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, April 5 at 11:00 am (No Tour Today)
  • Tuesday, April 7 at 11:00 am (No Tour Today)
  • Saturday, April 11 at 11:00 am (No Tour Today)
  • Sunday, April 12 at 11:00 am (No Tour Today)
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Tour Length: Approximately 2 hours


Meet near the giant rainbow flag – southwest corner of Market and Castro Streets, upper level of Harvey Milk Plaza. Muni K, L, M, Castro Station

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