Posts Tagged ‘Festival’

MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY: It’s Time Once Again for the HOW WEIRD Street Faire – Sunday, Noon, SoMA – May 1, 2016

Friday, April 29th, 2016

It’s time once again for How Weird, so dress appropriately and get on out there – it’s cosmic!

“The 17th annual How Weird Street Faire
“The Cosmic Stew”
Sunday May 1, 2016 from Noon to 8pm
Centered at Howard and 2nd Streets, San Francisco, Earth
$20 for a Magic Sticker at the faire.
Use the hashtag #hwsf to talk about the How Weird Street Faire.”

It’s going to be The Most Diverse Gathering Ever Held, or something.

Coming this May Day May Day May Day.

Deets below.

Ah memories: Second Street in the SoMA:

“The Most Diverse Gathering Ever Held

The San Francisco Bay Area festival season begins with the 17th annual HowWeird Street Faire on Sunday May 1, 2016 from Noon to 8pm. For one day only, in the emerging heart of downtown San Francisco, there will be a sensational spectacle of creativity. The How Weird Street Faire is a menagerie of attractions, including a world renowned music festival featuring 10 stages of different styles of dance music, an open air art festival filling an expanded Art Alley, a unique market of interesting vendors and delicious food, and a platform for performers of every type.  People in colorful costumes from around the world will come together to celebrate diversity, multiculturism, and peace. This year’s theme is “The Cosmic Stew”, a fusion of individual perspectives and all of the different ways of living.

How Weird 2016 will be a weird World’s Fair of traditional and post-modern communities, mixed together to form a cosmic stew of new potential, and reach a deeper level of understanding. It will be a chance to experience the world in one place. The faire will bring tens of thousands of unique cultures together to coexist in peace, proving that it is possible. The How Weird Street Faire celebrates acceptance, showing the world that relative differences can be a good thing, and that being weird is wonderful. It’s a weird, weird world that’s becoming more connected every day. It is urgent that we learn to live together peacefully.

The How Weird Street Faire is centered at Howard and 2nd Streets, or 37°47’12.4″ N, 122°23’53.7″ W. The faire is located in the SoMa district of San Francisco, what has become the center of the technology industry for the city, and perhaps the world. How Weird attracts many of the area’s innovative technologists and internet pioneers, who are making a profound effect on the world with their digital tools. The area is home to a large concentration of art galleries and museums. How Weird attracts many types of artists and lovers of art and culture. The faire, the area, and the participants represent the convergence of art and technology, the fusion of creativity and possibilities. HowWeird is a place where evolutionary ideas can form, paving the way for fresh perspectives and new ways of viewing the world.

This year, the three entrances to the faire are at Howard and 1st Streets, at Howard and New Montgomery Streets, and at Mission and 2nd Streets. It is strongly recommended to take public transportation to the faire. The How WeirdStreet Faire is located a short walk from Market Street and the Montgomery BART station, as well as Caltrains Station, Transbay Terminal, and many MUNI lines.

Once again, there will be aerialists from Sky High Odditorium performing over the center intersection. Check the How Weird website for times.

Art Alley will showcase the visual arts, with live and exhibited artwork, interactive pieces, and local craft vendors. See the extreme creativity that San Francisco is famous for, and participate in the creation of exquisite art. Art Alley will expand again this year, filling all of Tehama Street from 1st Street to 2nd Street. Stroll the legendary open air gallery, and be inspired. Art Alley features fantastic visionary artists from around the Bay Area, surrounded by the sounds of eclectic downtempo music.

Music and dance will be featured throughout the faire. How Weird showcases some of the best electronic music played on some of the world’s most advanced sound technology. Cutting-edge artists from across the Bay Area will provide an ideal soundtrack for your dancing pleasure. Each stage represents different styles and communities. Together they form one of the most diverse and talented music festivals ever held.

For 2016, there will be 10 stages of dance music produced by Symbiosis, Opel, Opulent Temple, Muti Music, Enchanted Forest, Northern Nights, Underground Nomads, Hookahdome, Pulse SF, Party Babas, Mountain Lion Hi-Fi, Think You Can DJ, Huntinanny, and more. There will also be live bands along the new First Street Wrap Around, bridging the divide between Howard Street and Art Alley.

The How Weird Street Faire will participate in National Dance Week again, for the fourth year. Join with people from across the country in a special dance for 2016, and watch dance performers of many different styles on the Dance Stage near the center intersection. Celebrate the wonders of dancing, and all the many forms dance takes.

The How Weird Street Faire is filled with vendors from around the world selling unique and designer goods. From clothing to art to jewelry and accessories, you can find interesting things and new styles for the beginning of the 2016 festival season. How Weird features an unusually diverse shopping experience that you won’t find anywhere else. Seven food trucks will offer a wide variety of meals, and five bars will provide delicious drinks. See the How Weird website to find out who will be there, and what specials they will be offering.

$20 is the cost of the Magic Sticker, which comes with even more magic. You can get the Magic Sticker at the faire entrances, or you can get them online before the faire.
Enjoy all that the faire has to offer. The How Weird Street Faire is a donation-based event, and $20 is the requested donation which also gets participants a Magic Sticker. The sticker comes with lots of discounts and fun activities and many free things at all of the faire vendors and bars. How Weird recommends getting the presale Magic Stickers to save money and save time upon arrival. Your contributions keep the faire going.

How Weird welcomes all ages, and all types of people. The faire is handicapped accessible. Glass bottles and weapons are not allowed in the faire. Please come to the faire with an open mind, dancing shoes, and a colorful costume.

The How Weird Street Faire is a project of the educational non-profit World Peace Through Technology Organization. For more information on the non-profit and peace visit

Presale Magic Stickers are available at

The World’s Coolest Tofu Delivery Truck or Just Another Tofu Fan in the Richmond – It’s Hard to Tell

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

From Gunma, Japan comes this Toyota 86 Scion FR-S, which stands for Front-engined, Rear-drive, sport.

