Mission Street Art Tour
Mission Murals and Graffiti

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 1.5 hr tour, we will learn about indigenous traditions, chicanx-latinx artists, historical social movements and the ongoing effort to keep the culture and heritage of the Mission alive. We will also talk about graffiti culture, the artists and movements that make graffiti in the Bay Area 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 and collectives whose work we will highlight include:

Tour lasts 1:30-3:15pm
Reservations required, must book online
Meets near 20th Street @ Valencia
Ends near 18th and Valencia

General Admission $20

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Mission Street Art Tour Highlights

Highlights

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


Your Guides

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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 1.5 hr tour, we will learn about indigenous traditions, chicanx-latinx artists, historical social movements and the ongoing effort to keep the culture and heritage of the Mission alive. We will also talk about graffiti culture, the artists and movements that make graffiti in the Bay Area 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 and collectives whose work we will highlight include:

Wes Leslie: Co-Founder + Guide

“Wild” Wes Leslie is a songwriter, bartender, and almost-local (East Bay native!). He writes “bedroom soul” music under his name Wes Leslie which you can find on Spotify here and website, 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