning affair this year promises "more than a hint" of lively debate concerning the event's future direction and sponsors.
June 29-30, 2013, 9pm-4am, at Space 550, 550 Barneveld Ave. 21+ dance party with Sophi performing live, HUNK GUYS go-go dancers direct from Guadalajara Mexico, 20 Papi Go-Gos. DJs Mike (LA), Ben (LA), Chili D (SF) for dancing on three floors. June 30th: Steamworks Latin Stage + after party at The Factory, 525 Harrison, with Monique Abbade and Glow Papi Go-Gos.
June 30, 2013, 6pm-midnight at Ruby Skye, 420 Mason Street, Tea dance party with DJs Manny Lehman and Phil B. $25 Early Bird Tickets, or $35 Regular Advance. Available online or at Body on Castro.
June 30, 2013, 10pm-6am, at 1015 Folsom, SF. SF Pride Weekend Colossus closing dance party: men, music, muscle. DJs Dani Toro, Eddie Martinez. Tickets $30 in advance (see website), more at the door.
July 27, 2013, 10pm-4am, Folsom Street continues the evolution of this sexy leather/fetish event, Up Your Alley, with Bay of Pigs, on Saturday -- a primary focus of the weekend with cheap and tawdry kicks, hard-core action, and dirty thrills. PLAY! the Official Up Your Alley Sunday T-Dance and Closing Party will immediately follow the fair
July 28, 2013. Leather & fetish annual street fair, SoMa district, Dore Alley between Folsom & Howard Streets, adjoining blocks of Folsom between 9th & Juniper Streets and Tenth between Howard & Sheridan Sreets. Dance party TBA.
July 31 - August 5, 2013, the 17th birthday event weekend in the Sonoma County woods. Also see Castrobear's every second Sunday bear party at 440 Castro, 4-10pm, with raffles, prizes, drink specials, hot men, and great music!
Mid-August each year. Took place in 2012 at Discovery Meadow Park, downtown San Jose, noon - 7pm. Headliners were: Jennifer Holliday, Derek Jameson, Kat Graham, Ka Deluna, with DJ Tony Moran. Arts, crafts and food/drinks venders + Pride Appreciation Pool Party. See website for 2013 details.
August 16 2013 - June 28, 2014, at Decker Theatre, NCTC. Includes: American Dream (El sueno del otro lado) - Aug 16 - Sept 15; Band Fags - Sept 13 - Oct 13; Dirty Little Showtunes - Oct 11 - Nov 10; My Beautiful Laundrette - Nov 8 - Dec 22; Avenue Q - Dec 6, 2013 - Jan 12, 2014. Followed by: The Paris Letter, Yellow, Standing On Ceremony, The Homosexuals, Devil Boys from Beyond.
September 28, 2013, 10pm-4am, Gay leather dance event - chaps, harnesses, boots, leather, latex, rubber, uniforms encourged. No cameras or cell phones photos. DJs Jack Chang (London) & Ted Eiel (Chunkhouse). See website for venue.
September 29, 2013, the world's largest leather event, on Folsom Street, San Francisco with dance party that night-- all part of Leather Week festivities.
Early October each year. Hundreds of local artists, vendors, craftspeople, and organizations celebrate the diversity of the Castro neighborhood. Stages with live entertainment and dance pavilions too.
February 14-17, 2014 for bears by bears. Movie Night, Kickoff Party, Happy Hour, cocktail and dance parties, BOSF Beer Busts, buffets and BBQs plus many more events all over town.
Mid-February, 2014 6-9pm at the The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street (off Telegraph Avenue), Oakland. Showcasing films about the lives of lesbian gay, bisexual and transgender people of African descent in Oakland. With support from Bench & Bar, Oakland
Late March, 2014. Annual festival at The Castro Theatre. Celebrating the democratization of cinema made possible by low-cost video technology like mobile phones, pocket cameras, DSLRs, etc. Screenings, workshops, competitions, panels, and other events educate, inspire, and promotes experimentation for a new generation of filmmakers to enter and change the industry.
April - May, 2014 annual spring festival of 15 days, an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery & innovation. Screening venues include the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St, SF; The New People Cinema, 1746 Post St, SF; the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post St, SF; and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. See the website for film schedules.
