See our daily events listings for bars and clubs in the San Francisco Bay area at the link below, followed by an editor's pick of events throughout the year.
Every Monday 9:30pm - after hours at DNA Lounge - six DJs in two rooms play a mix of gothic, industrial, synthpop, noise, ambient, and weird stuff for those 18+ who love the darker side of things.
Every 2nd and 4th Monday each month at Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission St, SF. Just dick, desire… and lots of naked guys in one room! SF Jacks meat - play until finished. $7 donation; no one turned away for lack of funds. 13th Jacks Virgin is our guest! For more info see website or call: 415 267-6999.
Every Tuesday night, 10pm at OMG, 43 6th St. No Strings Attached - singlets, boxers, briefs, jock straps, coxsox, bathrobe editions; bears, cubs, otters and fetish nights; dirty beats, dim lights, sexy vibe, piggy men, hot bartenders; wet bulge contest. Free clothes check, $4 cover - free with student ID.
Every Thursday, 6:30-10:30pm + Sunday, 5-10:30pm, at Sundance Saloon, 550 Barneveld Ave, SF. Two-step, line dance, waltz, swing, or just hang out. If you don't know how to dance, don't worry, they'll teach you with beginner lessons, Sundays and Thursdays (+monthly Saturday nights with Beatbox Country) in friendly/ welcoming environment for women and men of all ages.
Every Friday, 9pm-2am at 2369 Market St. Where the boys are, every Friday night! Hot go-go sets and fantastic drink specials, BOY BAR is the place to be in the Castro! DJ: KIDD SYSKO.
FOURTH FRIDAYs, 7:30-9:30pm, at Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St, SF. Queer hosts, and a lot of trendy sexy queers. Sign ups are at 7pm for one slot to do one piece and one piece only. You get 5 minutes; they will stop you if you go overtime. The list fills up fast!
April 21 through May 5, 2016 - the 59th annual spring festival of 15 days, an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery & innovation. Screening venues normally include the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St, SF; The New People Cinema, 1746 Post St, SF; the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post St, SF; and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. See the website for film schedules.
Now, ongoing through May 15, 2016, 8pm, The Great Star Theater. Connie Champagne will be featured in the role of Judy Garland. Featuring the music of Peter Allen and a book by Martin Sherman, the musical tells the dazzling, funny, and heart-breaking story of Peter Allen, from humble beginnings growing up in the Australian outback through a meteoric rise to fame and international stardom.
May 4 + 11 + 18 + 25, 2016, 9:30pm at Oasis. Male striptease for men/women of all ages and preferences. Inspired by the style and polish of Las Vegas, choreographed and costumed by Christopher James Dunn of Dance Theater of San Francisco, veteran Vegas show dancer. Hostess: baudy MrPam, gay adult film director. Hot men: Colin Emerald, Darius Monroe, Thomas Julio Rodriguez, Jon Shield.
May 5, 2016, 9pm-1am at Nob Hill Adult Theater. Fun, Sexy and VERY Interactive – a party not to be missed. Sponsor: Paul Miller, former owner of Truck Bar. SEX SHOW at 10:30pm, Look for the password on their webste to join in at this private play party. Tickets: $20. Also: May 6-7, 2016 Rikk York 8pm solo show and 10pm sex show w/ Jon Shield; May 19th Circle Jerk w/ Micah Brandt.
May 5, 2015, 9pm - 4am at Oasis. A wild & crazy FIESTA featuring Rupaul Drag Race star, YARA SOFIA LIVE! Huge holiday party with a PACKED house/ two caliente dance floors of music: DJs SEBASTIAN (TIJUANA) in Main Room + BEATS BY JUAN in Front Lounge! Super sexy/ beautiful PAPI Go-Go Boyz direct from LA, SF and Sacramento on stage! YARA SOFIA Meet and Greet after her live show.
May 6, 2016, 9pm at Oasis. "Honestly one of the best gay parties in the city, with two rooms full of mind-expanding and just plain fun music, a little Burner-Faerie vibe mixed in with the half-naked mens, and an underground feel." --48 Hills. Collin Bass of BAAAHS in the main room, the SyntheTigers (Moulton Music) in the Fez room, and plenty more TBA.
