As I say in the 24-minute audio, the following is advice from an older, kinky and dominant gay-male, who has zero interest in big, hot parties. If those are your interest, there is NO lack of fun for your tastes.
My audio recording talks about the PRACTICAL stuff, such as packing some bandage wrap. Why? There is a LOT of walking (San Francisco blocks are very long), and even the best-fitting boots can wear holes in your feet.
My primary reason for passing this information along is to give advice to the men who are in my Tuesday Night Top Trainings. They are ready to step out and try some new things at their very first Folsom Street Fair. If this doesn't describe you, please feel free to check it out anyway, because there is a lot of practical information that may help you.
The Folsom Street Fair is coming up pretty quickly (Sunday, September 21, 2014). If you haven't yet made travel-plans, now would be a really good time to get that handled. Here is my previous post about tracking down lodging.
Every year, there are first-timers who might accidentally miss out by just showing up, without being on the right party lists, and not knowing where to go. So, I'm using this space to gather together everybody's suggestions and shared wisdom based on experience.
• Start by reading this article from Leatherati, posted in 2011. It contains a lot of great wisdom, particularly on the best way to find private parties.
• Check out the official list of upcoming events. Here is another one.
• If you're interested in a non-sexual kinky play-party like no other, I can certainly recommend the 15 Association's play-party at 8PM on Friday, September 21st at the SF Citadel Community Center (at its new location, 181 Eddy St, San Francisco, CA 94102). Be SURE to fill out the application beforehand, for an invitation to this event, if you aren't already friends with a man who is already on the list.
• Take the time in the days before the Street Fair to really, thoroughly visit the local gay-male tourist sites:
As soon as you pull into town and dump off your luggage, be sure to take the trolley to the Castro and have breakfast in a window-seat at The Cove on Castro at 434 Castro Street (across the street from the Castro Theater), particularly on Saturday before the Street Fair. The kinky tourists will be swarming past the place in full regalia, and it makes for a GREATLY entertaining meal.
Mr. S Leather at 385 8th Street is a MADHOUSE in the days before the Street Fair, which makes it that much more enticing. Jammed with happy, kinky tourists from all over the planet, it's beyond entertaining, and the best shopping-opportunity you can find in one place. Beware of Squanderlust! It's hard to leave without bags of great gear.
One block away from Mister S at 1201 Folsom Street is Leather Etc. It is a treasure for those of us in the know. Why? It is run by a family that makes the leather shirts and pants that are sold at Mister S for a LOT more money. You can buy them a block away at the factory outlet store for quite a bit less! The staff is TRUSTWORTHY - they will never steer you wrong. Let them help you find your heart's desire in leather form!
Not far away, Stompers Boots at 323 10th Street is the ultimate place to shop for fetishwear boots in a storefront. Stop by before Sunday's Street Fair to try on some boots, but come back DURING the Street Fair to hang out on the back patio, jammed nut-to-butt with hot men in wildly diverse kinky gear from all over the planet.
If this imagery makes your heart pound, then the back-patio event at Stompers is the closest thing I've seen to this sort of intensity. Stompers will provide free snacks and drinks to enjoy - You won't get in without boots on, though!
I also recommend getting your legs and feet measured for free.
What other places/parties/events would you recommend?
If you have more tips that would help your brothers, please pass them along to me at papatony @mac.com - I will archive them over the years, and keep sending them out!