Protest, Unity & Spray Paint: Street Art and Murals of the Mission District - North

San Francisco, CA

  • "Black Light King" by Wai Crew.
  • Mike Kershnar's mural of St. George.
  • Tiger on 15th St.
  • "Forough Farrokhzad, Simin Behbahani, and Simin Daneshvar" by Shaghayegh Cyrous.
  • Work in progress on Clarion Alley.
  • The Women's Building, wrapped in murals.
  • The Lapidge Street exterior.
  • "New World Tree."
  • The mural down Linda St.
  • "Carlos Santana" by Mel Waters.
  • Batman and The Joker square off in "Superheroes and Villains."
  • "Wild Aneml Instinct" by Wai Crew.
  • "Catty Girl" by FemOne.

1 hour
0.8 mi
Guided by Jason
Jason Donahue


Ever since Diego Rivera introduced large-scale wall paintings to 1930s San Francisco, the city has served as an epicenter for mural art. More recently, an offshoot of the medium came to the forefront: aesthetic graffiti and street art. Come walk the streets and alleyways of the Mission District to see the works and hear the stories behind the best of San Francisco's uplifting, angry, political, peaceful, spiritual, satirical and complex urban art.

About Your Guide

I am all about exploring local history, architecture, food and art to learn about how places came to be. You can find me in search of hidden places, tasty dim sum, high-design speakeasies, skyline vistas and other ingredients to build the perfect day.

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Guide Points

  1. Caledonia Alley

    Continue east past the Tiger and Shark to reach the Episcopal church at the beginning of the half-block. Turn right and walk down Caledoni…

  2. Clarion Alley

    Clarion Alley is perhaps the most popular of mural alleyways due to its convenient location to hip Valencia St cafes, restaurants and bars.…

  3. "MaestraPeace" at Women's Building

    The _MaestraPeace_ mural wraps two sides of the Women's Building in tribute to women throughout history around the world. Since it's creat…

  4. "New World Tree" at the Mission Pool & Playground

    In the 1970s, a group of artists in San Francisco's community arts program created a few murals as a way to both provide a creative outlet …

  5. Murals of Superheroes & Santana

    We stumble upon two murals facing each other, both featuring celebrities of sorts. On the left is _Superheroes & Villains._ On the right …

  6. El Capitan Theater and Hotel

    The El Capitan Theater was once the second-largest movie theater in town, seating 3,000 people. It was shuttered in 1961 and reimagined as…

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