May 7, 2016, 2-8pm at El Rio. Saturday afternoon soul music dance party pays tribute to the grande dame of SF drag, w/ free BBQ till its gone! Glamamore performs, brings some favorite performers along. DJs Carnita + Brown Amy spin baddest all-vinyl girl group grooves, northern soul stunners, funky foot stompers this side of the '60s. GUEST: Crassloss. FREAK OUTS: Tim, Devon + Jorge.
May 8, 2016, 11am-5pm at SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th St. Vegan grub every second Sunday of each month lunch+munch. Lots of food trucks & popup vendors, vegan specials, vegan beer, vegan Mimosas, live music by the Kenya Baker Band. RSVP on the Very Vegan Sundays Facebook page.
May 8, 2016, 8pm-1am at SF Citadel, 181 Eddy St. New kinky play party for 18+ men at the West Coast's largest and best equipped public dungeon, equipped with crosses, bondage tables, cages, slings, spanking benches, suspension beams, puppy mats, and more. Hosted by CastroKink. New and experienced players encouraged to attend.
May 8, 2016, 4-8pm Sunday Beer Bust at Lone Star Saloon - meet Mr SF Leather Cody Elkin, wearing the sash to the International Mr Leather Contest in Chicago that takes place over the Memorial Day Weekend. Help raise travel funds with cover charge. Coming May 14th: Mr SF Leather 2016 Send off Party - benefiting Cody's travel fund.
May 12, 2016, 7pm at Roxie Theater. TU MAMÁ: Julio and Tenoch, like most 17-year old boys, are ruled by raging hormones, intense friendships, and a headlong rush into adulthood. On a cross-country escapade they connect with an older women, each other, and the world. AMORES PERROS: a bold, intensely emotional, and ambitious story of lives that collide in a Mexico City car crash.
May 11, 2016, 9pm-2am, then every Wednesday at Badlands. Bringing back one of the CASTRO'S most legendary weekly parties for LATINOS - hosted by the sensational PRINCESS JACKI and FRISO ROBBIE, with a weekly ALL-STAR CAST OF PAPI MUSCLE GOGOS AND LATIN BOY TWINK DANCERS! DJs Adrian + Krazee spin the sweetest Latin, Hip Hop & Top 40 Musica with videos and weekly performances.
May 12-15, 2016 10pm-2am, The Strand. B-movie camp/black lingerie-loving homage to 50s sci-fi; original cult musical costumed cabaret. The car of Brad and Janet breaks down in the rain. Seeking help at the castle of the cross-dressing scientist Frank N Furter they encounter a secret world of transvestite aliens. Actors take on the spectacular that spawned a subculture. Costume optional.
May 13, 2016 + Second Fridays, at First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St. 7:30-8pm beginners' lesson and 8-11pm dance. Gender-free contra dance sponsored by SF Bay Queer Contra Dance. Caller: Yoyo Zhou. Band: TBA. Next: June 10th w/ Switching Protocols; July 8th w/ The Raggedy Annes; August 12th w/ Kalia Kliban + Pete's Posse.
May 13-June 12, 2016, The New Conservatory Theatre. This whimsical reimagining of the classic musical is just your typical musical comedy about hypnosis, gay florists with commitment issues, love triangles with your therapist, and past lives as a 1940s chanteuse. Director: Ed Decker. Musical Direction: Matthew Lee Cannon. Choreography: Jayne Zaban. Instrumental Arrangements: Ben Prince.
May 14, 2016, 9pm at OMG!, 43 6th St. Once every two months Middle East & North Africa LGBT dance night where all the HOT men come together on one night in one place. Sexy belly dance show, HOT go-go dancers, amazing music, and awesome people. Cover charge 9-10:45pm $5, after that $10.
May 14 + 28, 2016, 10pm-10am at THE ENDUP, 401 6th St. Aloha LUAU style! Come in your Hawaiian-theme sexiness and get lei'd at the door by our fab gogos + host Jezebel Patel. Opening Set: TOP40 KPOP/ JPOP sound with DJ RICKY SIXX. May 28th Underwear Fashion Show w/ DJs JACK ROJO + JAMES ADAMS. See shangrilasf.net details:
May 14-June 30, 2016. Performances, walking tour, performance art, new queer work, visual arts; QUEER REBELS FEST, This Is What I Want, Topsy Turvy Queer Circus, GAPA Men’s Chorus, SAFEhouse Arts, Macho Menos, Glitter Bomb Exhibition, Q-Sides, Agents of Creative Change, Boomtown, Brouhaha, No Tears for Creatures of the Night, Queeriosity, Queer Women of Color FilmFest, Axis Dance..
