Festival season has started in San Francisco.
Easter here is kind of the first big event of the year but then in April comes the two-week long Japantown Festival followed by the How Weirde Street Fair and that pretty much announces the start of several months of non-stop options to go to some sort of street fair or festival in the city every single weekened. They each have their own flavor, often related to the neighborhood they’re in. When I first moved here I burned myself out going to so many of them. Now I usually pick one for every month or two and leave it at that.
How Weirde Festival was actually one of the very first San Francisco festivals that I ever went to. I didn’t actually like it much when I went seven years ago, but that could have been where it was held or the mood I was in or the people I was with. I went again a few years ago and still didn’t like it but I know for certain that was because I was in the midst of depression and the overwhelming sensory overload of this event was just way too much for me. This year I went and stayed for a few hours and actually had a really nice time.
It was a sunny-but-not-too-hot day. I got my face painted, which I always like. I saw a little bit of street theater. I looked at a little bit of art. I bought some sour lychee licorice. I considered buying a super cute vest made from upcycled bicycle tube tires. And I did a ton of people-watching. For many people this event is about the ten stages of danceable music that are set up. For me it’s all about the people watching! Everyone comes in costumes and silliness and it’s just entertaining to see what everyone’s chosen.
That’s San Francisco.