"KEEP SAN FRANCISCO KINKY" is our theme for this year's walk.
The 25th annual LeatherWalk takes place on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18th, 2016. On-site registration and check in begins at 10:00am at 440 Castro. Please check in at the bar, drop off your last-minute donations, and get your collectible LeatherWalk pin. While you're waiting for the action to get started, grab some breakfast at The Cove on Castro, our favorite local diner. Entertainment starts at 11:30am at Jane Warner Plaza. The walk itself plans to start moving at 12:00pm from the front of Castro Theatre. The walk features Master of Ceremonies Lance Holman with performances by some of San Francisco's most amazing vocal and drag talent, including Grace Towers, Beth Bicoastal, Raquela, Mark Paladini, Abominatrix,and Boys of Bearlesque among others. Keep visiting this page for updated information on performances! Our stops include Powerhouse (Stop #1), Mr. S Leather (NEW) [Stop #2], Lone Star (NEW) [Stop #3], and the SF Eagle (final stop, closing beer bust).
Folsom Street Events presents LeatherWalk as the official kick-off for San Francisco's Leather Week which culminates one week later at the Folsom Street Fair. We walk together to celebrate leather, kink, family and community — all while raising funds for three great agencies. Each year, hundreds of LeatherWalkers take over Market Street and march from the Castro to SoMa. Our route includes stops at some of San Francisco's favorite watering holes (above), ending with the raising of the Leather Pride Flag at the SF Eagle. Each host venue will showcase some amazing entertainment.
LeatherWalk was founded in 1992 by Art Tomaszewski, former AEF Board President, Bare Chest Calendar Man and former Mr. Headquarters Leather. Art was inspired to start an event that would raise visibility, comradery and funds for AEF. In 2001, Sandy 'Mama' Reinhardt, a tireless community fundraiser and founding advisor at BCEF, took over event production of LeatherWalk. Each year, Mama and Mama's Family held LeatherWalk fundraisers across the country. Today, LeatherWalk raises vital funds for Folsom Street Events, AIDS Emergency Fund, and Breast Cancer Emergency Fund.
This year, in honor of the 25 years of LeatherWalk, our soundtrack (in between live numbers) will be a mix of all songs from 1992. This is the year of the walk's founding and we'd like to honor the rich history of the walk by bringing you back to its year of inception. Let us know now if you have a request!
Sign up now to walk as an individual, join or create a team!