Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Famed gay SF dance party Fag Fridays returns

563082_427142277368192_1216414162_nIt’s baaaaccckkkk!!!! Fag Fridays, San Francisco’s longest running weekly gay dance party, is returning in April – but with a twist.

It will no longer be a weekly affair, and instead, will be a monthly party housed at two different venues. Resident DJ David Harness is returning as well.

The event will be revived April 12 at Monarch, a newer nightspot that opened at the corner of 6th and Mission streets. Doors are set to open at 9 p.m.

Then on May 24 it will jump to DNA Lounge on 11th Street. And the plan is to rotate the party every month between the two clubs.

“We are bringing back Fag Fridays in April after a one-year absence,” said Juan Garcia, who is helping to promote the party.

Garcia said Monarch has one of the best sound systems in the city and that both clubs have late-night hours so the music doesn’t have to end at 2 a.m. once liquor sales are cut off.

“It will pop back and forth between Monarch and DNA Lounge. Both spaces go after hours so it will be neat to see if people want to do Fag Fridays the way it used to and be there all night,” said Garcia.

The party kicked off originally at the EndUp, with its indoor dance floor and outdoor courtyard. Crowds would descend there late Friday nights, and the party wouldn’t shut done until Saturday afternoons.

In September of 2007 Fag Fridays moved from the EndUp, which had been sold to new owners, to Mission nightclub Pink. A report on a website covering nightlife said the weekly parties ended in February of 2008 after a 12-year run.

“Fag Fridays was the child of partners Jose Mineros and David Peterson, born out of a conversation on the beach one day in 1996.  David was general manager of The End Up, and had recently hired Jose as promotions manager,” according to the report. “On that day they came up with the name, the concept of it as house music night, and a basic goal: as Jose put it to me once, if one couple came together on the dancefloor and formed a relationship as a result, all of their effort would be worth it.”

Over the last five years the party has come back for special occasions. It appears from the Facebook page that the last event labeled as Fag Fridays was held in July of 2011.

Peterson had hinted about Fag Fridays’ return on Facebook back in December.

“We’ve been quiet this year due to technical difficulties beyond our control. Shall we have some fun in 2013?????,” he wrote in a December 13 post.


— Matthew S. Bajko, March 8, 2013 @ 6:51 pm PST
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