Come Memorial Day there’s plenty to do by the bay, including traditional Memorial Day commemorative ceremonies May 30, 2016, a rousing Carnaval celebration May 28-29 and an opportunity to see a major art exhibit before it closes.
On Sept. 24, Folsom Street in San Francisco between Eighth and 13th streets will close down to car traffic and welcome more than 400,000 people to the largest kink and leather event of its kind. If you’ve never attended a Folsom Street Fair, you’ve surely seen photos. But how did we get here?
From gay bed & breakfasts that launched in the ’60s Castro to the groundbreaking Phoenix Hotel in the Tenderloin, home to rock stars and celebrities, to hundreds of hosts at Airbnb, San Francisco has created unique hospitality for the millions of visitors who pour into the city every year, many who arrive for Pride, Folsom Street Fair or dozens of other only-in-San Francisco affairs. When the city calls to you for a visit — and it will call, often — here are some of the best places to park your luggage while you’re out having an adventure and, ideally situated for a good night's sleep when you return from your exploring.
There’s something magical about walking through the doors of a gay bar or club that's older than you are. You can almost feel the personal stories, the come-ons, the banter, the longing for freedom seeping out of the nicked wood of the bar.