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The 12th annual How Weird Street Faire is on Sunday May 1st.
Nine city blocks filled with nine stages of electronic music, art and performances, vendors from around the world, tasty food and drinks, and thousands of people in colorful costumes. All ages are welcome.
Once again, the city's streets will be transformed into a celebration of peace and creativity, as thousands of people journey to the "Mythical Realms" of Howard Street.
The 2011 How Weird Street Faire will fill nine city blocks with thousands of people in colorful costumes dancing in the streets. There will be nine stages of world-class electronic music, vendors from around the world with unique goods for sale, food and drinks, art and performances, and non-profit organizations to educate and inspire. All ages are welcome, and costumes are highly encouraged.
The music stages are produced by local collectives and music organizations, including Symbiosis, Muti Music, Rebel Bass Collective, Groove Garden, Hookahdome, Non Stop Bhangra, Tantra, Temple Nightclub, Opel, Opulent Temple, Ultraviolet Carnival, Aum Festival, Red Marines, SF House, Pink Mammoth, SWAG, and more.
The faire takes place from Noon to 8pm. The main entrance is at Howard and New Montgomery Streets, where you’ll find complimentary bike parking. It is only two blocks from the Montgomery BART station, and near several MUNI lines. The faire’s location, in the heart of the San Francisco SoMa district, is a short walk to Yerba Buena Gardens and the emerging museum district, as well as the Transbay Terminal and Caltrain Station.
There is a requested donation of $10 for the How Weird Street Faire. The donation buys a Magic Sticker that is potentially worth many times that amount, with discounts at the faire bars and after parties, as well as specials at many of the vendors. The Magic Sticker is how people can support the faire, while getting something back in return.
At night, the faire moves indoors to three great venues at the faire site: Temple Nightclub, 111 Minna Gallery, and Harlot. The evening is only $10 for all three venues. Tickets are available at any of the venues that evening. The after parties are all 21 and over with ID.
New this year is the addition of Tehama Street off of 2nd Street, featuring a music stage and a view of the faire. There will be an official flying saucer landing zone, adjacent to the center intersection. All planets have been invited to join in a celebration of universal peace.
The How Weird Street Faire showcases many diverse genres of electronic music, including Live Electronica, Dubstep, Electro, Breaks, Psytrance, House, Techno, Drum & Bass, World Beat, and too many sub-genres to name. There will be something for everyone. The music stages are produced by collaborations of local collectives and music organizations, representing some of the best in the world.
The How Weird Street Faire uses music to bring different kinds of people together and create a common bond. Dancing knows no boundaries or political affiliation. Music, more than any other form of communication, is able to transcend differences between people. It is through music and art that peace is always possible.
All cultures share similar ideas about the types of societies and places where people may live. These are the mythical realms of our stories, and the theme of this year's faire. There is the perfect society or paradise, there is the exotic location filled with diversity, and there is the magical and the sacred.
The How Weird Street Faire envisions a place of peace, where all people can come and find some similarities and common interests among diverse music and art. A place to build bridges of understanding and friendship. A place where our differences and unique perspectives are appreciated as things of beauty, rather than causes for conflict. And most importantly, a place of fun.
But unlike the mythical realms of our imaginations, this place of peace really exists. And anyone can visit it and participate.
On Sunday May 1st, the intersection of Howard and 2nd Streets in downtown San Francisco will be transformed into a Paxorium, or "place of peace", the city's newest park. It will be a place to connect with others and relax in the center of the faire.
The How Weird Street Faire is a project of, and fundraiser for, the local non-profit World Peace Through Technology Organization.
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