Harvey Milk started the Castro Street Fair in 1974 to encourage inclusiveness and togetherness, and one of his most famous quotes resonates today more than ever “Hope will never be silent”.
To honor those words, and to continue the tradition of a yearly Castro Street Fair merchandise, we created a Bonfire campaign with Tshirts and sweatshirts.
All proceeds of this campaign will be distributed amongst the beneficiary community organizations that have helped make the Castro Street Fair a reality in the previous years. It is for them that this fair exists, and we hope you donate and back the campaign to continue supporting them.
All proceeds will go directly to the following community organizations:
- Bears of San Francisco
- Buen Dia Family School
- Castro Community on Patrol
- Castro Country Club
- Centro Las Olas
- Haight Ashbury Community Nursery School
- Imperial Council of San Francisco
- Instituto Familiar de la Raza
- McKinley Elementary PTA
- Most Holy Redeemer Church AIDS Support Group
- Queer Life Space
- San Francisco Boom softball team
- San Francisco Spikes
- The 15 Association
- The Family Link
Check out our campaign page on Bonfire!
We may be apart this year, but we’ll always have our memories.
Since its founding in 1974 by Harvey Milk, the Castro Street Fair has celebrated the joy and diversity of our community, and that won’t stop even though we may be physically apart.
Today, we are kicking off our Share your Memories campaign. We encourage all of you to post your past pictures of the Fair on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Include the year, what you were doing, tag your friends, share your hopes for the future, mention us and include #castrostreetfair hashtag.
Harvey Milk famously said “hope will never be silent”. Neither shall we. Leading up to what would have been 2020’s Castro Street Fair on Sunday, October 4, we will be posting our own archival photos, reposting the best photos from all of you, and announcing some fun activities.
Make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up-to-date on what’s happening! In the meantime, share your memories!
For over 45 years the Castro Street Fair has been proud to provide a wonderful opportunity every year to join together and celebrate the unique nature of the best neighborhood in San Francisco, while raising important funds for local nonprofit organizations. In 2019, the Fair was able to donate $54,750 back to help improve the lives of our neighbors and partners. In fact, last year the Fair reached the milestone of having given back one million dollars to San Francisco nonprofits.
Because of the unique challenges of the pandemic and to comply with local mandates, the Castro Street Fair will not be taking place in its usual form this year. Our first responsibility is to protect the safety of our friends, families, beneficiaries and supporters. The Board of Directors is currently working with our partners to find ways in which to highlight the Castro leading up to what would have been Fair weekend, as well as encourage much-needed business to the local merchants. We will be sharing those plans in the coming months, and we want the community to support one another in the meantime. We hope to be back in the streets of the Castro, along with all of you, in 2021.
Be safe and wear a mask!