Fresh Meat Festival

Our FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL of transgender and queer performance is an annual 3-day, multidisciplinary performance festival – always held during the third weekend of June at San Francisco’s Z Space theater.

The FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL centers transgender, gender-nonconforming and queer artists of color, and lifts up our performing artists as truthtellers who light and lead the way to our collective liberation, healing and JOY.

The FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL is the only event of its kind in North America, and features the Bay Area’s and the nation’s leading trans, gender-nonconforming and queer dance, theater, music and multi-disciplinary performance artists.

We present artists performing new work in an enormous variety of forms: bachata, ballroom, bomba, opera, hula, modern dance, hip hop, solo performance, mixed abilities dance, theater, voguing, opera, Blues, R&B, gospel, Americana, folk, rock opera, choirs, electronic music, acapella, humor, spoken word and poetry, Afro-Colombian dance, aerial dance / trapeze and more.

The FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL is celebrated for its exquisite artistry, innovation and performances that are deeply moving, relevant, innovative, articulate and fresh. Audiences love our pre- and post-performance lobby parties, featuring live DJs, FRESH MEAT FEST photo booth, drinks and dancing.

Our Friday evening performances are ASL interpreted. Z Space is wheelchair accessible and has all-gender restrooms. ID is not required to purchase tickets or to pick tickets up at the box office. Tickets are sold on a sliding scale, and no one is turned away for lack of funds.

Advance tickets are recommended, as these performances sell out quickly.

Learn more about our past FRESH MEAT FESTIVALS.

INTERESTED IN SUBMITTING YOUR WORK TO THE FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL?

Performing artists and ensembles: We welcome you to send us submissions for the FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL at any time. Get details on our submission process.

NOTE: We do not present full-length works: all submissions must be 5 to 15 minutes in length.

We review submissions annually between January and April, but you may send us your submission at any time.

Please email production@freshmeatproductions.org with:

  • Your bio, including performance experience and website link(s)
  • Contact information
  • Online video link(s) to the work you are submitting for consideration,
    as well as any other video samples of your work.

You may also submit work on DVD via mail. We cannot return any materials. Send materials to:

Fresh Meat Productions
P.O. Box 460670
San Francisco, CA 94146-0670

For more information, please contact us.