Castro: Tales Of The Village

Neighborhood: Castro


When Harvey Milk won his historic 1977 race for the Board of Supervisors, he ran the campaign out of his humble Castro District camera shop. For the past decade, a vibrant gay community had been taking root in the Castro — one that would come to transform San Francisco politics out of sheer collective willpower.

But long before it popped onto the national stage, the Castro was just dairy farms and dirt roads. Follow its journey through Scandinavian, and Irish hands, immigrants who started businesses, social organizations and political groups to create a community of their own.

You’ll learn about the evolution of the Castro’s architecture, historic businesses and the people and places that played a role in making the Castro one of the epicenters of the gay rights movement — a tradition that continues today.

Next Tours

  • Sunday, December 10 at 11:00 am given by Bill D.Sign Up
  • Tuesday, December 12 at 11:00 am given by Tracey A.Sign Up
  • Saturday, December 16 at 11:00 am given by Fred S.Sign Up
  • Sunday, December 17 at 11:00 am given by Matthew H.Sign Up
  • Tuesday, December 19 at 11:00 am given by Robert T.Sign Up
  • Saturday, December 23 at 11:00 am given by Kenan P.Sign Up
  • Sunday, December 24 at 11:00 am given by Bill D.Sign Up
  • Tuesday, December 26 at 11:00 am given by Bonnie M.Sign Up
  • Saturday, December 30 at 11:00 am given by Julia P.Sign Up
  • Sunday, December 31 at 11:00 am given by Jann R.Sign Up
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Tour Length: Approximately 2 hours



Meet near the giant rainbow flag – Market and Castro at Harvey Milk Plaza.

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Please note: Private groups tours required for groups of 8 or more.