Posts Tagged ‘faire’

2010 Haight Ashbury Street Fair a Huge Success – Here’s What It Looked Like

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Despite those hating Yelpers, today’s Haight Ashbury Street Fair was, once again, a huge success.

“The Haight-Ashbury Street Fair is held on the second Sunday of June each year, during which Haight Street is closed down between Stanyan and Masonic, with one sound stage at each end. This is a rather crowded event due to heavy tourism.”

Indeed:

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San Francisco District Five Supervisor Ross “The Boss” Mirkarimi was on hand, as per usual:

At least the Yelpers like Frank:

“Show us your boobs” above the Haight Ashbury Ben & Jerry’s, as per usual:

Your Bay City Bombers were there, natch. Here’s their montage:

This ganga guy in purple will sue you for $1000 if you take his photo, or something:

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And Obama in a Giants cap, just the way they had it at the recent Union Street Festival:

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See you next year!

Union Street Festival More Republican than Ever – A Huge Turnout for 2010

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Here’s what Steven Restivo’s popular Union Street “Eco-Urban” Festival looks like in a typical year. It’s big, in’nt?

And here’s the lateral view from our most-polarizing street fest yesterday, the day with “fewer hooligans” drinking beer according to at least one Sunday attendee:

I’ll tell you, myself, I didn’t see too many “drunken douchebags.” Myself. Anyway, it’s nice to see Union busy for a change.

Lots of swag from our corporate overlords at this street faire:

All right, here are a few of the Repubs. Yes on B and Fix MUNI Now were a few of their issues:

And here are some more. These people were promoting Dana Walsh (no, not the character on 24 and not this cutie, oh no – the Republican Dana Walsh).

As usual, the West End was strictly for kids:

And dogs, of course:

Fandango let people take two free spins on their unfairly-weighted (aka loaded, gaffed, cogged, weighted, crooked, or gag) swag roulette wheel – that was a mistake. Scored a bumper sticker the first try and then a precious $50 credit code the second. Bonus.

And of course, another Mini MUNI Meltdown, right on sked:

See you next year, maybe.

Check out who all was there, after the jump

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Don’t Miss the 11th Annual San Francisco How Weird Street Faire – Sunday May 9th, 2010

Friday, May 7th, 2010

The 11th Annual How Weird Street Faire is coming to SoMA at noon, May 9th, 2010. So dust off your cowboy hat and go, why not?

(In Soviet Russia, we had to travel long voyage to get to Burning Man. But in San Francisco, Burning Man travels to you. What a country!)

Check it.

This could be you come Sunday:

The 11th annual

How Weird Street Faire

Sunday May 9th – Noon to 8pm

Centered at Howard and 2nd Streets, San Francisco, Earth
37° 47′ 12.4″ N  x  122° 23′53.7″ W


Bollyweird: The Cosmic Dance. Ten blocks of art, performances, colorful costumes, unique vendors, food and drinks. Plus ten stages of electronic music, non-stop fashion shows, and healing arts. And a new world record that you can take part in!

The faire is a fusion of different styles and communities, united in fun. All ages are welcome. Costumes and dancing are encouraged. VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED.

Sunday will be a little windy and cool at night, so bring something warm to wear.

It’s Back! The Antique Paper Show Returns to Golden Gate Park

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

Find out just what an Antique Paper Faire is all about at the Hall of Flowers in GGP tomorrow, if you want.

It’s sort of a part of the first Sunday Streets on the West si-iiiide, aka Ocean Beach.

See you there!

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Specialties

The Vintage Paper Fair is a large exhibition and sale that offers an array of antique paper items for collectors of all kinds. Serious collectors come and know exactly what they want, but it is also a welcome environment for first-time collectors to come in and discover the history and art that is found in this hobby.

Among the 50 + vendors there, you will find postcards, trade cards, stereoviews, photography, Victorian-era items, pin-ups, sports memorabilla, labels (beer, fruit crate etc.) brochures, transportation related (vintage cars etc.) and many more types of interesting and beautiful antique paper. Most items for sale date back to the early 20th century, some are more modern, some older. There are boxes of 25 cent postcards as well as rare and expensive museum-quality pieces.

Our location is unique as well, situated in the heart of Golden Gate Park, near the Botanical Gardens, Academy of Sciences, De Young Museum as well many great restaurants.

History

Established in 2006

We are the only antique paper fair in the city of San Francisco, and thought a new show would contribute to the culture and collecting hobby here!

Meet the Business Owner: Hal L.

Hal Lutsky has been in the antique paper business since 1996, and a show promoter since 2001.

