June is in full bloom now, and Golden Gate Park is following suit with a host of flower shows and sales, as well as activities and attractions that connect locals with nature. This month, get your bike ready, prepare for outdoor music and exercise, and/or head for the Boathouse for a cheese lover’s dream. To learn more about June 2015 events at Golden Gate Park, consider the following:
“Sustainable Catch” Nightlife – California Academy of Sciences – June 4
Calling all foodies! You may want to head for the Academy this week to enjoy a night centered on sustainable seafood. The East Garden will transform into a demonstration site, where chefs hailing from some of the best restaurants in the Bay Area (Twenty Five Lusk – 7:30 p.m., Fog Harbor – 8:15 p.m., and La Mar – 9:00 p.m.) will ignite your cooking aspirations. In the Coral Reef/Lower Level, a simulated fish tank with an interactive surfboard challenge will be set up from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Other highlights include music in the Piazza (Latin cumbia, dancehall, and tropical beats) and knowledge provided by the SF Bay Area Sustainable Seafood Alliance.
Every Thursday, the Academy concentrates on a new theme with nightly fun that lasts from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The over-21 gathering costs $10-$12 to gain entry – depending on whether you are a member of the Academy.
Additional Thursday Nightlife events for June 2015 include:
- • June 11th – NightLife LIVE (June): As part of the NightLife LIVE summer series event, enjoy a night filled with performances by Hanni El Khatib + Hot Flash Heat Wave – presented by Noise Pop.
- • June 18th – Color of Life NightLife: The theme of the night centers on the Academy’s new Color of Life exhibit – anticipated to be an eye-popping experience.
- • June 25 – SF Pride NightLife: The vogue classes sound like fun, but the primary draw for this night is expected to be the live drag show hosted by Heklina.
Friday Nights (“Revisiting South of Market”) – deYoung Museum – June 5
To enjoy the art, music, culture and connections made during a Friday Night at deYoung Museum event, the month of June kicks off with two weeks devoted to the history of the Bay Area. A partnership with the Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley will bring unique programs that highlight and center on the exhibit Janet Delaney: South of Market.
The Hamon Education Tower on the 9th Floor presents an author reading by Gary Kamiya sthat starts at 6 p.m. He will share from his book Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco – followed by a book-signing. At the Kimball Education Gallery, you will find open studio hours until 8:30 p.m. that showcases the work of Artist-in-Residence Shawn Feeney, whose ‘Ambient Soundscape’ exhibit will be joined by musicians and sound artists from 7-8 p.m.
Other Friday Night at DeYoung events for June 2015 include:
- • June 12 – the second week of Revisiting South of Market: A Multigenerational Conversation about Change in the Bay Area with “Keeping San Francisco Alive: A Frank Conversation,” which will touch upon the role of the arts as it relates to urban planning and public policy in the city of San Francisco.
- • June 19 – the night will center on activities and highlights centered on the “J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free” exhibit
- • June 26 – This Cultural Encounters celebration will center on “Embodiments: Masterworks of African Figurative Sculpture” from the Richard Scheller Collection, and “J.M.W Turner: Painting Set Free.”
As always, it is free to enjoy these weekly events at the museum.
Bike Tour of Golden Gate Park’s Wild History & Design – Bison Paddock – June 6
Bring your own bicycle or rent one at the park in order to participate in a tour of historic Golden Gate Park on two wheels. You can thank the Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) for organizing this event, with tickets costing $10 each (purchased here). With intermittent stops along the way, you’ll cover about 4-5 miles of park roads and trails – touching upon unique features and lesser-known highlights. Those interested will meet at the Bison Paddock (corner of John F. Kennedy Drive and Chain of Lakes Drive) at 10 a.m. The tour is expected to conclude at 12:30 p.m. At the end of the ride, you also have the option to join others for lunch at the Beach Chalet Brewery and Restaurant.
ParXercise Zumba – Mothers Meadow – June 6
All levels are welcome to join in on the fun of an outdoor workout with Leilani, as she guides you through a Zumba class surrounded by the beauty of Golden Gate Park. This free event will be held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
San Francisco Spring Plant Sale Extravaganza – SF County Fair Building – June 6 & 7
If you’re looking for an opportunity to add to your plant collection, the SF Begonia Society (sfbegonia.org) is hosting a sale on June 6 (held in the auditorium of the San Francisco County Fair Building) that shares the spotlight with other plant societies and vendors who come to sell their goods for this one day event.
Another plant event scheduled for the Hall of Flowers during this weekend is the:
SF Succulent Society and SF Bromeliad Society Sale & Show – June 6 & 7: The Gallery of the Hall of Flowers will host this 28th annual sale and show, which is sure to attract endless plant lovers looking for something unique. For more information and details, you can check out sfsucculent.org or https://www.facebook.com/BegoniaSocietyOfSanFrancisco .
Cheese Fondue Pop-Up on the Lake – Stow Lake Boathouse – June 6
The Stow Lake Boathouse will host a pop-up event centered on a love for cheese fondue. The evening will include carefully selected beer and wine to complete the fondue Charcuterie plate (cured meats), and housemade Swiss-style desserts and chocolates with coffee and tea being served. Tickets must be purchased in advance (at $60 each) to participate in this event, which begins at 6 p.m. The Boathouse is located on 50 Stow Lake Drive.
