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Monthly ‘City Front’ or ‘Northern Shore’ Bay Cruises in 2022!

Urban Forums: Walk & Talk

Free! All Urban Forums begin at 12 noon unless otherwise noted.

At various locations (see below)

A new kind of outdoor gathering we pioneered last year in lieu of our normal schedule of indoor public talks. These shorter urban walks usually feature a guest speaker or two, and provide lots of space for open conversation about history, public space, and the themes that come up along the way.


Our Public Talks are partly underwritten by the City Lights Foundation and Rainbow Grocery Cooperative.




Download the Fall 2022 calendar as a pdf

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Archive of past talks

Online audio archive of past talks, listed by type:

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Saturday, September 24, 12 noon

Chain o' Lakes/Western Golden Gate Park


Bird life, the old steam railroad right of way, the windmills, a dune history and more!

RSVP required 

This is a free event, but we gladly accept donations. donate now!

Saturday, October 8, 12 noon

New Parks: Tunnel Tops to Francisco


From new parks in the Presidio to a new park built over an old reservoir and points in between!

RSVP required 

This is a free event, but we gladly accept donations. donate now!

Saturday, November 5, 12 noon

China Beach to Mountain Lake


From an old smugglers cove to the first campsite of Spanish colonists with an urban excursion bridging the journey!

RSVP required 

This is a free event, but we gladly accept donations. donate now!

Saturday, November 19, 12 noon

Pacific Heights and Cow Hollow


Architectural gems, hidden histories of money and power, and a variety or forgotten agricultural pasts.

RSVP required 

This is a free event, but we gladly accept donations. donate now!