Survivors and Lost Icons
Cow Hollow Walking Tour, photo by Joyce Slayton
San Francisco Neon Tours Celebrate Luminous Signs
Past & Present
"From the the vibrant glow of the Balboa Theater to the bubbling martini glass outside the 500 Club, neon signs are beacons for some of the city’s most beloved neighborhood establishments. And while some have been lovingly restored, others run the risk of going dark. That’s why one local couple has taken to the streets—not in protest, but in celebration."
Spend an evening under the neon glow with SF Neon authors Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan. Tours feature local history with architectural and graphic design insights to San Francisco's unique legacy of surviving neon signs. Photography and a lively Q&A are encouraged. Be prepared to walk 2 miles for 1.5 hours, with rest stops. Tours start just before twilight. Contact us for questions or to request a custom tour for a private group.
Reservations: $18 Regular and $10 Students/Teachers/Seniors. Purchase tickets via Ticketleap. Please include your cell number—in case of any last-minute changes. We'll email you the start time, location, and all the details for your tour, including public transit and parking tips.
Small Print: Requests for cancellation with full refund can be made 48 hours prior to the tour start time. Please note that we reserve the right to change/cancel the tour due to obstructions, stormy weather, or insufficient reservations. Canceled tours will be fully refunded. All participants agree to assume 100% responsibility for their own safety, conduct, and well-being, and recognize that possible hazards exist while participating in outdoor (or any other) activities; and agree to participate solely at their own risk. If you join this group, and if you click the reserve button, and/or attend any Giant Orange Press events; it shall be conclusively presumed you understand and agree to this policy.
Thanks for making every tour a sellout:
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Chinatown Art Deco Society Frolic
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2017 neon Walking Tours
April 15, 2017
Look up to find forgotten clusters of vintage neon signs
in the streets of Chinatown, back alleys and back stories
Cow Hollow Tour
Apr 1, 2017
Wander between Lombard and Chestnut Streets and discover vintage neon signs for motels, movie theaters, psychics, donuts, and a diving lady.
Mar 19, 2017
Flow through corners of three neighborhoods, from the stunning Castro marquee to
the city's largest neon martini glass at the 500 Club.
May 6, 2017
From the gritty to the sublime, zig zag through the historic corridors of Ellis, O'Farrell, Geary, Post, Sutter, and Bush Streets, all the way up to grand views of Pine Street.
Neon Tour Passport
Purchase a 4-tour gift certificate passport booklet for friends or yourself. 1 person for 4 tours or 2 people for 2 tours, etc. Passports will be officially stamped at the end of each tour. Contact Us for more information.
All photos and content © 2017 Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan