The 18th installment of Folsom Street Fair’s legendary closing party, Real Bad, takes place Sunday, September 24th, right after the fair ends. Always the hottest ticket of the weekend (and woe to the leatherman who waits too long to buy his ticket), this perenially sold-out volunteer-run event has raised over half a million dollars for dozens of Bay Area organizations. My dear friend Leif Wauters is once again devoting his talents to Real Bad and he promises another fantastic night. I haven’t attended Real Bad since 2003, when it was helmed by my favorite music man, DJ Jerry Bonham. Real Bad is real hot, hot, hot. I can’t wait.
I’m hoping to stretch my visit into the following week, because the Sunday following Folsom is the 33rd Annual Castro Street Fair, which was founded in 1974 by Harvey Milk and also benefits many HIV/AIDS and gay groups. The fair is always a blast (hello, drinking beer in the sun + hot men = happy Joe), but adding to the week of riches is Remember The Party 5, the latest in a series of events commemorating SF’s immortal gay disco, the Trocadero Transfer, where oh happy day, the DJ will be Jerry Bonham.