May 15, 2016, 2-8pm, at El Rio - 5th season on the patio. Wanna get away? Conveniently located 2.5+ miles from Bay to Breakers route. Hostessing: Heklina (MOTHER), Tom Temprano (HARD FRENCH). Turntabling: Stanley Frank (SOME THING). Guest DJs: Robin Simmons + Paul Goodyear. Performers: Miss Shugana, ABBA, Samoa That, Rice Rockettes, and Meredeath. SF's finest queens/ hottest bodies.
May 17, 2016, 7:30pm at Oasis Main Room. SF Storytelling Series w/ Joshua Grannell (aka Peaches Christ) - get OutLoud at a new storytelling series featuring true tales by the Bay. May: You see them on the street, watch them on TV, in movies. You might even vote for one. You think they're people just like you? Wrong, dead wrong. What happens when we run into celebrities in REAL-LIFE?
May 18, 2016, 7pm at Alamo Drafthouse. Novels, writings + performance works by prolific/transgressive author Dennis Cooper describe a world in which desire, aggression, loneliness and power swirl/ characters teeter on the brink of immolation/ love and violence fuse. This complex, intimate, strangely serene, wide-ranging/ always challenging film explores sexual desire as a hiding place.
May 19, 2016, 9pm-1am Thursday Circle Jerk at Nob Hill Adult Theater. Micah's first appearance at Nob Hill Theatre: one very FUN Circle Jerk. Get up close and personal. Come join the fun! Join the Circle. Entry: $15. Also: Friday/ Saturday solos and sex shows with Micah Brandt + Brian Bonds. Coming: Pride Kick-off June 17-18th. Dylan Strokes w/ Max Cameron. ALL SHOWS ARE SEX SHOWS!
May 21, 2016, 9:30pm - 2am, Saturday/Sunday at Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St, SF. California's Number One Dance Music and Video Club, 18+ event featuring Pop, Dance, Top40, AsianPop and venturing into the Kpop scene. LA Resident VJ LaRock + hot Asian go-go dancers. Tickets $8-$15.
May 20, 2016, 7pm, at Strut. Joshua: writer/ native of E Oakland with eye for detail, startling vulnerability, unflinching courage, exploring queer issues, black identity, and complexities of their intersection + Jezebel: queer, lush-bodied, Black, femme performance artist, writer, actress, filmmaker, educator, facilitator, orator, Faerie Princess Mermaid Gangsta for The Revolution.
May 21 - June 19, 2016, at Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St. Part II of the Coward Celebration. Noel Coward thinks the world of himself. And so do all his girlfriends and boyfriends
May 25, 2016, 7:30-9:30pm at Mr S Leather Studio. Details for this and other events TBA at website:
May 28, 2016, from 9pm at SF Eagle, 398 12th St. A throwback to the days of Deco Lounge - UNDIES and JOCKS PARTY! The largest party for bears, cubs and friends in the USA. DJs: MEDIC + ROBERT JEFFREY. $5 before 10pm, $10 after.
May 29, 2016, 9pm at VENUE:CLUB 21, 2111 Franklin St, Oakland. Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with a BANG: 10 #SEXY PAPI Go-Go Dancers from all over the COAST w/ host the Sacandalous MS LOLA + sexy PAPI BOYZ + strong drinks. Lots of free PAPI CD giveaways + MARIANA SEOANE performing LIVE ON STAGE for her first-ever gay club tour show.
May 29, 2016, 10pm - late at 1015 Folsom St. SANCTUARY is back and BIG for MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2016. It’s their MASSIVE third annual MILITARY BALL. DJs Twisted Dee & Alexander.
June 4, 2016 Gallo Center, 1000 I St, Modesto + June 11th Grass Valley Center/Arts, 314 W Main. Hilarious Off-Broadway hit about unemployed actor thrust into a close relationship with Barbra Streisand. Hired to watch over a mall of shoppes she has built in a cellar on her Malibu compound, the job soon takes a toll on his patience, his love life, and his view of people (who need people).
June 16-26, 2016, the 40th edition annual event at Castro Theatre - the longest-running and largest gay film festival in the world. Ongoing series includes free films at Frameline at the Center, 1800 Market Street at 7:30pm, second Thursdays of select months.
