Looking for something to do this month? August in Golden Gate Park brings you one of San Francisco’s premier music and art events – the Outside Lands Festival. There’s also something for the local gardener or plant enthusiast. Perhaps you’d like to treat the kids to a cultural event that parades through the park. You may even want to stretch your legs at the cross-country event held at the end of the month.

Just some of the events at Golden Gate Park to look forward to in August include:

13th Annual Summer Gardening Fair – August 6

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., pay a visit to the San Francisco Botanical Garden for a free gardening event. This is your chance to learn more about plants and gardening, join a local plant organization, buy plants and accessories, or just take in the demonstrations. Interested parties should enter at the main gate of San Francisco Botanical Garden.

San Francisco’s Festival of the Chariots – August 7

If you’re looking for something to do on Sunday, head to Fulton and Lincoln, where you will encounter an interactive parade that starts at 11 a.m. at John F. Kennedy Drive and Transverse Drive with a handful of people pulling three large chariots by ropes. Making its way down JFK Drive, the parade will end up at Sharon Meadows (on the corner of JFK Dr. and Stanyan Street). Here, you can feast upon a free vegetarian meal, browse books and exhibits, as well as enjoy ancient Indian dances, music and live theater performances. This free event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more details, check out http://www.sfkrishna.org.

Birding Field Trip – August 7 and 8

Bird enthusiasts should meet at the front gate of the San Francisco Botanical Garden to take in the sights of resident, migrant, and vagrant feathered creatures. This trip is especially helpful for those just starting out in bird watching. The opportunity is free if you are a San Francisco resident (when you bring identification for residency or garden membership status). If you live outside of the city, the garden charges $7 per person. The Golden Gate Audubon Society will hold this event on August 7 and 8 at 10:30 a.m. For more information, contact Ginny Marshall ([email protected] or Dominik Mosur ([email protected]).

Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival – August 12 –14

It’s that time of the year again…when the Outside Lands 3-day festival comes to Golden Gate Park. Purchase a single-day ticket or spring for a pass to the full event. Some of the music performers ready to entertain include Erykah Badu, Arctic Monkeys, Muse, Phish, the Black Keys, and MGMT. Get your taste buds ready for gourmet funnel cakes, organic S’mores, and crispy mac & cheese. Wine tasting offers the best of local reds and whites. Plenty of art and eco-friendly activities are also lined up. Additional details can be found at http://www.sfoutsidelands.com/

Lindy in the Park 15th Anniversary Dance & Potluck Picnic – August 14

Free swing dancing in Golden Gate Park has been offered for the past 15 years, and it’s time to celebrate this special milestone with a potluck picnic and extended music/dance hours. Come with an offering, such as a main dish, side dish, paper plates, napkins, beverages, ice, cups, and/or plastic utensils. The event will begin at 11 a.m. and most likely last until 3 p.m. Keep an eye out for more details by checking http://www.lindyinthepark.com/

Cross Country 5K – August 28

Ready to get your heart pumping? The 5K race begins at 9 a.m. on the upper/dirt track of the Polo Field and will finish at the lower/paved track. Prepare for a course filled with grass, dirt paths and paved paths. All participants will receive a ribbon – with the top five overall races taking home place ribbons. To enter the race, the following fees apply: 18 and over ($5) and ages 11 to 17 ($3). Participants ages 10 and under are free. Registration will close on Friday, August 26, 2011 at 9 a.m. There is a race-day registration. For more information, check out DSE Runners.

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