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How weird are you?
This is the question that has confounded humanity since the dawn of time. Weirdness is relative, each person has a different perspective. We think of being weird as being creative and fun and unique, having a fresh and exciting way of seeing the world, inventing new ways to do things. After years of deliberations, we determined that we are pretty weird. But there is always something weirder.
Is it fun?
Of course it is. If you want it to be.
The three faire entrances this year are at Howard and 1st Streets, Howard and New Montgomery Streets, and at Mission and 2nd Streets. They are near the Montgomery BART station, Transbay Terminal, Caltrain Station, and MUNI. We recommend taking public transportation to the faire. There is also a taxi waiting area at 1st Street and Howard. There will be improved entrances this year, but it may still be crowded. If you don’t like waiting in line, go to the Howard and 1st Streets entrance. If you like waiting in lines, go to the Mission and 2nd Streets entrance. We are sorry that we were unable to expand much this year to create more space and more entrances. We recommend arriving early, the faire starts at Noon.
The How Weird Street Faire takes place in the heart of the SoMa district of San Francisco. It is centered at Howard & 2nd Streets, a few blocks south of Market Street, and a block east of Yerba Buena Gardens. The coordinates are 37°47’12.4″ N, 122°23’53.7″ W
If you drive, it can be hard to find parking. For short stays, you can go to the parking garage at 5th & Mission Streets. ParkWhiz shows available parking nearby, which you can book online. You can also find parking spots nearby through Parkopedia.
This year there will be self-service bike parking on Natoma Street, with an entrance on New Montgomery Street. Park your bike before entering the faire. Please lock your bike over the top of the barricades, not on the side. There will be security watching the bikes.
The designated Flyer Saucer landing zone is at 37°47’16.62″N, 122°23’53.92″W
Yes, the faire is handicapped accessible. It is at street level.
How Weird is a place where all are welcome. The faire is open to all ages, but we recommend ear plugs or headphones for children.
We strongly discourage bringing pets to How Weird, because of the large crowds and loud noise.
What can’t I bring to the event?
Glass bottles are not allowed, nor are weapons. Bags and people may be searched going into the faire.
What can I bring to the event?
Smiles, a colorful costume, and an open mind.
What is this year’s theme?
The theme for How Weird 2017 is “Summer of Weird”. It is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, and the 18th anniversary of the ongoing historic counter cultural gathering of How Weird. We are still striving for peace, love, and understanding after all these years.
What does it cost?
How Weird asks for a $20 donation, to help pay for the faire and keep it going. And in return you get a coveted collectible Magic Button.
Are the Buttons really magical?
They sure are. They come with lots of savings, exciting specials, plus many free things. And they make you look great!
Will the Magic Button make my butt look big?
It depends on where you stick it.
Are costumes really required?
Yes, they are. You can go as yourself, or go as something else. We recommend something colorful, creative, fun, and weird. Weird is always in style. Magic Buttons are the perfect compliment to every costume.
Nudity is not encouraged at How Weird. It often upsets others, and we don’t want that. So everyone is required to come in costume.
Are there ins and outs?
Yes, there are. And if you have a Magic Button, it will make it easier to come back in the faire.
What time should I arrive?
Arrive at Noon. The faire starts at noon, and you don’t want to miss any of the fun. The music will also start at noon. And the vendors will be open at noon. Even Art Alley will be shining at noon.
You sure get a lot of questions.
Technically, that is not a question. But the answer is yes.
Can I DJ/play at How Weird?
Each stage decides their own line-ups. The 11 stages are produced by awesome people who do their best to create an amazing experience. We trust their expertise. The faire does not book any DJs or bands.
Can I fire dance at How Weird?
Unfortunately no. The city does not give us the permits necessary for fire dancing, and the faire has become too crowded.
Do I have to dance? What if I’m not a good dancer?
It doesn’t matter how good you are. What matters is whether or not you are having fun. If the music moves you, please dance however you want… as long as you are not stepping on other people. Everyone is free to interpret the music in their own way through their dancing. The more diverse the interpretations the better.
What should I do with trash?
Please don’t leave your trash on the ground. There will be recycling and compost containers throughout the faire. It’s harder to dance if there is trash on the ground.
Lost and found?
Lost and Found is located in the Info Booth, where you will also find answers to all of your faire questions.
What is the magic number?
Some say it is 3. Others say it is 1.618. But we suspect the answer is 42.
What do I get if I answered every question correctly?
Your awesomeness will be legendary throughout the galaxy. And a pony.
Why is it called “How Weird”?
How Weird is a play on the name Howard Street, which is where the faire takes place. It also describes the people at the faire, especially when in costume. The word “Howard” is an Old English word meaning “noble watchman”. It is also the surname of William Davis Merry Howard, after which the street in San Francisco is named. He was a gifted mimic who improvised theatricals, as well as funding the city’s first public school, first hospital, first fire engine, and first churches. He lived from 1819 to 1856, and was described by his friends as a “bold operator” and a jester.
What is the purpose of How Weird?
The faire aims to inspire peace through music, art, ideas, raising consciousness, and the benevolent uses of technology.
Why do you want to raise consciousness, and what does that mean?
We mean raising the level of awareness and understanding that people have, and helping them reach a place where the connections between all people become apparent. At a wider level of understanding, it is easier to see common interests and similarities, and view the world from other perspectives. This creates an environment where peace can flourish. Collectively, we are faced with severe challenges that need to be addressed in a fresh way. Awareness, as any psychologist will tell you, is the first step to change. As Albert Einstein noticed, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
Why can’t the How Weird Street Faire be every day?
Because then it would be normal, and that’s the one thing How Weird can never be.