June 24, 2016, 10pm-3am at Beatbox, 314 11th St, SF. Underwear party with furry faces. Two floors of music and fun for Bears, Cubs & friends; hot go-go dancers; DJs Paul Goodyear (Sydney) and very special guests. $15 advance tickets at website:
June 24-26, 2016, FRI PRIDE LAUNCH PARTY. SAT COLOSSUS Late Night MAIN EVENT. SUN SANCTUARY Pride Closing Party. DJs Nina Flowers, Josh Whitaker, Alex Acosta, GSP, Dan Slater, Dani Toro + Josh Whitaker. THOUSANDS of the HOTTEST Men/ Boys from around the world celebrating Pride at SF’S HOTTEST PARTY EVENTS. LIGHTS/ LASERS/ SOUND/ DECOR/ PRODUCTION such as The City has never seen!
June 26-27, 2016 - climaxes a month of events. See their website for media of 2014 festival celebrations at the downtown Civic Center, and the Parade from Market & Beale with over 200 contingents marching.
July 31, 2016. Leather & fetish annual street fair, SoMa district, Dore Alley between Folsom & Howard Streets, adjoining blocks of Folsom between 9th & Juniper Streets and Tenth between Howard & Sheridan Sreets. Dance Party 9pm-2am at SF Eagle -throbbing, hot and raw, head-to-toe leather/ uniforms, go-go sluts, pulsating beats - DJs TBA.
August 3-8, 2016, the 20th birthday event weekend in the Sonoma County woods. See online for dates and details. Also see Castrobear's every second Sunday bear party at 440 Castro, 4-10pm, with raffles, prizes, drink specials, hot men, and great music!
August 5-7, 2016, 4pm at Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek + Aug 13-14 at Mountain View Performing Arts Center + Aug 18-21 at Yerba Buena Center, SF. Gilbert and Sullivan's comic satire told in a time when flirting was a capital offense, as a handsome wandering minstrel falls in love with the beautiful fiancée to the recently appointed Lord High Executioner.
August 13, 2016, 10pm-2am at Rickshaw Stop. Queer dance party for Dykes, lezzies, Trannies, Homos & Friends. Super ecstatic DJs Ms Jackson + China G spin the best of Nineties, HipHop, Dancepop, Soul, 80's & other danceable themes all night long. "We love music, we love queers and we LOVE to make you dance till your socks fall off!!"
August 18-21, 2016, in Oakland, To facilitate conversations between the nation’s LGBTQ identified dance, music, theatre, and interdisciplinary performing artists and LGBTQ/ allied arts and entertainment presenters looking to expand their queer performance programming; to provide economic opportunity and sustainability for queer art makers nationwide. See details at:
September 9-24, 2016, usually at EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy St. Magic, puppetry, clowning, solo performance, original work, and much more - the Bay Area’s largest grassroots festival charges forward with 33 unique shows from both local and non-local artists. See the full program schedule at website:
Mid-September, 2016 (TBC), at Russian River Rodeo Grounds - Duncans Mills, Sonoma County. "The Greatest Sho-deo On Earth" - 24th annual rodeo & festival. See their website for details and ongoing events throughout the year.
September 23, 2016, 9pm-4am at Public Works, 161 Erie St, SF. Party for bears, cubs and friends on 2 floors of music and men... in the city where the party started. DJs TONY MORAN and PAUL GOODYEAR. 100’s of guys socializing and dancing all night! $20 advance tickets online.
September 25, 2016, the world's largest leather event, on Folsom Street between 8th & 13th. Bigger IS better at this only-in-San-Francisco event! Something for everyone, 400,000 fetish enthusiasts on 13 city blocks. See updates as posted at website:
October 2, 2016, 11am-6pm. Annual street festival, the first Sunday of October, with hundreds of local artists, vendors, craftspeople, and organizations celebrate the diversity of the Castro neighborhood. Stages with live entertainment and dance pavilions too. Proceeds go directly to charitable causes important to the Castro community, and for the rainbow flag at Castro and Market.
October 13-16, 2016. The world's largest annual LGBT country-western dance weekend. Four nights of dance parties. Three days of dance workshops. Hundreds of cowfolks. One amazing weekend at Sundance Saloon, 550 Barneveld Ave, Holiday Inn, 1500 Van Ness Ave, and Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave. Fundraising benefit for AIDS and Breast Cancer Emergency Funds.