The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco celebrate pioneering feminist artist Judy Chicago with a retrospective spanning from her early engagement with the Californian Light and Space Movement in the 1960s to her current body of work, a searing investigation of mortality and environmental devastation, begun in 2015. The exhibition includes around 150 works and related archival material that chart the boundary-pushing path of the artist named Cohen by birth and Gerowitz by marriage, who, after trying to fit into the patriarchal structure of the Los Angeles art world, decided to change her name and the course of history.
Don’t throw out your Halloween costume just yet—you’ll need it for Bay to Breakers, San Francisco’s celebrated 12k race. (Don’t have a costume because you stayed at home with the lights out and shades down? You and half the other racers. No worries, we won’t judge.)
Developed in partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and Dawn Holliday Productions, this annual concert and light art installation brings together those who appreciate art and music for an evening of inspiration. Created by Illuminate, the nonprofit arts group behind The Bay Lights, together with Luma Geeks, a world-renowned creative studio specializing in large scale light-based art, uses gobo projectors to transform the all-white landmark with a series of exquisite scenes inspired by the rare tropical flowers within this national landmark. This event is free to the public and enjoyed by many.
The International AIDS Conference is the premier global platform to advance the HIV response. As the world’s largest conference on HIV and AIDS, it sits uniquely at the intersection of science, advocacy and human rights, bringing together scientists, policy makers, healthcare professionals, people living with HIV, funders, media and community. Since its start in 1985, the conference has served as an opportunity to strengthen policies and programmes that ensure an evidence-based response to HIV and related epidemics.
Sunset Piano and San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG) join forces to offer the public a uniquely interactive experience of music in nature, placing twelve pianos in some of the Garden’s most beautiful locations and inviting anyone to come and play what they like. This annual twelve-day-long Flower Piano is one of the Bay Area’s most highly anticipated musical events of the summer and celebrates its sixth year at the Garden in 2020, featuring new opportunities for the public to play, more performances by professional musicians, a community sing-along, free piano lessons, and three evenings of Flower Piano at Night, a special after dark event with food trucks and outdoor bars.
Follow the sound of music through Golden Gate Park to discover Outside Lands – a celebration of everything we love about the Bay Area.
It’s a party for all five senses, combining an eclectic lineup with world class art, food, wine and more. As it evolves with groundbreaking experiences like Grass Lands and mind-expanding talks at D.A.V.E, Outside Lands continues to shine as a festival that’s totally original and 100% San Francisco.
Ring in the new season with Opera in the Park, a free outdoor concert dedicated to celebrating community and artistry at San Francisco Opera.
Opera in the Park is the perfect opportunity to get a sneak peek at the performers who will be headlining our fall shows, including Romeo and Juliet and Billy Budd. The concert is a mix of operatic favorites, pop classics, and songs from new and upcoming productions.
Bring your picnic blanket and enjoy the majesty of opera in the great outdoors at Robin Williams Meadow in Golden Gate Park.
Comedy Day is a nonprofit event that has turned into a long-standing tradition in San Francisco. Nearly 40 of America's funniest comedians perform throughout the day free-of-charge. Heavily supported by the leading Bay Area media companies, the event has attracted up to 60,000 attendees in one day.
Join us on Saturday, September 26 for an unforgettable evening celebrating our city’s parks with dinner, dancing, and more in Golden Gate Park’s magical Music Concourse.
This event raises critical funds supporting SF Parks Alliance’s mission to champion, transform, and activate parks and public spaces across the city. The Raise the Paddle portion of the evening will support Golden Gate Park’s 150th anniversary celebration
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass will return to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on October 2-4. The festival, founded by Warren Hellman in 2001 as a musical gift to the people of San Francisco and the world, celebrates American “roots” music and its many outgrowths. Each year, hundreds of thousands of music fans from around the globe flock to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass to do exactly that—celebrate.
Completely unique and always a sell-out, Light in the Grove is attended by over 600 guests every year and was voted best LGBT gala in the Bay Area. Held on the eve of World AIDS Day, guests experience a moving candlelight reflection at the Circle of Friends, the heart of the Memorial, then walk through our spectacularly-illuminated Redwood Grove to a warmly-lit banquet tent. Inside, they enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a buffet dinner with special musical and choreographed artistic performances.
World AIDS Day is observed globally on December 1st each year for people to unite and recommit to the fight against HIV; show support for people living with it; and commemorate those who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, and it remains important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away—that there is still a vital need for funding, research, increased awareness, fighting prejudice, and improving education. More than 35 million people worldwide have died because of HIV, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
RESCHEDULED — NEW DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON — The April 4, 2020 Golden Gate Park’s 150th FREE parkwide birthday celebration is being rescheduled to a date later this year. Stay tuned for the new date. Until then enjoy our many virtual experiences, including a classic concert series featuring artists who have performed in Golden Gate Park over the years.
This spring, get out and get green—celebrate the 150th anniversary of Golden Gate Park and the 50th Earth Day. Come learn more about the history of parks and modern green-space efforts, and honor the amazing place we call home: Planet Earth. Plus, don’t miss an exploration of all things green in the food we eat at our Pairings program.
Adults Only (18+)
Note: The Tactile Dome and some programs have limited capacity. Entry to the Tactile Dome requires separate admission.
The Society of California Pioneers Museum and Library | The History of Golden Gate Park : Panel Presentation
As the city prepares to celebrate Golden Gate Park’s sesquicentennial, historians Christopher Pollock and Woody LaBounty will explain how the transformation of one thousand and seventeen acres of unpromising sandy soil and windswept dunes, dismissed as “the outside lands” or “the great sand dunes” on early maps, turned San Francisco into a truly cosmopolitan, world-class city. This free, public event includes admission to Golden Gate Park in The Gilded Age, The Society of California Pioneers’ contribution to the citywide GGP@150 celebration. Visit californiapioneers.org for details and directions.
Celebrate the spring holiday of Shavuot with DJ FAM Team’s family disco party, a rock and roll instrument “petting zoo” with Blue Bear School of Music, flowery fun with Blick Art Materials, and a workshop with Axis Dance.
In honor of the 150th anniversary of Golden Gate Park, use a piece of wildflower seed paper to create an artsy garden stick, and gift it to someone so they can plant a garden.
There will be thousands of orchid flowers and plants on display, with judging from the American Orchid Society, as well as plants for sale from members of the San Francisco Orchid Society as well as over 23 international nurseries. Hands-on demonstrations will be conducted by experts with information about successfully growing and blooming orchids at home in San Francisco, as well as ongoing efforts to promote habitat conservation around the world. Families are welcome, and there will be special activities for kids and people of all ages and interests.
Get ready for the 150th
Birthday of Golden Gate Park with a Park and Pizza talk and slides with Inner
Sunset Park Neighbors (ISPN) Board Member Chris Duderstadt.
William Hammond Hall abhorred
having his name, or anyone else’s for that matter, put on anything in Golden
Gate Park, though he is the one person most responsible for the park we know
today. It is said that no one is truly dead and gone until their name is
forgotten. Let’s not forget “Hamm” Hall.”
The Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon® is a runners’ favorite for its scenery and value. A fast and certified course through San Francisco’s scenic Golden Gate Park, the race has been selected as Road Race of the Year by the Road Runners Club of America several times.