National AIDS Memorial Grove, Golden Gate Park
Stefanie is a veteran San Francisco DJ who began her career in 1986 at the South of Market club the Baybrick Inn. She has played at a long list of venues, clubs and events over the past 35 years, including holding weekly residencies at 1015 Folsom, The Endup, DNA Lounge, Sound Factory and was also fortunate enough to play at the legendary dance venues IBEAM, the Trocadero, and Club Townsend, along with the playing in between bands at the world famous Fillmore. Her most notable residencies were at the Café and the infamous Detour, along with the Lookout where you can currently find her spinning for their popular Sunday party.
“I’m passionate about life, and try to bring that passion to my sets,” Stefanie says. “I like to keep it fresh, so I never ‘plan’ my sets—other than having a vision ultimately of what vibe I would like to achieve. I let the crowd be my guide.” ~ DJ Stephanie Phillips
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.
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.