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2020 Folsom Street Fair Moves Online

Coronavirus has impacted another “only-in-San Francisco” tradition. San Francisco’s 37th annual Folsom Street Fair will move from its SoMa venues to a virtual space this September.

The Bay Area’s celebration of leather and kink follows in the footsteps of SF Pride, Burning Man, Hunky Jesus and other major events that have moved their 2020 in-person gatherings online. 

Folsom Street Events, the nonprofit that organizes the fair, announced that both Folsom Street and Up Your Alley will take place online during their regularly scheduled weekends. In a statement released on Facebook, organizers noted:

“We are excited to create virtual events to celebrate the historic fair weekends by staying socially connected while physically distant.”

Folsom Street Fair is the world’s largest leather event and one of the state’s largest outdoor fairs, with more than 250,000 attendees generating more than 180 million in tourism dollars and roughly $300,000 annually for local LGBTQ organizations. 


Precious has lived in and loved the Bay Area since 2012 when she moved from Atlanta, Georgia. Her reporting interests include the politics of race and gender and pop culture as a reflection of our changing cultural landscape. Prior to joining KALW, Precious worked with a variety of community development, social impact and economic equity focused organizations. Before moving to the Bay Area, she practiced law in her hometown.