San Francisco, CA - Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - Folsom Street Events today announced a new date for the 2012 Folsom Street Fair, marking the first time since 1992 that the Folsom Street Fair will not take place on the last weekend in September. In the very early years of the fair (1984-1992), it was almost always timed to coincide with the autumnal equinox. In 2012, the fair will be pushed up one week from its regular date to Sunday, September 23rd in order to avoid a scheduling conflict with Oracle Open World. As such, San Francisco Leather Week will commence next year on Sunday, September 16th and it will end on Sunday, September 23rd.
According to Demetri Moshoyannis, Executive Director, “For many years the Folsom Street Fair has ‘always’ been held on the last Sunday in September. The decision to move the fair date was not taken lightly. We were told only weeks after this year's fair that nearly the entire inventory of hotel rooms for the City had been sold out for the last weekend of September 2012. So, we were faced a decision: either move the 2012 fair date and risk upsetting some people who had booked way in advance or not move the fair date, knowing that tens of thousands of visitors would be unable to book rooms at all. The vast majority of people books accommodations three to nine months out. Still, it was not an easy decision to make.”
“We are talking with Oracle representatives and the City in order to avoid future conflicts. We have been given the Open World dates for 2013 and 2015. So far, there are no additional future problems. Once we confirm their 2014 dates, we want to confirm our dates for the next three years,” says Jacob Richards, Board President. He adds, “We hope to get our message of the date change out to our community both quickly and broadly so that any necessary travel changes can be made soon. We truly regret any inconvenience this change may cause.”
Sponsors for 2011 included: PRESENTING RECON, Steamworks, Mr. S Leather, Kink.com, and GLOSS; PREMIER Blue Angel, NakedSword, Manhunt, Blow Buddies, and Elbow Grease; CHARTER The Stockroom, ExtremeRestraints.com, and TitanMen.com; SUPPORTING Powerhouse, FleshJack, AdultFriendFinder, Frisco Disco Events, and Past Curfew; MEDIA Bay Area Reporter, Damron, SF Weekly, Frontiers, and COMPETE Sports Media; FOLSOM STREET FAIR DANCE AREA Gold’s Gym; HOST HOTELS Joie de Vivre, Haiyi Hotels, and Renoir Hotel. Folsom Street Events receives support from Grants for the Arts for its live music entertainment.
Bay of Pigs – Saturday, July 28, 2012
Up Your Alley – Sunday, July 29, 2012
SF Leather Week Formal Dinner – Thursday, September 20, 2012
Magnitude – Saturday, September 22, 2012
Folsom Street Fair / DEVIANTS – Sunday, September 23, 2012
About Folsom Street Events
Folsom Street Events® is a 501(c)3 non-profit agency that produces seven fetish events annually. The mission of Folsom Street Events is to create world-class leather and fetish events that provide the adult alternative lifestyle community with safe venues for self-expression while raising critical funds to benefit local and national charities. In 2011, Folsom Street Events marked the 28th Folsom Street Fair with over 300,000 attendees and over $330,000 donated to charity.