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

  • Saturday, July 31 at 11:00 am given by Barrie SimpsonSign Up
  • Sunday, August 1 at 11:00 am given by Marilyn FloresSign Up
  • Saturday, August 7 at 11:00 am given by Fred SilvermanSign Up
  • Tuesday, August 10 at 11:00 am given by Tracey AyresSign Up
  • Friday, August 13 at 11:00 am given by Lisa RyersSign Up
  • Tuesday, August 17 at 11:00 am given by Tracey AyresSign Up
  • Sunday, August 29 at 11:00 am given by Russell MerrittSign Up
  • Tuesday, August 31 at 11:00 am given by Matthew HermannSign Up
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Tour Length: Approximately 2 hours



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

Note: Please check MUNI’s most current schedule.


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