Mighty Reels: ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’

The Castro Street Fair in the 1970s. Photo: Courtesy Castro Street Fair
The Castro Street Fair in the 1970s. Photo: Courtesy Castro Street Fair

Friday, September 30
7pm-8:30pm, $5
GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
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This month’s installment of the Mighty Reels series of historic LGBTQ film and video from the archives of the GLBT Historical Society reveals the sights and sounds of the early years of the Castro Street Fair. Media preservationist John Raines presents rare videotape of the 1976 and 1978 fairs as captured by the Queer Blue Light media collective.

Always held on the first Sunday in October, the fair has been a favorite with residents and visitors alike for over 40 years. A major highlight of these videos is a brief interview with Harvey Milk, who explains his rationale for establishing the event in 1974. The screening takes place just two days before this year’s fair.