Recreation & Park Department Chases Away Golden Gate Renaissance Faire

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Hoo boy, first Pfizer and now this. The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department has managed to chase away the 2009 Golden Gate Renaissance Faire, which was slated for Speedway Meadow this summer. The event is cancelled. Why’s that ? Read on.

No more gay weddings:

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Or girl power:

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Or cheering for your favorite:

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Or horse petting:

And forget about jousting as well.

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Says Marti, the organizer:

“It is with our deepest regret that we must announce that the Golden Gate Renaissance Faire, planned to be held August 1 & 2, 2009, in San Francisco has been canceled. Ongoing challenges with the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department introducing new restrictions, multiple date changes, and slow to confirm site usage along with continued changing requirements has forced Renaissance Productions to scrap its plans for this year’s event. After six successful years of producing an ever growing event for the community (hosting over 6,000 attendees in 2008), and having zero reported post-event site impact on the grounds, the Park and Recreation Department decided to change the operating arrangements. Due to these factors and a lack of confidence that additional restrictions would not be put into place at the last moment, there is no practical way for Renaissance Productions to bring a quality show to its audience or adequately market the event in due time.”

Here’s a hopeful note:

“We do hope to work out the issues and have an arrangement with the City of San Francisco to hold the Golden Gate Renaissance Faire in 2010.”

Let’s hope. But where will the Ren Fen go this year? Fremont, baby.

Get the deets regarding the Ardenwood Shakespeare Festival & Renaissance Faire after the jump

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San Francisco’s Fillmore Jazz Festival 2009 a Huge Success

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

There was a swarming mass of humanity on Fillmore betwixt Eddy and Jackson enjoying the Yelp-rated Fillmore Jazz Festival today.

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Crab garlic fries. Yes, crab garlic fries:

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Swinging on the Geary Bridge. Beginners welcome:

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Today’s swing sched:

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Pony rides, as one might expect to see so near to bucolic Post Street.

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Tired doggies resting on Fillmore Street:

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Ordinary people doing the extraordinary – the San Francisco Police Department. Starting salary at over $72,000. They’re hiring!

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The biggest bank of Honda generators I’ve ever seen. Well, at least they don’t call it an “Eco-Urban” festival, the way they do with the Union Street Fair.

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The Fillmore Jazz Fest continues tomorrow.

See you there!

FESTIVAL DESCRIPTION:

Every summer on July 4th weekend in San Francisco, Fillmore Street is home to the largest free jazz festival on the West Coast: The Fillmore Jazz Festival.

 

The festival annually attracts more than 90,000 people from all over the City, the Bay Area, and beyond.  Visitors gather to celebrate and enjoy a musical tradition of live jazz, rhythm and blues, and gospel as well as local culture and fine cuisine in the heart of the city by the bay.

 

This year the Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary by once again blending art and soul from sunup to sundown, from Jackson to Eddy, presenting the music of old favorites as well as new ‘up and comers’ on multiple stages. You can also browse 8 blocks of fine arts and crafts, enjoy gourmet food and beverages, and participate in cooking demos by the Fillmore’s finest chefs.

 

More deets after the jump. 

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San Francisco’s 59th Annual Juneteenth Celebration a Huge Success

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

San Francisco’s 59th Annual Juneteenth Celebration went off without a hitch. See what it looked like here on SFGate.

Juneteenth Parade
June 20, 2009
Location: start @ Hamilton Park on Post Street

Juneteenth Festival Celebration
June 20-21, 2009
Location: Civic Center Plaza

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Confetti everywhere during the parade in front of City Hall:

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If that San Francisco District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi in there?

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Yes it is, with his Bianchi Milano cafe racer bicycle

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Here’s Chris Jackson of the San Francisco Community College Board

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And Public Defender Jeff Adachi

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1964 300K Letter Series Chrysler. That thing got a Hemi? Sadly no, how about a Wedge instead?

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All Corvettes are Red, except those that aren’t

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Barack Obama was there, sort of.

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As was the Census Bureau

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And the kids from UCSF Division of Clinical Pharmacology were looking for healthy smokers, something like this: Pharmacogenetics of Nicotine Metabolism in African-Americans. Make $300  by joining the study, why don’t you?

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And if meat is murder, then Civic Center was the site of a massacre this weekend

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See you next year!

Numerous Horses on San Francisco’s Bucolic Post Street

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

This was the scene today on Post Street, home to the RV lifestyle as well as  Japantown.

Can you see the horsies? Everybody likes horsies.

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Something to do with the Juneteenth Festival Parade, or something.

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At the end, all you could see were the “leavings”

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But DPW should have that swept away soon enough.

See you next year.

