Leather lovers, kinksters, bondage babes, and fetish fans will all converge in San Francisco on September 25th for the 38th annual Folsom Street Fair. Billed as “The world’s biggest leather event”, the fair predicts over 400,000 people will be attending.
The event started in 1984 and is now the BDSM culture event of the year. Much of the entry fees go to charities such as The Berkeley Free Clinic, The AIDS Legal Referral Panel, and The GLBT Historical Society. The day will include a “spanking for donation” event.
Events include hardcore live tapings of bondage scenes right on the street from fetish film studio Kink.com, and a “Deviant Dance Party” at night. 200 booths will line 13 blocks showcasing fetish gear, sex toys, and other fun, fetishy merch. The fair will also include “public play stations” and an “erotic artist’s area with a sick and twisted performance stage,” they promise.
They suggest taking Lyft to the event where there will be a “Lyft Pick-Up” area (where maybe you can pick up a date as well as a ride), and a “Homobiles” pick-up area featuring the “24-7 queer car service.”
Folsom Street has been the center of San Francisco’s men’s leather subculture since the mid-1960’s. The first leather bar was “The Tool Box” and was made famous in a Life Magazine article called “Homosexuality In America.” The article was the first mainstream publication to write about gay issues and inspired many gay men to move there. By the late 1970’s Folsom’s “Miracle Mile” had over 30 leather bars, clubs, and stores.
The fair is not just for men and is a mecca for “Dykes on Bikes” and kinksters of all sexual persuasions will join in on the fetishy fun. “Join us,” they say,”You know you want to.”