Castro Street between 18th and 19th Street
|11:30am||San Francisco Lesbian / Gay Freedom Band|
|12:35pm||The Monster Show|
|1:30pm||Cheer San Francisco|
|1:20pm||Board of Directors & Esteemed Guests|
|2:20pm||The Monster Show|
Emcee: Per Sia
With a pedigree from performances at the late, iconic Esta Noche, Per Sia’s trajectory has gone on to include art curation, stand-up, television, modeling, and maybe a quinceañera or two in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and México. Currently, she is a regular performer in the nationally acclaimed “Drag Queen Story Hour” as well as an educator in residence at the Children’s After School Arts (CASA) program in the San Francisco Unified School District recently profiled on KQED Arts and National Public Radio.
Emcee: Yves Saint Croissant
Born on the stage of the legendary Stud Bar (an over 50 year old queer owned business), she has become an essential part of San Francisco Drag. It isn’t her mega watt smile or signature blonde bombshell looks that cemented her status but instead her kind heart. Inclusivity and her love of empowering queer people has inspired the events she’s helped create. Among the most notable of these is Creature (a thematic dance party that leans heavy into the darker side of things and highlights immersive performance art) and Drag Queen Story Hour (a program in which Drag artists perform and read books to children.)
Birch puts left field front & center in his night life. Whether chartering busses to remote beaches, reconstructing coral reefs in dive bars, or transporting a piece of the forest to the dance floor—off kilter is his meat and potatoes. Koolman’s non-sequitur parties and off the grid city lifestyle means more time for low impact mind expansion, the macerena into techno mix, and the pursuit of a perfectly fried egg.
San Francisco Lesbian Gay Freedom Band
The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band (SFLGFB) is the first openly-gay musical organization in the world, inspiring the formation of LGBTQ+ bands, choruses, and performing groups around the globe. On a local level, in December 2018, San Francisco Mayor London Breed signed into law an ordinance declaring the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band the ‘Official Band of the City and County of San Francisco which coincided with the end of the Band’s 40th Anniversary year. Founded in 1978 by Jon Sims at the height of Anita Bryant’s anti-gay crusade, the band has made music to build understanding among communities of all sexual orientations and identities for more than four decades. The Band first appeared in public when it marched up Market Street behind Harvey Milk’s convertible in the 1978 San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade, an event recreated in the Oscar-winning film “Milk.” Our mission statement: “The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band provides for the education and musical development of its members, promotes visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, and with its allies, fosters understanding among diverse communities through public performance.”
Roryography is a dance/aerobic class intended for all skill sets and levels of experience. We will party in the street with humorous “follow-in-the-moment” routines intended to make you laugh and sweat equally in the spirit of Richard Simmons and Jane Fonda. A true only-in-San-Francisco experience, Roryography brings everyone from children to drag queens together in a joyous celebration of movement. It is currently offered at ODC on Tuesdays at 7:45 PM, with pop-up classes all over the city and sometimes ‘Coach Rory’ may surprise you at SFO before a flight.
The Squad has been performing in private, underground venues across France, Mexico, and the U.S. for the past 11 years. Combining their love for hip hop and reggaeton, their style is influenced by artists like Bruno Mars and Freddie Mercury, who all share the message to get out there and be your true self!
Drag performances hosted by the Monster Show — celebrating it’s 15th year, the Monster Show is the longest-running and “most ridiculous” drag show in the Castro, every Thursday night at the Edge Bar!
Cindy Sparks is an SF based performance artist bringing you circus, sass, and JOY!
Cheer San Francisco
Cheer San Francisco is an all adult volunteer charitable organization supporting those living with life challenging conditions since 1980. Over the last 38 years, the Cheer for Life Foundation has raised and donated over $375,000 to local charities. This year Cheer SF is proud to have as our primary beneficiary the Edgewood Center for Children and Families, which provides youth and their families with a full continuum of behavioral health services.
San Francisco’s Gay-All Male Revue BALONEY is enjoying its fifth year of smash hit sold-out shows at Oasis. Co-created by Michael Phillis (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Patty From HR) and Rory Davis (Roryography, Peaches Christ Productions) Baloney brings its audiences’ fantasies to life with elements of peepshow, dance, and comedy. Our not-entirely gay and not-entirely male Gay All-Male Revue will be sure to create some wild, sexy memories at the Castro Street Fair.
A dance party held every Halloween weekend at El Rio that leans heavy into the darkness and unknown and carves out new queer futures. We stand w/ all bodies. Catch us on Saturday, Oct. 26th at 9p-2a.
Growing up in the UK, Carrie discovered her love of house music at the tender age of 14 when she started attending acid house parties. After moving to London at age 20, she became a resident DJ at the Friendly Society, a SoHo bar where she warmed up the London crowds before they went out clubbing. During her five-year residency, she also began playing at clubs and bars in Brixton branching into soulful house and disco. She was fortunate to DJ with most of her DJ idols and favorite producers before leaving the UK for San Francisco in 2010. In SF, Carrie continues to play a combination of nu disco, classic disco, and house under the moniker CarrieOnDisco, with a singular focus on bringing joy to the dance floor. She has DJed at the Stud, Holy Cow, the Lookout, the Eagle, BeatBox, New Parrish, and Oasis. She is one of the resident DJs at Pound Puppy and has played for SF institutions including Honey Soundsystem, Some Thing, Hard French, Polyglamorous, and Go BANG!.
LE1F is always looking toward the future. Since the release of his debut mixtape Dark York in 2012, the Manhattan-raised rapper born Khalif Diouf has been renowned in his circles and across the media for pushing boundaries with everything from lyrics, the technicalities of his flow, and his beat choices. Producers are only now catching up to the sound of its first single “Wut.” With an almost-lifelong background in ballet and modern dance, as well as a degree in dance from Wesleyan University (where he honed his music skills, learning production on FruityLoops and ultimately creating the beat for Das Racist’s breakout “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell”). With Dark York, LE1F commanded attention from both the rap and dance music worlds – his vibrant curiosity with his ample footwork, the deep cadence of his voice, his ability to both tell stories and flex in his lyrics, and an undeniable sense of forward-thinking in his music. The subsequent release of his Fly Zone and Tree House mixtape, a collaborative EP with producer Boody called Liquid released via Boysnoize and his Terrible Records debut EP Hey furthered that narrative. But with his first full-length, Riot Boi (Terrible/XL) finds LE1F finalizing the vision. Drawing inspiration from the Riot Grrl Movement and artists like M.I.A. and Missy Elliott, the album is both a celebration of marginalized identities but without slipping into the divisive territory of “conscious rap.” In his own words, he’s “somewhere between an activist and an antagonist.” Riot Boi features guest appearances from fellow innovators Junglepussy, House of LaDosha and Dev Hynes, as well as production from PC Music’s SOPHIE on the first single, coquette club anthem “Koi.” LE1F has received accolades from press on the cutting edge like Vice, The FADER, FACT Magazine, and Pitchfork, and has been featured in Vogue, Interview, and BuzzFeed. But he is not just being noticed for his own artistry, impeccable taste and prescience for the future of rap and R&B is deftly displayed through artists like Rahel, Donchristian, and more signed to his own Camp & Street label.