Folsom Street

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Folsom Street is a street in San Francisco which begins perpendicular to Alemany Boulevard in San Francisco's Bernal Heights district and ends perpendicular to the Embarcadero on the San Francisco Bay. For its southern half, Folsom Street runs north-south, but it turns northeasterly at 13th street. It runs through San Francisco's Bernal Heights district, Mission District, SoMa District, Yerba Buena District, and South Beach district.

Folsom Street is home to the Folsom Street Fair, an annual BDSM and leather subculture street fair held in September in the South of Market portion of Folsom Street, which from approximately 1975 to 1984 was the center of San Francisco's gay and lesbian BDSM community.[1]

The San Francisco South of Market Leather History Alley consists of four works of art along Ringold Alley honoring leather culture; it opened in 2017.[2][3] One of the works of art is metal bootprints along the curb which honor 28 people (including Alan Selby, founder of the store Mr. S Leather and known as the "Mayor of Folsom Street") who were an important part of the leather communities of San Francisco.[3][4]


Coordinates: 37°45′47″N 122°24′54″W / 37.76293°N 122.41510°W / 37.76293; -122.41510