Saturday

SOMA Second Saturdays!

Information for Artists, Vendors and Volunteers

Click here for general information about the event 

Click here to apply for a booth for October 8!

Click here to join the Gear Swap!

Essential Info:

      • Date:  The Second Saturday of Each Month:
        • October 8, 2022
        • Dates contingent upon City Regulations
      • Time:  1:00 to 5:00 pm
      • Location:  12th Street between Folsom and Harrison
      • Organizers:
        • The LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District
        • Folsom Street, and
        • The SOMA West Community Benefit District
      • Facebook Page:  facebook.com/events/5155082917861348
      • Printable Poster and other graphics :  Click here

Gear Swap Info:

      • Anyone in our community° is welcome to bring items to the Gear Swap, and we will help you sell them to others at the event.  
        • This excludes folks who are actively engaged in retail sales of these kinds of items.
      • Please use the button above to register as a Gear Swap participant.
      • You should mark or tag each item you are donating with your name and the price you want to get for that item. 
      • You may also attach  additional information (size, item history, etc.)
      • Bring your items to the Gear Swap booth in Eagle Plaza, on Saturday, 10/8/2022, between 1:00 and 1:30 pm.
      • We will display your items and attempt to sell them for you.  
          • We will have table space, a grid wall to hang items on, and a clothes rack.  Also chairs.  
          • We will display your Venmo QR code, and any additional information you wish to print out and give us.  
          • We will only accept the price you set. 
          • We will accept cash payment and hold it for you.
          • We will also accept verified Venmo payment to you, as displayed on the buyer’s phone. 
        •  If you wish to “hang out” at the Gear Swap booth, you are very welcome to do so.  You may chat with potential buyers, and you may, if you wish, negotiate a different price for your item.  
        • You must return to the Gear Swap booth by no later than 5:00 pm to retrieve your cash and unsold items.  
        • Items not picked up by 5:30 pm will become property of Folsom Street.    
      • Folsom Street and its volunteers cannot be responsible for items lost, stolen, or damaged.   
      • Please read the “fine print” below. 
      • Questions? Please contact Cal at manager@sflcd.org  or Angel at angel.adeyoha@folsomstreet.org

Vendor Info:

      • We welcome all booth applicants, but will give priority to:
          • Vendors of leather clothing, “gear”, or queer or kinky merchandise
          • Local artists, artisans and craftspeople
          • Local or regional clubs and organizations, especially those organized around queer, leather, kink, fetish, motorcycle, body-positivity, or similar themes.
      • A donation is requested from booth exhibitors, on a sliding scale of $40 to $140 per booth. 
      • A booth is a 10′ x 10′ space. 
      • You may also request, for a donation of $35: 
          • A pop-up tent 
          • One or two tables 
          • Two or three chairs  
      • A deposit of $40 (without tent & furniture) or $75 (with tent and furniture) is requested to confirm your attendance.  
      • You can pay your deposit via PayPal or Venmo, or  contact us for other payment options.  
      • To apply for a booth:
      • Please apply soon; we will get in touch to discuss details and confirm.  
      • Please read the “fine print” below.

Volunteer Info:

    • Volunteers are asked to work from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
    • Volunteers who arrive early, by 12:00 noon, will receive a special surprise gift!
    • This volunteer position entails standing for most of the shift.  We plan to assign volunteers in pairs so one can periodically sit down at the assigned entrance.
    • Snacks, supplies, and access to bathrooms will be offered. Distributing bottled water is not permitted by San Francisco ordinance. Please bring your own container; we will have a cooler of water.
    • Please write to manager@sflcd.org if you are interested in volunteering.

Artist Info:

    • Artists are welcome to request a booth to sell their work, as per the vendor info above.
    • You can share your booth with additional artists if you wish.
      • Individual local artists who cannot afford a booth are also invited to show and sell their work. Display options include a “grid wall” display (quantities are limited) or a tent shared with up to two other artists, with a sliding scale donation of 10% to 25% of their gross sales.
      • Preference will be given to artists from queer, kinky and marginalized communities, whose work reflects kinky or queer themes.
      • Please contact Pandora Noir at pn@swcbd.org to sign up for this option.
      • Please read the “fine print” below.

Fine Print

    • Official event time is 1:00 to 5:00 pm.
    • We recommend that vendors arrive to begin setup no sooner than 11:15 am.
      • Farmers Market booths may remain open until 12:30 pm, but most of our vendor booth spaces will be available at 11:15.
      • Tents, tables and chairs will be delivered to your booth location by 12:00 noon.
      • Please complete your setup by 12:45 pm, remain open until 5:00 pm, and then tear down promptly.
      • You are responsible for the security of your materials.
      • You are responsible for your own transaction security.
    • A 14-foot fire lane needs to be maintained down 12th Street.  Please do not place objects in the fire lane at any time, even during setup or teardown.
    • Booths must be entirely in the street.  Do not block or put anything on the sidewalk.
    • Traffic will be stopped, and parked cars removed from our block of 12th Street, between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
    • Parking near the site is limited, and meters and 1-hour limits are enforced.  Consider using Soma Hub at 288 12th Street.
    • WiFi access cannot be guaranteed, but mobile data coverage is excellent in this location.
    • Please be prepared for the possibility of high winds or rain.
    • Please comply with SF guidelines regarding masks and social distancing, as of the date of the event.
    • Event may be cancelled due to weather, changes in city guidelines and permit regulations, or other reasons.
    • If you have questions, please contact manager@sflcd.org.