Skip to main content

~ Flagging In The Park – San Francisco ~

By May 21, 2013May 22nd, 2013Events, News

Sunday, June 9 – 1 PM to 4PM

Music by Steve Sherwood

National AIDS Memorial Grove – Golden Gate Park

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, and their supporters.  Flags available for use or just relax, take in the fun dance music and colorful visuals.  Bring a beverage, a lunch, something to sit on, and enjoy.

Steve Sherwood stumbled upon Flagging in the Park during his first summer in San Francisco and enjoyed an unforgettable sunny afternoon in the AIDS Memorial Grove that culminated in his first experience with spinning poi.  A decade later he was tapped to play what has since become a legendary 9 hour underground set at REAL BAD XXIII during Folsom Street Fair weekend.  This set was a major turning point for Sherwood, winning praise from his peers as well as several of his musical influences that supported him on the dance floor.  Then in early 2012 he demonstrated mastery of a more upbeat, vocal sound with a 7 hour set at PLAY T-Dance while also appearing at San Francisco Pride, Up Your Alley Street Fair, and Lazy Bear Weekend. Steve has toured extensively across the United States and appeared internationally at events in London, Vancouver, Sydney, Melbourne, and Auckland and is a resident DJ for Bearracuda and Union T-Dance. Check out his tunes here.

Our beneficiary – Men’s Inner JourneyWith nearly twenty years of experience facilitating workshops and retreats for hundreds of men worldwide, the Men’s Inner Journey has evolved into one of the most unique transformational experiences currently being offered today. The program provides a safe, welcoming environment, free from distractions where participants can focus on themselves in order to:

* let go of emotional baggage from their past

* renew a sense of hope and opportunity in their lives

* experience what it means to be present – living fully in the here and now

The Men’s Inner Journey is offered several times a year in the Bay area and Seattle.  The Gateway provides Scholarship funds for men who are eligible.  For more information – click here

Where to go: National AIDSMemorial Grove  – Taking public transportation is encouraged, finding a place for your car can be challenging.  Never been there: pair up with someone who has been there, go early for better parking, map here.

About FITP:  In 1997 a group of San Francisco flaggers started a tradition of celebrating life by gathering in the newly dedicated National AIDS Memorial Grove.  Here we are seventeen years later; the DJs, organizers, and participants are donating their time, energy and love to help raise money for mostly local (sometimes national) charities.

What to expect: The National AIDS Memorial Grove is in a gorgeously secluded meadow in Golden Gate Park.  There are little or no services near by.  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.  Our DJ spins vocal fun-filled dance music and flow artists eagerly enjoy and share their art with newcomers.  No pressure to participate, come relax and take in the color and beauty of our tribe.

Special 2013 pairing: Flagging In The Park is proud to partner with GRGR/West in 2013 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary Year of their fundraiser and dance event – REAL BAD. All funds raised this season five FITP events will be donated to our selected beneficiaries on behalf of GRGR/West to help raise an additional $100k for their 25th Anniversary.

Next 2013 events: July 27, September 7, and October 5.

Find the FITP on Facebook here

Find the event page on Facebook here


Xavier Caylor

Author Xavier Caylor

More posts by Xavier Caylor

Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • Josh Skuller says:

    Hi, I have been interested in flagging for years, but unfortunately it is not popular here in Louisville. Can you help me get started, as I have no idea where to begin. I don’t know how to sew, so I would need help making a set of flags. Thanks much!

  • Hey Josh:
    There are articles on this site that will give you the specifics of fabrics, weights, and sewing instructions. If you are at a loss with these tools there are many capable flag makers in the community ready to sell you a set of flags, I suggest you invest in poly-china-silk (synthetic silk) for your first set, the fabric will last a long time. By far the most polished silk artist at this time is Don Baker: There are a few others, including myself, without the websites that you can find by posting to one of the Facebook flagging groups: Flagging In The Park San Francisco, Flaggers USA, Southern California Flaggers, New York City Flaggers.
    Best of luck on your adventure ~ Xavier