Artists Activating Community

CounterPulse’s 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.

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 is supported by BLICK Art Materials. 

[Pictured: Skywatchers at Block Fest in the Forest in association with the Luggage Store/Tenderloin National Forest, Photo by Robbie Sweeny]

Archived Events

Zine-Making at Block Fest

San Francisco Suicide Prevention
Fri, Jun 7, 3:00pm-5:00pm

The Actors Space at Block Fest

Patrick Russell & Lauren English
Thu, Mar 14, 2pm-4pm

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