Progressive Dinner Kicks Off Leather Week!

Please join the SF Bay Area Leather Alliance for the annual Alden Spafford Progressive Dinner, Saturday September 22nd, as we help kick off SF Leather Week 2018.

The Progressive Dinner is a social event in honor of Alden Spafford to bring together kinky individuals in a casual environment and a tour of SOMA kink businesses, with courses served at each location. The organizations will introduce themselves and share about who they are what they do. The individual directors will share about their projects and why they’ve joined the Leather Alliance.

We’ll have a raffle at each stop too!

Check-in and social hour begins at 4:00 at the Stud and will progress through the leather district:

    1. The Stud (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.)
    2. Mr S. Leather (5:00 – 5:45)
    3. Wicked Grounds Kink Cafe (5:45 – 6:30)
    4. The Powerhouse (6:30 – 7:30)
    5. San Francisco Eagle (7:30 – 8:30)
    6. The Lone Star Saloon (8:30 – !!!)

Dress: Kink, Fetish, Leather, Uniform – safe for daytime street exposure. (You can wear what you like, but there’s nothing like seeing a group of like-minded folx in their preferred gear walk through the neighborhood). Do NOT let clothing be a deterrent.

Vegetarian options will be available at each stop.

You may check-in at any location along our route.

This event is 21+ due to the bar locations. You can join us if under 21 at the stops that are not bars.

General Tickets are just $25 in advance (no fee!), commemorative button included.

Tickets at the door will be $30 (if available), commemorative button included.

Bar drinks are not included in the ticket price. Please support your community bars and businesses.

Funds raised support the annual Leather Alliance community volunteer party (all communities’ volunteers are invited!)

Also join us for Sunday’s annual LeatherWalk, the official kickoff event of Folsom Week.

Alden Spafford was a long-time core volunteer with many Leather Community groups, including the InterClub Fund, the SF Leather Forum, & the satyrs MC.

SF Catalyst is Party Central!

There is something for everyone at SF Catalyst over the long, hot, Folsom Fair Weekend.  For those of you unfamiliar with SF Catalyst, it is a community-run educational and social space, operated by the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance, located at 1060 Folsom Street (between 6th and 7th Streets) in San Francisco, California.  That means it’s just a few blocks from the Folsom Street Fair itself!

Catalyst features more than 3,000 square feet of play and social space, well stocked with meeting room, bedroom, and dungeon room furniture. There are lockers (bring your own lock), fixed points for bondage or suspension, a spacious shower, a cozy loft, and many other enticing features. The space is available to rent for photo shoots, meetings, filming, art shows, play dates, life events, professional sessions, and all kinds of parties and gatherings.

All the events below are for folks ages 18 and above.  Please bring ID.  Catalyst can be made wheelchair-accessible; please contact the event host 24 hours in advance to request it.  All activity at SF Catalyst is consensual.  Consent is sexy. No means NO.

Now, here are some of the highlights of Catalyst’s Leather Week Calendar:

Wednesday, September 26, 2018:
Drench! — A pansexual piss & play party
7:00 p.m. to midnight

Finally, a watersports-themed event for all genders, and all orientations and preferences, including Water Bois, Urinal Gals, Raunch Masters, Trough Slaves, Piss Daddies / Mommies, Diaper babies (#1 only), Piss Pigs, Pee Puppies, Squirters, Gushers, and their friends and admirers.

The cost is just $20, or contact Annessa on Fetlife to volunteer, for free admission.

There will be an orientation and demo at 7:30 for folks who are new to or curious about pee play.  There will be a shower for your hot negotiated scenes, and the Trough for those who want to give their consent to be used as a urinal by anyone.  There will be light snacks and plenty of refreshing beverages.  If you are over 21, you can bring your own beer.  Full details can be found on FetlifeFacebook, or the Yellow and Black Group Web site.

Get wet & play hard at Drench!

Thursday, 9/27/2018:
Frisky Pups Party
8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Are you a good pup who yearns to be bad? Or a bad boy who likes to corrupt the good ones? Whether you are a pup who likes to hump everyone in sight or a man who likes to tame them, this party is for you. You might be a good boy during the day, but at night it’s time to roam free.

We’re inviting sex-positive men, boys, and pups to SF Catalyst for a sweaty night of debauchery. We’ve got a fully equipped play space with BDSM equipment, fuck benches, beds, slings, puppy mats, and much more that will help you unleash your primal instincts.

Come for wild sex, torturous SM, tight bondage, stretching assplay, drenching piss, or whatever twisted things you desire.  All sex-positive, male-identified 18+ are invited to get naughty with us. There will be snacks and drinks available.

Tickets $20 in advance. $30 at door.

Friday, 9/28/2018: 
Kinksters Under 40 Party
7:00 p.m to 1:00 a.m.

SF KuF is a group for men aged 18 – 39 who are attracted to experiencing or exploring kink with other men.  And the Folsom Friday Dungeon party is the biggest KuF event of the year.  Please visit their Web page for full information or to purchase tickets!  Any questions? Email

Saturday, 9/29/2018:  
15 Association Party
6:00 p.m. to midnight

The 15 Association, a social and sexual fraternity for men who engage in BDSM, is the longest-standing gay male BDSM Association in the western USA.  They hold play parties each month at SF Catalyst.  For their Folsom Weekend play party, advance tickets are required; no tickets will be sold at the door, and the party is expected to sell out.  To learn more and buy your ticket, please visit their website.

Saturday Night / Sunday Morning:
Folsom Street Overnight 
1:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

It is Saturday night and tomorrow is Folsom Street Fair! You’re having a great time enjoying the parties and clubs and don’t want to go home. SF Catalyst is open from 1 am to 10:00 am on Sunday morning.

