Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Castro Street Fair?

The Castro Street Fair is always the first Sunday in October.
While we took a break in 2020 (like almost everyone else,) we are so glad to be bringing the Fair back to the Castro in 2021.
In 2021, the Fair will be on Sunday, October 3, 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 & Market 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. Want to donate online? Visit our donation page to donate. Thank you!

Where does the money collected at the entry gates go?

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

Do I need to show proof of vaccination?

We will not be requiring proof of vaccination at the gates, but we certainly encourage everyone to get vaccinated! We are partnering with the Department of Public Health to provide COVID-19 testing and vaccinations at the 2021 Castro Street Fair!

Do I need to wear a mask?

Our Fair is outdoors, which is considered the safest way to gather. We highly recommend that everyone wear a mask while gathering in crowds, especially if you are not vaccinated against COVID-19. Please stay informed about the latest research and data about the pandemic, one valuable resource is the CDC at

How do I sign up to be a volunteer at the Fair?

Go to Volunteer Registration to sign up. Read more about the volunteer roles in our Volunteer page.

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?

Unfortunately, entertainment submissions for 2021 have already closed. To be considered for 2022, please email

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 18th Street
  • Market Street between Noe Street and Diamond Street
  • 17th Street between Noe Street and Castro 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.