City Guides Online Tours

City Guides is delighted to offer a selection of tours of people and places that shaped San Francisco as an online experiences. Our knowledgeable guides will lead you on an online tour of the people, places and events that make San Francisco a unique and cosmopolitan city.

Our online tours are live, interactive, narrations throughout the history of San Francisco. Using historical and contemporary images as well as documents and discussion, our guides will lead you through a live discussion. These presentations run around 60 to 90 minutes with the presentation and live Q&A. They are presented via Zoom and can be enjoyed from anywhere around the globe.

Once you sign up, you will receive an email with the secure Zoom link for the on-line tour. When it is time for the actual online tour, just click on the link to join. See below for our current online tour line up. Please follow the links for more specific tour information and to sign up.

These presentations, like our in-person tours are free, but donations are appreciated.

Please note these online tours are in the Pacific Time Zone.

Our current online tours schedule include:


June Tours

Online – Bay Trail Confidential – June 2nd 7:30

The Bay Trail Confidential programs explores the inviting and spectacular public places along the Bay Trail route. On each show, we spotlight a particular place and have guests providing inside knowledge on what to expect and how to make the most of your visits. We also discuss the wide array of activities the Bay Trail supports such as hiking, biking, kayaking, photography, birding, swimming and many others. We talk about the wildlife you can see and history you’ll learn about along the Trail. Each month’s show will provide specific recommendations and valuable information to help you make the most of this amazing public resource.

This online presentation is hosted by Haight-Ashbury City Guide Rodney Paul.

To sign up, please visit: Online – Bay Trail Confidential


Online – Downtown San Francisco Art Deco – June 3rd 7:30pm

In the 1920s, San Francisco was a boom town. There was a building spree, and local architects began to break away from classical designs to explore the modern, sleek style of Art Deco. These buildings perfectly captured the jazzy buoyancy and glamour of the Roaring ‘20s.

Our tour includes six buildings from this period, including the former Pacific Telephone Building with its Chinese motifs, the art-infused former Stock Exchange and Tower, the Egyptian-inspired Shell Building, and a neo-Mayan medical building.

This online presentation is hosted by Downtown Art Deco City Guide Fred Silverman.

To sign up, please visit: Online – Downtown San Francisco Art Deco


Online Tour: San Francisco’s Tenderloin District Through Time – June 9th 7:30pm

San Francisco’s Tenderloin District Through Time, traces the neighborhood’s history from its beginnings as St. Ann’s Valley, an isolated hamlet in the sand dunes, and its development into a middle- and upper-class residential neighborhood of single family homes dotted with schools, churches, and mansions. We’ll see how it became San Francisco’s upscale hotel, entertainment, and vice district, and how it transitioned into the post-war central city it remains today.

This online presentation is hosted by Tenderloin and Sunset District City Guide Peter Field.

To sign up, please visit: Online Tour: San Francisco’s Tenderloin District Through Time


Online Tour: Ferry Building – June 10th 5:00pm

For much of the early 20th century, nobody traversed the Bay without going through the Ferry Building. At its peak in the 1930s, it was the second-busiest travel hub in the world, shuttling more than 50,000 people both to and from San Francisco each day.

When the city built its famous Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, ferry travel dropped dramatically and the building suffered for decades. City officials took notice and renovated the Embarcadero over the ‘90s, helping transform the Ferry Building into a world-class food market focusing on local artisan creations. Today, it remains an iconic landmark of the waterfront (and a popular establishing shot for movies set in San Francisco).

This online presentation is hosted by Ferry Building Guide Anne Hitz.

To sign up, please visit: Online Tour: Ferry Building


Online Tour: Land’s End: Sutro Heights – June 12th 10:00am

Across the West Coast, there are a few ocean vistas more arresting than Land’s End — a fact millionaire Adolph Sutro was well aware of when he built the first passenger steam train to the park in 1880. The act made him a local hero, allowing the rich and poor alike to experience the dramatic, wind-swept scenery available just outside the city. He wasn’t done there: Sutro transformed the land, adding an elaborate public garden, renovating the quaint Cliff House and constructing the Sutro Baths, a massive swimming facility on the oceanfront.

This online presentation is hosted by Land’s End: Sutro Heights City Guide Breck Hitz.

To sign up, please visit: Online Tour: Land’s End: Sutro Heights


Online – Mission Murals: Precita Park to Garfield Square – June 13th 4:30pm

Get ready to be dazzled by the extraordinary murals of the Mission neighborhood, where the walls seemingly have voices.  Mission Murals, Precita Park to Garfield Square is the first of a two-part series to see some of San Francisco’s most storied murals and be wowed by their vibrancy.  You’ll see how the artists express local pride, come together in crises, heal, memorialize and celebrate the lives of those who have shaped the community.  The murals will speak, they will teach, they will inspire.  We look forward to sharing them with you.

This online presentation is hosted by Mission Mural Guide Renee Berger

To sign up, please visit: Online – Mission Murals: Precita Park


Online – Mission Murals: Balmy Alley – June 20th 4:30pm

This is the second part of the Mission Murals tour and focuses on Balmy Alley, the most famous mural street in San Francisco. Colorful murals began to appear here in the 1970s and today the alley is blanketed with brilliant paintings. These images connect to the local community and beyond, and tell stories about Latino pride, war in Central America, gentrification, immigration, memorials and female activism. Join us to see one of the nation’s most impressive outdoor galleries. Steeped in meaning and creativity, the murals will inspire you!

This online presentation is hosted by Mission Mural Guide Siobhan Fleming

To sign up, please visit: Online – Mission Murals: Balmy Alley


For a complete list of our online tours, click here.