The Castro District


The Castro District in Eureka Valley was one of the first gay neighborhoods in the United States, and continues to be a beacon in the fight for equal rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. The flamboyant neighborhood is a centre for activism, hosting gay pride parades, protests, and events for people of diverse orientations. Walking tours are a great way to understand the inclusive culture of the Castro District and learn about its historical contribution to the gay rights movement. See rows of glitzy shops and bars with the rainbow flags flying high above the establishments, historic theaters, offbeat boutiques, adult shops, and rip-roaring nightclubs.

The Castro Street is the arterial road of the neighborhood. One of the landmarks on the stretch is the Castro Theatre, an Art Deco movie theater built in 1922 and lovingly restored to host local film festivals and showcase a repertory of classic films. Its grand Wurlitzer organ is a huge draw.

The Harvey Milk Plaza honors the eponymous leader of the gay rights movement and the district's most famous resident with a giant 30 x 20 ft rainbow flag on a 70 foot flagpole. Milk's home, camera store, and campaign headquarters at 575 Castro today houses the Human Rights Campaign Action Center and Store. There is a memorial plaque and commemorative mural inside, and you can pick up souvenirs such as T-shirts, key chains, lapel pins, bracelets, necklaces and sterling silver jewelry. A mural on the window of the building shows Milk looking down on the street.

Further down the Castro Street is the Rainbow Honor Walk, an LGBT Walk of Fame featuring bronze plaques honoring gay icons on the sidewalk.

The GLBT Museum traces over 100 years of LGBT history in the United States and equal rights movements that have shaped the culture of the city.

The Pink Triangle Park is a memorial to the thousands of persecuted gays in Nazi Germany during the Holocaust. Homosexuals were forced to identify themselves by pink triangle badges on their clothes, and the memorial is a solemn reminder of the oppression.

The Castro District has several vibrant nightclubs and bars, of which Twin Peaks is famous for being first gay bar in the city.



About The Castro District

 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA, United States

 Nearest Transit: 16th St. Mission

 +1 415-621-6120

The Castro District and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
San Francisco City Hall

San Francisco City Hall(2.5 km)
Designed by Arthur Brown Jr.

San Francisco Symphony

San Francisco Symphony(2.3 km)
San Francisco has an excellent symphony orchestra, with Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) as the principal conductor.

United Nations Plaza

United Nations Plaza(2.8 km)
The UN Charter was signed in the Civic Center in 1945, and this plaza was constructed in honor of its ideology and is ironically over the site of the original San Francisco City Cemetery.

Herbst Theater

Herbst Theater(2.4 km)
Herbst Theater, next to the Opera house in the similarly-styled War Memorial Veteran's building is host to a wide variety of activities.

San Francisco Ballet

San Francisco Ballet(2.3 km)
The repertory season begins in January and continues through May.

San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera(2.3 km)
There are Fall, Spring, and Summer seasons.

Black and White Ball

Black and White Ball(2.6 km)
If you have the budget, why not 'hob-nob' at San Francisco's classiest party? Taking up four entire blocks of the Civic Center, this ball attracts a well-heeled crowd, as well as those who are just splurging.

Randall Museum

Randall Museum(0.5 km)
A small but fun children's museum with several interactive exhibits, including live animals, a science exhibit, a toddler play area, and a railroad exhibit which includes a model railroad layout which is open on Saturdays.

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