As some in the local gay community call it, Folsom Street Fair weekend is the "high holidays," whereas Pride weekend is just "the holidays. The fair is, in fact, the third-largest single-day outdoor event in California, spanning 13 blocks and drawing upwards of , people. It is also the world's biggest leather and fetish fair. Read a brief history of the fair, which we published last year, right here. So, come Sunday, if you've never been, you're in for some sights! Before SF became the tech capital of the U.
The barbeque sauce. It was the barbeque sauce that pissed me off, ultimately. The man was short, square faced and had on those thick-lensed spectacles that make your eyes look unnaturally large. He swayed gently as he stood, one hand on an incipient paunch, the other grasping an enormous hot dog that had strings of onions dangling from one end. His magnified eyes flicked from side to side as he checked out the variety of naked bodies walking past him, and he took slow, messy bites as he did so.
The Folsom Street Fair is the world's largest leather fetish event, and will take place this weekend Sept. The foundation was founded in the late s in response to the AIDS crisis and donates its profits to organizations that support local LGBT communities. Where Andy Wibbels is from, you don't see a lot of men walking around in leather chaps. So when the year-old goes home to Indiana, he's figured out a few ways to explain what goes down at the Folsom Street Fair. He and his partner Ron are hosting friends from out of town and know the parties and afterparties they'll be attending; Wibbels has even been asked to model for promotional events.
Strip down, strap up, and check out these major fetish festivals and dance parties this week. Leather Walk. Illustration: Harry Malt. Once the tourists go home, the real fun begins. Head to Deviants: Adult Arcade for the official Folsom after-party.