Other Cultural Districts’ News

In solidarity with our fellow Cultural Districts, we are pleased to invite you to like, follow and attend the events of San Francisco’s other Cultural Districts:

Upcoming Events!Map of San Francisco's 8 Cultural Districts, 11 May 2020

SOMA Pilipinas Filipino Cultural Heritage District

Calle 24 Latino Cultural District

Castro LGBTQ Cultural District

San Francisco Japantown Cultural District

SF African-American Arts and Culture District

Transgender District

American Indian Cultural District

American Indian Cultural District

Other Cultural Districts’ Upcoming Events

Castro LGBTQ Cultural District Hires District Manager
Castro LGBTQ Cultural District has selected Tina Valentin Aguirre, board chair of the GLBT Historical Society, as its new District Manager.
“The Castro LGBTQ Cultural District will play a critical role not only in preserving the queer history and culture of the neighborhood, but in planning with intentionality for a kinder, more diverse neighborhood for the folks who live, work and play there,” said GLBT Historical Society executive director Terry Beswick, who facilitated the community organizing meetings for the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District from February 2018 until the passage of the enacting legislation in July 2019.
“I can’t think of a better person for this role than Tina Valentin Aguirre, who as chair of the GLBT Historical Society has led the organization during a period of phenomenal growth. They have been a great friend and mentor to me personally, and the district could not have made a stronger choice.”
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The San Francisco African American Arts & Cultural District has been working in collaboration with the San Francisco Department of Emergency to create cultural competent messaging in the black community around COVID-19. Co- Directors Ebon Glenn and Ericka Scott participated in an interview with KBLX host Sterling James to talk messaging and the mission of our Cultural District in general.

More info here.


Honoring Our Relatives & Celebrating Indigenous People

Saturday, October 10, 2020
Facebook livestream 
View on @PaseoArtistico FB page, or @AccionLatina FB Page
Co-Produced by:
Calle 24 Latino Cultural District, Brava Theater, Dance Mission, Community Music Center 

The Mission District’s FREE bimonthly community art stroll returns October 10 for Indigenous People’s Day! Now you can watch it live via Facebook.

This October 10, Paseo Artistico pays homage to Indigenous People featuring music, poetry and dance dedicated to the history of Native people in the Bay Area. Artists and Native speakers will address political realities of Indigenous people and the significance of this upcoming election. Native AIM /Alcatraz Island Occupation activist, and board member of the American Indian Cultural District, Mary Travis-Allen will break down how native peoples have been treated here in San Francisco. The event also features poetry from SF Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, Latin jazz music from Erick Peralta, visual art from Alexander Hernandez, and the Dance Mission produced Chishkale: The Blessing of the Acorn with Tisina Parker. Hosted by Rodrigo Duran of Calle 24

Please join us at 3PM Saturday October 10, 2020 by logging on to our Facebook Page @PaseoArtistico and @AccionLatina. FREE.

Paseo Artistico is encouraging everyone to use your voice, vote and fight for those who have historically been left out of true democracy. In that same spirit, El Tecolote Founder, Juan Gonzales and editor in chief, Alexis Terrazas will also join us as we continue to celebrate 50 Years of El Tecolote, a people powered bilingual newspaper. We also invited several businesses from 24th Street Latino Cultural District to join us live on Facebook. Featured businesses include Frida’s Closet, La Mejor Bakery, Diju Jewelry, La Palma (see below for addresses).  Join us for this powerful and exciting event to honor all our relatives and celebrate Indigenous People’s Day.

Learn more at paseoartistico.org

Paseo Artistico is produced by Accion Latina and copresenters within the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District art venues including Mission Cultural Center, Brava Theater, Dance Mission, Calle 24 Latino Cultural District,  Adobe Books, Community Music Center, Precita Eyes, SF Day Laborers and Domestic Workers, Loco Bloco and ZERO1 

Paseo Artistico: Honoring Our Relatives
Hosted by Rodrigo Duran (Calle 24)

Please send links on other Cultural District events to web@sflcd.org and we will post them here!

Testing / Gig Opportunity

This page is about TWO opportunities, brought to our attention by the office of Supervisor Matt Haney:

Get tested for COVID-19

UCSF and St. Anthony’s  are partnering to offer free Mobile COVID Testing in the Tenderloin, to all unhoused residents of District 6,  during the weekend of October 10th and 11th.

