San Francisco Cultural Districts Walking Tours
October 20 | 2:20–5:00 pm Pacific

San Francisco is home to a Cultural Districts program whereby neighborhood-based community groups lead each District's efforts to preserve, strengthen, and promote cultural communities. The program aims to support groups that have been historically discriminated against, displaced, and oppressed. You can learn more about how the Cultural Districts work here. NCFP is pleased to partner with leaders of four of the Districts to host walking tours for attendees of the National Forum. 

Please note that attending a tour will be in lieu of attending a block of concurrent sessions. Space is limited to 12 attendees per tour and registration is required. Transportation will provided to and from the districts.

Many thanks to Sparks, CEO of the Masto Foundation, for connecting us with community leaders to organize these tours.

Map of San Francisco highlighting the Cultural District locations. Courtesy of the City and County of San Francisco

Calle 24 Latino Cultural District

Thursday, October 20 | 2:20–5:00 pm Pacific

Calle 24 Latino Cultural District was established in 2014 with a mission and vision to preserve, enhance, and advocate for Latino cultural continuity, vitality, and community in San Francisco’s touchstone Latino Cultural District and the greater Mission neighborhood.

Please join us for a site visit to learn about our work in preserving our historical and cultural assets, our current projects with small businesses and vendors in our community, as well as our fight against displacement. Visitors of this tour will see the largest outdoor museum in the world that showcases our beautiful cultures and histories through art. We will also visit our legacy businesses and owners that contribute to the economic vibrancy of our culture in addition to the Unidos en Salud-LTF 24th Street and Capp Street community health site that has provided essential support and services to the Latinx community during the COVID-19 pandemic to our most in-need residents.

Japantown Cultural District

Thursday, October 20 | 2:20–5:00 pm Pacific

San Francisco Japantown is the oldest and largest of three remaining historic Japantowns in the nation. In 1869, San Francisco was the main entry point into America for the first group of Japanese immigrants, the Wakamatsu Colony, and the community grew from the roots they planted. After the devastation of the 1906 earthquake and fires, the Japanese population in San Francisco was segregated to the Western Addition where they created a vibrant community of residents and business owners spanning 40 blocks. Displacement STRUCK our community hard, first, in the 1940’s with the unjust World War II incarceration and internment of Japanese Americans, and then again, in the 1960s and 70s, the San Francisco Redevelopment program bulldozed our neighborhood to create the Geary Street Corridor—and the Japantown you see now landmarked by the Peace Pagoda—and a robust tourist destination. Today, we are working hard to preserve our cultural assets, celebrate our traditions and heritage, and build community to ensure the future sustainability of our Japanese and Japanese Americans in San Francisco today, and for our next generations.

Japantown Cultural District looks forward to hosting you for a behind the scenes tour, guided by those who passionately safeguard and preserve our community, sharing historical legacies, cultural assets, traditions, and future vision of Japantown. Learn about our historical landmarks, legacy businesses and cultural and arts associations that make up our community today, and share visions to nurture an evolving community, celebrate the creative spirit of the Japanese and Japanese American Culture, foster a regenerative economic vibrancy, and welcome all who wish to support the resiliency and historical place keeping of Japantown into the future.

SOMA Pilipinas Filipino Heritage District

Thursday, October 20 | 2:20–5:00 pm Pacific

The SOMA Pilipinas Filipino Heritage District is a celebration of the love, pride, and people power of generations of Filipinos in San Francisco and beyond. The cultural heritage district spanning 1.5 square miles honors 120+ year history of Filipinos in San Francisco and celebrates the community’s living legacy of making a home, celebrating culture, building community, and fighting for economic and racial justice in the rapidly gentrifying South of Market neighborhood.

Join us on a site visit to hear the stories of our ancestors and their fight for recognition, dignity, and access and how that paved the way and continues to inspire our contemporary 'bayanis' (community heroes and leaders) that are fighting against displacement and erasure. Visitors on the tour will see various community-led projects and initiatives like the Kapwa Gardens, a reclaimed surface.

The Transgender District

Thursday, October 20 | 2:20-5:00pm Pacific

The mission of the Transgender District is to create an urban environment that fosters the rich history, culture, legacy, and empowerment of transgender people and its deep roots in the southeastern Tenderloin neighborhood. As the first and only Transgender District in the Nation, the transgender district aims to financially empower, uplift, highlight, as well as to create equitable policy and protections for transgender and gender-expansive individuals. 

We would love to share with you what that would include and would like to formally invite you for a site visit of both the Transgender District's office and the neighborhood we serve. During your site visit, the Transgender District team will provide key details of our organizational programs, arts and culture ventures, and social justice initiatives. Many of the individuals we work towards helping live in less than ideal housing or are directly homeless. The neighborhood conditions are nothing to shy away from; they are very real and telling of the larger issues faced by our community.

Please join us in our efforts toward making the world a better place for all Transgender people!

Learn More

We encourage you to learn about the Cultural Districts that we are unable to offer site visits to: