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Karl & Daan in front Castro Theater | Our Photo Story Castro Street Fair San Francisco ©

Castro Street Fair: Our Photo Story of the LGBTQ+ Event in San Francisco | USA

Our Photo Story Castro Street Fair San Francisco 2016 – The city of the Golden Gate Bridge was a truly inspiring place on the Pacific West Coast. During our first gay travels to the South West Part of the USA, we spent almost a week at the beginning of October in San Francisco, one of our favorite cities of the United States of America. It was a perfect pick of date since it was the right weekend to attend the 43rd edition of the Castro Street Fair in San Francisco.

Rainbow flags all over the neighborhood, colorful street decorations around Castro Theater, and motley dressed people of all genders celebrating unity, equality, and freedom in the streets of the Castro District in San Francisco. No wonder that the Castro Street Fair got a spot in our 13 Top Highlights of our Road Trip South West USA! Enjoy our pictures “Photo Story of Castro Street Fair 2016” founded in 1974 by Harvey Milk and get inspired for your trip to the Bay City in California. Join us now on our Pride trip full of rainbows and sexy man in San Francisco and see the great alternative Gay Pride through a couple of men‘s eyes. The Date of the 45th Castro Street Fair: last Sunday in September or first Sunday in October 2018!

Poster for Castro Street Fair 2017 San Francisco

Poster for Castro Street Fair 2017


Poster of Castro Street Fair 2016

Official Poster of 43rd Castro Street Fair in 2016

Castro Street Fair in San Francisco

San Francisco in late summer and early autumn time is simply beautiful. We spent the late September days around San Francisco Bay biking the Golden Gate Bridge, exploring Fisherman’s Warf, and enjoying some great restaurants in nearby Oakland and San Francisco. Part of our explorations of S.F. has been the gay neighborhood of San Francisco, Castro which is located right next to the well-known Mission District. The first Weekend of October and our last days in San Francisco at the same time was dedicated to one of the best Gay Pride Festivals in California, the Castro Street Fair. Although Folsom Street Fair and Gay Pride Festival in San Francisco are much more popular, the neighborhood Castro Street Fair should be not forgotten on your Gay Pride Agenda. The area around Market Street junction Castro Street and 18th Street with its Gay Bars, gay shops, gay-owned restaurants, and cafés is simply the best part of the city for gay travelers who are looking for the real respective gay life in town.

The American Dream starts with the neighborhoods…

—Harvey Milk


Harvey Milk - Founder of Castro Street Fair San Francisco

Harvey Milk – Founder of Castro Street Fair San Francisco

Harvey Milk’s Castro Street Fair in San Francisco

Well-known gay activist and California’s first openly gay politician elected to a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors founded the Castro Street Fair in 1974 together with the other members of the Castro Valley Association. Since then the annual street fair for local gay-friendly companies, citizens, and visitors from all over the world is taking place the first weekend in October in the Castro district, the famous LGBTQ neighborhood of San Francisco, California.

44th Edition Castro Street Fair: confirmed 1st of October 2017

Our best pictures of the Castro Street Fair 2016

It was fantastic! The moment we left the underground station at Market Street junction Castro Street, we were welcomed by a group of beautiful Drag Queens, answering our questions where to go and what to do. And there we were right in the middle of a colorful street festival. The mixed crowd of sexy gay guys, beers, teens Drag Queens and lesbians created such a lovely, friendly, and positive atmosphere, we simply felt at home on the other side of the world. Right behind The Castro Theater, a group of same-sex couples danced to latin music while Fair Stands offered beer and various gay and non-gay productson the Castro Street and 18th Street. After crossing the junction Castro Street 18th Street music stages with a dancing crowd made us and other visitors dance through the sunshine making selfies, changing numbers, and simply enjoying the great mood of everyone. All in all, Castro Street Fair is worth a visit while staying in San Francisco over the first weekend in October. Proud. Free. LGBT.


Karl & Daan at Golden Gate Bridge | Top 13 Highlights Road Trip South West USA ©

Our Top 13 Highlights Road Trip South West USA ©

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What to do after sunset at Castro District?

Various bars and clubs are offering drinks and great parties all night long. We met a bunch of handsome men and joined them for some drinks at QBar and The Mix before having some of the best burgers in town at Hi Tops. Our highlight of our Gay Night out in Castro District San Francisco was the Drag Queen show performed by our beloved Alyssa Edwards at bar Beaux. We hope we can attend another edition of Castro Street Fair and becoming a part of the LGBTQ family of San Francisco, at least for a weekend!


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View over Castro Street Fair with Castro Theater ©

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Biking the Golden Gate Bridge with sunset view, exploring the harbor area around Fisherman’s Warf, having drinks at Castro District, taking a walk at Golden Gate Park, or attending a Drag Show in one of the Theaters of San Francisco, on our trip to San Francisco we had a blast of a time, besides the Folsom Street Festival and Gay Pride San Francisco, USA. But we need to come back to see even more of the wonderful bay city in California. Our one-month road trip South West USA started and ended in San Francisco and it won’t be our last travel to S.F.

Wanna know more? Stay tuned.. on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. See you again in the States and around the world!

Karl & Daan

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