WNP Events Calendar

Western Neighborhoods Project shares local history at events for community organizations, clubs, businesses, schools, and fairs. We also host our own events, including special walks and symposiums exclusively for WNP members.

Contact us to bring some San Francisco history to your next gathering.

  • West Portal's First Century

    May 4, 2019 12:00pm-1:00pm (Saturday) at West Portal Branch Library 190 Lenox Way
    In 1916, in anticipation of the opening of the Twin Peaks streetcar tunnel, developer Fernando Nelson built the first house in what he named "West Portal Park." A community of high-end houses, the new development also became the commercial hub for surrounding West of Twin Peaks neighborhoods, such as St. Francis Wood and Forest Hill. As part of the branch library's 80th anniversary open house, Woody LaBounty will show early images of West Portal Avenue's creation, highlight notable houses, residents, and merchants, and commemorate the first 100 years of an iconic San Francisco neighborhood.
    More Info
    map to: West Portal Branch Library 190 Lenox Way
    Contact: angela.moffett@sfpl.org
    more info: https://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=1036860101
  • West Portal History

    May 15, 2019 6:00pm-7:00pm (Wednesday) at BarbCo Real Estate 45 West Portal Avenue
    Woody LaBounty will show early images of West Portal Avenue's creation and commemorate the first 100 years of an iconic San Francisco neighborhood. Q&A to follow with light bites and wine. Free of charge, but limited seating so RSVP on this page to reserve your spot.
    More Info
    map to: BarbCo Real Estate 45 West Portal Avenue
    Contact: barbcoadmin@realestatesf.com
  • WNP 20th Anniversary Gala(WNP Event)

    May 19, 2019 6:00pm-10:00pm (Sunday) at The Clubhouse at Presidio Golf Course 300 Finley Road
    Western Neighborhoods Project will celebrate its twentieth anniversary with a gala benefit of history and friendship at The Clubhouse at the Presidio Golf Course from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Special Guest of Honor will be Peter Hartlaub, reporter, writer, critic, and lover of local history from the San Francisco Chronicle.

    With a theme of "Back to the Neighborhood," the evening will focus on the inspiration for Western Neighborhood Project's creation in 1999---preserving and sharing the history of San Francisco's west side.

    Get more information and purchase tickets at http://outsidelands.org/gala/
    Tickets/More Info
    map to: The Clubhouse at Presidio Golf Course 300 Finley Road
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org
  • Sutro Baths/Sutro Heights Walk(WNP Event)

    Jun 8, 2019 10:00am-12:00pm (Saturday)
    John Martini will lead a tour of the Sutro Baths site and Adolph Sutro's former estate. Built in the 1890s, Sutro Baths was the largest indoor bathhouse in the world, featuring seven swimming pools, art works, promenades and museum exhibits, all covered by nearly three acres of glass. Today, only broken concrete ruins remain at Lands End. Even in ruins, the Sutro Baths still draws thousands of people daily who explore its mysterious foundations.

    Free to the public, but RSVP to attend.
    RSVP/More Info
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org
  • Villages and Concessions of the Midwinter Fair(WNP Event)

    Jun 20, 2019 7:00pm-8:00pm (Thursday) at Western Neighborhoods Project 1617 Balboa Street
    From plaster igloos to German castles to an indoor volcano, the concession exhibits at the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition offered a range of unusual entertainment to visitors. "Villages" of African, Hawaiian, and Inuit performers reinforced imperial ambitions and attitudes of superiority while meeting "interest in foreign humanity." California interpreted and mythologized its own past with the 49 Mining Camp, while people paid dimes and quarters across the fair grounds to ride camels, descend down a dragon's maw, and eat fortune cookies in what became the Japanese Tea Garden.

    For this illustrated program, Woody LaBounty will be joined by Japanese Tea Garden gardener and historian Steven Pitsenbarger and Presidio Trust historian Barbara Berglund Sokolov, author of Making San Francisco American: Cultural Frontiers in the Urban West, 1846-1906. $20 for the general public and $10 for WNP members.
    Tickets/More Info
    map to: Western Neighborhoods Project 1617 Balboa Street
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org
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