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About MAX

Since 1988, MAX has provided gay men and their friends in the San Francisco Bay Area
a warm and welcoming place where we come together to build real friendships
with real people.  Today, MAX members work together as a community to offer
dozens of social events each year, ranging from our famous First Friday TGIF to 
many social, educational and travel opportunities.

Upcoming MAX Events

Upcoming events

    • 24 Aug 2018
    • 27 Aug 2018
    • Community of the Great Commission Camp & Retreat Center Foresthill, CA


    Join the California Men’s Gathering (CMG) for their Northern California Summer Gathering in the beautiful Sierra Foothills near Foresthill (about 50 miles northeast of Sacramento).

    Enjoy a three-day weekend in a beautiful woodland retreat with hundreds of men who come together from all over California and beyond to take a break from their daily routines, open their hearts and minds, relax, and have fun building a community of men.

    There are tons of fun activities, including workshops, hiking, swimming, yoga, pool parties, massage exchange, puppy piles, and the “Talent/No Talent” show (always a highlight of the weekend), all included with the registration fee.  These are experiences of connection, fun, challenge, and growth, as well as offering time and space for self-reflection.  Each man creates his own menu of experiences.  For an additional $35, the Low Ropes/Challenge Course offers a transformational experience that can make your whole weekend.

    This year CMG is gathering for the first time at the Community of the Great Commission camp near Foresthill.  Accommodations range from tent camping ($50 discount), basic cabins the in forest (5 bunks, 10 men per room, included in the registration fee), and a limited number of upgrades to beds in the lodge buildings available for an additional fee. All accommodations are first come (registered), first served.  If you think you may want one of the very limited upgrades, register as soon as possible.

    The registration fee is a sliding scale that ranges from $285 to $455, depending on your annual income.  First time attendees get a discount of $35.  In addition, a limited number of grants are available for those that require financial aid to be able to attend.

    This year’s theme is “40 Years Celebrating Men.”  For more information on this year’s CMG Summer Gathering, please click here and, for all the details, read the invitation document available here.

    Registration is NOW OPEN!  Click here to register



    • 7 Sep 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Hyatt Embarcadero Eclipse Lounge
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    SEPTEMBER TGIF at the Hyatt Embarcadero Eclipse Bar

    MAX SF’s TGIF returns from summer vacation in September!  

    Join us on Friday, September 7, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm for our monthly signature event, TGIF at the Hyatt Embarcadero Eclipse Bar (5 Embarcadero Center, Atrium Lobby Level).  The Eclipse Bar is one of our favorite placesto meet and celebrate the end of the first week of the month.  

    Our September TGIF promises to be a great way to visit with old friends, make new friends, and talk about your adventures this summer.  We’re really excited to bebringing the TGIF back after a few months break!

    MAX TGIF's attracts anywhere from 100 to 200 people.  

    With attendees running the gamut in age, it’s definitely a diverse group of men. We always go out of our way to make everyone, especially newcomers, feel welcome, so if you’ve never joined us before, this is the perfect opportunity to be introduced to some new people.

    We’re looking forward to catching up with everyone on September 7 at 6:00 pm!  

    Register today to RSVP for MAX’s September TGIF.

    • 9 Sep 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Finn Town
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    Join us at Finn Town for our September Second Sunday!  Enjoy conversation, cocktails, and snacks thanks to the wonderful team at one of our favorite Castro hotspots. We’ll have our own private space at the back of the restaurant and may take part in a fun food-related experience like a cocktail demo or a lesson in food and wine pairing. 

    RSVP here for a fun afternoon. 

    You’ll no doubt walk away with a new friend or two!

    • 17 Sep 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Pier 27, Embarcadero


    You’ll be greeted with a glass of champagne upon boarding the
    Solstice of the Seas…

     This fun benefit party, featuring a fully-hosted bar, appetizers, and entertainment, will be onboard Celebrity Cruises’ mega-cruise ship Solstice of the Seas.  This is a fundraising event for the benefit of our partner organization, REAF, the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation.

    Join REAF on September 17 from 6 - 9 pm for this special on-board party featuring music and dancing as well as appetizers and a fully hosted bar.  Special guests include Fernando and Greg of 99.7NOW radio and other special entertainment will include cast members from The Phantom of the Opera.  Tours of the ship will be available throughout the evening.

