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Castro Street Fair 2016

Discover All You Need to Know About this San Francisco Festival

Head over to the Castro district on Sunday, October 2, 2016 to celebrate the 43rd anniversary of the Castro Street Fair. This fun SF festival features mouth-watering gourmet food, live music performers from around the world, and plenty of dancing in the streets.

Initially founded by the original "Mayor of the Castro", Harvey Milk, this local tradition celebrates the LGBT community and their supporters. It's a time when everyone comes together and enjoys the diversity within the city.

This lively SF event is held the first Sunday in October from 11am to 6pm at the intersection of Market and Castro Streets. Here you will find two live music stages, two 'dance alleys,' and Kink Karnival Way.

Live Music Schedule 2016

Note: The entertainment list below is from the 2015 event. Stay tuned for updates on who will visit the stage this year!

Main Stage

The main stage is in the heart of the action at Market and Castro Streets. The performers who will participate are listed below.

  • 11:30am: San Francisco Lesbian Gay Freedom Band
  • Noon: Cheer SF
  • 12:45pm: Munecas
  • 2pm: The Whoa Nellies!
  • 3:15pm: The Ethel Merman Experience
  • 4:30pm: Super Square

18th Street Stage: The Cookie Dough Stage

The Legends Stage is at 18th Street and Collingwood.

  • 11am: DJ MC2 (Also Between Sets)
  • 1pm: Worthless
  • 2pm: Monster Show
  • 2:30pm: D'Arcy Drollinger & Sexitude
  • 3pm: Avenue Q
  • 3:30pm: Baloney
  • 4pm: Monster Show
  • 4:30pm: Ejector

Other Activities at the 2016 Festival

Here is a peek at some of the other activities that will be held at the 2016 Castro Street Fair.

Dance Alley

The name says it all. This is the perfect place to dance the day away to some of the hottest DJs in the local area and beyond. The stage is in the parking lot at 18th and Collingwood behind Magnet.

  • Noon: Justime
  • 1:30pm: DJ Mystic Ray
  • 2:30pm: Lady Kraft
  • 3:30pm: Ambrosia Salad
  • 4:30pm: Nark

Sundance Saloon

Participants put on your cowboy boots and enjoy Castro Alley! This popular area features country and western dancing all day long. It is located on 18th Street between Hartford and Noe.

Kink Karnival Way

A new area for this year's Castro Street Fair is called Kink Karnival Way. This adults-only area is presented alongside You will find games, funny contents and more.

Food & Drink Vendors

This year's food court will offer a variety of yummy treats from Aunt Betty's Corn Dogs to Mayer's Fine Foods. There are also several vendors selling their BBQ creations, ice cream from Ben & Jerry's and a seafood stand with local delicacies.

The food court is near the main stage on Market at Castro Street.

Other Exhibitors

You can also walk the booths of almost 100 exhibitors. Some offer their unique arts and crafts while other booths are from organizations supporting the local community. You can find these booths throughout the Castro Street Fair.

Donations at the Door

The Castro Street Fair requests donations at the door of $5 to $10 per person. All donations go to support local beneficiaries. Everyone that donates also receives a $1.00 coupon toward food or beverages at designed vendors at the fair.

How to Get to the Castro

Public transportation is always your best bet in San Francisco. This ranges from the light rail train system to buses. Here are the best ways to get to the Castro Street Fair from popular spots in SF.

From Union Square

  • Muni Light Rail: Take the KT, L, M or S trains from the underground MUNI station at Powell and Market Streets. You will go four stops to the Castro Street Station. This puts you right in the heart of the action for the Castro Street Fair. This will take about 10 minutes and costs $2 per person.

  • F-Street Car: If you want to see the sites along the way, then take the F-Street Car. This is slower than the light rail trains, but runs above ground. You will take one of more than a dozen historic street cars from around the world from Market Street to the main entrance of this festival. You can pick it up anywhere along Market Street (there are stops every two blocks) and take it all the way to the end. It is about a 20-minute ride and costs $2 per person.

From Fisherman's Wharf

  • F-Street Car: The easiest way to get here is to take the F-Street Car. It's the only direct route from Fisherman's Wharf. You can pick it up at the beginning of the line on Mason Street at Beach and take it all the way to the end. This ride takes about 50 minutes. It costs $2 per person.
    • Transfer Option: If you want to shorten the trip, take this all the way to the Embarcadero Street MUNI station and then transfer to the KT, L, M or S trains. Make sure you grab a transfer ticket and show the attendant. This allows you to pay just once for your entire journey. This trip will take about 30 minutes.

Other Fun Events this Weekend in 2016

Here are some additional fun things to do this weekend.

2-Hour Champagne Cruise Around the Bay

October is beautiful in San Francisco and it's the perfect time to take a cruise around the bay. This isn't just any cruise, it's a Champagne and Mimosa cruise. What could be better? For two hours, you can enjoy cocktails as you relax on the deck of The Privateer. Along the way, you will see top SF attractions including Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Palace of Fine Arts.

Dates: Saturday & Sunday at 10am

Location: Leaves from the Marina near Pier 39 in Fisherman's Wharf

Tickets: Find tickets for up to half-off on Goldstar

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

San Francisco's beloved annual bluegrass festival takes place this weekend in Golden Gate Park. Enjoy three days of free concerts on various stages. Most performers fall into the bluegrass/folk/Americana genre, but the festival always welcomes a variety of big names and up-and-coming stars.

Date: September 30, October 1 & 2

Learn more: Read more about what to expect at this great outdoor music festival

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