Mission Murals and Graffiti Tour
Street Art In the Mission District

Special! $18 tickets with code “murals”

The Mission Street Art Tour is an opportunity to discover the historic Mission District through the murals, graffiti and the stories behind them.

We will dive deep into Street Art culture while learning about the stories that have shaped this neighborhood, and the amazing role that arts and culture play, bringing people together to create political change.

In this 1.75 hr tour, we will learn about Mission muralism, and public art and street art’s intersections with social movements like feminism, latinx organizing, anti-gentrification movements, and organizing against injustices like police brutality.

We’ll introduce you to the stories of local heroes of the arts world, and dive into the ongoing effort to keep the culture and heritage of the Mission alive. We’ll explore graffiti culture, the writers and artists that make Bay Area graffiti unique, and with a little luck, we will run into one of the many artists and curators that are actively creating on the back alleys of the Mission.

Goals of this tour:

See historic works and hear the stories behind them: how activism and art intersect in political works.

Understand how the Mission District’s social movements shaped San Francisco into the revolutionary city it is today.

Learn how large-scale murals are created, how graffiti writing took off in the Mission, views on commercialization of street art, and the terminology of the spray can world.

See stunning political street art, and understand how graffiti writers, feminists, Latinx communities and neighborhood activists have fought, and continue to fight, to keep the soul of SF alive in the face of gentrification, preserving local culture.

This tour is for those seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience.

Artists, collectives and organizations we highlight include:

Tour lasts 11am-12:45pm
Reservations required, must book online
Meets near 17th Street @ Valencia
Ends near 18th and Valencia

General Admission $20

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Mission Murals and Graffiti Tour Highlights

Highlights

  • Introduction to street art techniques and styles
  • Stunning alleys full of murals and aerosol art
  • History of muralism in the Mission
  • Graffiti culture and terminology
  • Tales of resilience and community organizing


Your Guides
Leong: Mission Street Art

As a fourth generation San Franciscan, Leong is proud of where her roots grow, and won’t ever miss an opportunity to talk about the City. In her free time, she is an avid traveler, stargazer, and collector of bones and rarities. On a sunny day, you can find her in the park, with her face buried in a book about history, mythology or the counterculture. Ask her about her time in Claude Monet’s garden!

Wes Leslie: Co-Founder + Guide

“Wild” Wes Leslie is a songwriter, tropical bartender, and almost-local, with a long family history in the Bay. He writes “bedroom soul” music under his name Wes Leslie which you can find on Spotify and his website. 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