Downtown First Thursdays

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New Monthly Block Party!
Downtown First Thursdays (DFT) is a free monthly street party hosted in Downtown San Francisco. Get ready for disco in the streets, DJs, live music, drag, martial arts, fashion, street performances, and the Biggest Disco Ball West of the Mississippi.

Unwind, explore, connect.

The fun takes place on 2nd Street (between Market and Howard) and along neighboring alleyways ready for you to explore. The event will also feature two 21+ outdoor bars on Minna and Natoma.

Special Guest Performers on Jun 6th at Howard & 2nd Street

Kaleena Zanders  | 7 to 7:50 PM
Armed with supernova vocal prowess and an explosive stage presence, Kaleena Zanders is one of the fastest emerging stars in music. Earning comparisons to ’90s House vocalists like CeCe Peniston and Robin S — and even Whitney Houston — Zanders existence brings the genre back to its queer, Black origins giving passage to those who are sometimes unseen. Her songs usually pack a punch with social messages and upbeat music.

Essel  | 7:50 to 9 PM
Hailing from Liverpool, the sensation ESSEL ignited her music odyssey during a winter studio seclusion, conjuring beats that now set the world on fire. In just 5 years, she’s earned her stripes with a coveted place in the ‘Top 30 Producers in the World’ on Beatport, all while being lauded as one of the most influential female DJs to emerge from the UK club scene. From her first residency in Ibiza to global recognition, ESSEL is the force igniting the music industry.

Other Activities

111 Minna Gallery
KALW will host conversations, music, and more inside 111 Minna Gallery from 5pm-10pm.

Discoteca on Minna Street (Outside 111 Minna Gallery)
Grace Towers will host an outdoor street discoteca on Minna Street, featuring Bay Area Performers and DJs playing a wide range of music genres including disco, salsa, reggaeton, house y más!

The Art Car Stage (2nd at Howard St.)
OASIS Nightclub & Cabaret will start the party with drag, DJs, and more in the early evening and set the stage for special guest performers–brought to you by The Midway and Another Planet Entertainment–to close out the night.

Dance Hall (Outside Natoma Cabana on Natoma at 2nd Street)
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival and A LITTLE x will bring you live music to get down to. Grab your partner and head to the Dance Hall for salsa, funk, and more grooves to keep you moving in the streets.

Jams on Jessie (Jessie Street at 2nd Street)
Jessie Street comes alive with bands and live music brought to you by Noise Pop, plus some fun surprises and wandering street performances.

Outdoor Beer Gardens (Two Locations)
Enjoy delicious drinks outside at:
Minna Street outside of 111 Minna Gallery
Natoma Street outside of Natoma Cabana (90 Natoma St.)

Gallery Openings + Arts

Hosting its regular First Thursdays, where from noon–8 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month Bay Area residents have free admission.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum
The CJM will host a community opening from 6:30-8:30 PM for the California Jewish Open—the Museum’s first major open-call exhibition, presenting works by artists from the Golden State looking to the many aspects of Jewish life to explore connection. Free admission with advance registration.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts will present its new exhibition “Nick Dong: 11 to 88. with extended hours on opening day. Evening tickets are free with advance registration at

Come hungry & don’t miss out on this chance to support some amazing local businesses! Vendors listed on Instagram.

Every First Thursday from 5 to 10 PM
Second St. and Howard St. in Downtown San Francisco (SoMa)

Get all the details on the DTF website.


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