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Upon further review, I’m thinking this is just a private auto.

No matter, look for it here, in Japantown East, in a few short weeks:

Soy and Tofu Festival 2016 – June 4 at the Event Center at Saint Mary’s Cathedral

Saturday, June 4, 2016
Event Center at Saint Mary’s Cathedral
1111 Gough St. (at Geary Boulevard)
San Francisco’s Japantown

The mission of the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival is to educate the public about the health benefits and various uses of soy and tofu. In adhering to these goals, the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival — an annual fundraiser for the Nichi Bei Foundation — strives to be a vehicle for community-building and leadership development while adhering to the Foundation’s mission of keeping the community connected, informed and empowered.

This exciting culinary and cultural event showcases soy and tofu vendors, provides an educational forum on the various uses and benefits of soy and tofu, offers live music and cultural entertainment, interactive games and tofu eating contests, and culminates with the Soy and Tofu Dessert Competition.

Now in its sixth year, the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival has grown progressively since its inception with 3,500 attendees in 2011 to more than 20,000 in 2015. One of San Francisco Japantown’s largest festivals, the popular culinary and cultural event serves as the main fundraiser for the Nichi Bei Foundation, and is held annually on the first Saturday in June.

Proceeds from the Festival help to publish the first nonprofit ethnic community newspaper of its kind in the country, the Nichi Bei Weekly.

Now That It’s March, You Can Assume That the Blooming Cherry Trees You See Are Not Actually Plum – Oh, Here’s One

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

The fake cherry trees of January are now a deep purple, ’cause they’re plum trees.

That means that the cherry trees you see these days are real cherry.

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Accept no substitutes…

Cherry Trees Bloomed in April When You Were Young, But Now You See Blooms All Over Frisco In January – Global Warming? NOPE!

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Here’s your view, here’s what you can reliably see all over Frisco these days, typically starting in late January each and every year:

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The problem with comparing these trees to the cherry trees of your youth is that you’re comparing apples to oranges, or IRL, ornamental plums (Prunus cerasifera, you know known and grown for it’s very early flowering) to cherries.

Thank you, drive through.

Useless Make-Work: Four Parking Control Officers Standing About Mission and South Van Ness During the Folsom Street Fair

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

The problem here isn’t that this intersection needed a brace of PCO’s – the problem here is that this is a giant three-way intersection near the Folsom Street Fair.

There are four here, all told, all in the southern part of the intersection. What are they doing?

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How are they helping?

Is this SFGov’s way to fix the problem of the Warriors wanting to put their arena right next to already-existing UCSF Mission Bay – they’re just going to bill the Warriors to have four PCOs standing around a bunch of intersections?

How will that help?



Thursday, August 27th, 2015

I didn’t see the chariots this year:

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Kodomo no Hi: Children’s Day Festival Comes to Japantown May 2, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Friday, May 1st, 2015

All the deets on KO-DO-MO-NO-HEE 2015:

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The Reason Why the Late Winter Cherry Blossoms You’re Seeing in San Francisco ARE NOT Proof of Global Warming

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

What’s that, when you were a mere pup cherry trees blossomed in March or April and now you’re seeing blooms in late January and the start of February?

Like here on Grove yesterday, and all over SF pretty soon:

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But actually, the trees you’re seeing are actually flowering plums, which are known for their early blooms. So what you’re doing is comparing apples with oranges, or cherries with plums.

And actually, the plum blossoms are late this year, at least compared with recent history.

What’s that, plum and cherry are basically the same? NOPE. They’re in the same family, of course, but the flowering plums that you think are cherries are famous for early blooming.

What’s that, you just saw the blooms in Japantown, so you know you saw cherry trees? NOPE. J-town has a lot of new plum trees, for whatever reason.

What’s that, global warming IS happening? Well, no doubt, but that’s not the reason why you think the cherry trees of your youth are blooming three months earlier these days.

I’ll agree that these trees are closely related and that they look very similar.

(If you still don’t believe me, check the Urban Forest Map.)

FREE DENTAL EXAMS for Children from UCSF at Potrero Hill Festival – SATURDAY, October 18, 2014, 11:00AM – 3:45PM

Friday, October 17th, 2014


UCSF Pediatric dentistry residents in training and dental students will offer free oral screenings and apply fluoride varnish for children with parental/guardian consent. The purpose is to provide dental education for children and their parents and/or guardians while provide a positive early experience for children with the use of fun games in a friendly setting for oral screening.

JOIN Supervisor Malia Cohen and UCSF at the Pediatric Dental Clinic for a free exam. All children welcome under 18 years of age.
Date: SATURDAY, October 18, 2014
Time: 11:00 am—3:45 pm
Location: 20th St. at Arkansas St”

Uh Oh: Many Many Outside Lands 2014 Tickets from Scalpers are Turning Out to be Fake – Here’s What They Look Like

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Like all these tickets are fake, per the SFPD:

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So if you try to use your fake ticket at the box office it won’t work, sorry.

Here’s a close-up from from Cornell Banard:

How can you tell a fake from a real ticket? I don’t think you can.

Many many fakes are out there:

@KimKardashian I got sold a fake ticket to outside lands fest to see Kanye!! Can you help me????

What White People Don’t Like:

Waiting around by boxoffice watching all manner of teary-eyed white 20-somethings stomp away screaming on phones abt fake tix

What can be done?

Don’t buy tickets from scalpers. Judging by the amount of tears at the entry gate, they are almost all fake. Duh.

So, choose wisely.

(You can always try to go over or under The Wire, but that kind of thing probably won’t work.)