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25 Years of Fun, Frolic & Fetish

The Folsom Street Fair™ is the world's largest public leather/fetish lifestyle event, held each year (for the past 25 years) on the last Sunday of September in the South of Market district of San Francisco, CA (i.e., SOMA on Folsom Street between 7th & 12th Streets--a one mile stretch of open roadway in the city's industrial zone). The Folsom Street Fair is produced in conjunction with MAGNITUDE® (the premier dance event of FSF Weekend), UP YOUR ALLEY® (a smaller, more intimate leather/fetish street fair held on the final Sunday of July, each year, at the intersection of Folsom Street & Dore Alley), and BAY OF PIGS™ (the premier dance event of UYA Weekend).

FOLSOM STREET EVENTS™ : Description & Mission

This calendar of events is produced by S.M.M.I.L.E., Inc. dba Folsom Street Events™.

"Folsom Street Events is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization serving the adult San Francisco alternative communities. Through the production of street fairs, Folsom Street Events promotes diversity within the leather/alternative lifestyle, highlighting entertainment, service and vendors. Proceeds from the production of the fairs are distributed to organizations which promote a sense of community, diversity, cooperation, health and human services." [...] The mission of Folsom Street Events "is to create world-class volunteer driven leather events, providing the adult alternative lifestyle community safe venues for self-expression, emphasizing freedom, fun and frolic, while raising money to benefit San Francisco charities."

SOURCE: D. Moshoyannis, & J. Constantine, “FOLSOM STREET EVENTS(TM) | About Us,” November 18, 2008,, Retrieved December 3, 2008.

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$4 million in 25 years of giving

One hundred percent of the proceeds from all of FSE's major events, plus portions of Sponsors' contributions & grant monies, directly benefit up to 25 local-area beneficiaries (e.g., Major & Supporting) and benefit as well a growing list of organizations in the FSE National Community Grants Program, all together pursuing the causes of Health & Human Services, Social Welfare, HIV/AIDS Advocacy, and the Arts. At the end of the 2008 25th Anniversary Event Season, Folsom Street Events donated $339,725.00USD to over 60 different local, regional, state & national charitable organizations, with maximum single gifts of up to $30,000.00USD going to Major Beneficiaries. The 2008 Event Season brought Folsom Street Events ever so close to the $4 Million USD mark in charitable giving over their 25-year philanthropic history.

SOURCE: D. Moshoyannis, “FOLSOM STREET FAIR™ | Press Release,” "FOLSOM STREET EVENTS™ Donates Immense Check to Local & National Nonprofit Agencies", November 18, 2008,, Retrieved December 3, 2008.

2008 Event Sponsors : Presenting, Premier, Charter, Media

The 2008 Folsom Street Events SPONSORS included PRESENTING SPONSORS,,, and GLOSS; PREMIER SPONSORS Steamworks,, Mr. S Leather, Doc Johnson, Elbow Grease,, and AdultFriendFinder; CHARTER SPONSORS Blow Buddies, Stockroom/Stormy Leather, XR LLC,,, Powerhouse, Renoir Hotel, and Joie de Vivre Hospitality; and, MEDIA SPONSORS LIVE 105, SF Bay Guardian, IN LA Magazine, and Bear Party Magazine. See the SPONSORS tab on the Folsom Street Fair Website (i.e., for logo links to SPONSORS' websites.

SOURCE: J. Constantine & D. Moshoyannis, "FOLSOM STREET FAIR™ | 2008 Sponsors", November 18, 2008,, Retrieved December 3, 2008.

See Also

  • Folsom Street East - a street-fair in New York, modelled on FSF & organized by the GMSMA of NYC.
  • Folsom Europe - the premier leather/fetish street celebration of Europe, in Berlin & affiliated with FSF
  • Kinkfest - an annual celebration of alternate sexuality in the UK

External Links

The Folsom Street Fair™ Website!!
The Folsom Street Events™ Website!! with links to the four major event
webpages, including MAGNITUDE®, UP YOUR ALLEY®, & BAY OF PIGS™!!
The Folsom Europe™ Website!!, affiliated with Folsom Street Events.
The Folsom Street East™ Website!!, independent of Folsom Street Events.
The Gay Male S/M Activists (GMSMA) of NYC Website!!, organizers of Folsom Street East.

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