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Is How Weird happening this year?
We hope so, and things are looking likely. Permits are pending better health conditions. If it becomes safe to have an event, then we will have it on September 12th at the same location as 2019. The city will issue guidelines, which we will follow. Please follow all instructions so we can have a safe event this year.
Where is the How Weird taking place?
Centered at Howard and 2nd Streets in downtown San Francisco, where we have been for the past dozen years. Just around the corner from the giant Salesforce Tower, and next to the Transbay Terminal.
Why are you doing the faire?
We are trying to maintain community and connections and a thriving culture. As well as celebrate peace, creativity, and the survival of the human spirit in spite of adverse conditions.
How can I support How Weird?
You can donate to How Weird through the World Peace Through Technology Organization (WPTTO) which will give all How Weird donations to the faire. How Weird is a project of the World Peace Through Technology Organization.
When will I know that the faire is happening for certain?
We will post information on this website, it is always up to date. You can also join the mailing list to get information first, and special offers. And you can follow us on Twitter and Instagram and Facebook.
What can I do until then?
Please stay safe. Take care of yourself and others. This has been a hard time for many people, so please be patient. When the pandemic is over, we will gather once again!
The four faire entrances this year are at Howard and 1st Streets, Howard and New Montgomery Streets, Folsom and 2nd Streets, and at Mission and 2nd Streets. They are all near the Montgomery BART station, Transbay Terminal, Caltrain Station, and MUNI. We strongly recommend taking public transportation to the faire. There is also a car/taxi waiting area at 1st Street and Howard. We recommend arriving early to avoid lines and see all of the faire. The faire starts at Noon.
There will be printed maps inside of the 2022 Faire Guide, along with the music stage schedules, magic specials, and much more. Grab one on your way into the faire! Or stop by the Info Booth at the center of the faire.
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 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
What is that weird alien-like symbol?
In the 1990s, crop circles were appearing around the world, with increasingly complex designs. These designs worked their way into electronic dance music culture, and inspired many people. Below is the design of the Barbury Castle crop circle from July 17, 1991 in England, perhaps the most iconic crop circle. The design was recreated on the playa at Burning Man 1999 by Landon, who currently does the design work for How Weird, with assistance from Justin, who is currently one of the producers of How Weird. It served as the dancefloor for the last Community Dance at Burning Man.
What does it cost?
The faire costs $25 at the gates this year, and comes with a Magic Pass that has tons of benefits. If you want to save money, you can get the passes in advance from $11.11 to $20.
Are the Passes really magical?
They sure are! They come with lots of savings, exciting specials, plus many free things.
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. It is loud. Children 12 and under do not need to purchase passes.
Yes, the entire faire is handicapped accessible. It is at street level, with ramps to the sidewalk.
Are dogs allowed?
Dogs are not allowed at the How Weird Street Faire this year, because of problems. Only service dogs can enter the faire.
What about other animals?
We strongly discourage bringing pets to How Weird, because of the large crowds and loud noise.
What should I NOT bring to the event?
Do not bring glass bottles or weapons, they are not allowed inside the faire. Bags and people may be searched going into the faire.
What should I bring to the event?
Please bring smiles, a colorful costume, and an open mind.
What is this year’s theme?
The theme for How Weird 2022 is a mystery, for now.
Should I take the red pill or the blue pill?
The red one, it’s weirder.
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.
Nudity is not encouraged at How Weird. It often upsets others, and we don’t want that. So everyone is asked to come in costume. But be aware that there may be some nudity.
Are there ins and outs?
Yes, there are ins and there are outs.
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.
What about rain or bad weather?
The How Weird Street Faire is a rain or shine event. We hope for shiny days.
Why is there a picture of a blue firetruck?
That is a great question! The picture is from 1998, and features the legendary Blue Room firetruck. It was a promotional art car that debuted at Burning Man 98 (and was banned from returning), was a “float” in the SF Pride Parade, and graced psytrance parties in and around San Francisco during the end of the 1990s. It then retired up north, and settled down in the woods. To the creators of How Weird, this is one of the most iconic symbols of the 1990s in the Bay Area, which is the theme of this year’s faire.
Can I DJ/play at How Weird?
Each stage decides their own line-ups. The music stages are produced by awesome people who do their best to create an amazing experience. It is them that decide who plays. 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 and surrounded by highrise office buildings and condos.
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’s feet. Everyone is free to interpret the music in their own way through their dancing. The more diverse the interpretations the better.
Is there a VIP area?
The VIP area has being extended to cover the entire faire and it’s included in the regular Magic Pass. Everyone’s important at How Weird!
How weird should we be?
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, always inventing new ways to do things. But there is always something weirder. So be as weird as you want to be.
What should I do with trash?
Throw it away! Please don’t leave your trash on the ground. There will be trash, recycling, and compost containers throughout the faire. It’s hard to dance if there is trash on the ground!
By city law, there is no smoking allowed in street fairs. You can step outside the faire if you want to smoke.
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.
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.