The Haight-Ashbury Street Fair is back on September 17, with a skate competition from FTC, art, music, comedy, and other exciting performances at this annual free event.
The annual event takes place on Haight Street between Masonic and Stanyan, with stages at both ends of the Fair. The performers have yet to be announced, but the fair is known for hosting some iconic musicians, including Jefferson Starship/Airplane, The Tubes, Metallica, Noel Redding (Jimi Hendrix Experience), and many others.
The Fair will feature dozens of local vendors along Haight Street and includes beer and cocktail vendors. Plus, you can look forward to an exciting skate contest during the fair. Plus, you can stroll through the many shops that populate the street, including vintage stores, Amoeba Music, and many more. The event is typically held on the second Sunday in June, although it has been moved to fall dates in recent years.
1978: The start of the Haight-Ashbury Street Fair
The Haight-Ashbury Street Fair started over 40 years ago as a way to celebrate the re-emergence of the neighborhood. The Haight has a long history of cultural impact in SF, most notably with the 1960s counter-culture and the “summer of love.” The street fair was started to celebrate the major cultural, social, and political impact the Neighborhood had in the ’60s. Iconic San Francisco District Supervisor Harvey Milk was involved in creating the fair, helping the community take pride in its role in San Francisco culture. For many years, the street fair has been a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the community.
The Haight-Ashbury Street Fair takes place on September 17, 11 a.m.-6:00 p.m., on Haight Street between Masonic and Stanyan. Admission to the HASF is free.
Featured image: Courtesy of Haight-Ashbury Street Fair