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Since 1998, by declaration from then-Mayor Willie Brown, July 31st commemorates NO SPECTATORS DAY in San Francisco. To celebrate we'll have two events that converge:

The 2nd Annual Burning Man pARTiciPARADE!

Sunday, July 31st (pedestrian mobile art parade)
Gathers 12:30pm; departs 1:30pm SHARP and marches down Haight!
Meet at Hippy Hill (Haight & Stanyan at Golden Gate Park)
More info:

Last year's pARTiciPARADE! was a BLAST. This year will be even better as we bring more artful antics to the streets! Bring your mobile art, acoustic instruments, drums, kazoos, flower petals to throw at Haight & Ashbury, art signs, and your costume creations and be a part of the pARTiciPARADE! We'll start at Hippy Hill (Haight & Stanyan at Golden Gate Park), march to our own drummers at 1:30PM, and make several surprise stops here and there as we travel down Haight Street. We'll finish by joining the festivities at the Black Rock Arts Foundation Community Art Carnival at Hayes Green. See you at Hippy Hill. ...And don't be late!!! We have art to perambulate!

The Black Rock Arts Foundation COMMUNITY ART CARNIVAL at the Hayes Green

(Octavia, between Hayes and Fell; enter at Hayes.)
Sunday, July 31st
12:00 Noon - 5:00 PM,
FREE and Open to All!

The Black Rock Arts Foundation is thrilled to host the first annual Community Art Carnival at the Hayes Green.

This festive and family-friendly event will feature interactive art and installations, music, performances and demonstrations.

We will be holding the first-ever M.O.O.P. Olympics, where kids of all ages can participate in a 'Leave No Trace' training and then begin foraging for Matter Out of Place (M.O.O.P.). (Prizes will be awarded for the most trash collected, the largest piece of trash, the strangest, the most colorful and more.)

The Black Rock Roller disco will provide roller skates and skating music at 2:00 PM, and the costume-clad Burning Man mobile art "pARTiciPARADE!" will join the festivities around 2:30PM. Bring a picnic and join strolling clowns, musical performers and friendly people for a fun day in celebration of community-based art!

We are also working on a Gun Bake and a glass blowing demonstration - if you have a gun you would like to take out of circulation and donate to the Gun Bake, please contact John Ricker at jricker(at)meltguns(dot)com .

Come One! COME ALL! Bring a picnic and celebrate community-based art.

SCHEDULE: Start Times For Art and Activities From Noon to 5pm

12:00 Puppet Making & Chalk Drawing Strolling performance by Former Ms. Accordian SF, Linda Robertson
12:45 Black Rock Arts Foundation Welcome
1:00 Big Tadoo Puppet Crew – Puppet Show
1:30 Leave No Trace Training, followed by MOOP Olympics & Prizes
1:45 One People Voice – Marching Gamelon
2:00 Origami & Paper Flower Making with Affinity
2:30 Black Rock Roller Disco – Roller Disco Session 1
pARTiciPARADE! joins the Carnival (leaving Hippy Hill at 1:30pm)
3:45 Soprano, Marisa Lenhardt
3:50 BRAF Presentation
4:00 Gun Bake and Pour by John Ricker
4:15 Black Rock Roller Disco – Roller Disco Session 2


  • Guns into Art! Gun Bake by John Ricker
  • Collaborative art installation by Joe Mangrum and YOU!
  • Glass Blowing Demonstrations by artist Adam Mostow
  • Appearance By The Nautilus X, magical submarine bus!
  • Blue and his Pedal Powered Can Crusher (bring out yer cans!)
  • Fanciful Stilt Walkers, Wacky Clowns…and MORE!
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