One of the coolest street fairs in one of the coolest neighborhoods is finally happening! Merchants and neighbors in the Haight-Ashbury District are finalizing arrangements for a fair that usually takes place in the summer, but this year, on its 43rd edition, is taking place in October. The first Haight-Ashbury Street Fair (HASF) was in April 1978.
Like most street fairs, HASF will feature food, music, and other entertainment. Local businesses along Haight St. will have their doors open to showcase a variety of amazing products and services.
The fair will be on Haight St. between Masonic St. and Stanyan St.,
Sunday, October 16, 2022, from 11am to 5:30 pm.
In the 1960s, the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood was the center of grooviness and all things hippie, including the worldwide known “Summer of Love.” A counter-culture was born in those times bringing, on the positive, a call and action for peace and human rights, and on the negative, drugs overuse.
In 2022, a revival is surfacing, showing up in interesting ways. Hundreds of tourists are attracted to the vibrant businesses on Haight Street while a new look at certain drugs and altered states is taking place nationwide, particularly psychedelics.
Meanwhile, old and new residents, businesses, artists, creatives, and other people are excited about the sense of community, connection, creative expression, fun, peace, and love people can experience when attending a street fair. Long live the Haight!
-Lupita Franco Peimbert
All photos by LFP. Instagram: @lupitasocial
The poster for the 43rd Annual Haight-Ashbury Street Fair was created by ROBERT QUINN from Groovy Frisco.