City Guides On-line Virtual Tours

City Guides is delighted to offer a selection of our walking tours and historical people and places that shaped San Francisco as virtual on-line experiences. Our knowledgeable guides will lead you on an on-line tour of the people, places and happening that make San Francisco a unique and cosmopolitan city.

Our on-line virtual 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 the a live discussion as we would on one of our in-person walking tours. These tours 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 registered, you will receive an email with the secure Zoom meeting number and password before the on-line tour.  As an interactive program, you can ask questions via the Zoom “raise your hand” and chat features. See below for our virtual tour line up. Please follow the links for more information and to register.

Some of the upcoming virtual tours include:

Virtual Jefferson Airplane: A Deep DiveSaturday, December 5, 2020 at 4:00 pm

In 1967, the year of the Summer of Love, Jefferson Airplane was the San Francisco hippie community’s best known band. Their release that year of “Surrealistic Pillow” rocketed them to international fame, and they would go on to play all the major 1960s rock festivals: Monterey Pop, Woodstock and the ill-fated Altamont.

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

To register, please visit: Virtual Jefferson Airplane: A Deep Dive    

Classic Rock Poster of the SixtiesSaturday December 12, 2020 at 4:00 pm

The folk-rock music of mid-1960s San Francisco included an exciting visual counterpoint: the trippy designs used to advertise musical lineups at The Fillmore and other local venues. The posters themselves became a celebrated art form, and the era is remembered not just for its psychedelic sounds but for these fascinating and often confounding images, too.

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

To register, please visit: Classic Rock Posters of the Sixties.

Virtual 1850’s SF: Paris of the PacificSunday, December 13, 2020 at 10:00 am

France, 1848. Many rumors are circulating about gold mines in California… and the colossal wealth waiting to be picked up from the ground!  

Lured by the hope of becoming as rich as Croesus, thousands of Frenchmen left France for California. When they landed, the reality was quite different!

For one hour, City Guide Bruce Bennett tells you about the French origins of the “City by the Bay”. You will learn how our compatriots built the first French community in California and how, thanks to their entrepreneurial talents and resourcefulness, they managed to survive in San Francisco, a boomtown straight out of the mud of Yerba Buena Cove.

As early as 1851, the Alta California – California’s first daily newspaper – wrote that in San Francisco, “Commercial Street is French, truly French. There is a miniature replica of the splendid city of “La Grande République”. A miniature Paris in San Francisco. Ever since that moment, San Francisco has been dubbed the “PARIS OF THE PACIFIC”.

This online presentation is hosted by 1850’S Paris of the Pacific City Guide Bruce Bennett.

To register, please visit: Virtual 1850’s San Francisco: Paris of the Pacific

Pagan Bay Mele Kalikimaka Edition – Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 7:00pm

Come learn about a California phenomenon that took the country by storm. American tiki culture was first born in Los Angeles and Oakland, but as soldiers returned from their time in the Pacific during World War II, tiki idols, palm fronds, and tropical drinks spread across the country like a massive tidal wave. For over 20 years, tiki reigned supreme before a new generation dismissed it as tacky and outdated. But with the rise of the craft cocktail movement at the start of the 21st century, tiki bars are again welcoming guests with the promise of an escapist fantasy.

To register, please visit: Pagan Bay Mele Kalikimaka Edition

Spreckles Sugar EmpireSunday, December 20, 2020 at 4:00 pm

Beginning in the late 1850s, Claus Spreckels arrived in San Francisco and set his sight on building his sugar empire that would later bring a tremendous amount of wealth to the Spreckels family.  The reach of the Spreckel’s sugar empire would reach from Hawaii to the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.  We will be focusing on Claus Spreckels and Alma de Bretteville Spreckels contributions.

This online presentation is hosted by 1850’S Paris of the Pacific City Guide Bruce Bennett.

To register, please visit: Virtual Spreckles Sugar Empire