Look for the Harvey Milk memorial inside. Located at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place.
The James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center has collections that document lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered history and culture, with special emphasis on the San Francisco Bay area. It's located on the 3rd floor at the San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street -- a destination in it's own right.
Collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history of GLBT people and their communities. Exhibit galleries are open Tuesday through Saturday, 1-5pm. The archives house one of the world's largest collections of primary source GLBT historic materials for use by filmmakers, academics, journalists, and students. Located at 657 Mission Street.
At the corner of Castro and Market, a small brick plaza with a plaque dedicated to a very big man. Also check out 575 Castro, the former site of his camera store.
The only federally sanctioned memorial to the struggle against AIDS. Located at Bowling Green Drive at Middle Drive E, in Golden Gate Park.
The first monument of its kind in the US, dedicated to remembering the many gays and lesbians killed in the Holocaust. Located near the intersection of Market and Castro, behind the City Athletic Club.
Tourist favorite in the waterfront district, full of restaurants, including those with the city’s freshest seafood, street entertainers, bikers, and skaters. Also here: the Cannery waterfront marketplace; Pier 39 festival marketplace; the SS. Jeremiah O'Brien Liberty Ship; the Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf; and the Aquarium of the Bay with over 20,000 aquatic animals from the San Francisco Bay and surrounding waters.
The largest Chinatown in the western world, the oldest in North America. Many restaurants, markets, crafts stores and buildings of architectural interest; also herbal shops to buy the ingredients for Chinese medicine.
Drive, walk, or bike to this world-class marvel. It's a short to the Fort Point overlook from the southeast parking lot for a good view. A gift center in the Roundhouse, and cafe are located on the southeast side, behind the Strauss Statue (chief engineer during contruction in the 1920's).
The city's largest green space, and contains the de Young Museum and the Academy of Sciences. You'll spot the de Young by its 144-foot tower, which offers panoramic views of the park. The Academy of Sciences houses an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum and a four-story rainforest. Also in the park are the Japanese Tea Garden and the Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden, with it's full-size windmill surrounded by tulips in springtime.
Icon, movie house, stage and performance space in the historic landmark at the heart of one of the city's main gay districts. The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival takes place here, among their many events.
Never-ending series of dance parties each month, including Adonis, Underworld - world's largest underwear parties, Easter Sunday Epic T-dance, and Collosus Pride weekend party. Also Boy Bar & Poppers each week in the Castro.
Another stage of gay interest is at 25 Van Ness Avenue. The New Conservatory Theatre Centre has productions such as West Coast premiers of the musical Boys Will Be Boys, and the comedy The New Century by Paul Rudnick "turning gay stereotypes into bullet-deflecting armor and jokes into an inexhaustible supply of ammunition."
Roaming mobile food extravaganza -- street vendors from trucks and tents, delicious, inexpensive food, free music, and crafts. Eight markets a week, lunchtime and evenings: Mondays Civic Center; Tuesdays UN Plaza; Wednesdays 5th at Minna; Thursdays Upper Haight and UN Plaza; Fridays Fort Maison Center and Civic Center; Saturdays McCoppin.
Largest is Friday nights at Fort Mason Center parking lot, near Fisherman's Wharf. Options include: Chairman Bao's sticky barbecue pork belly on bun - or make that red sesame chicken or crispy garlic tofu; seafood chowder in scooped-out bread; Indian food; midwestern barbecues; Filipino-inspired tacos; desserts from the Crème Brûlée Cart. See website for exact locations, numbers of food trucks and tents.
After a rally on October 20, 2012 at Jane Warner Plaza the debate continues. Naked men in the Castro! Folsom masturbation/street sex! "Butt guardian" towels: public hygiene or prudery? The debate has been going on for a couple of years now and the pundits chatter. City Hall may ban nudity, except at Pride Parades, Folsom, beach or yard they say (with no erections allowed), if SF Supervisor Scott Wiener gets his way. Wiener?! For more news and photos of the rally see website below.
