The Bay Area Reporter announced that their readers chose the Castro Street Fair as the Best San Francisco Street Fair, in last week’s Best of the Gays issue.
“We are truly honored and humbled to have won this award in the company of such stellar events such as the Folsom Street Fair and Pride,” said George Ridgely, Executive Director of the Castro Street Fair. “The Castro Street Fair has an enduring legacy in our City – founded by Harvey Milk 40 years ago, the fair has been a platform for the creation of other such neighborhood celebrations throughout the years. Receiving this award this year is particularly sweet as we prepare to celebrate our 40th Anniversary on October 6,” he said.
The Castro Street Fair is part of the enduring legacy of Harvey Milk, who founded the Fair in 1974. The street fair seeks to honor Milk’s original vision and embody all that is San Francisco and the Castro: it is an historical, hyper-local, grass-roots event, built to support and reflect the community and the causes it deems important. Like the other iconic LGBT events in the city, part of our mission is to raise money for local non-profits. Every year the Fair supports 20-30 beneficiary groups in addition to helping fund the rainbow flag that flies at the corner of Market and Castro. The Castro Street Fair has raised over 1.1 million dollars since 1998, a feat that could not have been accomplished without the generous gate donations of our attendees.
The Castro Street Fair is always held on the first Sunday in October and will be held on October 6, 2013 at the corner of Castro and Mission Streets.
About the Castro Street Fair
The Castro Street Fair is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and all proceeds go directly to charitable causes important to the local community. Additionally, the Fair funds the rainbow flag that flies over the intersection of Castro and Market.
The Fair is located in the heart of San Francisco’s Castro District, at the intersection of Market & Castro Streets and the surrounding area. The Fair is a piece of the enduring legacy of Harvey Milk, who was a co-founder of the Fair in 1974. The Castro Street Fair is a community street celebration – with hundreds of local artists, vendors, craftspeople, and community organizations lining the streets to celebrate the diversity of the neighborhood. Stages with live entertainment and dance stages can be found throughout the fairgrounds.
For more information about the Fair, visit www.castrostreetfair.org