SOMA Second Saturdays Holiday Market!

On December 9th, the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District held our second annual Holiday Market at the SOMArts Center. 

We were thrilled to host more than 30 local queer vendors, selling artwork, leather gear, candles, t-shirts and so much more.  We had captivating performances provided by Twisted Windows, showcasing the skills of talented rope suspensions in a variety of acts.  We were honored with a delightful performance by Alotta Boutté, who tantalized our audience with an “Oogie Mash.”  We hosted two speed friending rounds with PsychoKitty which encouraged new connections from our patrons.  

Some of Our Vendors:

David Hyman LCD Gear Swap

Throughout the course of our day, we had 300 patrons exploring our engaging space, taking pictures with Naughty Santas (Dandy, Pony, and Jingles!) and pup elves (courtesy of the Service Pups of San Francisco).  Photographers Jovon, Gloria from Fire Dragon Photography, and Dave Fong captured our moments throughout the day.  We also had a shuttle from SF Love Tours who carted our patrons from our holiday market to partnering businesses in SOMA!

Eight more galleries of pictures from the event can be viewed here,
courtesy of Fire Dragon Photo.
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All of this would not have been possible without the volunteers who donated their time to create a festive environment.  We want to take a moment to thank all of our volunteers.  Our set-up crew HuggyBear, Stephen, Sean and Doug – our vendors appreciated all of your hard work with helping them with their merchandise!  Our greeters that welcomed folx from the streets into our shared space: Stan, Sean, Guy, Stephen, Ray, Katlin and Steve!  The individuals who managed our Gear Swap and helped raise money for the district – Alecia, David and HuggyBear!  And special shout out to the pup elves Duo, Techxie, and Krypto. Kudos too to the staff of SOMArts Cultural Center – both Alexes, Sean, Evan, and Jesus – who are amazing to work with.

It is with sincere and grateful hearts that we say thank you and can’t wait to see what next year’s Holiday Market will hold!