Creative Inspiration: Go on a Rainbow Hunt in the Castro, San Francisco

The Castro is definitely one of the most colorful neighborhoods in all of San Francisco! The extra large rainbow flag, the defining landmark of the area, flies proudly over the intersection of Market and Castro Streets welcoming all to the inclusive neighborhood.

The Rainbow Flag at Market and Castro Streets

A Rainbow Hunt

Beyond the main flag, there is no shortage of more rainbows to spot in the Castro. Rainbow banners hang from light posts and there is a cross walk lined with rainbow colors. For an easy entertaining game while exploring, play “I Spy” with your friends and try to be the first to spot the rainbows you see.

If you are looking for an even more creative adventure, grab your phone or a small sketchbook and instead of hunting for rainbows, look for each individual color in the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. Create a fun sketch or photo montage (with photos on your phone) of the colored items you find.

Here is a sketch of the rainbow I saw while wandering the Castro.

Rainbow Hunt in the Castro by Betsy Beier

From left to right, my rainbow includes: The Castro Theatre marquee, Allen Ginsberg’s Rainbow Honor Walk marker, sunflowers outside a flower shop, The Twin Peaks Tavern sign, blue tile at the Castro Theatre, and a purple Victorian.

So head out on your own rainbow walk and be sure to post your findings on Instagram or social media and tag me (@wanderlustdesigner) so I can see!

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