Welcome to the 2024 Spring NQAF!

At a glance!

Date & Time Event Name Location Tickets
SAT 6/1, 3PM – 5PM Art, Activism & Equity: 

A Retrospective on San Francisco’s 

Cultural Evolution

SF Public Library
Hispanic/Latino Community Room
FRI 6/7, 6PM – 9PM NQAF Opening Reception & Gallery Opening Ceremony SOMArts

934 Brannan St SF

Sliding scale, NOTAFLOF
FRI 6/7, 7PM Erotic Resistance: Performance, Art, and Activism in San Francisco Strip Clubs  GLBT Historical Society Museum

4127 18th St SF

FRI 6/14 to SUN 6/16  20th Annual Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project Film Festival Presidio Theater


FRI 6/14 to MON 6/17 6th Annual Queer Afro-Latin Dance Festival DoubleTree Hotel, San Jose $100 – $400
SAT 6/15 10AM – 4PM ‘Eyoomkuuka’ro Kokomaar Canoe Launch Celebration Aquatic Cove Park, SF FREE; Register here
SUN 6/16 12PM – 5PM Palestine Solidarity Teach-In SOMArts

934 Brannan St, SF

Sliding scale, NOTAFLOF
THU 6/20 6PM – 8PM Straight for the Money: Interviews with Queer Sex Workers GLBT Historical Society Museum

4127 18th St, SF

FRI 6/21 6PM – 9PM Rebellion by Candelight ABO Comix

2520 Telegraph, OAK

By donation
FRI 6/21 – SUN 6/23 FreshMeat Festival of Trans Performance Z Space

450 Florida St, SF

Sliding Scale
THU 6/27 6PM – 8PM Gallery Closing Ceremony/Reception SOMArts

934 Brannan St, SF

Sliding scale, NOTAFLOF
FRI 6/28 11AM – 8PM Trans March Dolores Park, SF FREE
SAT 6/29 5PM Dyke March Dolores Park, SF FREE

This year’s 27th Anniversary National Queer Arts Festival will take place June 1, 2024 through June 30, 2024 and will be in-person for all events. The 2024 NQAF theme “JOYPOCALYPSE” lifts up the need for collective liberatory queer joy during this time of ongoing cascading collective trauma. The National Queer Arts Festival centers Queer, Trans, Gender Nonconforming, Intersex, Two-spirit, Black, Indigenous, People of Color (QTI2SBIPOC artists) and honors their work.


Our signature program is the National Queer Arts Festival (NQAF), an annual multidisciplinary Festival held May through July throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Each year we commission over twenty performances, visual arts exhibitions, and interdisciplinary showcases and in the process, we support hundreds of artists and production crews.

Since 1998, NQAF has presented more than 800 different events that have featured more than 2,300 LGBTQ+ artists including Bill T. Jones, Heklina, Alice Walker, Robert Rauschenberg, Meredith Monk, Adrienne Rich, Marga Gomez, Justin Chin, Thom Gunn, Cherrie Moraga and Dorothy Allison. Many artists find their start at the festival. NQAF is the longest continuously-running queer arts festival in North America.

2024 Spring National Queer Arts Festival Catalog

You can click through the program catalog below, or open it as a PDF on your computer.


To honor community care and wellness, QCC is producing a hybrid festival with both in-person and virtual gatherings. Our aim is to produce a festival where folks can participate in a manner that feels safe and good to each individual preference. Our in-person events range from small workshops to large concerts. At our events, masking is required for all in-door experiences. In addition, we have masks and hand-sanitizer on-hand and are providing testing for our artists and team.

ASL interpretation available for only specific in-person events and by request. Check each event’s individual Eventbrite for their accessibility information. If you are interested in attending an event and require ASL interpretation, please send your request to [email protected].


Thank you to Queer Cultural Center Funders:

Akonadi Foundation
Alameda County ARTSFund
California Arts Council
East Bay Community Foundation
Horizons Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Phyllis Wattis Foundation
Ruth Arts
San Francisco Arts Commission
San Francisco Grants for the Arts
Trans Justice Funding Project
Walter & Elise Haas Foundation
Zellerbach Family Foundation
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Thank you to our community partners, sponsors, and venues!