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SF City Guides: Rare Neighborhood Walking Tours Month | May 2019

San Francisco City Guides offers dozens of free guided walking tours, all over the city, throughout the year.

During the months of May and October, when the San Francisco weather is particularly pleasant, City Guides adds a series of neighborhood explorations to its year round tour schedule.

Each San Francisco neighborhood has a distinct architecture, history, and personality that deserve in-depth exploration. Go off the beaten path and discover the colorful characters, beautiful vistas, and charming architectural treasures that can be found in communities like the Inner Richmond, Visitacion Valley, or the Tenderloin.

Join for a walk along the streets, sidewalks and by-ways of one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in the world.

Special May 2019 Tours
All tours are free, but donations accepted. First come, first served.

Find details and exact meeting locations via the links below.

Complete schedule of tours for May 2019

Sunday, May 5

Tenderloin Neighborhood Part I: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Sunday, May 5 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
| Powell & Market
Tenderloin Neighborhood Part I: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Explore the Tenderloin’s isolated rural village beginnings and its years as a quiet residential and small business neighborhood. Find out how it morphed into San Francisco’s hotel and silk stocking entertainment and vice district, how it became part of the mean streets in the last ...

Tuesday, May 7

Diego Rivera Mural at City College: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Tuesday, May 7 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
| Diego Rivera Theater
Diego Rivera Mural at City College: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
See the last and largest of the murals done by Diego Rivera in the U.S.: Pan American Unity, painted for the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1940. Meet in the lobby of Diego Rivera Theatre (approach from Judson), San Francisco City College, Judson and Phelan. Public ...

North of the Panhandle: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Tuesday, May 7 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
| Baker & Fell St.
North of the Panhandle: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
This central part of the City started out with sand dunes and marsh to become a fashionable neighborhood. The Depression era gave way to a working class area. After the summer of love, came a population exodus until today where it is becoming a desirable ...

Sunday, May 12

Tenderloin Neighborhood Part II: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Sunday, May 12 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
| McAllister & Leavenworth
Tenderloin Neighborhood Part II: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Explore the Tenderloin’s isolated rural village beginnings and its years as a quiet residential and small business neighborhood. Find out how it morphed into San Francisco’s hotel and silk stocking entertainment and vice district, how it became part of the mean streets in the last ...

Tuesday, May 14

Bungalows of Westwood Park: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Tuesday, May 14 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
| Ocean & Faxon Avenues
Bungalows of Westwood Park: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Craftsman, English Tudor, Spanish Revival, Colonial Revival-you’ll see all these styles and more strolling through this west side neighborhood of 650 cozy bungalows built for middle class San Franciscans in the early 20th century. Meet at Ocean & Faxon Avenues

Thursday, May 16

Sacred Places: Walking Tour of Churches & Cathedrals | SF
Thursday, May 16 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations accepted. Some tours may be limited in size
| St. Mary's Cathedral
Sacred Places: Walking Tour of Churches & Cathedrals | SF
San Francisco’s diversity is reflected in its places of worship. Visit churches, temples, a cathedral, and a synagogue. View the symbols and architecture and hear the history of the city’s religious institutions. This tour is offered in May and October only. Meet at the main plaza entrance ...

Sunday, May 19

Inner Richmond: Part I Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Inner Richmond: Part I Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
The district’s rich history goes back to the 19th century and includes robbers’ roosts and racetracks, squatters and roadhouses, a saloon district and a red light district, as well as charming Victorian row houses and beautiful Craftsmans, the 1902 and 1903 Big Games, an earthquake ...
Golden Gate Heights Stairways: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Sunday, May 19 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
| 15th Avenue Stairway
Golden Gate Heights Stairways: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
On this hearty walk, a multitude of stairways connects comfortable Inner Sunset residential streets with dramatic chert outcroppings offering magnificent views of San Francisco, the Pacific Ocean, and the Marin Hills. Meet at Kirkham and the base of the 15th Avenue stairway. Wear comfortable, sturdy walking ...

Sunday, May 26

Inner Richmond: Part II Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
Sunday, May 26 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted. Some tours may be limited in size.
| 6th Ave & Geary
Inner Richmond: Part II Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
The district’s rich history goes back to the 19th century and includes robbers’ roosts and racetracks, squatters and roadhouses, a saloon district and a red light district, as well as charming Victorian row houses and beautiful Craftsmans, the 1902 and 1903 Big Games, an earthquake ...

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