You've been here. You've done it. You've got the leather harness in the back of your closet waiting to get dusted off. Allow me to join you in the jaded parade to San Francisco's most notorious outdoor kink fest, and offer up a few highlights that you may or may not already know about because this is not your first Folsom rodeo.

Yes, Folsom Street Fair [link semi-NSFW] weekend is upon us once more, the high holidays in both the gay and fetishists' calendars. Whether you occasionally dabble in the kinky side of life or not, many of you have wandered through this SoMa bacchanal often enough to know what to expect, and to know that you'll probably again see some coworker or random elderly person doing something you did not want to see them doing, in public [link, again, NSFW].

Now, some events happening starting tonight.


Leather & Feathers: The AIDS Emergency Fund Turns 32
6 to 9 p.m.
Temple SF, 540 Howard Street
This benefit event, hosted by drag queens Donna Sachet and Sister Roma, will honor fetish and drag community members as well as Beach Blanket Babylon, and there will be a first-time ever leather Fantasy Runway. Tickets are $125 and benefit the AIDS Emergency Fund.

BondCon @ The Armory
All weekend
The fun kicks off with the Fete de Kink tonight at Harlot, but all weekend The Armory will be giving tours and doing all kinds of kinky demos and seminars, including... wait for it... balloon bondage. More details here.


Interior: Tonga Room
6 p.m.
950 Mason Street at California
The guys from Pop-Up Gay Bar are hosting this pop-up leather event, a tongue-in-cheek reference to that James Franco-produced documentary Interior. Leather Bar. Don some leather gear, or just a Hawaiian shirt, and join them at this guerrilla-queer-invasion of a classic Tiki bar.

Cub Scout @ the Lookout
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Noe and Market
A party for bearded boys and their admirers featuring den mother Lady Bear and DJs Chris Bowen and Victor Rodriguez. $6

Trannyshack: Kylie vs. Katy Perry @ DNA Lounge
9:00 p.m. to 2 a.m.
375 11th Street
This one should be pretty self-explanatory. Heklina hosts her regular drag shitshow with lots of tributes to these two pop divas, and this year's event features a 9 p.m. meet-and-greet with Rupaul's Drag Race star Pandora Boxx. Advance tickets here. $15 advance, $20 for meet-and-greet. $20 general at the door.

SatisFucktory @ Truck
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Folsom & 15th
A dirty, cruisy option to kick off the weekend, and did you know Truck is now serving boozy milkshakes? They are. They're made with Humphry Slocombe ice cream and cost $7.50.

FOLSOM Thing @ The Stud
10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
9th and Harrison
This Folsom Week's edition of SomeTHING will once again be a little fetish-y, with the craft table (of course) and drag performances starting around 11:30, with a second show sometime around 12:30. Glamamore, and VivvyAnne Forevermore host. $8


Raging Stallion & Falcon Studios VIP Party @ Mezzanine
8 p.m. to Midnight
444 Jessie Street
This annual porn star fest, which will include the unveiling of Falcon Studios Group's newest A-Team, who'll also be signing autographs at the fair on Sunday. DJs will be Chi Chi Larue from 8 to 10 p.m., and Tracy Young from 10 p.m. to midnight. Technically the party requires these free tickets for admission. Look out for them being passed around, or just try to show up.

BeatPig: Folsom Fragrance @ Powerhouse
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
1347 Folsom Street
The hottest ticket in SoMa (besides the Eagle) this Saturday will be this party, hosted by Juanita More and Walter Gomez, and featuring an alterna- but not entirely leathery crowd. There's be a dirty S&M demo on the stage, and good music all night long. Note: The back porch is not for the faint of heart.

Cazwell Album Release Party @ Beaux
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
2344 Market Street
Famed NYC partyboy and DJ Cazwell comes for his West Coast album release fete featuring a performance by Carnie Asada and music from DJ Kidd Sysko, as well as go-gos inspired by Cazwell's "Ice Cream Truck." $5

The SF Citadel Annual Folsom Eve Party
7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
181 Eddy Street
This would be a 7-hour "pansexual" play party that's been going on the last 9 years on Folsom eve, and where women and trans folk and all sexual orientations should feel comfortable. $40 at the door, or $30 advance.

Magnitude @ Treasure Island
9 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Treasure Island
The official Saturday fetish/dance event by Folsom Street Events will be tourist central, and a shirtless morass, but if you want a great big sweaty gay party with a lot of harnesses, this is it. DJs Tony Moran and Tom Stephan headline. And yes, this year you will require transportation. There's free valet, if you drive, but they're running a fleet of shuttle busses starting at 8 p.m. on a constant loop which will pick people up at The Lookout, The Eagle, and at Mezzanine. Online tickets are sold out, but you can still get $100 tickets at Chaps and Phantom in the Castro, or at Mr. S Leather. Door tickets will be $125.


Folsom Street Fair
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
They'll be shutting down 13 city blocks, people, including Folsom from 7th to 12th Streets, and the crowd is estimated at about 400,000. Remember to stay hydrated, wear some sunblock (it's supposed to be partly sunny with a high of 70), and duck into bars where and whenever possible, if you partake in the alcohol. House parties abound for those in the know, but otherwise you may want to make it down there to see Jason Kendig DJ at the Deviants Stage (near 8th) at 1:30, Bright Light Bright Light perform on the Main Stage at 2:15, and house-music lovers will want to note the DJ lineup which includes Paul Goodyear at 12:30, Tracy Young at 1:30, and Alex Acosta at 4:45. That's at the Magnitude Stage near 12th Street.

Deviants Adult Arcade @ Mezzanine
6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
444 Jessie Street
This popular dance party co-hosted by Hard French and Honey Soundsystem has changed locations once more. This year's festival-closing event will be DJ'd by the boys from Honey, Pareja, The Black Madonna, and Paul Parker. $30 tickets currently available at Phantom and Chaps in the Castro, or at the merch booth at the fair on Sunday. $65 VIP admission with front-of-line access can be found here.

Big Top @ Beaux
7 p.m.
2344 Market Street
This boozy dance party to wind down the day will feature hot porn stars Jake Bass and Jimmy Durano, in the flesh.

CRAVE! @ The Citadel
5 p.m. to midnight
181 Eddy Street
It's the kinky Citadel's only women's event of the weekend, open to anyone who "does not identify as male" and gets into the kink. $30 per person

ALSO, see Folsom's official Leather Week event listings here, including some more fetish stuff that's sold out.