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SF’s 2024 “I Love Tenderloin Week” Festival (April 21-27)

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Sunday, April 21, 2024 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Tenderloin | Jones St. and Eddy St., San Francisco, CA

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SF’s 2024 “I Love Tenderloin Week” Festival (April 21-27)

The Tenderloin district of San Francisco proudly announces the return of ‘I Love Tenderloin Week,’ scheduled from Sunday, April 21st through Saturday, April 27th, 2024 with 40+ venues and neighborhood organizations joining forces to create 21 different events with a combination of block parties, resource fairs, competitions, and more throughout the Tenderloin – most of which are free.

Now in its second year, the event has rapidly become a tradition, reflecting Tenderloin Neighborhood Pride, the area’s resilience, cultural diversity, and strong community engagement. Through collaborative efforts among local organizations, small businesses, and other citywide institutions, this week-long celebration consists of over two dozen events that invite both residents and visitors to connect with the neighborhood’s rich cultural, culinary, and artistic offerings.

I Love Tenderloin Week 2024 (ILTW)

April 21-27, 2024
All Events Below are Free and a select few have Suggested Donations option

Sunday April 21st


Organization: Tenderloin Community Benefit District
Name of Event: Tenderloin Beautification Day
Date: Sunday April 21st
Time: 9am-2pm
Contact Info: cyntia@tlcbd.org

Additional Info: TL Beautification Event hosted by the Tenderloin Community Benefit District.  This day will feature a neighborhood clean-up, planting, graffiti abatement, and mural repainting.  We’ll then close the day out with a celebration and appreciation!  If this is of some interest, email cyntia@tlcbd.org.


Organization: GLIDE Memorial Church and Foundation 
Name of Event: Jazz and Justice Sunday
Date: April 21, 2024  
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM 

  • Event will begin with opportunities to join GLIDE Memorial Church’s historic Celebration services either from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM, or, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • And then, from 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM, GLIDE’s historic, Freedom Hall will be open for a Luncheon served by one of GLIDE’s legacy programs, Daily Free Meals
  • The event will then conclude, with a meet and greet with GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice when residents will hear about social justice campaigns, community partnerships, and opportunities and events for youth coming up in 2024!

Address: 330 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. 
Contact Info: Freddy Martin, Congregational Life-Community Engagement Manager | email: fmartin@glide.org | phone: 415-674-6168  

Additional Info: Jazz & Justice Sunday will begin with GLIDE Memorial Church’s renowned Sunday Celebration! Come and hear Minister Marvin K. White’s inspirational message of Hope & Unconditional Love. It is a unique SF Glide Church experience! Additionally, hear the jazzy & melodic sounds of Maurice Shelby, a famous & celebrated Jazz Artist, who will be featured at both the 9:00 AM and 11am services. After joining GLIDE’s Sunday Celebrations, join us at a Glide MC Luncheon in Freedom Hall. Meals will be prepared by Jonathon Fennell, GLIDE’s Chef for the community. Then from 1:00 PM -3:00 PM, come hear updates, events, GLIDE MC news, social justice campaigns, community partnerships, opportunities & events for youth coming up in 2024! 


Monday April 22nd


Organization: Chinatown Community Development Center
Name of Event: TL Artisan & Small Business Showcase + Cooking Competition
Date: Monday, April 22
Time: 3 PM-7 PM (TL Artisan & Small Business Showcase); 5 PM-7 PM (Cooking Competition)
Address: 201 Turk St. (Parklet for the TL Artisan & Small Business Showcase, Community Room for the Cooking Competition)
Contact Info: Lily Li (415-350-5036, lily.li@chinatowncdc.org)

Additional Info: 

Lily’s supervisor and co-contact for the event: 
Soha Abdou (415-745-4576, soha.agina@chinatowncdc.org)


Tuesday April 23rd


Organization: SF Public Library – Main Library / “Tenderloin Branch Library”
Name of Event: Tenderloin Small Business Boogie
Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Time: 5-8:30 p.m. 
Address: Meeting at Golden Gate Greenway, hopefully starting Small Business Boogie at 826 Valencia (180 Golden Gate Ave)
Contact Info: Julieanne Rudolph: julieanne.randolph@sfpl.org; Teddy Kramer: teddy@neon.work

Additional Info: More info below:

  • Each business will offer a one-time special offer for one night only.
  • Teddy will introduce/interview each business and their owner before customers enter the space.
  • Customers then shop ’til they drop for 30 minutes.
  • Each business provides a gift card or swag for our raffle at the end of the night at the bar.
  • Teddy buys everyone a drink at the bar!
  • We do it all to disco!

