Saturday, September 9, 2017 – 1 PM to 4 PM

National AIDS Memorial Grove – Golden Gate Park

Music by: DJ Steve Sherwood

Our Beneficiary: GLADD

Come enjoy the sun, music, flora, and friends in the beautiful National AIDS Memorial Grove.  This event is open to all flow artists – fanning, flagging, poi, staff, hoopers and their supporters.  Flags available for use or just relax, take in the fun dance music and colorful visuals.  Bring a beverage, a lunch, something to sit on, and enjoy.

 

Music By DJ Steve Sherwood

DJ Steve Sherwood has always loved Flagging in the Park.  He first stumbled upon it one lazy Saturday afternoon nearly two decades ago and has remained a loyal patron since that first unforgettable experience.  As the years have passed he’s been fortunate to travel the world with his Bearracuda residency and play local events including Real Bad, Polyglamorous, Union, PLAY, Up Your Alley Street Fair, Lazy Bear Weekend, and a collection of other events which should impress (or disappoint) if you keep tabs on the kind of thing.  Leading into FITP September, he’s really just excited about playing music for an amazing bunch of San Francisco people in the AIDS Memorial Grove to support of the larger causes of our community.

 

Our Beneficiary:  GLAAD

For over 30 years, GLAAD has been at the forefront of cultural change, accelerating acceptance and advancing equality for the LGBTQ community. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love. This year, GLAAD started the Together movement. With the “&” as its symbol, Together represents the power of our voices raised in unity against the forces that seek to divide and discriminate.

Learn how you can join the Together Movement, and proudly display the ampersand to declare that you stand with all communities subject to discrimination – including women, Muslims, immigrants, and LGBTQ people by visiting: glaad.org/together

 

Where to Go

National AIDS Memorial Grove – Taking public transportation is encouraged, finding a place for your car can be challenging.  Never been there: pair up with someone who has been there; if you drive – go early for better parking, map here.  Walking directions from 2nd and Irving  (N-Judah).  Walking directions from 9th and Judah (Bus #6, #43, and N-Judah).  Walking directions from Stanyan and Hayes (Bus #21, #5).  Walking directions from Haight and Stanyan (Bus #33, #7, #71).

 

About Flagging in the Park

In 1997 a group of San Francisco flaggers started a tradition of celebrating life by gathering in the newly dedicated National AIDS Memorial Grove.  Twenty later, the event is thriving and growing, with the DJs, organizers, and participants donating their time, energy and love to help raise money for mostly local (sometimes national) non-profits.

 

What to Expect

The National AIDS Memorial Grove is in a gorgeously secluded meadow in Golden Gate Park.  Often the fog is licking at the sky above especially in the summer, bring sunscreen and a wrap.  Bring something to sit on; pack a lunch or bring snacks and beverages; flags are available for use; usually a few furry friends roaming.  There are little or no services nearby, but a Port-A-Potty will be available.  Our DJ spins vocal fun-filled dance music and flow artists eagerly enjoy and share their art with newcomers.  No pressure to participate, come relax and take in the color and beauty of our tribe. 

 

2017 Partners

Flagging In The Park is proud to partner again with Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation, the nonprofit behind REAL BAD – they will be offering a $2,000 matching grant for all of our 2017 events. Proving it takes a village, this event would not happen without the support of these partners: National AIDS Memorial GroveSisters of Perpetual IndulgencePretty in InkFlagger CentralFitness SFBenefit MarketingRyan Clouse, and the many volunteers that help with set up and strike. Make sure to let them know you appreciate their support of FITP!

 

2017 Producers

Joey Wong & Tom Steele (May), Ric de Barros & Andru Lopez (June), Jeff Kennedy (July), Michele Laskowski & Robert Gomez (early Sept), Amy Lam & Michele Laskowski (late Sept), Jeff Hettinger (retired), Jeffrey Doney (retired), and Xavier Caylor.