LeatherWalk

LeatherWalk 2022 was Saturday, October 15
LeatherWalk 2023 will be Sunday, September 17

LeatherWalk is the Leather District’s annual SOMA celebration and march.

Once again this year we plan to walk together, starting at San Francisco City Hall, and pausing for entertainment and beverages, typically at favorite SOMA venues such as OasisPowerhouse, Hole in the Wall, Azúcar Lounge, Leather Etc., Wicked Grounds, Cat ClubMr. S Leather, and the Lone Star Saloon. We may take a moment to reflect on our community’s past at the Ringold Leather History Alley, and end the Walk at Eagle Plaza, where we will raise the Leather Pride Flag, as part of a Leather Pride Festival sponsored by the SF Eagle Bar.

Participation is free.  It’s fun, politically important, and a great way to get to know the neighborhood!  As always, organizations are invited to bring their banners and insignia, and participants are welcome to proudly display their leather, gear, or skin.

LeatherWalk 2023 benefits the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, San Francisco’s institution dedicated to keeping our South of Market neighborhood kinky and queer.


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LeatherWalk 2022 Details

We walked together, starting across from City Hall, pausing at favorite neighborhood spots for entertainment and beverages.  We ended up at the celebration of body positivity called the Bearrison Street Fair!  A Ceremonial Leather Pride Flag Raising took place at Eagle Plaza at 3pm.

Below is information relating to that 2022 event.  Watch this page in the coming months for info about LeatherWalk 2023. 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2022

We will gather at 11:00 am in Civic Center Plaza, directly across from San Francisco City Hall (Polk St. side). 

Turn in any last donations and get your collectible LeatherWalk 2022 pin.

Departing from Civic Center Plaza across from City Hall at 11:30 am, our stops include:

o    Oasis

o    Powerhouse / Hole in the Wall / Azúcar Lounge 

o    Leather Etc. / Cat Club

o    Mr. S Leather / The Ringold Leather History Walk

o    The Lone Star Saloon

o    Eagle Plaza / SF Eagle / Bearrison Street Fair

 

Meet up, chat about the event, make new friends on Bloom!

Watch this page and social media for schedule updates and more details.  

 A vehicle (provided by Cruise & Grooves Experience will be available for those who cannot walk any or all of the 1.25 mile route. Persons needing the vehicle, please notify manager@sflcd.org at least 24 hours in advance, as capacity is limited. The vehicle cannot accommodate wheelchairs, but wheelchair users are welcome to participate.

Volunteers are needed to help make LeatherWalk 2022 go smoothly.  For information, click here.

This will be a smoke-free event, and applicable COVID-19 precautions will be enforced. 

We walk together to celebrate leather, kink, family and community — all while raising funds for the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District.

No pre-registration or donation required. 
The entire community is welcome to join the walk.


Schedule
[Subject to Change]

10:30 am 
Volunteer Setup at Civic Center Plaza

11:00 am 
Walkers gather on Civic Center Plaza (across PolK Street from SF City Hall)
Check In, and receive free LeatherWalk 2022 pin (while supplies last)

11:10 am
Program Starts

11:25 am  
Program ends
Form up

11:30 noon
Step off

12:00 pm
Arrive at Oasis

12:15
Depart 

12:25
Arrive at Hole in the Wall / Powerhouse / Azúcar Lounge

12:45
Depart

1:00 pm
Arrive at Leather Etc. / Cat Club

1:20 
Depart

1:25 pm
Arrive at Mr. S Leather / Ringold Leather History Walk

1:40 pm
Depart

1:45 pm
Moment of Memory at the Ringold Leather History Monument (Ringold and 9th Street)
“Blessing of the Leathers” by John Brett, Minister, SF Night Ministry’s Faithful & Fabulous

2:00 pm
Depart

2:15 pm
Arrive at Lone Star Saloon

2:30 pm
Depart

2:40 pm
Arrive at Bearrison Street Fair

3:00 pm
Ceremonial Leather Pride Flag Raising at Eagle Plaza

All times and features subject to change.  Watch our social media posts for announcements of special entertainments, discounts, specialty beverages, and other surprises.   


The LeatherWalk Tradition

With the generous cooperation of PRC, the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District has acquired LeatherWalk, since the District is uniquely positioned to shepherd the event into the future. LeatherWalk was founded in 1992 by Art Tomaszewski, former AEF Board President, Bare Chest Calendar Man and former Mr. Headquarters Leather. Art was inspired to start an event that would raise visibility, comradery and funds for AEF. In 2001, Sandy ‘Mama’ Reinhardt, a tireless community fundraiser and founding advisor at BCEF, took over event production of LeatherWalk. Mr. San Francisco Leather 2010 Lance Holman took the reins for several years, before passing the baton (or whip) to Folsom Street Events and PRC. While there was no LeatherWalk in 2019, the SF Eagle had a Leather Pride Parade. During the pandemic, PRC agreed to permanently transfer the LeatherWalk name and tradition to the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, and in 2021, LeatherWalk and the Leather Pride Parade merged, with LeatherWalk — a project of the Cultural District —  ending at the Leather Pride Fest — presented by the SF Eagle. In 2022 we are proud to continue the tradition of LeatherWalk giving back to the community.


Why Donate?

LeatherWalk 2022 benefits the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, a community institution dedicated to keeping our South of Market neighborhood queer and kinky. The money raised supports the Cultural District’s work, including murals, commemorative sidewalk plaques, promoting our existing businesses, facilitating new ones, activating art and live events both indoors and out and making long-term plans to buy a building for a Leather Community Center.

More info about the Cultural District’s achievements, activities and plans for the future can be found here

 

Become a Fundraiser or Donate Now! 

The entire community is welcome to join the walk: 
No one turned away for lack of fundraising!