Update: November 19, 2012. San Francisco has banned public nudity in a vote of 6 to 5. For now, until the ban takes effect in February, people continue to have the right to be naked in public. The board must have a second vote in two weeks in a legal point of procedure, since a number of amendments were added to the legislation before the decision. Representives for the pro-nudists have also said that a legal challenge is being filed.
Bring a good pair of shoes, as San Francisco is a walkable city. Be sure to take a stroll around Ocean Beach, where there's a great hike to the north side of the Cliff House. Come OUT to the Castro with Cruisin' The Castro, or for "comedy walking tours" try Foot! tours. For other places to walk to City Pass San Francisco can help out with admission to five local attractions, plus unlimited cable car access, for a single price of $64.
America's oldest professional queer theater now plays in houses larger than it's original home on 16th street, in several venues around the city, from the Eureka Theatre on the Embarcadero, to the Artaud on Potrero Hill.
Aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum and its own rainforest. Located at 55 Music Concourse Dr. in Golden Gate Park.
The West Coast's premier modern and contemporary art museum with mission dedicated to the idea that art and museums can transform lives. "By embracing the challenge of the new and unexpected, we hope to encourage fresh ways of seeing, thinking, and engaging with the world." Located at 151 Third Street.
Despite all the hills, San Francisco is bicycle obsessed. Bike lanes are everywhere, and there are a number of places to rent bikes when you get into town. Be sure to ride over the Golden Gate Bridge and into Sausalito, a quaint bayside city in Marin County.
A variety of cruises that showcase the best views of the city, from the water. Find them at Pier 41 on the waterfront.
A Romantic getaway by the sea near Muir Woods and Mount Tamalpais. Three and a half miles of sand provide plenty of room for swimmers, surfers, and sun bathers. The 51-acre park adjacent to the beach has over 100 picnic tables (some with grills - available on a first come basis). The snack bar is open April through September and the park is open until sunset.
The longest-running musical spoof in theater history with parodies of pop culture and current events, in extravagant costumes and huge hats at Club Fugazi.
Wine Country holiday, with nature, food, and an education in wine for groups of two to twenty, in Napa Valley. Wine buying tour of small wineries with a local's expertise, accommodations in a cottage among the vines. Napavalley.com
For accommodations in Downtown Napa, the Candlelight Inn, (1045 Easum Drive, 800-624-0395) built in 1929, is an exquisite example of English Tudor architecture with whitewashed plaster set between blackened oak timbers; a bed & breakfast that's a perfect stoppover for a visit to the wine country.
Also see Sonomavalley.com to visit laid-back Vineyard towns near the dramatic coastline where the faultline meets the Pacific.
San Francisco Bay Area gay & bisexual Asian/Pacific Islanders organization dedicated to establishing a supportive community. Social events this summer include a pool party, the GAPA GAMazing Race, the Mr and Miss GAPA Runway Pageant, and performances of the GAPA Men's Chorus. They also publish the Lavender Godzilla Newsletter.
The Golden Gate Guards is a leather-Levi, motorcycles and uniforms lovers organization, open to men and women of the San Francisco Bay Area. They aim to promote fun, fellowship, camaraderie and social interaction with people of the alternative-lifestyle communities. Their many events include the annual run, dinners, clothing optional pool parties, twisted games, costumes and awards. Check their website for details and dates on their calendar.
Bears of San Francisco (BOSF) provides diverse activities for Bears to promote fun, friendship, and fraternity, to support charitable causes, and to foster community. They also sponsor the Bearracuda parties.
Big throws "the phattest events for large men and their admirers" for Chubs, Bears, Cubs and Chasers to go dancing. They did Massive, a June Pride dance party at Mist, and on every third Wednesday they sponsor Bare Bear at the Watergarden bathhouse, in San Jose. Big! is their every 3rd Sunday of the month dance at the Stud, San Francisco. Check their website for the fine print.
The San Francisco Movie Bears get together every Wednesday for a night of fun, great conversation and a chance to relax, hang out, visit with friends, meet new friends, and take in a movie together. Sometimes, they do a Karaoke night, or some other show related to bears. See their website for what's on this week.
Castrobear's annual summer Lazy Bear Weekend in Guerneville skipped a year to go to Cologne, Germany for the Gay Games this year. Check back for 2011 plans.