neon speaks

festival & Symposium

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about neon speaks


Neon Speaks is an annual festival and symposium that  advocates for preserving historic neon signs. Produced by our sister organization, San Francisco Neon, a not-for-profit organization under the fiscal sponsorship of the Tenderloin Museum. Our goal is to educate and advocate for the artistic legacy of historic neon signs: a living archive of design, craft, and city history.

Contact us if you would like to attend or present at the next Neon Speaks symposium


Vintage neon signs have evolved from advertising to art, and now they serve as landmarks of the day-to-day human experience within communities. The artisans and advocates who take on these preservation projects deserve and desire public acknowledgment, and the opportunity to share experiences.


SF Neon produces an annual Neon Speaks festival and symposium to bring neon preservationists and advocates together to celebrate and share information on historic neon restoration and preservation.




AB = Al Barna

TD = Tom Downs

RH = Randall Homan

EL = Eric Lynxwiler