National AIDS Memorial Grove, Golden Gate Park
DJ Kimberly S (Los Angeles) knows how to command a room…and her fans all over the world love it. Armed with a repertoire ranging from joyful house, to sophisticated grooves, to bangin’ big room anthems, she skillfully delivers the sound that packs dance floors, works crowds into a frenzy, and leaves them begging for more.
Kimberly draws her inspiration from her lifelong love of music and the power it holds. Whether it be at one of Hollywood’s most exclusive hotspots or presiding over a global music festival, her carefully-curated sets unleash a sonic boom that brings the crowd along for an unforgettable musical ride. That innate ability to connect with any type of audience is Kimberly’s hallmark. It’s no wonder she’s amassed a fan base that spans the LGBTQ+ spectrum.
Heralded as “The Queen of The Circuit,” Kimberly’s legendary performances at The Factory Nightclub and White Party Palm Springs propelled her to superstar status. Her current reign includes a residency at the most famous gay bar in the world, The Abbey-West Hollywood, as well as headlining events nationally and globally from Shanghai to Singapore to South America to San Francisco. Kimberly has been playing in her favorite city – San Francisco – since 2000. Her fans fondly remember her long-term residency at Fresh. She is excited to be returning to play at Flagging In The Park.
The National AIDS Memorial Grove is a dedicated space in the national landscape where millions of Americans touched directly or indirectly by AIDS can gather to heal, hope, and remember. For all the promising prospects on the horizon, AIDS continues to invade our lives, violate our past, and rob us of our comfortable assumptions about the future. The sacred ground of this living memorial honors all who have confronted this tragic pandemic both those who have died and those who have shared their struggle, kept the vigils, and supported each other during the final hours.
Annual Silent Auction
Held only once per year during our July Flagging in the Park, our annual Silent Auction offers amazing tie-dye flags, fans and poi from various tie-dye artists; event tickets for several different parties; as well as a few other San Francisco treats. Here’s your chance to buy or gift something unique! All proceeds benefit the National AIDS Memorial Grove. View the list of auction items on the Flagging InThe Park Facebook page a week before the event.
Where to Go
Taking public transportation is encouraged since finding a place for your car can be challenging. Never been there? We suggest you pair up with someone who has. If you drive, go early for better parking — map here.
What to Expect
The National AIDS Memorial Grove is a gorgeously secluded meadow near the East end of 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 port-a-potties will be available. Our DJ spins vocal fun-filled dance music, and flow artists eagerly enjoy and share their art with newcomers. There is no pressure to participate — come relax and take in the color and beauty of our tribe!
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-four years later, Flagging in the Park has grown into a treasured, quintessentially San Francisco event where DJs, organizers and participants donate their time, energy and love to help raise money for local and national charities.
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 each of our 2022 events. Proving it takes a village, this event would not happen without the support of these partners: National AIDS Memorial Grove, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Pretty in Ink, Flagger Central, Ryan Clouse, the many donors that fund us so every dollar collected in the Grove goes to our beneficiaries, and the many volunteers that help with set up and strike. Make sure to let them know you appreciate their help with FITP!
Amy Lam, Daniel G. Van Olst, Fiona Davidson, Jack Whiteford, Jeff Kennedy, Markus Thorndike, Ric de Barros, Tom Steele, William Barros, Michael Rackley, and Xavier Caylor.