Located just one block from Folsom Street Fair, this is the perfect sex-positive place to get some rest (or not) and launch your adventure from in the morning. Equipped with showers, you can be ready to head right out the door into the fair. Bring your own towel/pillow/blanket; these items are not provided.

Folsom Street Overnight is open to all open-minded persons 18+ respectful of other guests and the space. SF Catalyst is a community-run space for the leather, fetish, BDSM, and motorcycle communities. It is equipped with crosses, benches, beds, slings, a suspension frame, hoists, and more BDSM equipment.

$10 in advance. Advanced ticket sale here. $15 at door (cash only). Admission is free to our “Hogtie” Patreon supporters. All proceeds go to support SF Catalyst, a project of the non-profit SF Bay Area Leather Alliance.

Catalyst will also be open throughout the morning and afternoon of the Folsom Street Fair. The Sunday-day is a separate event: Release: Folsom Edition.

Sunday Daytime, 9/30/2018:  
Release – Folsom Edition
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

You know that feeling: By the afternoon of Folsom Street Fair, it’s hot and crowded; you’ve been titillated and teased by the sights. Now, you just want to play. Release your pent-up energy at SF Catalyst. You will find water (please bring your own bottle), light snacks, lockers, shower, a place to socialize and relax as well as play space to try out those new toys.

Release is an open play party. Bring your partners or meet new ones and get kinky. SF Catalyst invites all persons 18+ to play in our fully equipped community-run space on Folsom Street just a block from the Fair. Equipment includes St. Andrew’s crosses, slings, spanking benches, suspension points, and more.

In and out privileges apply from 10am – 6pm for those who want to play a while then head back to the fair and come back later.

Admission is $20 in advance, or $25 at the door.  Admission is free to our Patreon Hogtie+ supporters.

Sunday Evening, 9/30/2018:
Women and Trans Party – Folsom Street Edition
6:00 p.m. to midnight

Please join us at SF Catalyst for a party for Women and Trans Folx!  The space will be open for play, socializing, relaxing, and re-energizing. Water (please bring your own bottle), light refreshments, showers, music, and a place to play will be provided.

Cost: $20 at the door; $17.89 in advance.  Or sign up here to volunteer, to get free entry into the party.

Cruise With The Guards!

  • What: A 3-hour boat cruise on San Francisco Bay with great views of Alcatraz, Angel Island, Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Sausalito and more!  There’s a full no host bar on-board, and you’ll receive a souvenir sailor cap, lei and photo, late afternoon appetizers, and music to help you enjoy the company and comraderie of fellow leather friends while cruising on the bay until the sun sets behind the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Where: San Francisco Bay, Pier 3/The Embarcadero
  • When: Check-in: 4:30 PM; Return: 8:15 PM
  • Leather or Uniform Attire Expected
  • A perfect way to get a head start cruisin’ Folsom Street!
  • Tickets are normally $90 per person, but for a limited time, you will pay just $75.  

Buy your tickets now and save!

For information about Scholarships, OR to arrange for discounts for your organization, please visit or write to eventinfo AT

Beyond Folsom Week At SF Catalyst

As you know, SF Catalyst is a community-run educational and social space, operated by the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance.  The calendar is now full of exciting events:  Meetings of the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District and its committees, training intensives by the Piercing Guild, classes by Foundations, brunches by Bootlab, and, of course parties hosted by groups like the Exiles, Sole Mates, the Yellow and Black Group, and the Society of Janus.  Check out the calendar here.

You can help support SF Catalyst by attending events there, or by scheduling your own event!  (Write to for information.  Affordable options are available!)

You can also support this important community resource through our SF Catalyst Patreon Campaign, making a monthly donation at any level you like.  Perks for Patreon donors can include VIP access to monthly content, an “I proudly support SF Catalyst” pin, and discounted or free access to parties and events.

And of course, you can also offer to volunteer, or even join our Operations Group.  Remember, this space probably won’t be ours forever, so let’s make the most of it NOW!

 Leather Cultural District Meetings

The next open Community Meeting to discuss plans for a new Leather Cultural District in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco is set for:

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
at SF Catalyst, 1060 Folsom Street
between 6th and 7th Streets, in San Francisco.

Now that the “Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District” exists, the burden is on us to form an organiation to manage and oversee it.  There are lots of important decisions to be made, and these meetings are where we make them.  All are welcome!

If you aren’t already on the mailing list, visit to sign up.  As always, more information about the project is available at and ongoing discussion is happening in the Leather District Slack workspace (  You may also wish to like and follow the SF Leather Cultural District on Facebook.  And you can contact Bob Goldfarb (LCD [at] at any time with questions or offers to help!


The San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance…

…is committed to creating a welcome and supportive environment for members of the SF Bay Area leather, fetish, kink and motorcycling communities.  We seek to facilitate community members in safely learning, growing, connecting, honoring and enjoying each other.

Please click here for reports on recent events.

Alliance Projects

SF Catalyst

SF Leather Alliance Weekend

SF Leather Community Awards

Mr SF Leather Contest

Leather Alley at SF Pride

The Alden Spafford Progressive Dinner

The Holiday Community Volunteer Appreciation Party

SM Safety Education

Suicide Prevention Education

Motorcycle safety, education and group rides

We also maintain an emergency Grants Account. Community members in financial need because of accident, serious illness or death of a significant other that causes financial hardship may apply to receive up to $1500 in assistance for basic living expenses.

Contact and Other Info

You can contact the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance at info (at) leatheralliance (dot) org

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Find us on Twitter: @LeatherAlliance

Photo credits on this Web site include Ceridwyn AsherRich Stadtmiller, Daniel SamblanetJoe Mazza and David Hyman.