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Folsom Street Fair 2024 in San Francisco

Probably the most kinky event in San Francisco and maybe the whole world

Dates: September 29, 2024

Folsom Street Fair
Folsom Street Fair
Folsom Street Fair
Folsom Street Fair
Folsom Street Fair
Folsom Street Fair
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The Folsom Street Fair is an annual extravaganza that attracts an astonishing crowd of approximately 250,000 leather and BDSM lovers, who gather to share and celebrate their weirdest desires and fantasies. From pulsating stages showcasing a diverse spectrum of music genres, including electronic, indie, and alternative, to titillating erotic performances, there's no shortage of adult experiences.

Activities and Attractions

Amidst the lively atmosphere, attendees can partake in the dance area and public playground, which features live performances, music, dance, and fetish demonstrations. Additionally, visitors can engage with community organizations, learn more about advocacy efforts within the leather and LGBTQ+ communities, and delve into the rich history of this subculture, getting a deeper understanding of its origins and evolution.

Fair Highlights

There are no restrictions or rules concerning the appearance of visitors and participants. The Folsom Street Fair offers an ethos of total freedom; anything from quirky costumes like towering giant babies to unabashed nudity can be expected. The fair also features shopping for fetish gear, observing stage performances by erotic artists, and offers an opportunity to delve into the rich history of this subculture, offering a deeper understanding of its origins and evolution.


As promised by the organizers, attendees can expect to encounter various vendors. With over 200 booths offering an array of fetish toys, leather goods, BDSM equipment, and erotic art, the fair provides a playground for exploration and indulgence.

Fair Bans

Large crowds and high temperatures aren't suitable for animals, so the organizers kindly request that attendees refrain from bringing pets to the event. Additionally, the festival is exclusively for adults, as it is crafted with an adult-oriented atmosphere. Folsom Street Festival adheres to all applicable local, state, and federal regulations to the fullest extent possible and takes prompt action upon uncovering any instances of "indecent conduct."

Location and Donations

Folsom Street Fair is located in the heart of San Francisco, on the historic Folsom Street, from 8th to 13th Streets in the South of Market district of San Francisco. The organizers collect donations at the gates, and every dime of the event's net proceeds goes directly to nonprofit organizations focused on public health, human services, and the arts. So, it's not just having a great time but also supporting important causes.


This iconic event in San Francisco traces its roots back to 1984, when it began as a small street festival celebrating the leather community. Over the years, it has evolved into one of the world's largest leather and fetish events, drawing thousands of attendees from all over the globe. Folsom Street is dedicated to fostering a safe and inclusive space for the kink, leather, and alternative sexuality communities, prioritizing equity for BIPOC and LGBTQA2I+ individuals. Despite occasional controversies and challenges, Folsom Street Fair remains a symbol of pride, empowerment, and celebration within the queer community.

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Folsom Street Fair clothing usually means leather, latex, and other fetish elements. Nudity is permitted at the fair, often enhanced by body paint and other body accessories. Show more

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