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EXPLORE San Francisco: The Folsom District

Folsom District Walking Tour- Free Event…

Public Event · By Explore San Francisco

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  • Sunday July 1st 2012
  • 1:15pm until 3:00pm
  • Meet on Mission Street at 4th
  • Adults only
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We’ll start in the heart of the old SOMA District, “South Of the Slot”. See this blue collar neighborhood
as it used to be, before re-development.

Then we will travel to a former gay entertainment strip, the area
is now commonly called, “Crack Alley”.

Before it is destroyed forever, see the fantastic Hugo Hotel and
the world famous art installation known as, “Defenestration”. Watch out for falling furniture…

Next up, we’ll cruise the 1970′s “Miracle Mile” of the Folsom District. This area was Mecca for the Gay Leather community
and withstood re-development and thrived for a couple decades until the AIDS crisis of the
1980′s decimated much of the population, leaving the
community weakened and vulnerable.
The Folsom Street Fair was created
out of this crisis, and is the largest leather/fetish event in the
world and the third largest, single-day outdoor event in California.

English: Folsom Street Fair banner (simplified...

Folsom Street Fair banner

We will see the Fairgrounds but we are really here to celebrate the Folsom’s heyday. During that time this area bosted over 30 gay bars and bathhouses, as well as lesbian bars, shops, hotels, retail, private sex clubs, eateries and motorcycle clubs. This was called the “Valley of the Kings”, and you will see why.

We will stop at Wicked Grounds ‘kink” coffee shop for refreshments and snacks.
Shopping stops are at Mr. S Leather and Good Vibrations.
Many more stops and places of interest are included on this “one of a kind” tour.

This tour ticket does not include the Armory. Please see The Folsom District & The Armory listing if you would like to attend this tour.

For further information please call 415.793.1104 or email info@exploresf.biz.

This is a free event but guides will gladly accept tips.

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No More Pot Truffles In Dolores Park?!?: SFist

No More Pot Truffles In Dolores Park?
“The Yuppies are destroying everything sacred in this city”, said a Hipster on the scene.

dolorespark_dannebrog.jpgDolores Park, on a nice day. Credit: Greg/dannebrog

The idea that the SFPD might try to remove one of the most charming aspects of Dolores Park — namely the rampant sale of mushroom chocolates, THC-laced candies, and everyones favorite truffle guy — should prompt a battle cry from all those who call the park their warm-afternoon home.
But its already happening! Uptown Almanac and Dolores Park Works report on the SFPDs stepped-up strategy for cleansing the park of everything that makes it marvelous, including the removal of all alcohol and drug sales the sad, emasculated Cold Beer Cold Water guy now only sells cold water.

Theyve been issuing citations, and sending in plain-clothed operators to make purchases from these small businesspeople, and they claim that theyve had to issue tickets for “keggers that get little bit out of control.” Keggers?Anyway, the only solace here is that they say they dont have the resources to actually crack down on all booze consumption right now, but as weve been sensationally proclaiming here at SFist for months now, the war on fun is most certainly stepping up.

There will come a day when cops are wandering around on the regular issuing tickets for your bottle of rosé, and that, dear friends, is an abomination against all things good and holy. What makes San Francisco great if not our laissez-faire attitude toward nudity, sado-masochism, and public drinking?!?

We ask you this.Fight for your rights, people.

[Uptown Almanac]PREVIOUSLY: Etiquette Week: How to Go to the Park

via No More Pot Truffles In Dolores Park?!?: SFist.

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“Explore Pride Tours 2012”

 

Pride 2012

Gay owned and operated,Explore San Francisco is pleased to announce Pride Tours 2012. Want to see the city above and beyond the parade, festival and the clubs? We offer the GLBT community tours and sightseeing within our community but outside of the box. Food tours, walking tours, running tours, 1970s Folsom District walk, or even porn studio tours. We accomodate groups and we offer sightseeing with transport provided by van service, SUV or town car. You may find the perfect choice from our regular itinerary or let us create something special for you. Please call the Pride Desk at 415.793.1104 or email pride@exploresf.biz

Scenic Running

Scenic RunningSan Francisco is the perfect city for running, incomparable scenery, varied terrain and mild temperatures. Take one of our scheduled runs or let us lead you on a custom run.

 

North Beach & Chinatown

North Beach & Chinatown at NightThis tour is very social, we have fun and friendships are made. Maybe its the wine or exotic teas, good food, the company or the vibrant area, but if youre looking for a great evening, you cant go wrong with this fun event.This is part of our regular line up, 4 or more and well have a GLBT outing.

