NSFW: Folsom Street Fair 2019 brings the kink back to San Franscisco

The world's kinkiest event returns to San Fran on Sunday 29 September, taking over the city in a celebration of sexuality.

Four topless musclemen at Folsom Street Fair
Image: Instagram: adoremynikon

This upcoming weekend, the City by the Bay will teem with folk celebrating leather, kink and BDSM as the infamous Folsom Street Fair returns.

Since its sexy debut in 1984, Folsom has grown into one of California’s largest single-day festivals, capping the end of the city’s Leather Pride Week. Attendees come dressed in fetish gear, while nudity is also permitted, making for some eye opening sights.

As well as the people, there’s the shopping! As Travel San Francisco describes, “Hundreds of vendors display a wide range of goods, from handmade leather whips to beautiful latex dresses. You could spend all day simply walking from booth to booth and making a massive shopping list. The vendors are happy to talk about ways to safely use their products or help you try on some of the unique fetish wear.”

Photo of an old edition of Folsom Street Fair

Organisers also share “It’s a pig’s dream. Check out our massive live stage with top-name indie, electronic and alternative acts, our huge dance area spinning the best of the international party scene, live BDSM demos, and a sick and twisted performance stage. And, yes, you can still be naked, so avail yourself of our coat and clothes check areas as well!”

While it may seem the event caters only to gay cis men, the event stresses it welcomes people who identify as “women, non-binary, genderqueer, two spirit, gender fluid, trans masculine, trans feminine, transgender, or any other gender beyond the binary are welcome, including all sexualities, sexual orientations, and sexual expressions. If your group includes cis men, please enjoy the Queer Commons where you can sit in the shade, watch the Playground stage, and mix and mingle with ALL the queers of all genders. We love our accomplices and need your support to hold this treasured space.”

In advance of the event, check out these photos of all the amazing attendees from Folsom Street Fairs of old.

1. He can be my commander!

2. Holy tattooed hunk, Batman!

3. Sun’s out…

4. Kneel!

5. Thirsty pups

6. Packing

7. Master and pup

8. Buns on display

Man wearing jock strap, sunglasses and a black blazer at Folsom Street Fair

9. Serving Big Trouble in Little China

10. Everybody loves puppets!

11. Hiyyeeee

12. Those red cheeks though

13. Triple trouble

Three shirtless men in shorts hugging at Folsom Street Fair

14. He looks so happy

15. Nice… tool?

16. Daddy Chaser

17. Lady Dragon

Girl wearing dragon hat at Folsom Street Fair

18. Sister Sister

Two colourful drag queens at Folsom Street Fair

19. Britney or Tina?


20. Strike a pose

21. Rad hair don’t care

22. Quiet moment for reflection

Man with shaved head, wearing a black t-hist and pants with red suspenders, leaning against wall at Folsom street fair

23. I want to go to there

A group of shirtless guys in shorts talking at Folsom street fair.

24. The helmet!

25. That’s a big pup

Two shirtless guys at Folsom street fair. One wearing a harness, the other one wearing a pup mask.

26. Beautiful eyes

27. Punk realness

28. Sweetest Pic

29. Shady Queen

30. No leather but he was too pretty not to photograph 

Guy wearing a shredded top at Folsom street fair

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