WHERE: Tenderloin, SOMA, Surrounding Areas

WHEN: October 10 – 11, 2020


  • How do I get tested?
    • Mobile teams will come to you to provide free COVID -19 testing
    • Limited testing will be available at St. Anthony’s
  • What will I get?
    • Information about how to safe from COVID
    • Free gift card and gift bag
    • Testing for the people near you if they choose to get tested
  • How do I get my results?
    • You can see a staff person at St. Anthony’s, call a hotline, or check the website
  • What happens if I test positive?
    • You will be given the results by a care team wherever you are staying
    • You will be offered options for healthcare, meals, and support services
    • You can either stay in temporary housing during illness, if you choose, OR
    • You can also stay where you are and receive support services to help you through the illness

Get a temporary job as a COVID-19 Community Health Outreach Worker (CHOW)

The UCSF team is looking for Outreach workers, They would love to hire from the community and the going rate is $24 dollars an hour (4-6 week opportunity beyond the 2 day event on our block).   Click here for the Job Description. 

To apply, contact Cynthia Nagendra, Executive Director, University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, at Cynthia.Nagendra@ucsf.edu.

Here’s what they told us:

“We are conducting a mobile testing event where we will be sending care teams out that include Community Health Outreach Workers (CHOWs) hired from the neighborhood, a testing team, and our staff into all parts of District 6 (Tenderloin, SOMA, nearby areas), to provide testing to people living unsheltered in various locations on October 10-11.  We will be offering a gift card incentive as well.

“Since this is very much a community-led effort with us, and we know the expertise is on the ground, we would very much like to be hire CHOWs from the neighborhood on a temporary, full-time basis from October 5th – November 2nd. We are looking for people who can dedicate that time to this project, who are willing to get trained, don’t need much supervision, and that are familiar with doing outreach or working with people experiencing unsheltered homelessness in District 6 (TL, SOMA, surrounding areas).  I am attaching a job description here in the hopes that you might have some candidates that could be hired quickly (by the end of this week on 10/2 or by early next week).”

Leather Week Display

To celebrate San Francisco’s Leather Week (September 20-27, 2020), the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District was pleased to have created a window display at the Walgreens on Castro Street at 18th.

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Our thanks to Daniel Huggybear, Bernie Alter, and David Hyman, as well as to Walgreens and Our Town SF, for making this possible.

Happy Folsom Street Fair Sunday!

We hope you enjoyed the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District’s 

Keep SOMA Kinky Arcadefeaturing our first-ever Fetish Runway!
on Sunday, September 27. 2020 

Hope to see you in person next year!

Click here for our Schedule

Click here for the Folsom Street Fair Web site

Click here for Arcade Info

Click here for Full Fetish Runway Rules

Meet our celebrity Masters of Ceremonies :

AJ Huff 
AJ Huff is a kinky, diverse, rubber and leather fetishist. He’s the current elected Mr. Rubber San Francisco 2020 and also the incumbent Mr. Powerhouse Leather 2019.
11:00 am – 1:30 p.m.
Ashlé Blow
Member and lover of San Francisco’s Queer and kink communities.
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Award-winning gay adult filmmaker and GayPornMama
1:30 – 4:00 p.m.



    Activity 11 am – 12 noon 12 noon – 1:00 1:00 – 2:00 2:00 – 3:00 3:00 – 4:00 4:00 – 5:00 5:00 – 6:00
    Master of Ceremonies AJ Huff:
    11:00 to 1:30
    Mr. Pam:
    1:30 to 4:00
    Ashlé Blow: 
    4:00 to 6:00
    SOMA Trivia with Cash Prizes Main Room Main Room Main Room Main Room Main Room
    Fetish Runway Main Room Main Room
    Control and Consent Play  Consent Cubicles Consent Cubicles Consent Cubicles Consent Cubicles Consent Cubicles Consent Cubicles
    Porn Riffing MST 2020 Room MST 2020 Room MST 2020 Room MST 2020 Room
    Fetish Runway Participants 1:45 Prep in Green Room
    2:00 Present in Main Room
    4:00 Judges Deliberate in Green Room


    Looking for a Kinky Carnaval?

    Looking for the “Leather District Kinky Carnaval”?  
    We call it
    The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District’s
    “Keep SOMA Kinky” Arcade
    featuring our first-ever
    Fetish Runway

    We hope you enjoyed it.  Read all about our planning for it here.

    It was just our part of the amazing, virtual Folsom Street Fair, hosted by Margaret Cho and streamed worldwide on Sunday, September 27, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.   (To donate, text Folsom2020 to 345345.)

    More info