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The annual roster of neighborhood street fairs and festivals that typically kicks off with Bay to Breakers in May is getting a bit of a late start. But with the Pride Weekend calendar (HERE) already ramping up to be about as crowded as a normal year, late June is looking to be when people finally start taking their masks off and letting their hair down at events of all kinds.

Below we have the current roster, as far as we know it, for July to September — and yes, Folsom will be back, though maybe not as big as it usually is.

FOLSOM STREET MARKET

July 25

 

In place of the usual Up Your Alley fair on Dore Street, this year’s version will be a lot more tame and quiet. There will be vendor booths with toys, art, and products for purchase, and maybe there will be beer for sale, too.

 

LAZY BEAR WEEK

July 26 to August 2

 

Lazy Bear is celebrating its 25th anniversary up at the river, with the event calendar still taking shape. For now, the organizers say it will be a “tags only” week, with no individual ticketed entry — just a single Bear Tag for all the week’s events, which you can have with a $200 donation to the Lazy Bear Fund. 

TICKETS HERE

 

SOME ARE CAMP

August 6 to August 9

 

Some Are Camp is returning to the R3 in Guerneville for the first time since 2018 — the hotel was closed in 2019 due to flooding, and the event was moved to a venue nearby. Look for fun, shows, and shenanigans from VivvyAnne ForeverMore, Glamamore, and maybe Empress Juanita herself.

 

RIVER RAID

September 17 to September 19

 

River Raid returns to Guerneville to multiple venues (including the R3), WITH ITS RELIABLY FUN CROWD and plenty of poolside partying. TICKETS GO ON SALE PRIDE WEEKEND.

TICKET INFO

 

FOLSOM STREET PRESENTS: MEGAHOOD

September 26

 

It sounds like details are still being ironed out for this year’s version of Folsom — which takes us back to the neighborhood roots of the fair, with the first one in 1984 that was called Megahood. But organizers say, "Our stages will be amazing, our exhibitors will be spicy, and our community will be together."

 

 

CASTRO STREET FAIR

October 3?

 

The official site for the traditional first-Sunday-in-October fair in the Castro still has last year’s “See You in 2021” message, and no official announcement has yet been made about the fair. Though it will presumably fall on October 3 if it does happen.

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THE EAGLE

While the official word hasn’t gone out yet, A LITTLE BIRDIE tellS us that the SF Eagle is prepping for a mid-June opening, on or around June 15. Construction has been happening inside the bar lately, and we’re told that while it isn’t a full remodel, regulars will likely notice a few changes inside the space when they return.

 

Rumors have been swirling about the fate of the Eagle since a for-sale sign went up on the building in mid-2020. The building remains on the market, but the business is still in the hands of owner Alex Montiel.

 

In May, the bar was approved for city landmark status, and that is nearly finalized. As a landmark, any new owner of the building would face extra difficulty in evicting or attempting to raze the bar for development, and Montiel has reportedly said that he was seeking a possible path to purchasing the building himself.

SOMA UPDATE

AS THE POWERHOUSE CONTINUES TO INCREASE ITS INSIDE CAPACITY AND HOURS, THE HOLE IN THE WALL IS AIMING TO REOPEN JUNE 15TH AS RESTRICTIONS ARE SET TO BE LIFTED.  THEY HAVE REMAINED STEADFASTLY CLOSED DURING THE PANDEMIC. 

 

Also, around thIS time,  the Leather & LGBT Cultural District along with Folsom Street Events will be hosting the SECOND SOMA Second Saturdays event nearby, featuring fetish-y vendors and artists — a precursor to what this year's tamer Dore Alley will look like on July 25.

EAGLE RETURNS

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I first set foot in the Powerhouse on New Years 2014 and never really left. The bar has a queer sex positive history and vibrancy unlike any other bar in San Francisco.  I love queer spaces that are gritty and sexy, and the Powerhouse has definitely been a place where I feel comfortable just being myself.  I am the first wet slut to have worked in full drag behind the bar, and to have changed a keg in 6 inch stilettos. As nightlife venues previously shuttered are opening back up, I find myself falling back in love with the city.  It is my sincere hope that everyone else is, too.

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