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Castro Street Fair
2008 Castro Street Fair artwork noting the 35th anniversary of the event founded by gay activist and politician Harvey Milk portraying him in iconic Superman style.
Location: San Francisco, California
Frequency: Annual
Date(s): First Sunday In October
Years of existence: 35 (established 1974)
Attendance: 300,000 (2007)
Type: Local, LGBT, Arts, Entertainment
Executive committee: George Ridgely — Executive Director
David Miller — President
Steve Gaynes — Vice President
Gordon Gregg — Treasurer
Joe Hollomon — Secretary
Sue Espinosa — Business Manager

The Castro Street Fair is a San Francisco LGBT street festival and fair usually held on the first Sunday in October in the Castro neighborhood, the main gay neighborhood and social center in the city. The fair features multiples stages with live entertainment, DJs, food vendors, community-group stalls as well as a curated artisan alley with dozens of Northern California artists. Due to community pressure the fair restructured the organization and partnered with local charities to collect gate donations and partner with groups at the beverage and beer booths to raise money for those charities.

The Castro Street Fair was founded by Harvey Milk, and the group he led, the Castro Valley Association, in 1974.[1] It attracted over 5000 people.[1]

Jugglers at the fair in 1975

Castro Street Fair is one of the of San Francisco's many street fairs, including the North Beach Festival, Union Street Festival and Haight Street Fair. These fairs run throughout the summer, from spring to fall. The Castro Street fair takes place on the afternoon of the first Sunday in October and is the last of the street fairs. The large turn-out makes it one of the largest of the annual street events in San Francisco, behind San Francisco Pride in Civic Center, Folsom Street Fair south of Market street, Pink Saturday in the Castro, and the Union Street festival.


  1. ^ a b Shilts, Randy (1988). The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk. Macmillan. pp. 89–90. ISBN 0312019009. Retrieved 2008-07-14.  

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