Folsom fair date changed
The date for the 2012 Folsom Street Fair has changed, marking the first time in 20 years that the annual San Francisco leather and fetish fest hasn’t been held on the last weekend in September.
Next year’s fair will take place Sunday, September 23.
Organizers opted to move the festival, which draws hundreds of thousands of people each year, to avoid a scheduling conflict with Oracle OpenWorld, which will run September 30 through October 4.
Demetri Moshoyannis, executive director of Folsom Street Events, which produces the fair, said the group first realized the potential need for a change when it learned that approximately 30,000 hotel room nights had already been booked around their desired dates.
"We were told only weeks after this year’s fair that nearly the entire inventory of hotel rooms for the city had been sold out for the last weekend of September 2012. So, we were faced with a decision: either move the 2012 fair date and risk upsetting some people who had booked way in advance or not move the fair date, knowing that tens of thousands of visitors would be unable to book rooms at all," he said in a statement.
"We knew it would have been an absolute catastrophe to move forward with that same weekend," Moshoyannis added.
He said he’s been in touch with an Oracle representative to make sure there won’t be similar conflicts in 2013 or 2015. He said he’s still waiting for the giant technology company to determine dates for Oracle OpenWorld 2014.
Folsom Street Events is also talking with the city to avoid future conflicts.
"We’re trying to ensure we can go back to the way things were and continue to tell everybody Folsom Street Fair always happens on the last weekend of September," he said.