    Tickets will be $100/person (+ $7.62 fee)

    Click here for more information and to purchase your ticket.,


    • 20 Sep 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Beaux, 2344 Market Street, San Francisco, CA
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    Join MAX SF for its newest way to connect at Beaux Bar each "Third Thursday" of the month from 5:30pm to 8 p.m. A superb crowd of gay men and their friends, food, conversation, and spectacular performances at the nearby piano. Superb cocktails at happy hour prices! Appetizers included in your admission charge. 

    Beaux Bar, 2344 Market Street, San Francisco, CA

    This evening is a complement to our highly successful First Friday TGIF's which draw between 150 and 400 people!

    • 24 Sep 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Marines Memorial Theater


    Join our partner organization, the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF),for another of their “One Night Only” benefit cabaret shows.  This time enjoy a fun-filled evening featuring cast members of “Phantom of the Opera” and “On Your Feet.”  

    Broadway Backwards will be on September 24 at 7:30pm. This will be a night filled with music, dance and laughs benefiting the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation of SF (REAF) and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

    Tickets are $35, $50 and $100.  The $100 ticket includes an after party with the cast.

    Marines’ Memorial Theater
    609 Sutter Street
    San Francisco

    For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.


    • 5 Oct 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Hyatt Embarcadero Eclipse Lounge
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    • 9 Oct 2018
    • 19 Oct 2018
    • India

    MAGICAL MAX INDIA FOR $1,500.00!

    DELHI, AGRA (TAJ MAHAL), AND JAIPUR

    11 DAYS:  10/9/18 - 10/19/18

    TOTAL AIR AND TRAIN:  $861.34

     HOTELS:  IF YOU SHARE:  $541.34 PER PERSON

    IF YOU TAKE THE ROOM AS A SINGLE:  $1,083.84

    PAYMENT TO MAX FOR ARRANGING TRIP:

    MEMBERS:  $100.  NON-MEMBERS:  $250.

    We have 11 people interested in this trip so far!

    Join MAX Travel Leader, Phil Walker, for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to India at an incredible cost!   For those traveling and sharing a room:  $1,503.71 (we will help you find a roommate if you need one).  For those taking the hotel rooms as a single:  $2,045.08.  This includes air to India and back, roundtrip air to Jaipur from Delhi, and all hotel rooms.  We are staying at 4 and 5-star hotels.

    Phil has always been mesmerized by India.  He has organized a trip there for all those intrepid MAX travelers who are intrigued as well.  After an incredible cruise to Cuba, wonderful visit to Miami, 5 magic days in Iceland, and a superb trip to Ashland (with more to follow), MAX now turns its sights to India.

     Here is how it works:  You book your own flights from SFO to DEL and back.  You depart October 9, 2018, and arrive on October 10, 2018 (depending on the flight).  There is a superb flight on Delta through Amsterdam (arriving Oct. 9, 2018).  You also book your Air India flight from Delhi to Jaipur on 10/15/18 and return on 10/18/18.   Phil will give you the suggested flights.

     Then, Phil will give you the list of hotels, and you make your own hotel reservations:

    •  Delhi:  Metropolitan Hotel:  Arrive 10/10/18 and Depart 10/14/18.
      $172.87 per room per night including taxes and fees
    •  Agra:  Doubletree by Hilton:  Arrive 10/14/18 and Depart 10/15/18
      $99.25 per room per night including taxes and fees
    •  Jaipur:  Hilton Jaipur:  Arrive 10/15/18 and Depart on 10/18/18
      $182.10 per room per night including taxes and fees
    •  Delhi International Airport:  Vivanta by Taj:  Arrive 1018/18 and Depart on 10/19/18
      $87.10 per room per night including taxes and fees

    While we are in India, Phil will make tours available for all who wish to participate.  You are free to do what you want while we are there.  We meet for cocktails each evening to share what we did that day and make plans for the next.  Often, the group has dinner together.  You do as much or as little as you want with the group.

    New Delhi:  National Capital of India

    From Wikipedia:  New Delhi is home to several historic sites and museums. The National Museum began with an exhibition of Indian art and artifacts at the Royal Academy in London in the winter of 1947–48 It now houses 200,000 works of art, both of Indian and foreign origin, covering over 5,000 years.

    The India Gate built in 1931 was inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. It is the national monument of India commemorating the 90,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who lost their lives while fighting for the British Raj in World War I and the Third Anglo-Afghan War.

    The Rajpath which was built similar to the Champs-Élysées in Paris is the ceremonial boulevard for the Republic of India located in New Delhi. The annual Republic Day parade takes place here on 26 January.

    The Rajghat,a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi.  Gandhi Smriti in New Delhi is a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi and the location where Mahatma Gandhi spent the last 144 days of his life before he was assassinated on 30 January 1948. His ashes are buried beside the Yamuna River.         