Haight Ashbury Street Fair 2009 a Huge Success

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

Not sure what the Yelpers have a problem with, but the Haight Ashbury Street Fair went off today without a hitch, just like last year.

Look at the swirling mass of humanity on just one block of Haight Street:

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Can you see the superfluity of nuns in white approaching the Fair? Also note the F430 Ferrari supercar (sans license plates), one of many exoticars that made the journey to the Upper Haight today. Also note the sign: “No Open Containers of Alcohol.” Too bad. 

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Of course, all you need to get around the alcohol ban is a gallon jug of overproofed white rum and a giveaway “water” bottle. As seen on Ashbury.

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District Five Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi was on the scene, gathering names for his newsletter distribution list.

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Poorbot was looking for handouts:

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“SHOW US YOUR BOOBS… please.” “FABULOUS PRIZES.” “DON’T WORRY (WE’RE GAY)” These inebriates residing above the Ben & Jerry’s at the corner of Ashbury were true to their word, tossing down trinkets to all flashers male and female.

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You kmow why this San Francisco Native baby is better than you? Cause he had the foresight to be born in San Francisco, that’s why. He won the lottery/ when he was born.

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Bong Hits 4 Jesus

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And There You Have It.

Conflict at Successful Union Street “Eco-Urban” Festival 2009, Whitest of Street Fairs

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Uh oh, seems as if there’s a little unrest at the paradise that is this weekend’s Union Street “Eco-Urban” Festival 2009. No, it wasn’t the Republican party recruiting again, it was trouble with promoter Steven Restivo trying to tamp down on the boozy house parties that have occurred on Union Street during festival weekends past.

What you would have is hundreds of kids at Union Street residences drinking beer. Heaven forfend! Let’s hear from Party Person Brooke on the Yelp:

“Each year (for the last 5!) some friends of mine who live on Union St have a big party during the festival which allows all of us to get together, drink, dance, and be merry and peruse in and out of the street festival. It’s a well managed production, with control of who comes and goes, safe, in control, etc…. This year Steven Restivo has put an end to it, and the festival hasn’t even started yet! Steven took it into his own hands by calling the police, the fire marshals, and LANDLORDS of the apartments and buildings on Union St ahead of time, to ensure there were no parties this weekend, OTHER THAN THE ONE HE WAS THROWING. It seems he’s a big cry baby and thinks the house parties which are a custom with Union St Fest detract sales from the Beer Gardens he hosts.”

Doesn’t that just twist your mellow? Stevo “slandered the organizers of the party and contacted the building owners“? Oh well.  That means no more house parties, like this one from last year.

The perils of post-adolescent Union Street Fest shotgunning.  The front of this house faces Union.

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That entire residence was filled to the brim with partiers in 2008. Ah, memories.

Oh well, on to this year. Of course, you’ve got to expect more than a modicum of peroxide, silicone, designer funglasses and lapdogs. Of course, it’s Cow Hollow.

Having said that, the seems a perfectly fine fest. Let’s take a gander at 2009. By the way, it continues tomorrow.

This thing is biiiig – it will take you a long time to wander about Union even if you don’t hit the biergärtens:

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You know who proved popular was Tom Rigney, “electric violinist, Cajun fiddler, composer, graphic artist, and leader of the American roots music band, Tom Rigney and Flambeau.”

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Best in Show – Candy Wrapper Handbags, something like this, as seen on Oprah

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Micro cupcakes continue their dominance over the cuisine of the late aughts

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Your streetfest four basic food groups are poultry (including turkey legs, they’re not just for renaissance festivals anymore), corn on the cob, couscous (not pictured) and garlic fries (not pictured).

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2.5 star-rated Left at Albuquerque offered crowd-pleasing  beer towers to sidewalk diners:

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Now they’re renting out A2B electric scooters to tourists. Do people really ride these things on the Golden Gate Bridge sidewalks at 20 per back and forth to Sausalito? People do. Anyway, Blazing Saddles bike rentals was offering test drives.

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Suds on the Roof, but much less than in years past. I think a man partying outdoors feels more like a man if he can have a red cup of suds.

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Last year’s “Eco-Urban” fest featured a hell of a lot of gas powered Honda generators, but this year, not so much. Originally, I thought this distribution amplifier was a box full of car batteries, but now I’m at a loss at figuring out how this band got its power. If they had a generator, they hid it well.

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What’s this?

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It’s an overhead extention cord leading from a Union Street business to one of the food vendors in the middle of the street. Is that an extension cord being used as internal wiring? Cough electrical code cough.

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Oh, there it is! One of at least two Hondas in operation today.

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But at least all the amplified music won’t disturb this slumbering. ear-protected pooch.

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See you there tomorrow and next year!

See all the participants, after the jump.

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