As we enter one of the most patriotic months of the year, let the fireworks begin by kicking off the summer festivities with the help of Golden Gate Park. From taking in local musical talent to enjoying active pursuits surrounded by the beauty of hydrangeas, dahlias and roses, there are plenty of things to do, see and enjoy. So, what are you waiting for? Mark your calendar and set aside time to enjoy some of the following July 2015 events at Golden Gate Park:

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Beer Garden Nightlife – California Academy of Sciences – July 2

If you’re a beer enthusiast, you might want to make it to the Academy to enjoy an evening filled with all things beer. For starters, local beer masters will be on hand to answer your questions. You’ll have a chance to sample the first-ever signature craft beer of the Academy, which was brewed using various plants from the museum’s Living Roof. However, the superstars of this show will be found in the pop-up beer garden featuring dozens of local breweries, such as Calicraft Brewing Co., MateVeza, Stone Brewing, Uncommon Brewers, and Anchor Brewing. Other samplings include vermouth from Sutton Cellars and live-infused Golden State Cider.

Nearly every week, the Academy opens its doors to the public for themed nightly get-togethers that include an array of activities, cocktails, food, music, and of course, fun with science. The 21 and over events are held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with tickets costing $10-$12 (depending on whether or not you are a member).

Other Thursday Nightlife events scheduled for July 2015 include:

  • July 9 – Nightlife LIVE for July: As part of the live music series event for the summer, expect performances by The Dodos and Doe Eye, presented by Popscene SF.
  • July 16 – How to Nightlife: So popular that they had to bring it back again, the Academy presents a selection of unforgettable how-to workshops, demos, and discussions.
  • July 23 – Dinosaur Nightlife: Calling all dinosaur lovers! Forget about the latest Jurassic Park movie when you can enjoy a dino-themed night at the Academy.
  • July 30 – Big Picture Nightlife: Come see what the second-annual wildlife photography exhibit held at the Academy is all about.

Friday Nights at the de Young: Firecracker Friday (Swing Dance Party) – July 3

Looking for explosive evening at the museum? There will be color. Nina Rodriguez oversees the mixed-media art activities for the night at Buchanan Court, where you can create your own pompom garland using red, white, and blue tissue paper in celebration of Independence Day. There will be dance. Join Master Dance Coach/Hostess Cynthia Glinka to learn a few steps from the 20s (Wilsey Court – 6 p.m.). There will be music. Wilsey Court (6:30 p.m.) hosts live music with Don Neely, vocalist Carla Normand, and the ten-piece Royal Society Jazz Orchestra of San Francisco. This ensemble is known for providing a glimpse at the authentic sounds of the 1920s.

Additional Friday Nights at the museum events for July 2015 include:

July 10 – Painting Set Free: Join Anna Slavin at the mixed-media art-making station in Buchanan Court at 6 p.m. to create watercolor drawings using watercolor pencils and water pens. Live jazz music by Adam Theis & NOT a Brass Band will also entertain at Wilsey Court, starting at 6:30 p.m.

July 17 – A Multigenerational Conversation about Change in the Bay Area: In partnership with the Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley, take in a unique presentation associated with Janet Delaney: South of Market exhibit currently showing at de Young. In addition to enjoying related art, readings music and performances, the night also brings mixed media art-making activities with Evan Moring, as well as creativity presented by Artists-in-Residence Chris Treggiari and Victoria Mara Heilweil.

July 24 – World Music / World Art: In addition to live music and dance party, one of the main highlights of the night will be the Fifth Annual Fair Trade Bazaar that starts at 9:30 a.m. at Piazzoni Murals Room. Here, you will encounter an array of products and cultural gems from international artisans – from textiles to native handicrafts to jewelry. A few businesses to look forward to include Indian jewelry by Dharmendra Singh; Guatemalan jewelry and accessories from Amano Fair Trade; global accessories by 12 Small Things; and Butanese textiles by Choki. Members receive an extra 10% discount.

July 31 – Visual Sound: In addition to art activities and a live film screening/ world premiere of the documentary Juan Jaula es John Cage (Koret Auditorium – 7 p.m.), expect live music performances by StringQuake Trio (Wilsey Court – 7:15 p.m.) and Mariachi Nueva Generación (Wilsey Court – 8:05 p.m.) performing John Cage pieces.

GGP Patriotic American 4th of July Concert – Spreckels Temple of Music – July 4

The Golden Gate Park Band holds a special Saturday performance to commemorate the Fourth of July with patriotic tunes and American music favorites. The event will start at 1 p.m. and usually lasts 1 ½ hours. As with all other GGP Band performances, the concert costs nothing.

