Wild SF is a group of passionate, funky artists and creatives who live and love San Francisco.
Since 2012 we’ve been leading backpackers, families and corporate teams on tours of radical neighborhoods, street art, food, music and ghosts. We understand the complexities in our communities, work to find our place in it, and utilize our team’s diversity to continuously shape the tours to best tell the story of San Francisco.
We are an artist/activist-led tour company, and we believe in sharing the people’s history: highlighting women, queer folks, people of color, and other marginalized communities. We aim to create an inclusive space free of discrimination for our guests, and expect groups and guides to act with curiosity, courtesy, and an open-mind 🙂
Our goal is to share the awesome places we’ve discovered, and make sure you fall in love with our city too.
Read on to meet our amazing guides! Recommended by roughguides.com
“Wild” Wes Leslie is a songwriter, bartender, and almost-local. He writes “bedroom soul” music which you can find on Spotify here, and makes tropical cocktails with his traveling tiki pop-up bar Wild Wes’s Tik-Easy. He has spent time backpacking through much of the world, including a year living in Madrid, Spain, where he dreamt up this walking tour company. Follow him on IG @wes.leslie
J. Jo is a soulful musician, thinker, coach and astronomer. When not running the behind-the-scenes operations that make these tours possible, he is leading workshops around healthy masculinity and consent culture, and pursuing his neo-soul musical project known as Seoulstice. His music can be found online here and here.
A screenwriter, director and educator, Andrew “Fischer” Wong’s craft has taken him far–including Cannes Film Festival, where he premiered one of his short films. He studied film and cinematography at SF State, leads filmmaking workshops for youth, and has his own production company called ReTold Productions. When not educating or directing, Fischer is a foodie with a knack for groan-inducing puns.
Artist and actress Mina can usually be found with a 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 and improv to bring characters to life.
The melodramatic Mary Vice is a full-time drag performer, spotted onstage regularly at Aunt Charlie’s, The Stud and other historic haunts. She hosts weekly revues, and has won numerous awards for her show-stopping performances. A Philadelphia transplant with an interest in all things ghostly and an eye for vampy glamour, she feels right at home on the Haunted SF Tour.
Sebastian Cummings is an actor and performer, appearing both on stage and in feature films. He lived in San Francisco as a child, and has spent years living abroad in Germany and Mexico before returning to San Francisco to pursue his acting career. When not on set, Sebastian digs into the multi-sensory human experience, alchemy, and the supernatural.
Culture and arts producer Arturo ‘Moh’ Mendez is a Mexican community activist working in the Mission District for the past 3 years. His passion for community and culture has led him to participate in Carnaval, Day of the Dead, and curating shows for Harvard University and the Mexican Consulate in San Francisco, Boston and Philadelphia. You can peek into his world by following him on IG @moh.mendez, and join him in exploring Mission Street Art.
A native Brooklynite, Lia moved to our foggy city and has made the West Coast her own. She is a funky dancer (and board member!) with the crew No Mirror Movement, and volunteers on the weekends at the community-run Alemany Farm and the Bay Area Childcare Collective. She co-wrote our Street Art tour, supports fellow guides, and probably responded to your email inquiry or phone call, too.
Maren is a mixed media artist as well as a writer and researcher for Wild SF. Friends describe her as “detail oriented,” “insatiably curious,” and “that girl who still has my pen, even though I’m pretty sure I never said she could take it.” She grew up in various parts of California and Germany which explains a few things. You can find more of Maren’s work on her website.