San Francisco‘s leather district (officially recognized as such by the city in 2018) The Folsom Street Fair takes place in the SoMa neighborhood (South of Market Street), between 8th and 13th streets.
It dates back to 1984. Folsom was first held as a protest event against redevelopment in the area, and to offer supportive space for a gay community amid the AIDS crisis.
It has grown since that time to become California’s third biggest, single-day outdoor spectator event. It attracts around 400,000 participants, of all sexualities and genders, although it remains primarily queer.
Most of its net proceeds go to nonprofits working in public health, human services, and the arts. Related: Behind The Harness – The Extraordinary History Of The Folsom Street Fair Because of the pandemic, it didn’t take place in 2020 and ran in a condensed form in 2021.