Additional Golden Park Band concerts scheduled for July 2015:

  • July 5 – Around the World in 90 Minutes
  • July 12 – Salute to African American Composers and Artists
  • July 19 – Symphony in the Park
  • July 26 – The Music World of Disney

Golden Gate Park 10K – John F Kennedy Drive & Transverse Drive – July 5

As one of the more challenging races in length that takes place in the park, the course for this event starts eastbound on Kennedy Drive and involves many different points that include the East Conservatory loop, McLaren Lodge, Kezar Drive, Bowling Green, Nancy Pelosi Drive, ML King Drive, Middle Drive, and the Overlook path which leads to the finish line. The race is scheduled to last from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The cost to participate is $3 (13-17 years & 18 and over members); $5 (18 and over non-members) and free for ages up to 12 years old. For more information, you can click here or call (415) 978-0837.

Birding at the Garden – SF Botanical Garden – July 5

As part of an ongoing opportunity that takes place on the first Sunday of every month, bird enthusiasts may join docents Helen McKenna and Allan Ridley for an exploration of different species dwelling in the San Francisco area. Co-sponsored by SFBGS and the Golden Gate Audubon Society, interested parties will meet at the 9th & Lincoln entrance at 8 a.m. Since the gate is re-locked upon entry, it’s important to arrive on time in order to be able to enjoy a little early morning one-on-one with some of Bay Area’s feathered residents.

Flower Piano – SF Botanical Garden – July 9 to July 20

This summer, the Botanical Garden will host Sunset Piano’s public piano project for twelve days. Imagine one of your favorite gardens transforming into an outdoor concert hall where visitors can settle at one of 12 pianos situated throughout the 55 acres of the SFBG’s flower-filled gardens. You never know what tunes you may encounter, including scheduled performances by professional pianists who will come to treat the public with their talent. It is free to enjoy this event with the price of regular admission. For more information, you can call (415) 661-1316.

Plant Sale – SF Botanical Garden – July 11

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., you will have a chance to browse and bring home new additions to your garden in the form of salvias, shrubs and fuchsias – thanks to the monthly plant sale taking place at the San Francisco Botanical Garden’s Nursery.

Flowers Down Under – SF Botanical Garden – July 11

If you like exploring worldwide blooms, head for the Botanical Garden to check out flowers native to South Africa and Southwest Australia that include the sights of banksias, proteas, and other eye-catching specimens. For $10 for members and $15 for non-members, you can walk through the Garden to learn the intriguing history of a variety of flower families. This event will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Picnic & Tour for Active Adults 50+ – deYoung Museum – July 15

What better way to make a connection with other locals than at one of the leading attractions of Golden Gate Park – a museum filled with art and culture? The deYoung Museum is hosting a day out that begins with a picnic before a tour of the premises takes place – courtesy of Stitch ( A picnic lunch is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., followed by museum exploration from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. (but you can stay longer if you like). The cost to enjoy this event is $5, which includes the lunch and general admission.

Participants will meet at the playground located at the corner of 10th and Fulton at 11 a.m. – look for the large Stitch banner where a table with food and drinks awaits. Remember…this event is being held for anyone 50 years old and up. For more information, you can contact Michael from Stitch at [email protected]

AIDS Walk San Francisco – Sharon Meadow – July 19

In an effort to benefit HIV/AIDS services in Marin County, join and/or show your support for Spahr Center, Spectrum LGBT Center and MAP, as they strive to earn funds for a good cause. Scheduled to last from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the AIDS Walk starts and ends at Sharon Meadow; is 10 kilometers long; and centers on raising money for Bay Area organizations, such as Project Inform. It usually takes 2 ½ hours to complete. You can show your support by walking or simply cheering on or supporting a walker. For more information, you can call (415) 457-2487.

San Francisco Marathon – citywide – July 26

As runners take to the streets of San Francisco to participate in the USATF certified 1st Half marathon, they’ll pass through the Ferry building, the Golden Gate Bridge, The Embarcadero and Presidio, before finishing up at Golden Gate Park. The 2nd Half Marathon begins at Spreckels Lake (John F Kennedy Drive and 36th Avenue). For more information on times and other details, click here.

Charity and the JAMBand – Park Chalet – July 26

When looking for a fun event for the younger crowd, don’t forget that Charity and the JAMband is setting up shop at the Park Chalet for another family-friendly jamboree. Come on out to enjoy a family friendly gathering that is absolutely free to attend, which centers on music, dance, singing, and other activities for the entire family. The ‘party’ starts at 3 p.m. and will continue on until 5 p.m. – all in the name of celebrating ‘Deep Summer’ – the theme for this month.

Blue Moon – SF Botanical Garden – July 31

How many people can say they’ve walked under a blue moon surrounded by an array of blooming beauties? The Garden makes all of this happen, if heavy rain doesn’t cancel the event. Don’t forget to bring along a flashlight. This event is scheduled to take place from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The cost to participate is $10 for members and $20 for non-members.s