Want to get involved???

Bay Area Ladyfest will be a celebration of music, film, performance and art from womyn, trans and gender non-conforming artists from the Bay Area and beyond; as well as a positive space for discussion, investigation, education and fun! We hope to make it a thought provoking experience that will encourage people to question beliefs about gender, feminism and sexuality.

If you would like to present a workshop, perform at Ladyfest, show your artwork/film, or be a vendor, please click the submissions link above for more information!

Please keep in mind that this festival is a celebration of all things fabulously femme, trans, womyn, and gender non-conforming. Preference will be given to groups or art that is reflective of this.



We’re excited to be putting together this years Lady Fest here in the bay area!

So far we have been meeting at MOCO gallery in downtown Oakland, every second and fourth Sunday of the month, planning everything out so that we aren’t scrambling too much towards the end. 

Thus far! We have decided that the fest will look something like this… 

Thursday – Films 
Friday – SF Show
Saturday – Oakland Workshop & show
Sunday – Oakland brunch decompression

We’re working on venue spaces and will have our submissions link up soon for folks to start telling us who they are and what exciting things they would like to do during Ladyfest this year. 

Come join us if you have any ideas on how to make this years fest awesome, even if its your first time organizing!



Our next meeting is april 13th at MOCO, 5-7pm.


January 11, 2014


Come and share your thoughts on last years ladyfest and how this year could be even better!
Feel free to bring a friend, a snack, and creativity!

Ladyfest is this weekend!

September 10, 2013


We are so excited to see you and have an awesome festival.  Films, bands, workshops, art, community!  It all starts Thursday at Oddball Cinema.

If you want to volunteer email


September 2, 2013

9/5/13 Thursday. 7-9pm @ 52 Hamilton Place, Oakland, 94612

How can YOU get involved in Ladyfest?? Like this!! It’s our annual Volunteer Night! The festival starts next week! Ahh! And we’ve got preparations to make! Come to our Volunteer Night where we’ll be making signs and signing up for shifts, etc. We’ll also be passing out flyers for folks to take back to their communities (work/home/hang-outs!)!! This is a fun time for all! Did we say all? Yes!! EVERYONE is welcome at Volunteer Night!! So come on out and bring that ladyfest love!


(artwork by Cristy Road!)



All events: 0-$20 sliding scale

All proceeds to benefit A Safe Place (Oakland) and St. James Infirmary (SF).
Be generous! xo

<><>THURSDAY 12TH<><>
Start off LadyFest with a night of films!!

Oddball Cinema
275 Capp Street, San Francisco, CA
DETAILS to come

<><>FRIDAY 13TH<><>

It’s Friday the 13th and Ladyfest is gettin’ its freak on! This is the first music show of the festival and we’re kicking things off with a few bangs, a few whimpers, some melodious harmonies, soul, and a lot quirky queerness. Let’s get this party started!

355 12TH ST. @ Webster St.


Pitta of the Mind- The duo of Amar Chaudhary and Maw Shein Win, bring to you their interplanetary blend of music, poetry, costumes, and obsession with cats and colors.

Beast Nest- Multimedia performance

Thunder Thighs

Rainbow Noir- noise punk with a gay agenda

Annah Anti-Palindrome- Optical Sound-Smith, writer, and Queer/Femme antagonist

Ruby Mountain- radical queer awesomeness

Lizzie Karr Band- Lady Soul Luvvv

<><>SATURDAY 14TH<><>

*FEST-O-RAMA: Workshops/Music/Vendors/Daytime Awesomeness* 

Sitting around on a Saturday afternoon not your thing? Then explore our vendors (details below- check out the zine table for teens! and skateboarding for girls!) or listen to poetry, live music, or just chill and make some new friends. It’s Saturday! Let’s get our Ladyfest on! This event from noon-5 pm in Oakland is gonna be a freakin’ fun fest for young and old alike. We’ve got AMAZING workshops going on (details below).  At Ladyfest there is something for everyone.

The Humanist Hall
390  27th Street,  Oakland,  CA
Doors @ 11am

Check this out:

12-1:15 KIDS LIBERATION WORKSHOP: Strategies for allies and caretakers- This roundtable discussion will explore the ways we can parent in feminist, sex-positive, anti-authoritarian ways. How do we talk with kids about race, class, gender, ability, age, consent, capitalist consumer culture? How do we model critical thinking, resistance to gendered parent roles and traditional family structures? How do strategies of liberation look different with babies, young children, and teens? And how can childfree people be effective allies to parents and caretakers?

1:15-1:25 Poetry reading by Phoenix. A piece commissioned for the 2012 SF Walk Against Rape.

