Bay Area/ San Francisco
Published on May 30, 2014
37th Annual Haight-Ashbury Street Fair Coming June 8Photo: David D'Agostino/Flickr
Mark your calendars for June 8th, when the Haight's long-running street fair returns for its 37th year of music, mayhem, local merchants and more, from Stanyan to Ashbury, Page to Waller. 

Love it or leave it, the fair represents one of the neighborhood's biggest events of the year, and this one looks to be a doozy: it's got over 200 booths featuring arts and crafts, food, kid-friendly activities, local organizations and more, and features dozens of musical acts.

If you've been following the Battle of the Bands series, which has been rocking out and raising money for the fair at Milk Bar since March, you know that tomorrow marks the Final Battle to determine which 2 bands (of the 5 finalists) will perform on the fair's stages. If you want to watch the final showdown, it'll be at Lennon Rehearsal Studios (271 Dore Street) from 8:30pm-12:45pm Saturday night and will feature local acts Huntinanny, Lou Evans, Swamphammer, Odd Owl, and Fantasia (more info here). 

On the Masonic Stage, the Final Battle's runner up will join The Mark Nelson Band, Sweet Water Black, and more, while the Battle's winner will perform on the Stanyan Stage with Lee Gallagher & the Hallelujah, Tony Saunders, and headliner It's a Beautiful Day. Check out the full list of musical acts here

There are far more food, crafts and other merchants to list, but look for food from Delicious Kettle Corn, Escape From New York Pizza, Texas Snowballs, Ben & Jerry's and more, plus clothing, crafts, local services and jewelry booths aplenty. Here's the full booth lineup so far. And unlike some of the city's other fairs, this one is decidedly kid-friendly, with a designated Children's Alley offering family entertainment on Belvedere Street.

If you've been on the edge of your seat waiting for the results of this year's HASF poster contest, wait no longer: this year's top poster comes from Shane Grogg, who now has 5 winning posters under his belt. (It's #6 on this list.) Big congrats to Shane, who in addition to major neighborhood street cred, takes away $500 from the fair's organizers and a $100 gift card to Mendels for his winning entry. 

It all goes down from 11am-5:30pm on Sunday the 8th. Will you be sticking around the neighborhood for the action?