Flagging in the Park

National AIDS Memorial Grove, Golden Gate Park
Approximately once per month
May through October 2024

The date of our first event of the season will be posted on our Flagging in the Park — San Francisco Facebook group around the first of May 2024.

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 are available for use or just relax and take in the fun dance music and colorful visuals.  Bring a beverage, a lunch, something (non-plastic/grass-friendly) to sit on, and enjoy!

Music By

Fabulous DJs

Including feedback and suggestions from our community, our all-volunteer production team selects one (or more) DJs for each of our events. The music tends to be uplifting, bright and eminently “flagable.”   At the time of this posting, our team has identified our proposed lineup for the DJs of our 26th. season, and look forward to presenting them to our community over the summer and early fall 2023.


For each event of our season (except our big event in July, whose beneficiary is always our host, the National AIDS Memorial), our DJs select a social benefit (non-profit) organization near and dear to their hearts. Funds raised during the event are then matched up to $2,000 by one of our partner organizations, the Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation, and donated to this social benefit organization. Some of our beneficiaries’ logos are shown to the right.

Where to Go

National AIDS Memorial Grove (map/directions)

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.

Walking directions:

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.

2023 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 each of our 2023 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, the Lookout, 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!

Thank you all for helping make our 26th season so special! We are grateful to you.

2023 Producers

Amy Lam, Daniel G. Van Olst, Fiona Davidson, Jack Whiteford, Jeff Kennedy, Markus Thorndike, Tom Steele, William Barros, Michael Rackley, and Xavier Caylor.