     Jantar Mantar located in Connaught Place was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur. It consists of 13 architectural astronomy instruments. The primary purpose of the observatory was to compile astronomical tables, and to predict the times and movements of the sun, moon and planets.

     New Delhi is also home to Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum, National Rail Museum, and Supreme Court of India Museum.

    New Delhi is particularly renowned for its beautifully landscaped gardens. The largest of these include Buddha Jayanti Park and the historic Lodi Gardens. In addition, there are the gardens in the Presidential Estate, the gardens along the Rajpath and India Gate, the gardens along Shanti Path, the Rose Garden, Nehru Park and the Railway Garden in Chanakya Puri. Also of note, is the garden adjacent to the Jangpura Metro Station near the Defence Colony Flyover, as are the roundabout and neighborhood gardens throughout the city.

    For more ideas, check out 25 Incredible Things to Do in Delhi.

     Agra and the Taj Mahal

    From Wikipedia:  The Taj Mahal is one of the most famous buildings in the world, the mausoleum of Shah Jahan's favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is one of the New Seven Wonders of the world, and one of the three World Heritage Sites in Agra.    

    Completed in 1653, the Tāj Mahal was built by the Mughal king Shah Jahan as the final resting place for his beloved wife, Mumtāz Mahal. Finished in marble, it is perhaps India's most beautiful monument and is set amidst landscaped gardens. Built by the Persian architect, Ustād 'Īsā, the Tāj Mahal is on the south bank of the Yamuna River. It can be observed from Agra Fort from where Emperor Shāh Jahān gazed at it for the last eight years of his life, a prisoner of his son Aurangzeb. Verses of the Quran are inscribed on it and at the top of the gate are twenty-two small domes, signifying the number of years the monument took to build.  The interiors are decorated with fine inlay work, incorporating semi-precious stones.

    Agra has additional attractions, as described here.

    Jaipur:  The Pink City

     From Wikipedia:  Jaipur  is the capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan in Northern India.   Jaipur is also known as the Pink City, due to the dominant color scheme of its buildings. It is located 174 miles from New Delhi. 

     Jaipur is a major tourist destination in India forming a part of the Golden Triangle with New Delhi and Agra. In the 2008 Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Survey, Jaipur was ranked the 7th best place to visit in Asia. According to TripAdvisor's 2015 Traveler's Choice Awards for Destination, Jaipur ranked 1st among the Indian destinations for the year. 

     Visitor attractions include the Hawa MahalJal MahalCity PalaceAmer FortJantar MantarNahargarh FortJaigarh FortBirla MandirGaltajiGovind Dev Ji TempleGarh Ganesh TempleMoti Dungri Ganesh TempleSanghiji Jain temple and the Jaipur Zoo.  The Jantar Mantar observatory and Amer Fort are  World Heritage Sites. Hawa Mahal is a five-story pyramidal shaped monument with 953 windows that rises 15 meters (50 ft) from its high base. Sisodiya Rani Bagh and Kanak Vrindavan are the major parks in Jaipur. Raj Mandir is a notable cinema hall in Jaipur.

    Check out 15 Things to Do in Jaipur.

    Next Steps

    To show interest in the trip, please do the following:
    1.  Email Phil Walker at phil@askphilwalker.com letting him know you are interested in the trip.  This is not a reservation.  It just shows interest.

    2. Phil will email you the instructions for booking flights and hotel for your consideration.

    3. MAX charges our members $100 for MAX's efforts in arranging the trip.  This is in addition to the charges for air and hotels.

      Non-members pay $250.00 to MAX for arranging the trip.

    4. You may stay at any hotel you want and take any flight you want.  We simply give you suggestions.  We choose a central hotel where Phil will stay.  The group may meet there for cocktails in the evening.   Either stay at the same hotel or at a hotel you choose.   Hotels in India start at about $20 per day and go up to $450 per day.  See hotels.com.

    5. You may also take whatever flights you want.  We give suggested flights based on price, quality, and schedule.

    Ask anyone who went on the trips to Iceland, Miami, and Cuba.  Phil puts on quite a trip!  We hope you will join us in India.

    • 12 Oct 2018
    • 14 Oct 2018
    • Ashland, Oregon


    Join us as we head back up to Ashland for another Oregon Shakespeare Festival Excursion, October 12th-14th!

    It will be a wonderfully fun weekend getaway, full of theater and the arts, as we take in the acclaimed productions of Othello and the ground-breaking same-sex adaptation of Oklahoma.  It also just so happens to be Southern Oregon’s Gay Pride weekend, so we’ll go out on Friday night to the community dance and experience the festive Main Street parade and LGBT festival in Lithia park.

    Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to take in the gorgeous colors of Fall on the six-hour drive up to the Rogue Valley! We’ll take a scenic road trip up to Southern Oregon early on the afternoon of October 12th and stay the weekend in gorgeous B&B-style lodgings, leaving late afternoon on Sunday, October 14th.

    And the pricing is a true bargain! We’ve set aside two price points, one for single occupancy rooms and one for double occupancy rooms, with a $150 non-refundable deposit:

    ·       $350/400 Per Person Double Occupancy – Member/Non-Member

    ·       $450/$500 Per Person Single – Member/Non-Member

    The package includes tickets to both Othello and Oklahoma, OSF backstage tour, wine tasting, hot springs visit and accommodations at our exclusive downtown Ashland B&B Delaunay House. Transportation and food are not included, but event champion Lorenzo will coordinate carpooling to the event and can offer an additional $25 discount to those who bring 3 or more in your car.  If you are a single guy and looking for a roomie, we can help match you up with someone. This package is an $800 value and these rates are exclusive to MAX and provide anyone booking with us savings of up to $200!

    Contact event host Lorenzo Taylor at Lorenzo_Max@aol.com to reserve or if you have any questions.


    • 14 Oct 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Finn Town
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    • 18 Oct 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Beaux, 2344 Market Street, San Francisco, CA
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    Join MAX SF for its newest way to connect at Beaux Bar each "Third Thursday" of the month from 5:30pm to 8 p.m. A superb crowd of gay men and their friends, food, conversation, and spectacular performances at the nearby piano. Superb cocktails at happy hour prices! Appetizers included in your admission charge. 

    Beaux Bar, 2344 Market Street, San Francisco, CA

    This evening is a complement to our highly successful First Friday TGIF's which draw between 150 and 400 people!


    • 20 Oct 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Eureka Valley Rec Center, 100 Collingwood St at 18th


    This wonderful partner event with REAF (the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation) is resource fair of over 100 arts, community, fundraiser, legal, political, recovery, well-being & spiritual groups serving our community. It also happens to be the largest SF LGBTQ nonprofit expo ever!

    FREE ENTRANCE, GREAT FOOD & FABULOUS ENTERTAINMENT VALUABLE DOOR PRIZES! Hosted by OurTownSF, Eureka Valley Recreation Center & TurnOut Check out the silent auction items and receive a free chair massage in the toddler room.

    Check out a video from last year's OurTownSF here.

    Come on out and hang with us, all for a good cause!

    resource fair of over 100 arts, community,

    fundraiser, legal, political, recovery,

    well-being & spiritual groups serving our community

    resource fair of over 100 arts, community,

    fundraiser, legal, political, recovery,

    well-being & spiritual groups serving our community

    • 2 Nov 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Hyatt Embarcadero Eclipse Lounge
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    • 11 Nov 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • TBA
    • 70


    Join MAX SF for our own unique twist on Thanksgiving.

    MAX provides the Turkeys and the Libations, while attendees each bring a dish to share with others. From sides to desserts, this makes for an absolutely magnificent Feast of Friends for "MAXGiving."

    After feasting on culinary treats and magnificent desserts, our own MAX Minstrels present: The True (Gay) Story of Thanksgiving: The Musical.

    From the twisted pen of MAX member, Phil Walker, this production will feature many of the talented members of MAX as they share a tale of the Pilgrims and Native Americans like you have never seen before. Featuring such instant Thanksgiving classics as, "I Want to Be Where the Bottoms Are," and "I Like the Taste of 'Chicken' But Now I'm Ready for Turkey!" , this is a one-time production you will not want to miss!

    Cocktails and appetizers: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Feast: 2:00 p.m.
    Theatrical Spectacular: 3:00 p.m.

    More information to come as we near MAXGiving.

    Location: TBA

    Pricing: TBA

    Champion: Phil Walker, phil.walker@maxsf.org.

    • 15 Nov 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Beaux, 2344 Market Street, San Francisco, CA
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    Join MAX SF for its newest way to connect at Beaux Bar each "Third Thursday" of the month from 5:30pm to 8 p.m. A superb crowd of gay men and their friends, food, conversation, and spectacular performances at the nearby piano. Superb cocktails at happy hour prices! Appetizers included in your admission charge. 

    Beaux Bar, 2344 Market Street, San Francisco, CA

    This evening is a complement to our highly successful First Friday TGIF's which draw between 150 and 400 people!


    • 16 Nov 2018
    • 19 Nov 2018


    Stay tuned for more details on the California Men's Fall Gathering! What we do know: the Fall event is in Southern California, and these men really know how to bring the glitz and glam!

    • 7 Dec 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Hyatt Embarcadero Eclipse Lounge
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    • 8 Dec 2018
    The date has been set, but we are still finalizing the details on this event to make it the best experience possible.  Check your weekly MAX newsletter for updates.  If you have any questions, please email concierge@maxsf.org.
    • 9 Dec 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Finn Town
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    • 10 Dec 2018
    • Marines' Memorial Theater

    Save the date for a wonderful show benefiting our community partner REAF, the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation.  More details coming soon!

    • 1 Jun 2019
    • 8:00 PM
    • San Francisco

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Past events

19 Aug 2018 "Help is on the Way" benefitting REAF
19 Aug 2018 CMG Pool Party and Potluck
16 Aug 2018 August Third Thursday
12 Aug 2018 August Second Sunday
27 Jul 2018 "A Midsummer's Dream" Discovery Community 2018 Summer Retreat
25 Jul 2018 Sing your Heart out at the Café
21 Jul 2018 SOLD OUT: Mission Murals Walking Tour
19 Jul 2018 July Third Thursday
16 Jul 2018 "One Night Only" Benefit Cabaret School of Rock Cast Members
14 Jul 2018 SOLD OUT: Bastille Day Pool Party
8 Jul 2018 July Second Sunday
27 Jun 2018 Sing your Heart out at the Café
23 Jun 2018 SFGMC 40th Anniversary "Unbreakable" Concert
23 Jun 2018 Pre-Show Reception for UNBREAKABLE, SFGMC 40th Anniversary Show
23 Jun 2018 20th Annual Pride Brunch for Positive Resource Center in San Francisco
21 Jun 2018 June Third Thursday
17 Jun 2018 REAF Broadway Bares/San Francisco Strips III
16 Jun 2018 SOLD OUT: San Francisco Fireboat Tour
10 Jun 2018 June Second Sunday
10 Jun 2018 Join CMG for a Day at the Races!
9 Jun 2018 SOLD OUT: San Francisco Fireboat Tour
2 Jun 2018 Ready, Set, BIKE! AIDS/LifeCycle Day Zero
1 Jun 2018 June TGIF at the Hyatt Embarcadero Eclipse Bar
25 May 2018 California Men's Gathering
25 May 2018 SOLD OUT: Ashland Shakespeare Festival
20 May 2018 MAX at AtmosQueer LGBT Community Connection Fair
17 May 2018 May Third Thursday
13 May 2018 May Second Sunday
5 May 2018 SOLD OUT: MAX Cruise - Cuba and Miami Highlights
4 May 2018 May TGIF at the Hyatt Embarcadero Eclipse Bar
20 Apr 2018 Donna Sachet's "Songs for No Reason" benefitting REAF
19 Apr 2018 April Third Thursday
13 Apr 2018 REGISTRATION CLOSED: Red Wine and Rising Sun: Blind Wine Tasting
8 Apr 2018 April Second Sunday
7 Apr 2018 Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza
7 Apr 2018 Rosie the Riveter National Park Tour and Lunch
6 Apr 2018 April TGIF at E&O Kitchen and Bar
1 Apr 2018 MAX Easter Gospel Brunch with Jason Brock
29 Mar 2018 SFGMC "Bridges" Lavender Pen Concert and Dinner/Drinks
25 Mar 2018 OUT of Site - North Beach Tour
24 Mar 2018 Jason Brock Gospel Show at Martuni's
24 Mar 2018 OUT of Site - North Beach Tour
24 Mar 2018 OUT of Site - North Beach Tour
23 Mar 2018 An Evening with the Oakland Symphony
17 Mar 2018 St. Patrick's Day Dinner with CMG
15 Mar 2018 March Third Thursday
11 Mar 2018 March Second Sunday
11 Mar 2018 OUT of Site - North Beach Tour
10 Mar 2018 OUT of Site - North Beach Tour
10 Mar 2018 OUT of Site - North Beach Tour
4 Mar 2018 Casanova Exhibit at the de Young
2 Mar 2018 March TGIF
24 Feb 2018 SFGMC Crescendo
19 Feb 2018 REAF One Night Only Cabaret
15 Feb 2018 February Third Thursday
11 Feb 2018 February Second Sunday
10 Feb 2018 Train Trip to Sacramento and Train Museum
2 Feb 2018 February TGIF

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