The festival season begins with the 14th annual How Weird Street Faire on Sunday April 28th, the greatest street faire in the galaxy! This year's theme is "Weirdi Gras" - a spectacle unlike any other. Featuring marching bands and parades, art and performances, 10 stages of electronic dance music, vendors from around the world, and thousands of people in colorful costumes dancing in the streets.
This year everyone at the faire will be in costume. There are still 10 days to get ready. Go as yourself, or go as someone else. Go as something colorful, creative, fun, and weird. Weird is always in style.
This year will showcase some of the best DJ's, producers, and sound systems on the planet. There will be 10 stages of amazing music, art, and sound from Symbiosis, Muti Music, Groove Garden, Enchanted Forest, Opel, Opulent Temple, World Famous Productions, Basscraft Soundsystem, Urge Productions, Pink Mammoth, SF House Music, Temple Nightclub, SWAG, Pulse SF, Space Shaping, PK Sound, The Boombox Affair, Party Babas, Red Marines, Psycircle, Happy Camp, and more.
Line-ups will be posted on the website soon - http://HowWeird.org
To celebrate Weirdi Gras, there will be five great marching bands at the faire, including Blue Bone Express, Loyd Family Players, North Beach Brass Band, TrashKan Marchink Band, and Fanfare Zambaleta. They will be parading throughout the day and performing at the Marching Band Stage from 1pm to 7pm.
How Weird will be participating in National Dance Week for the first time, uniting the thousands of dancers at How Weird with dancers of every type across the country. National Dance Week will be presenting a special flash mob at 4pm at the Marching Band Stage next to the center intersection. Get there early to learn the dance!
This year we have Magic Beads! For a $10 donation at the entrances to the faire you get Magic Beads, a collectible Weirdi Gras beaded necklace worth many times their cost, with discounts and specials at all of the vendors at the faire. The Magic Beads are how people can support the faire, while getting something back in return. This year the Beads have extra Magic! Available while supplies last.
For an updated list of all the Magic deals visit...
How Weird 2013 will have more vendors than ever, offering unique and creative goods for sale, including designer clothing, jewelry, art, decorations, and more. And there will be plenty of tasty food and drinks, including New Orleans style Creole and Cajun cuisine.
DIRECTIONS + PARKING
The main entrance is at Howard and New Montgomery Streets in downtown San Francisco, near MUNI, BART, the Transbay Terminal, and Caltrain Station. The other entrances are at 2nd & Mission Streets, 2nd & Folsom Streets, and Howard & 1st Streets. Bike parking is at New Montgomery & Natoma Streets. The faire is open to all ages.
If you drive, there is now paid meters on Sundays. For short stays, you can go to the parking garage at 5th & Mission Streets. For a special $20 all-day rate one block from the faire, you can go to Ace Parking at 55 Hawthorne Street.
Use the hashtag #hwsf to talk about the faire and see what's going on.
Let the weird times roll!