Mission District Mural Tour – Something Fun to do in San Francisco

If you’re looking for something fun and outdoors in San Francisco, check out the Mission District’s murals.
Be assured, if you don’t like social commentary, this tour is not for you especially not in this city. But, if you love feeling the vibrancy of a community and its people, no matter your social opinions, this a perfect way to spend a few hours on a sunny afternoon.
IMG_0034After your Mission murals tour, check out these dinner events:
Ramen Making from Scratch (three course meal including the ramen you learn to make) CLICK HERE FOR MORE
Eatwith.com Events (multiple Italian and Thai courses) CLICK HERE FOR MORE
Here is a tour of Clarion Alley  (between 17th Street and 18th Street and Mission Street. and Valencia Street). This is in  the heart of the Mission.   “Throughout its history Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) has used public art as a force for those who are marginalized and a place where culture and dignity speak louder than the rules of private property or a lifestyle that puts profit before compassion, respect, and social justice.
xclarion-alley-map.jpg.pagespeed.ic.6EfccvS5B7“Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) was established in 1992 by a volunteer collective of six residents/ artists – Aaron Noble, Rigo 92, Sebastiana Pasztor, Michael O’Connor, Mary Gail Snyder, and Arcely Soriano – who were inspired by the murals of Balmy Alley that began in the early-70’s as an expression of artists’ outrage over human rights and political abuses in Central America and focused on Central American social struggles.”

Here are other murals locations to check out courtesy of San Francisco Travel.
Balmy Alley
Between 24th St. and 25th St., and Treat St. and Harrison St.
Murals first appeared along Balmy Alley in the mid-1980s as an expression of outrage over human rights and political abuse in central America. Today, themes have expanded to include human rights violations, gentrification and Hurricane Katrina.

The Women’s Building MaestraPeace Mural
3543 18th St., San Francisco
The Women’s Building is internationally recognized for its MaestraPeace Mural, which honors women’s contributions from around the world. Painted in 1994 across two walls, this mural is the result of multi-cultural, multi-generational collaboration between seven women artists.

Carnaval Mural
24th St., and South Van Ness Ave.
Known as “Golden Dreams of the Mission,” the Carnaval Mural located above the House of Breaks on the corner of 24th St., and South Van Ness Ave., recently completed its restoration, giving the 24-foot-high, 75-foot-wide mural a needed face-lift. Originally painted in 1983 by muralist Daniel Galvez with the help of local artists Dan Fontes, Keith Sklar, Jaime Morgan, Eduardo Pineda and Jan Sheild, the painting depicts the energy and spirit from the first Carnaval event in 1979.

Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitor Center
2981 24th St., San Francisco
Many people looking to explore the area murals come to the Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitor Center, and it’s no wonder why: This community-based non-profit is filled with works by local artists and offers self-guided and guided tours that cover mural history, cultural and historical significance.

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