 

Neighborhood Tours

Side StreetsSan Francisco, California is one of the most walkable cities in the country. We have walking tours all over the city. Choose from our regular line up of tours, or let us design something for you. 415.793.1104

 

Folsom- Armory

Folsom DistrictRelive the 1970s Miracle Mile and The Folsom District in all of its glory. See just the Folsom or combine this with a tour of the SF Armory, home of Kink.com. Select tours go to Treasure Island MediaUpon Request

 

Upon Request

Anniversary or birthday celebration, Pride Party to never forget, personal milestone, marriage proposal, business proposal, romantic evening or just something new and different. Give us your vision and let us expertly and meticulously make your extraordinary event a lifetime memory. 415.793.1104

Shuttle, Van, Towncar

Shuttle, Van or Town CarANapa, The Russian River, Black Sand Beach, or San Gregorio are all popular GLBT destinations within driving distance. We have transportation for any size group. Please call the Pride Desk for these spots or anywhere else you might like to see! 415.793.110

via “Explore Pride Tours 2012”.

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Folsom District Tour

Folsom District Tour

THE FOLSOM DISTRICT AND SF ARMORY TOURS

“This tour is not to be missed…”

From South of the Slot, Through Crack Alley, The proposed LGBT Historical Zone, The Pilipino Historical Zone, The Miracle Mile of the 1970’s, The Gay Leathermen’s “Valley of the Kings” The Folsom District, The Folsom Street Fair, and The SF Armory. A one of a kind tour through a time period unlike any other in San Francisco. 
This historic tour of the former Folsom District honors and celebrates a neighborhood and lifestyle that was almost eclipsed during the AIDS crisis and subsequent land grab during the 1980’s. We will walk down streets that housed pioneering establishments that once proudly showcased the whims of the San Francisco leather community: bars, clothing stores, bathouses, motorcycle clubs, private men’s clubs, dance clubs, and hotels. There was also a large lesbian community, comedy clubs and many restaurants. Currently, this area is undergoing
an environmental study in an effort to create a Social Heritage Corridor for the LGBT Community.

This was also a neighborhood of everyday working class people. Thousands of blue collar workers and retired people, many of them maritime workers living a modest life in tight knit communities. This was also the home of a large Philipino community and sizable African American community. Jack London was born here, and Jack Kerouac once had a small apartment here. There were mom and pop grocery stores, laundries, diners, lounges, small businesses and apartment buildings. Not the most glamorous neighborhood in the city but it was a safe area with little crime and it was home to perhaps fifty five thousand residents.

But as mentioned, this neighborhood and it’s values were only almost wiped from the map. Almost, but not quite. Many businesses have survived and “The Folsom Street” Fair is one the reasons they did survive. In the spirit of being free to express people’s innate sexuality we will visit the survivors of the South Of Market turf wars and take you on a journey to the delights of the alternative and kink communities. We will tour the neighborhood, walking the “Miracle Mile,” see the landmarks and visit not one but two adult stores. We will eat at historic Wicked Grounds Coffee House. 

If you have chosen to continue on, we will be traveling one block out of the Folsom into the Mission and although this is not technically the Folsom District, this is the fortress on the hill. This foreboding and unconquerable castle houses one of the largest adult entertainment studios in the world, specializing in entertainment for the kink community, both straight and gay. You will be a special guest of the Armory and her hospitable staff on a guided tour of the facilities, where you will be priveleged to a tour of the studios and production facilities, after hours, of course.

This is a completely unique tour and is for adults only. Thanks to the LGBT Historical Society and Archive for their help with this project.

    1. Details, Recap:
      -Historic walking and culture tour covering a distance of about a mile, no hills.
      -See The Hotel Hugo, sight of the art installation: Defenestration, before it is gone forever
      -Tour the historic Folsom District of the 1970’s, “The Miracle Mile” See the sites of baths, bars, clubs & other GLBT sites.
      -See the location of 2 devastating fires- The 1977 Barracks Bathhouse fire, & The 1981 Hallam Street fire 
      -See The proposed LGBTQ Social Heritage Special Use District and SOMA Pilipinas-The proposed Filipino Social Heritage Special Use District 
      -Relive 1980’s Breeder Alley, Entertainment Zone. 
      -See Ringold Alley, Dore Alley, and The Folsom Street Fair grounds
      -Two adult shopping opportunities
      -Snacks and beverages at Wicked Grounds, included
      -Specified Tours will attend a “Meet and Greet” at Treasure Island Media
      -Choose tickets to see just the Folsom District, or the Folsom with the Armory 
      -Tour of The SF Armory, the historic iconic building, the studios, sets and production areas.Tour provided by kink.com.  (Transportation Provided)

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