neon speaks

festival & Symposium

Registration open!
Neon Speaks
APRIL 26–28, 2019
San Francisco

 

Snap up your 3-day pass, and get tickets for auxiliary tours.

The Neon Speaks Festival & Symposium aims to raise awareness and promote information-sharing about historic neon sign artistic legacy and restoration.

Join the Neon Speaks Mailing List to get updates.

FESTIVAL ACCOMMODATIONS

Special festival room rates available for a limited time at  the Carlton Hotel, an historic boutique hotel with a towering neon blade sign.

Book online for the Neon Speak Discount
15%  off current rate. Book early to get this rate.

Neon Speaks TICKETS, schedule, & details

Welcome to Neon Speaks 2019! What to expect: neon talks, demos, case studies, restoration tips, shop tours, walking tours, book signings, films, and action items for creating a future where neon survives and thrives…

 

Main Program Events
Covered by 3- Day Pass

April 26 FRI    1–4 PM 
Neon Curiosity Lounge at the Tenderloin Museum, SF.

Part art exhibit, part science fair. Drop in to see amazing neon artifacts, old signs, and working models presented by a roomful of neon experts. Satisfy your neon curiosity! Details and single tickets.

April 26 FRI    6:30–9:30 PM 
Friday Evening Opening Reception and Symposium, Verdi Club, SF.

An evening of film, food, drinks, and stories about the designers and champions of historic neon.
Details and single tickets.

April 27 SAT  10 AM–3:30 PM
Saturday Symposium,  Great American Music Hall, SF.

A day of neon talks, food, and time to meet the speakers on the front line of the national movement to protect historic neon signs. Details and single tickets.

April 28 SUN  
The Art of Neon, Peterson Neon, Oakland.

An ongoing afternoon event with timed tickets for an hour-long demo. What does it take to create a work of art fabricated from neon-filled glass tubes? Watch it happen with neon artist/tube-bender deluxe, Shawna Peterson
plus special guests. Details and single tickets.

 

Auxiliary Events*
(not included in 3-Day Pass)

April 26 FRI     4:30-6pm  Letterform Archive Tour , SF.

A special curated tour of the Letterform Archive's stacks for anyone fascinated by the history of lettering and signage. Book early, space is limited. San Francisco/Free. Details and single tickets.

April 28 SUN   2-3 PM  Neon Works Shop Tour/Demo, Oakland with Jim Rizzo and Amy Palms Oakland.
Back by popular demand—if you missed this shop tour last year, here is your second chance! This tour sold out last year.
Details and single tickets.

 

April 28 SUN 7-8 PM Alameda Neon Walking Tour with Devi L. Dahl, Eric Lynxwiler, Al Barna, and Randall Ann Homan. Take a twilight walking tour of the beautiful neon signs in the historic city of Alameda/$25. Book early, space is limited. Details and single tickets.

*Auxiliary events have limited capacity and are ticketed separately. Check back for more auxiliary events as they are added to the schedule.

 

SYMPOSIUM Presenters

Jude & Monica Cook, Ignite Sign Museum, Tucson, AZ

Heather David, San Jose Signs Project, San Jose, CA

Will Durham, Nevada Neon Project, Reno, NV

Dydia DeLyser & Paul Greenstein, Los Angeles, CA

Randall Ann Homan, San Francisco Neon, San Francisco, CA

Tom Rinaldi, New York Neon  book, New York, NY

John Law, Central Services, San Francisco, CA

Debra Jane Seltzer, RoadsideArchitecture.com, Ventura, CA

Tracey Sprague, The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, NV

Kate Widdows, Electric Letterland, Portland OR

 

Special Guests/Moderators

Tod Swormstedt, American Sign Museum, Cincinnati OH

 Eric Lynxwiler, Museum of Neon Art, Glendale CA

 

Hosts/Co-Producers

Al Barna, Randall Ann Homan, San Francisco Neon, San Francisco, CA

Kate Widdows, Electric Letterland, Portland OR

 

FAQs

When will you announce auxiliary tours and presenter schedule?

We will be adding presenters and extra event updates from January through  March 2019. If you join our mailing list, you will be notified when updates are announced.

Can I buy a a 1-day pass or separate ticket to the symposium presentations?

We plan to release a limited number of separate tickets to the Neon Speaks Main Events on February 14, 2019. Auxiliary events will also have separate tickets.

Will you have neon shop tours in Oakland like last year?

Absolutely! Because these tours have limited space, they will be ticketed separately.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have a question about the Neon Speaks Festival and Symposium, please contact us through Eventbrite. or via neonspeaks@gmail.com.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Please bring your printed ticket/confirmation email/pass to  each event. Alternatively, you can show the Eventbrite ticket/confirmation on your smartphone at registration. Pass holders will be issued a 3-day badge/pass and lanyard at check-in.

Is my ticket/pass transferable?

If you find you aren't able to attend, you can change the name on the 3-day pass or ticket. Please make the change yourself via Eventbrite by April 23, 2019, to transfer your pass or ticket.

When and where do we check in?

Check-in begins at 1 PM and goes until 4 PM at the Tenderloin Museum in San Francisco on April 26, 2019. You will also be able to check-in at the Friday night event and the Saturday morning event. There will be no check-in desk on Sunday.

When and how can I cancel and get a refund?

Cancellation refunds up to 90% of ticket price will be granted for Early Bird or regular tickets upon request up until April 12, 2019, after which time no refunds will be granted. No refunds on Auxillary events due to limited capacity. To request a refund, please message us via Eventbrite.

Terms & Conditions

Three-day passes allow one individual’s entrance to all official conference sessions on Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28, 2019 at various locations TBD. Passes may only be used by the person whose name appears in the Eventbrite registration form, transfers to a friend or colleague are permissible up until 3 days before the festival start (by April 23, 2019).

Ticket sales are being handled through Eventbrite.com. Confirmation of your purchase will be sent upon completion of registration via email. If you do not see confirmation in your inbox, please check your spam folder. If you have any questions please contact us at neonspeaks@gmail.com for assistance.

Check-in will begin on at 1pm at the Tenderloin Museum in San Francisco on April 26, 2019.

Cancellation refunds up to 90% of ticket price will be granted for Early Bird or regular 3-day passes upon request up until April 12, 2019, after which time no refunds will be granted. To request a refund, please message us via Eventbrite.

If your plans change and you find you cannot attend, You may transfer your ticket, pass, or sponsorship  by changing the name of the ticketholder/passholder in Eventbrite, no later than April 23, 2019. This transfer allows a different person than the original purchaser or registrant to attend. No pass is eligible for use by more than one person.

This event will be photographed and possibly live streamed and recorded. By purchasing or accepting a ticket to this conference you are granting your explicit permission to be photographed, videotaped, and published.

In the unlikely case of cancellation of the conference due to unforeseen circumstance, Neon Speaks and San Francisco Neon will not be responsible for expenses incurred by ticket holders beyond the cost of Neon Speaks tickets.

Still have questions? Contact the organizers (Randall Ann, Al, and Kate) at neonspeaks@gmail.com.

Neon curiosity Lounge Exhibitors

Al Barna, San Francisco Neon, San Francisco CA

Bill Concannon, Aargon Neon, Crockett, CA

Heather David, San Jose Signs Project, San Jose, CA

Dydia DeLyser & Paul Greenstein, Los Angeles, CA

Greg King and Shawna Peterson, Oakland, CA

Bruce Suba, Suba Neon, Santa Cruz, CA

Tod Swormstedt, American Sign Museum, Cincinnati OH