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Have some summer fun in gay San Francisco

The gay mecca of the USA will host an overwhelming number of events for the entire LGBT community over the summer, ranging from small parades to major galas
Gay travellers will find lots on offer beyond the Golden Gate in San Francisco this summer.

Over two months of events are to take place in the California city this summer, hosted by the ‘First Lady of San Francisco’, Donna Sachet.

Sachet has over 20 years experience in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community meaning something for everyone will be available at this year’s summer festivities.

Beginning in July, the AIDS Walk, raising money for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation will be holding a leisurely walk through Golden Gate Park on 15 July. The event is to remember all those who have lost their lives to AIDS from within the LGBT community and outside. Find out more about AIDS Walk at their website.

Flagging in the Park will follow on 28 July showcasing dance music and flagging, fanning and spinning acts. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

The Up Your Alley street fair, 29 July, will celebrate the San Francisco leather, BDSM and fetish communities with floats, stage acts, demonstrations, merchandise and workshops. The fair will accept donations to local LGBT causes at the entrance.

Alongside Up Your Alley, the Folsom Street Fair will take place also celebrating the SF fetish, BDSM and uniform culture with live stage acts and merchandise stalls. Visit the Folsom Street Fair website for more details on both the fairs.

The 28th annual Help is on the Way Gala Celebration will happen at the Herbst Theatre on 5 August at 7.30pm. Entertainers currently billed for the event include performances by Carole Cook, Loretta Devine, Sam Harris, Lisa Vroman, Maureen McGovern, Paula West and members of the touring cast of Les Miserables. Too book tickets check out the Richmond Ermet AIDS Foundation website.

Besides the big street events, the Pacific Coast Association Castro farmer’s market meets every Wednesday in the Castro District of the city from 4pm to 8pm selling fresh farm and organic produce. Sumptuous fruits, vegetables, cheeses and meats are expected to be on sale.

The Castro district of San Fran is a renowned area in the LGBT community and certainly will be alive and well this summer with its 15 gay bars and more than a dozen gay friendly restaurants, coffee shops, clothes stores and florists.

Popular walking tours are being held around the neighbourhood. To find out more check out the Castro merchants website.

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