Update for 3/28/24: All five businesses are confirmed:

  • 826 Valencia
  • TL Museum
  • Phoenix Hotel
  • Outta Sight Pizza
  • Shovels Bar & Grill


Organization: Central Hospitality House
Name of Event: Hospitality Love
Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Time: 11:00am-2:00pm
Address: Turk/Leavenworth/Jones Corridor
Contact Info:  James Wren: jWren@hospitalityhouse.org; Haley Summerfild: Hsummerfield@hospitalityhouse.org; Richard Hood: rhood@hospitalityhouse.org 

Additional Info: Each Chess and Checker winner Receives a gift card. 


Wednesday April 24th

Organization: Central City Hospitality House 
Name of Event: “Home is a Hotel” Movie Screening 
Date of Event: Wednesday April 24th
Time: 2:30-4:30 pm 
Address: 1009 Market St. SF
Contact Info: Program Coordinator – (415) 553-4525 Emali: Hsummerfield@hospitalityhouse.org

Additional information/ contact info: Program manager: Jamil Nasim email: jnasim@hospitalityhouse.org


Organization: The Healing WELL
Name of Event: Creative Expressions of Wellness
Date: Wednesday 4/24 
Time: 1:15-4:15 
1:15-2:15 Flower arranging workshop 
2:30-3:30 Stories of resilience: Hear from our recent leadership program graduates 
3:30-4:15 Food and mingling 
Address: 374 Ellis St. 
Contact Info: mika@healingwellsf.org

Additional Info: Please sign up for the flower arranging workshop ahead of time as supplies are limited. 


Organization: La Cocina
Name of Event: La Cocina Open House
Date: 4/24/2024
Time: 4pm-6pm
Address: 332 Golden Gate Ave. 
Contact Info: Boom Wanvisa – boom@lacocinasf.org

Additional Info: Reintroduction to La Cocina as we are operating as a commissary kitchen/ La Cocina work space/ rental event space. Appetizers will be served to guests. 


Thursday April 25th


Organization: Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco & Phoenix Hotel
Name of Event: Happy Hour Fundraiser
Date: Thursday April 25th
Time: 5pm-8pm
Address: 601 Eddy Street, San Francisco, CA
Contact Info: mvuong@kidsclub.org

Additional Info: 21+ Event featuring DJ Kwame in the mix.  Good vibes, good people, good drinks, all for a good cause.  100% of tips will be donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, Tenderloin Clubhouse.


Organization: Tenderloin Walking Tours
Name of Event: Special Tenderloin Walking Tour
Date: Thursday April 25th
Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm
Address: Starting at 55 Taylor, Ending at 601 Eddy Street
Contact Info: RSVP with mvuong@kidsclub.org

Additional Info: First 30 are free; Come take an in-depth tour of the Tenderloin and its history from people with lived experiences


Organization: Tenderloin Museum
Name of Event: Trans Temporal Resistances
Date: 4/25/24
Time: 7-9pm 
Address: 398 Eddy St. SF, CA 94102 (Tenderloin Museum)
Contact Info: info@tenderloinmuseum.org

Additional Info: Trans Temporal Resistances is the closing public program for Transition Times: Re-Membering Anticarceral Resistance in the Tenderloin, an archival exhibit contextualizing the 1966 Compton’s Cafeteria. Program curators Emji Saint Spero and Leila Weefur invite writers and artists to engage with trans archives and architectures through performance. 


Organization: Shovels
Name of Event: Dodge Alley Socials: Music in the Alley with Silk Road
Date: Thursday April 25
Time: 5:00PM to 9:00PM
Location: Dodge Alley (Next to Turk and Larkin behind Shovels Bar)       

Additional Information: Join us for Music, Food and Games in Dodge Alley. This month’s music features the sounds of Silk Road, a group of young musicians playing  the classics from pop & funk to rock.

Complementary food supplied by Shovels Bar and Grill for the first 75 guests.
 Contact: Doug@shovelsbar.com


Friday April 26th


Organization: Code Tenderloin
Name Of Event: For The Love Of The Tenderloin
Date: April, 26,2024
Time: 12:00 pm
Address: Corner of Turk and Taylor
Contact Info: Miss Tina, Phone Number 415-685-1022 -Email tina@codetenderloin.org

Additional Info: Receive resources, food, clothing, and more


Organization:   Faithful Fools 
Name of Event: Movie Night 
Date: Friday – April 26th, 2024
Time: 5:00 – 8:00pm
Address: 234 Hyde St. 
Contact Info: Silena@faithfulfools.org (415) 240-8234

Additional Info: Silena Layne is the best contact person at Faithful Fools for this event.


