The How Weird Street Fair Returns Sunday

Starkly different from the Folsom Street Fair, it's like a Burning Man dry run with multiple stages and a parade that begins at 2:22 p.m.

Slightly different from the Folsom Street Fair that heralds the end of summer, the How Weird Street Fair returns for the 19th time this Sunday, May 6. In many ways a dry run for Burning Man, this carnival of oddballs and partiers claims to have the “weirdest disco ball you’ve ever seen,” and on top of that, it’s got a huge cannabis section centered on Green Alley. The whole thing is a project of the World Peace Through Technology Organization — and not for nothing did the Board of Supervisors declare May 6 to be “How Weird Day.”

It all starts Sunday at noon around the intersection of Howard and Second streets with 10 stages of dance music, art, food, and vendors, but the main event is a parade that kicks off at 2:22 p.m., led by the Mission Delirium Brass Band and a possible reincarnation of Emperor Norton I, the patron saint of unconventional San Franciscans. (See here for the full musical lineup.)

While Green Alley won’t have cannabis for sale, it’s a great place to learn about the ongoing revolution in vaping, dabbing, and edibles — plus it’s conveniently located near the designated UFO parking section. Tickets are $20 at the door, or $15 in advance, and apart from ins-and-outs, it guarantees you access to all manner of weirdness, such as marveling at people who clearly spent 60-plus hours gluing sequins on their costumes, and damn, this neighborhood looks a lot different than it did two years ago. Above all, remember that 10 stages is a lot of stages, and each of them books their own DJ, so you should have no trouble finding your tribe and partying your butt off.

How Weird Street Faire, Sunday, May 6, noon – 8 p.m., centered on Howard and Second streets. $20;

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