Artists Activating Community

CounterPulse Block Fest animates and celebrates the unit block of Turk Street (between Mason Street and Taylor Street) with free arts activities, cultural offerings, community information, and discussion for local residents, workers, and visitors. From protest sign & button workshops to ofrenda-making, Block Fest celebrates the creativity and resiliency of the Tenderloin.

Block Fest is quiet through December and January, and will resume February through June, 2019. If you have an idea for a Block Fest collaboration, email Rick Darnell or call the office 425 626 2060. Come get your project on!

Block Fest made possible in part by awards from the California Council for the Arts Creative California Communities program and the San Francisco Office of Economic & Workforce Development. Presented by CounterPulse and Central City S.R.O. Collaborative.

[Cover photo of Skywatchers by Robbie Sweeny]

Archived Events

Block Fest with Adam Herbst: The Creature

Adam Herbst
Fri, June 1, 3pm-5pm

Knowledge and Affirmation from the Past

Txutxo Perez
Fri, Apr 6, 3pm-5pm

Barley Sculpture at Block Fest

Tan Sirinumas
Fri, Mar 2, 3pm-5pm

Magic in the Tenderloin: A Coloring Book Adventure

Hannah Boles and Sylvester Guard
Fri, Jan 5, 3pm-5pm

Black Hawk Mural & Biketivity

Dawn Leigh & San Francisco Yellow Bike Project
Saturday, Oct 7, 12pm-2pm

Block Fest in the Forest

Leroy Staples, Dawn Leigh, Ramekon O'Arwisters, Jason Wyman, Mary Claire Amable, Celi Tamayo-Lee
Friday, May 5th, 3pm-5pm

Block Fest with Sylvester Guard

April 7, 3pm-4:30pm, Every first Friday