Name of Event: Concerts at the Cadillac: James Washington
Date: 4/26/24
Time: 1-2pm
Address: 380 Eddy St. SF, CA 94102 (in the Cadillac Hotel lobby)
Contact Info: info@tenderloinmuseum.org

Additional Info: Pianist James Washington performs a set of jazz standards and improvisations for a special Concert at the Cadillac, presented in collaboration with the Tenderloin Museum as a Sounds of the Tenderloin live music program.


Organization: TNDC
Name of Event: GRACE Activation & Community Organizing Open House
Date: Friday April 26, 2024
Time: 3pm-5pm
Address: 210 Golden Gate Avenue (corner of Golden Gate and Leavenworth)
Contact Info: Curtis, cbradford@tndc.org

Additional Info: We will have music, games, free popcorn and snacks, and our office will be open to talk with folks about the work we do and how people could get involved.


Organization: The Salvation Army Kroc Center
Name of Event: Tenderloin Spring Family Festival
Date: Friday April 26, 2024
Time: 4pm-7pm
Address: 240 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Contact Info: Katherine Au, katherine.au@usw.salvationarmy.org and Gregory Meneses, Gregory.Meneses@usw.salvationarmy.org

Additional Info: This is a free family event for the community is full of carnival games and activities, special opportunities, and more.


Saturday April 27th


Organization: Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco
Name of Event: Tenderloin Health Walk
Date: Saturday April 27th
Time: 9am-12pm
Address: 246 Eddy Street, San Francisco, CA
Contact Info: mvuong@kidsclub.org

Additional Info: Easy and fun walk for all ages, family friendly.  Enjoy good healthy habits in community with others.  Finish the health walk for a nice swag bag.  Small program in the morning to be determined.


Organization: SF Public Library – Main Library / “Tenderloin Branch Library”
Name of Event: Tenderloin Branch Library” Open House
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2024
Time: 11am-5pm
Address: 100 Larkin St, SF CA 94102
Contact Info: Mel Reyes: melissa-ann.reyes@sfpl.org

Additional Info: Celebration: Tenderloin Branch Open House

Celebrate the inaugural Tenderloin Branch Open House and the activation of every floor of the Main Library for I Love Tenderloin Week. Participate in the following activities for the day:

12-3pm (First Floor): Meet the library’s community partners at our Resource Fair in the Atrium and Genre Room
2-3pm (Second Floor): Arabic Story Hour, followed by crafts for children and families in the Children’s Center
3-4pm (Fifth Floor): Streaming Music Listening Party in The Bridge’s Learning Studio

We will also have photographs of the Tenderloin by photographer Judi Iranyi mounted throughout the Main Library. There will be a photobooth for families and folks to take pictures, lots of food for TL residents, and library tours in various languages. Attendees will receive swag throughout the library branded with TL artist design and SFPL logo.


Organization: Tenderloin Museum
Name of Event: Erotic Resisters and Ecosexuals Unite!
Date: 4/27/24
Time: 3-5pm 
Address: 398 Eddy St. SF, CA 94102 (Tenderloin Museum)
Contact Info: info@tenderloinmuseum.org

Additional Info: In celebration of the recent publication of Gigi Otálvaro-Hormillosa’s new book, Erotic Resistance: The Struggle for the Soul of San Francisco, Tenderloin Museum hosts the author for a double-header book talk with Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens, fellow activist-artists and scholars of human sexuality, who will discuss their latest latest, Assuming the Ecosexual Position:The Earth as Lover. Program moderated by Dr. Joy Brooke Fairfield


Organization: Psyched!Radio SF (part of the OEWD x TLCBD mini grant program)
Name of Event: Cumbia Block Party
Date: Saturday 4/27
Time: 12-6pm
Address: 500 block of Ellis
Contact Info: josealberto Salazar josalazarmoreno@gmail.com


Disclaimer: Please double check event information with the event organizer as events can be canceled, details can change after they are added to our calendar, and errors do occur.

Cost: FREE
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Venue: Tenderloin
Address: Jones St. and Eddy St., San Francisco, CA