In order to avoid scheduling conflicts related to another event, the organizers of San Francisco's delightfully infamous Folsom Street Fair have moved the dates up a week this year - this anything-goes celebration of leather, fetish, and sexual expression takes place on Sunday, September 23. Here's a quick preview of the festivities, along with links and information concerning the 2013 Folsom Europe (which moves from early to mid-September) and Up Your Alley (in late July) events. More than 400,000 are expected to attend Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco this year, and many of these revelers will also dance and mingle the night before at the Saturday night Magnitude party and fundraiser.
Here's a guide to gay travel in San Francisco, along with a comprehensive gallery and primer on the best gay bars and clubs in the city. If you're able to extend your trip at all, consider a side trip or two to some of the wonderful destinations within a few hours' drive of San Francisco, including Sonoma County and the Russian River, Lake Tahoe, Santa Cruz, and Monterey Bay.