The Castro Street Fair is an event in the truest sense of the word, world renowned as one of the most important parties in the LGBT calendar.
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It’s a celebration, founded by Harvey Milk in 1974, where hundreds of performing artists, vendors and local organisations take to the streets in San Francisco’s Castro District.
Stages containing all manner of entertainment from theatre to dance are located throughout the area, as well as fairgrounds and stalls selling all kinds of traditional and local crafts. There’s also food vendors offering any number of different cuisines situated throughout the festival.
Want to find the part of the fair that suits you best? That’s easy, the fair is split into four distinct areas marked by their various stages. Dance Alley is located in a parking lot and does exactly what you would expect. Top DJs playing funk and dance music from midday onwards to keep your feet moving.
The Sundance Saloon is the popular country and western dance stage located behind the Castro Theatre. A fantastic way to hear this traditional American music and see how the dancing should be done. Even if you’re a beginner to line dancing you’ll find a friendly crowd who’ll help you along with your moves.
The Castro Street Stage, located between 18th and 19th Streets is a fairly new addition to the festival and offers an eclectic mix of entertainment. Djs, cheerleaders, musical theatre, literature, art and live music are the order of the day. Head along and see one of the fantastic shows during the afternoon.
All of this entertainment on offer and none of it is including the top attractions which can be found performing on the main stage, situated right in the heart of the Castro District at Market Street.
This is where the festival starts in earnest, at 11:30 on the Sunday morning with the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Freedom Band. Founded in 1978 it was the first openly gay musical group in the world. Also featuring the Twirling Corps this is definitely an opening event you’ll want to catch.
The other events on the main stage are as memorable as they are diverse. Excerpts from musicals, punk and drag rock, a model and actress who is not only Miss Gay United States but a gifted illusionist too, are the other main events in 2017. The event is rounded off by The Purples Ones, one of the greatest Prince tribute bands you’ll ever see.
If you’re looking for a festival experience that you’ll always remember and you happen to be in San Francisco this fall, check out the Castro Street Fair.