San Francisco Neon

creating neon culture/community

Spend an evening online under the neon glow with San Francisco Neon authors  Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan, with co-hosts Katie Conry of Tenderloin Museum, and Kasey Smith of the SF Ghost Sign Mapping Project.



Online tour tickets are free, suggested donation of $10

All tours below are 7:45 to 8:45 pm

Thu 5/28 Neon+TenderNob

Wed 6/3 Neon+Matchooks in the Tenderloin

Thu 6/11 Neon+Ghost Signs Tenderloin West

Tue 6/16 Neon+Ghost Signs Tenderloin East


Neon brightens the darkness, stay illuminated! Contact us to schedule private tours for up to 12 people.


SEP 25-26-27
and Oct 2-3
Neon Speaks 2020

online home edition


After months of shelter-in-place,  it is obvious that Neon Speaks  2020 should temporarily move to an online platform and that social distancing during  COVID-19 is the way to go:

  • Neon Speaks is all about camaraderie, networking, sharing experiences, and movement-building—which happens best  in person—we will endeavor to bring that spirit to your home screen.
  • The upside of an online festival is the potential to bring together a larger group of preservationists, including those who can't easily traipse across a bridge, hop on a plane, or cruise down the highway to San Francisco and join the crowd of like-minded people.
  • There will be a schedule of morning and evening sessions to accommodate multiple time zones.
  • This year the sessions will be spread over two weekends to avoid marathon screen fatigue.
  • Stay tuned for details, including announcements of symposium speakers, exhibitors, behind-the-scenes tours, virtual open mic, film screenings, and author interviews.
  • Early Bird registration begins next month, all-event passes will be available by donation.


 Join the Neon Speaks Mailing List to get updates on registration and schedule. View last year's lineup...

All photos © 2014 Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan

All content © 2020 Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan