National AIDS Memorial Grove, Golden Gate Park
DJs Grasso + Rich
San Francisco-based DJs Philip Grasso and Russ Rich are independently recognized in the nightlife scene for their headlining performances at 1015 Folsom, Mezzanine, Public Works, and The Great Northern. They have also played in Los Angeles, New York City, Atlanta, Seattle, Vancouver, and Puerto Vallarta. In the booth, the energy between the two best friends is infectious; their live sets always deliver driving, funky tech house beats with soaring vocals that keep the crowd moving. They are the go-to choice to spin alongside house legends at the iconic Halcyon nightclub, recently opening for Danny Tenaglia, Chus & Ceballos, Prok & Fitch, and DJ Dan. After spinning Flagging In The Park separately, they’re excited to be making their return together for a back-to-back set!
Listen on Soundcloud to two flagger-friendly sets by Grasso + Rich
here and here
Castro Country Club
The Castro Country Club is a safe & sober gathering place for all people and a home for the LGBTQ recovery community. We endeavor to be a space where all can seek wisdom, serenity, courage and joy. We offer space for meetings and events, a cafe where you can find and meet friends 365 days a year, plus career and community resources.
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 from 2nd and Irving (N-Judah).
- Walking directions from 9th and Judah (Bus #6, #43, and N-Judah).
- Walking directions from Stanyan and Hayes (Bus #21, #5).
- Walking directions from Haight and Stanyan (Bus #33, #7, #71).
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.