1:25-1:45 Brinicle: Icy Finger of Death- Solo, experimental ambient viola performance.

1:45-3 LADY SHRED SESSION by SF Skate Like a Girl: Skate Like a Girl SF is an all volunteer run organization that aims to empower girls and women through skateboarding. We are all-inclusive, all ages and abilities community. We seek to combat social injustice and oppression through connecting with each other, the communities we live in, and the world at large! Throughout the year we host monthly skate dates, free skateboard clinics, participate in community events (ex:Walk Against Rape SF), and participate in skate events local and beyond. In opposition to the male-dominated culture of skateboarding, our goal is create a supportive and inclusive environment where participants feel comfortable to try something new, meet friends and join a community of like-minded skaters.

3-3:30 Dorian Finch: Synth/Dream/Folk music

3:30-4:45 WOMEN AND CYCLING by Grease Mamas: Grease Mamas is a safe space workshop for women, womyn and womyn identified persons to come learn about bikes. The workshop covers topics surrounding how and where to lock your bike, laws, how to ride comfortably (bike fitting, clothes), issues women can face while cycling and basic mechanics. Binx Garage holds monthly mechanics and informational workshops at Spokeland Bike Co-Op, has participated in Bici Bici Bike Collective Conference with the Women of Color and Families in Cycling workshop and is holding a Grease Mamas workshop at Oaklavia.


Southpaw Polymer

Brilliant Bedazzles

Moco Gallery

Fustercluck Zine

How Are Your Insides? (feminist, self-care, & poetry zines)

Zines for Teens by the Oakland Public Libary 0-$20 sliding scale.


371 17th St, Oakland, CA
(between Webster St & Franklin St)

*ElectroGrrr! UpDaFemmePunx! QuEeRiOt! *

Leave the flipflops at home ’cause the Saturday night of Ladyfest is gonna be thrashin. PUNK NOIZE SPAZ HARDCORE GOTH. It’s on.

Totally Intense Fractal Mindgaze Hut
671 24th St. Oakland, CA


Stage 1 (entry room)

Nihilist Cunt

San Cha featuring Daddies Plastik

New Happiness

Stage 2 (bar room)




Moira Scar

<><>SUNDAY 15TH<><>

Come out to San Francisco!

Workshops at Modern Times Books
2919 24th St., SF, CA

and Adobe Books
3130 24th St., SF, CA


* 5:30-7:30 Keynote Speaker Julia Serano at Adobe Books

**Comedy, Riot Grrls, Queers & Sk8 Punks Oh MY!**

Make it out to our last 2013 LadyFest event at El Rio for some laughs and jams!

El Rio
3158 Mission St., SF, CA
(between Powers Ave & Precita Ave)

8-9 Free raffle ticket giveaway


9-9:30 Feminist Tendencies. They each get a 7 minute set (4 comedians).
9:30-9:40 Sandra Risser- 10 min.
9:40-9:50 Jessica Sele- 10 min.
9:50-10:05 Dhaya 15 min.
10:05-10:25 Femikaze (Sketch Comedy) 20min.

Followed by Music

10:30- 10:50 FacePlant
10:50 *Raffle*
11:00-11:25 Lunchbox
11:30-12:00 No Bone


June 25, 2013


It’s exciting to see things slowly coming together again this year! Looking forward to the submissions, due this Sunday the 30th, & finalizing the venues! FUN FUN FUN for everyone!

 <><>THURSDAY 12TH<><>
Join us on our first night of Lady Fest in SF!

Films: TBA
Location: TBA

<><>FRIDAY 13TH<><>
Come see a variety of bands in Oakland!

355 12TH ST. @ Webster St.
Bands: TBA

<><>SATURDAY 14TH<><>
An outdoor afternoon filled with live music, workshops, & vendors! Family friendly and youth oriented!

3612 Webster St @ MacArthur and Broadway

EVENING SHOW in Oakland!
Location: TBA
Bands: TBA

<><>SUNDAY 15TH<><>

Come out to San Francisco and enjoy our final LF festivities!

Location: TBA

EVENING SHOW in SF @  El Rio sponsored by Fabulosa
3158 Mission St
Bands: TBA

<> And for the entire month of September, Lady Fest artists will be on display at MOCO GALLERY! <>

ALSO! Are you an artist / filmmaker / crafty-type / cook / musician / zinester / screen printer / poet / performer? Do you know how to do stuff? You probably want to get involved with Bay Area Ladyfest. You can perform, you can vend, you can lead a workshop. Find out more about how to get involved here- Click Here to Submit!

Hope to see tons of submissions!

More updates to come!

We’re in the Papers!

September 12, 2012

East Bay Express

Oakland Local


Oddball Film


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