Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Castro Street Fair?

The Castro Street Fair is always the first Sunday in October.

In 2018, the Fair will be on Sunday, October 7, 11am-6pm.

Where is the Castro Street Fair?

The Fair is located in the heart of San Francisco’s Castro District, at the intersection of Castro & 18th Streets and the surrounding area.

Is there an entrance fee to the Castro Street Fair?

We ask for a suggested donation of $5 – $10 at the entry gates. Nobody is turned away for lack of funds. Those who donate at the gates will receive $1 off adult beverages at any of our official beverage booths. Want to donate online? Visit here to give now. Thank you!

Where does the money collected at the entry gates go?

Money collected at the entry gates goes to our beneficiary partner organizations, as well as helps cover the costs of producing the Fair. Proceeds from our official beverage booths also assist deserving nonprofit groups in and around the Castro. Please patronize our beverage booths and support the exhibitors, sponsors, and neighbor merchants who help to make our Fair possible.

How do I become an Exhibitor at the Fair?

Visit our Exhibitor Registration Portal.

How does my organization become a beneficiary of the Fair?

Contact our beneficiaries committee.

I want to perform at the Fair, how do I apply for consideration?

Acts are considered throughout the spring and early summer, and final lineups are chosen in August. Submit your act’s materials to for consideration.

What Streets are closed for the Fair?

Between 4:00 am and 10:00 pm on the day of the Fair the following streets are closed:

  • Castro Street between 17th/Market Street  and 19th Street
  • Collingwood Street between 17th/Market Street  and 19th Street
  • Hartford Street between 17th/Market Street  and 19th Street
  • 17th Street between Noe Street and Castro Street
18th Street between Noe Street and Diamond Street

What’s the best way to get to the Fair?

Taking Muni to the Fair is highly recommended. The K, L, M, and T lines all stop at the Castro Station, which is located within the fairgrounds.

We are partnering with Lyft to provide a dedicated rideshare dropoff/pickup area. Open Lyft on your phone for more info!

For a fee, parking is also available in the Everett Middle School Parking Lot — located on the north-side of 17th Street between Church and Sanchez. The lot is available from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm the day of the Fair.

When are notices and vehicle passes distributed to the Castro residents and merchants?

Notices and vehicle passes are distributed approximately two weeks prior to the Fair. Contact if you have not received yours.