The 12th Annual How Weird Street Faire is coming to SoMA at noon, May 1st, 2011. So dust off your cowboy hat and go, why not?
This could be you come May Day 2011:
(In Soviet Russia, we had to make big travel to get to Burning Man, but in San Francisco, Burning Man travels to you. What a country!)
The 12th annual How Weird Street Faire
Sunday May 1, 2011
Noon to 8pm
Howard and 2nd Streets, San Francisco, Earth
All the deets after the jump!
“Nine city blocks filled with nine stages of world-class electronic
music, art and performances, vendors from around the world, tasty food
and drinks, and all the colorful weirdness that San Francisco is
famous for. All ages are welcome, and costumes are highly encouraged.
San Francisco’s renowned street fair season kicks off on Sunday May 1,
2011 with the 12th annual How Weird Street Faire.
Once again, the city’s streets will be transformed into a celebration
of peace and creativity, as thousands of people journey to the
“Mythical Realms” of Howard Street.
All cultures share similar ideas about the types of societies and
places where people may live. These are the mythical realms of our
stories, and the theme of this year’s faire. There is the perfect
society or paradise, there is the exotic location filled with
diversity, and there is the magical and the sacred.
The How Weird Street Faire envisions a place of peace, where all
people can come and find some similarities and common interests among
diverse music and art. A place to build bridges of understanding and
friendship. A place where our differences and unique perspectives are
appreciated as things of beauty, rather than causes for conflict. And
most importantly, a place of fun.
But unlike the mythical realms of our imaginations, this place of
peace really exists. And anyone can visit it and participate.
On Sunday May 1st, the intersection of Howard and 2nd Streets in
downtown San Francisco will be transformed into a Paxorium, or “place
of peace”, the city’s newest park. It will be a place to connect with
others and relax in the center of the faire.
The 2011 How Weird Street Faire will fill nine city blocks with
thousands of people in colorful costumes dancing in the streets. There
will be nine stages of world-class electronic music, vendors from
around the world with unique goods for sale, food and drinks, art and
performances, non-profit organizations to educate and inspire, and all
the weirdness that San Francisco is famous for. All ages are welcome,
and costumes are highly encouraged.
The music stages are produced by local collectives and music
organizations, including Symbiosis, Muti Music, Rebel Bass Collective,
Groove Garden, Hookahdome, Non Stop Bhangra, Tantra, Temple Nightclub,
Opel, Opulent Temple, Ultraviolet Carnival, Aum Festival, Red Marines,
SF House, Pink Mammoth, SWAG, and more.
The faire takes place from Noon to 8pm. The main entrance is at Howard
and New Montgomery Streets, where you’ll find complimentary bike
parking. It is only two blocks from the Montgomery BART station, and
near several MUNI lines. The faire’s location, in the heart of the San
Francisco SoMa district, is a short walk to Yerba Buena Gardens and
the emerging museum district, as well as the Transbay Terminal and
There is a requested donation of $10 for the How Weird Street Faire.
The donation buys a Magic Sticker that is potentially worth many times
that amount, with discounts at the faire bars and after parties, as
well as specials at many of the vendors. The Magic Sticker is how
people can support the faire, while getting something back in return.
At night, the faire moves indoors to three great venues at the faire
site: Temple Nightclub, 111 Minna Gallery, and Harlot. The evening is
only $10 for all three venues. Tickets are available at any of the
venues that evening. The after parties are all 21 and over with ID.
New this year is the addition of Tehama Street off of 2nd Street,
featuring a music stage and a view of the faire. There will be an
official flying saucer landing zone, adjacent to the center
intersection. All planets have been invited to join in a celebration
of universal peace.
The How Weird Street Faire showcases many diverse genres of electronic
music, including Live Electronica, Dubstep, Electro, Breaks,
Psytrance, House, Techno, Drum & Bass, World Beat, and too many
sub-genres to name. There will be something for everyone. The music
stages are produced by collaborations of local collectives and music
organizations, representing some of the best in the world.
The How Weird Street Faire uses music to bring different kinds of
people together and create a common bond. Dancing knows no boundaries
or political affiliation. Music, more than any other form of
communication, is able to transcend differences between people. It is
through music and art that peace is always possible.
The How Weird Street Faire is a project of, and fundraiser for, the
local non-profit World Peace Through Technology Organization.
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