San Francisco Neon

Survivors and Lost Icons

San Francisco Neon Tours Celebrate Luminous Signs
Past & Present

—  Nikki Collister,


"From the the vibrant glow of the Balboa Theater to the bubbling martini glass outside the 500 Club, neon signs are beacons for some of the city’s most beloved neighborhood establishments. And while some have been lovingly restored, others run the risk of going dark. That’s why one local couple has taken to the streets—not in protest, but in celebration."


Spend an evening under the neon glow with tour guides Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan. Tours feature  local history with design architectural insights to San Francisco's unique legacy of neon signs. Tours start just before twilight and last approx 2 hours.  Contact us with questions or to request a private group tour.


Reservations: $18 Regular and $10 Students/Seniors/Teachers. Click on a Reserve button to reserve via Ticketleap. Please include your cell number—in case of any last-minute changes. We'll email you the all the details for your tour, including public transit and parking tips.

Tender-Nob Tour



Aug 12, 2017 Sold Out

Oct 14, 2017

From the gritty to the sublime,
zig zag through the historic corridors of O'Farrell, Geary,
Post, Sutter, and Bush Streets.

Market-Mission-Castro Tour Reserve


September 9, 2017

Flow through corners of three neighborhoods with iconic neon signs, from the stunning Castro Theatre marquee to the city's largest neon cocktail glass at the 500 Club. $18–$10

Chinatown Tour


September 29, 2017

Look up to find dense clusters of vintage  neon signs in the streets
of Chinatown and Union Square, back alleys and back stories are included. $18–$10

Cow Hollow Tour



Nov 25, 2017

Wander between Lombard and  Chestnut Streets and discover vintage neon signs for motels, movie theaters, psychics, donuts, and a diving lady. $18–$10$18-$10

Small Print: Requests for cancellation with refund can be made 48 hours prior to the  tour start time. Please note that we reserve the right
to change the tour due to obstructions, stormy weather, or insufficient reservations. Full refunds issued if we have to cancel a tour. All participants agree to assume 100% responsibility for their own safety, conduct, and well-being, and recognize that possible hazards exist while participating in outdoor (or any other) activities; and agree to participate solely at their own risk. If you join this group, and if you click the reserve button, and/or attend any Giant Orange Press
events; it shall be conclusively presumed you understand and agree to this policy.


If you have a passport or gift ticket, contact us by email
to confirm your tour.

All photos © 2014 Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan

All photos © 2017 Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan