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Free Walking Tours of San Francisco

We are local volunteers who love the City, its history, lore and legends...and we're ready to share it all with you.
Start by reading our Frequently Asked Questions. Then see our list of tours, current schedule or select a tour by neighborhood.

Our free (donations welcome!), regularly scheduled tours are open to the public but NOT open to parties of 8 or more. If you plan to bring 8 or more walkers to a regular tour, please book a private group tour.


October Neighborhood Tours

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During the month of October, City Guides will offer additional tours of some lesser known San Francisco neighborhoods. Go off the beaten path and discover hidden treasures in communities like the Excelsior, Parkside, or Visitacion Valley.

Click here to see a list of our special October walking tours

Fairmont Hotel Tour
The 'Grand Dame' of San Francisco


Fairmont Hotel Tour: Oh if the walls of the Fairmont could only talk, the tales they could tell. Walls can't talk but your City Guide can and will. There are tales of mistresses, murder, fraud, drunkards, and prohibition. The walls hold stories of Presidents and politicians, royalty and dignitaries, and the rich and famous all woven into the history of the Fairmont Hotel. Register for this tour and you will discover the secret tales of the "Grand Dame."
Note: This tour is offered on a registration basis only. You must register on line. Click here to see available dates and make (or cancel) a reservation for the Fairmont Hotel tour.

Diego Rivera Mural at the Stock Exchange Tower


The Diego Rivera mural "Allegory of California" is in an area normally closed to the public. Once each month, however, this mural can be viewed by participants in a reservations only City Guides tour Click here for more information and to see available dates and make (or cancel) a reservation for the tour.

APPLY TODAY TO BECOME A CITY GUIDE!!

Become a guide

San Francisco City Guides is looking for volunteers to give our famous historical neighborhood walking tours. As the official ambassadors of San Francisco, locals and visitors love City Guides volunteers and the stories they share. Fill out an application today!

But it's not just about history! Since 1978 our free walks have created something far more important, a sense of place. In an ever-changing city our impact is so important!

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Golden Gate Park Tours

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San Francisco City Guides and San Francisco Parks Alliance have joined forces to offer enticing new tours of Golden Gate Park. The first tours to be offered are:

Private Group Tours

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Play tourist on your own turf and explore San Francisco the best way possible - on foot with City Guides. For a modest donation, let us arrange a private tour for your group.

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School Tours

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San Francisco City Guides offers a unique opportunity to enhance your students' classroom experiences. For your next field trip, join a trained volunteer guide on a tour of San Francisco.

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Our Guides Write

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GuideLines is the monthly newsletter for City Guides containing historical articles written by our tour guides.

Click here to learn more about the fascinating history of San Francisco.

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 Upcoming Tours    

Sunday October 22    
9:00 am - Tenderloin Neighborhood Part I
10:00 am - Club Land - Architecture and Culture of San Francisco's Grand Old Clubs
10:00 am - Creating Downtown
11:00 am - Haight-Ashbury (Tour Cancelled)
11:00 am - Art Deco Marina
11:00 am - Mission Dolores Neighborhood
11:00 am - Castro: Tales Of The Village
11:00 am - Billionaire's Row: Outer Broadway Architecture
11:00 am - Golden Gate Bridge
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
1:00 pm - Murals And The Multi-Ethnic Mission
1:00 pm - Old South Park
1:00 pm - Haight-Ashbury
1:00 pm - Golden Gate Park: East End
2:00 pm - Uncovering the Parkside
2:00 pm - Nob Hill
2:00 pm - Victorian San Francisco
2:00 pm - Gold Rush City
7:00 pm - North Beach By Night

Monday October 23    
9:30 am - Japanese Tea Garden
10:00 am - Chinatown
11:00 am - 1850's San Francisco: Paris Of The Pacific
11:00 am - Fisherman's Wharf: A Hidden History
11:00 am - Bawdy & Naughty
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
1:30 pm - Chinatown

Tuesday October 24    
10:00 am - North Beach
11:00 am - 1850s SAN FRANCISCO: PARIS DU PACIFIQUE
11:00 am - City Hall and the Civic Center
11:00 am - Pacific Heights Mansions
11:00 am - Castro: Tales Of The Village
12:00 pm - Ferry Building
1:00 pm - American History in Golden Gate Park
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
1:30 pm - Historic Market Street: Path Of Gold

Wednesday October 25    
    Click here to register for the 11:00 am Fairmont     Hotel Tour
9:30 am - Japanese Tea Garden
10:00 am - Mission Bay: Hidden Waters
10:00 am - Golden Gate Bridge
11:00 am - Tastes & Tales Of North Beach (Tour Cancelled)
11:00 am - Chinatown Family Associations, Tongs and Gangs: A Historic Look
11:00 am - Coit Tower Murals
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
1:30 pm - Historic Market Street: Path Of Gold
1:30 pm - Gold Rush City
2:00 pm - Nob Hill

Thursday October 26    
10:00 am - Historic Market Street: Path Of Gold (Tour Cancelled)
11:00 am - City Hall and the Civic Center
11:00 am - Art Deco Marina
11:00 am - 1906: Earthquake And Fire
11:00 am - Golden Gate Bridge
1:00 pm - Sacred Places In San Francisco
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
1:00 pm - Palace Of Fine Arts/Marina
2:00 pm - Nob Hill
6:30 pm - Ghost Walk At City Hall

Friday October 27    
9:30 am - Japanese Tea Garden
10:00 am - City Scapes And Public Places
10:00 am - South of Market Architecture Stroll
11:00 am - Fisherman's Wharf: A Hidden History
11:00 am - Alfred Hitchcock's San Francisco
11:00 am - Castro: Tales Of The Village
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
1:00 pm - Presidio: From Military Post to Earthquake Refuge to National Park
1:30 pm - Gold Rush City
1:30 pm - City Scapes And Public Places
3:00 pm - Haight-Ashbury

Saturday October 28    
    Click here to register for the 11:00 am Fairmont     Hotel Tour
10:00 am - Chinatown
10:00 am - North Beach
10:00 am - Ferry Building
10:00 am - Omni Hotel Walk
10:00 am - Russian Hill, Architecture and Culture of an Island in the City
11:00 am - Pacific Heights Mansions
11:00 am - Golden Gate Park: West End
11:00 am - Japanese Tea Garden - 11AM
11:00 am - Port of San Francisco: Turbulent Waterfront
11:00 am - Castro: Tales Of The Village
11:00 am - Coit Tower Murals
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
1:00 pm - 1906: Earthquake And Fire
1:00 pm - Telegraph Hill Stairway Hike
1:00 pm - Mt. Davidson Hike
1:00 pm - Presidio: From Military Post to Earthquake Refuge to National Park
1:00 pm - Scandalous Murals of Rincon Center
1:30 pm - 1850's San Francisco: Paris Of The Pacific
2:00 pm - Silent Film San Francisco
2:00 pm - Land's End: Sutro Heights
2:00 pm - Japantown

Sunday October 29    
9:00 am - Tenderloin Neighborhood Part I
9:00 am - Tenderloin Neighborhood Part II
11:00 am - Castro: Tales Of The Village
11:00 am - Alfred Hitchcock's San Francisco
11:00 am - Haight-Ashbury
11:00 am - Mission Dolores Neighborhood
11:00 am - Billionaire's Row: Outer Broadway Architecture
11:00 am - Golden Gate Heights Stairways
11:00 am - Golden Gate Bridge
1:00 pm - West Side Whimsy Walk
1:00 pm - Japanese Tea Garden
2:00 pm - Victorian San Francisco
2:00 pm - Nob Hill
2:00 pm - Gold Rush City

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