November 8, 2017 at Harvey Milk Plaza from 6pm – 7pm

Please join the Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza and renowned arts collaborative Illuminate, as we unveil two light art installations to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Harvey Milk's election to office.

On this day in 1977, Harvey Milk secured his position as California's first openly gay elected official in a barrier-breaking election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. This November 8 is also the 20th anniversary of the giant rainbow flag first being raised in the Castro. Both anniversaries give us plenty to celebrate, and we are planning something truly special.

We are hosting a large-scale, peaceful and positive public gathering at the intersection of Castro & Market streets to honor the life and legacy of Harvey Milk. Our goal is to reaffirm San Francisco and California's enduring commitment to equality, and to highlight the effort underway to create a plaza that will engage and inspire people to carry forth Harvey's message of inclusivity and equality. 

As part of this event, we are working with an extraordinary arts nonprofit, ILLUMINATE…the team behind The Bay Lights and the recent beloved lighting of the Conservatory of Flowers for the Summer of Love. ILLUMINATE and the Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza will be unveiling two amazing works of public art on November 8th.

What's missing? YOU. Please join us to celebrate Harvey Milk and reaffirm your own commitment to ensuring equality for all.



Harvey’s Halo, a temporary lighting installation will remain lit for 40 hours over the course of 8 nights. Help fund this light project!



The Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza are preparing to embark on an extensive project that will change the face of the Castro forever.  Learn more about the plaza project, and get involved.



Join us on November 8, 2017 from 6pm-8pm at Harvey Milk Plaza as we unveil two art projects, dance and celebrate Harvey Milk. Learn more about how you can get involved in celebrating Harvey Milk. 


About Illuminate

ILLUMINATE rallies large groups of people together to create impossible works of public art that, through awe, free humanity's better nature. The aim of art is higher than art, so ILLUMINATE aims very high. Their highly aspirational mission of changing humanity’s future for the better via public art—some would call it impossible—is a reflection of their core beliefs. The best of their projects will always be radically accessible, free to experience and widely viewable.