We offer tours year-round, rain or shine. Booking generally opens up about 4 weeks out, so if your date isn't offered yet, please be patient and check back :)
The meeting point location will be sent to you via email once you book the tour online.
The Downtown ends at the Transamerica Pyramid. Chinatown ends at St. Mary's Square. The Castro ends at Castro St and 18th St. The Mission ends at the old Mission, Dolores St and 16th St. The Haight ends at Haight and Shrader. Haunted SF ends at the Serrano Hotel.
Yes, we offer a 100% refund if you cancel your tour 24 hours in advance.
Minimum group size is 4 people, and max is 25 (during peak season). The tour may be cancelled if less than 4 have signed up. If this happens we will contact you by phone and email to refund or move your reservation to another tour.
No, bookings must be made online beforehand, so that you receive the confirmation email with important info about the tour. Except for tips/gratuities, our tour guides do not accept cash.
Well, you might get wet. (We do tours rain or shine--if you're ready to walk, we're ready to take you!)
We suggest a camera, cash to tip your guide, and a light jacket. But mostly, bring a great attitude and be ready to have an awesome time!
No! However the Haunted tour speaks about murder, the Haight tour about psychedelic drugs, and the Castro tour does address human sexuality, which some may find inappropriate for young children. The tours are not very physically strenuous, and have frequent stops throughout. Our 70+ year old grandfathers have been on the tours!
WHO STARTED WILD SF, AND WHO ARE THE GUIDES?
Wild SF was created by best friends Wes and J. Jo, who met in San Francisco and quickly discovered many shared interests. After years spent traveling, making music, storytelling, dressing well and making people laugh, the two decided to bring all their passions together and launch Wild SF Walking Tours.
Each of the guides is a working artist or activist, bring their own passion to the tours. Whether a dancer, musician, actor, film director or community organizer, they'll share a side of San Francisco that only a true local would know.
The company mission is to create the most colorful community-building enterprise in San Francisco. To open minds, foster friendship, and nurture local culture during an unforgettable experience that empowers others, shares fascinating history, and never simplifies the complex and vibrant spirit of the City.
Wes, co-founder of Wild SF, is a third-generation San Francisco Bay native. He has spent time traveling, backpacking and/or hitchhiking through the US, Europe, Israel and Mexico, and spent a year living in Madrid, Spain. Before Wild SF, he did marketing for the city’s greatest craft brewery, and learned a whole lot about beer. When not touring, Wes writes stories and makes music as Wes Leslie
, and is at work on an ambitious concept album about San Francisco’s Market Street. Other passions include researching SF history, clever puns, and seeking out the world’s most delicious falafel.
J. Jo, co-founder of Wild SF, is a musician, thinker and astronomer whose passion is playing soulful jazz and funk guitar. He lived in Phoenix and San Diego before moving to San Francisco, and spent a year living in Querétaro, Mexico while studying astrophysics. The key to J. Jo’s heart is through pho, that tasty Vietnamese noodle soup. His goals in life, from musician to tour guide, are all rooted in the cultivation of truth and joy. On his tours, J. Jo is often noted as relaxed and humble with a knack for opening eyes to new perspectives. His music can be found online here
Sister Zylow (Zaria Gunn) is a self-proclaimed “Living work of Art-ist.” A true renaissance woman, she reports for Bay HQ, is an art director for music videos and film, a model, entertainer and visual artist living in Oakland, CA. She studied New Genres and Film at the San Francisco Art Institute under the late cult filmmaker George Kuchar. By using humor and fantasy as a conduit for social commentary in her work, Zylow charms her audiences with the belief that “just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.”
Fischer splits his time tour guiding and pursuing his film career. A writer and director, his craft has taken him to Cannes Film Festival to premiere one of his short films
. He’s finishing his studies in film and cinematography at SF State, where he runs their award-winning improv comedy troupe, Improv Nation. When not directing, Fischer is a photographer and self-professed foodie, obsessed with Anthony Bourdain. Armed with a sharp wit and a bag of knee-slapping jokes, Fischer leads Wild SF guests on epic journeys through the classic tales of Chinatown, the Barbary Coast and the Gold Rush.
Passionate about queer rights, DW (Dani Weber) sparks curiosity and zest surrounding the conversation of sex-positivity with whomever they speak, from here to the city of their birth in Melbourne. DW is the biz improvement champion for Wild SF and a Castro guide whilst being Diversity Coordinator for Sex Geekdom International, a global community of people who love talking about sex in a safe, non-hook up environment. DW gets geeky about process maps, pie charts, and writing about diversity. On weekends they can be found playing ukulele in the park, dancing at queer parties and spending way too much time on Instagram.
Patches is a global community-builder, after time living in St. Louis, Texas, South Africa, Thailand, the Netherlands, Swaziland, and finally San Francisco. Social justice and community activism are dear to her heart, and she’s proud to lead titillating and passionate tours through the Castro District. You can also find her running the ship at the infamous Pacific Tradewinds Hostel, surfing freezing water, practicing yoga, dancing, and building art for Burning Man. Be sure to follow along with her latest venture- converting a school bus into a mini hostel called The Wanderbus
! Many wonder, “Where does she get all her energy?” The world may never know.
Mazin is a community organizer, musician and holistic health enthusiast, who can be found either hosting open mics and community events, leading meditation workshops, or playing his ukulele in the streets of the Mission District. Originally of Sudanese heritage, Mazin grew up between the Bay area and Dubai, in the UAE. He studied International Relations at San Francisco State University, before graduating and Founding a Non-Profit
calledThe Holistic Underground
. His passions are integrating the Arts, Activism and Holistic Healing for ecological solutions, social justice and spreading peace!
An artist and actress, Mina can usually be found with coffee in one hand and a drawing utensil in the other. With a passion for creating, she found her niche in technical theatre and moved to SF to study costume design. When she’s not creating costumes or building sets for the stage she turns her focus to playwriting. Don’t mistake her for only a designer though! She shares equal time on the stage as often as she is working behind the scenes. Mina’s storytelling takes many forms; whether it’s improv, drawing or tour guiding she loves bringing characters to life.