Garden Volunteer Workparty – Kezar Triangle – June 6
Join the community, the Recreation and Parks Department, and the San Francisco Parks Alliance for a morning spent at the recently opened community garden at the park. Here, you’ll have an array of gardening tasks to consider, which will take place rain or shine – from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Those who are interested will meet at Kezar Triangle (Arguello Blvd. and Kezar Drive). It is recommended to RSVP to [email protected]. Light refreshments will be available. Come dressed appropriately, wearing layers, long pants and closed toed footwear.
Italian American Day with Italian Opera in the Park – Spreckels Temple of Music – June 7
With the voice of Simi Cantori as an accompaniment, Michael L. Wirgler will direct the Golden Gate Park Band for a program centered on celebrating Italian American Day. It is free to attend this event, which is scheduled to take place from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Flowers of Mediterranean Climates: Garden Walk – SF Botanical Garden – June 13
San Francisco’s climate offers a safe environment for plants hailing from the Mediterranean basin to thrive, and at the Botanical Garden, you can enjoy a walk that touches upon some of the colorful blooms representing different parts of the world. This event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and costs $10 for members and $15 for non-members to enjoy.
June Plant Sale – SF Botanical Garden – June 13
The theme of this month’s plant sale is Perennials & Pollinator Plants, where you can stock up on colorful blooms to elevate the look of your gardens and indoor spaces. You will be able to access the Nursery from the Main Gate, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
9th Annual Golden Gate Park Band Festival – Spreckels Temple of Music – June 13 & 14
At least ten bands will gather to entertain the masses during a free musical event spanning two days. The festivities kick off at 11 a.m. and will continue until 5 p.m. on both days. Just some of the band music you can expect to hear includes original pieces, marches, overtures, contemporary tunes, and popular classics.
SF Bicycle Coalition Ride: Let’s Practice Together! – McLaren Lodge – June 14
If you’re in need of a little confidence-building in the bike-riding department, allow Catherine and Juli, an alumna of the SF Bicycle Coalition Adult Learn How to Ride Class, to give you a little boost. Enjoy an easy ride in the car-free space of Golden Gate Park during Sunday Streets Great Highway with a little bit of riding in traffic. Experienced cyclists will be on hand to help, and there’s no worry about hitting any hills. Email [email protected] with your questions regarding the ride. Those interested in participating in this event will meet at the large tree in front of McLaren Lodge, which is situated on the northwest corner of Fell and Stanyan Streets. Riders take off by 10:45 a.m., and the entire experience is scheduled to conclude at 3 p.m.
Paintings of Golden Gate Park Secrets + Opening Reception – McLaren Lodge – June 18
In addition to the lovely deYoung Museum, there are other places throughout Golden Gate Park to enjoy artwork – like the six original paintings from Robert Minervini’s Invisible Reflections: A Narrative of Six Monuments series that will be on display at McLaren Lodge (located at 501 Stanyan Street). The subjects of these paintings include the John McLaren Statue, Portals of the Past, the Sara B. Cooper Memorial, The Ball Thrower, Poeme de la Vigne, and the William McKinley Memorial. You will be able to view these pieces for free from June 18 to August 14.
The opening reception for this exhibit is also scheduled for June 18, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and is free to attend. For more information, you can contact sfartscommission.org.
‘J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free’ – deYoung Museum– starts June 20
Representing “one of the greatest British artists of the nineteenth century,” the deYoung Museum is hosting Joseph Mallord William Turner’s work, which touches upon themes such as cultural mythology, religion, and the rise and fall of civilizations. This art exhibit is being held at the Herbst Exhibition Galleries starting June 20, and concluding on September 20, 2015.
Don’t forget to check out the special exhibition tickets to J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free which includes access to all galleries at the de Young, as well as same-day general admission to the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park. Also, you can save $1 per ticket when purchased in advance online.
GGP Band + Circus Music & Circus Acts – Spreckels Temple of Music – June 21
Looking for a weekend event fun for the whole family? In addition to listening to a set of circus-themed music, you can enjoy the free entertainment provided by select members of the Circus Bella troupe who will offer a blend of unicycling, juggling and comic relief. This event is scheduled to last from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Father’s Day Rainbow Falls 5K – Kennedy Drive – June 21
Celebrate being a fit father by participating in the 5K scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. The run starts with participants heading east up Kennedy Drive to McLaren Lodge. After turning around at Barricade at Kezar Drive, runners will hit East Conservatory Drive before returning to the finish line on Kennedy Drive.
There will also be a free 1/2 Mile Kids Run (for runners 12 and under) that starts at 9:45 a.m.
The cost to participate in this event is $3 for 13 to 17-year-olds and members who are 18 and over; $5 for non-members over the age of 18; and free for ages up to 12 years old. For more information, you can check out http://dserunners.com/events/race-schedule/.
San Francisco FrontRunners Pride Run – Polo Fields – June 27
Those interested in enjoying a Pride celebration and a chance to raise money for a good cause, consider meeting others who share the same goals at the South Gate of the Polo Fields to participate in the 36th annual Pride Run. Starting at 9 a.m., registration for this event can be completed online or on the day of the race. For more information, check out http://www.sffr.org/priderun.
Alice Radio’s Summerthing – Sharon Meadow – June 28
It’s that time again…when Golden Gate Park plays host to Alice Radio’s annual Summerthing concert, which is set to provide entertainment, live music, and other fun at the end of June. This year, expect the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Mat Kearney, Rachel Platten and Elle King to fill the air with their music. Food trucks will be on hand to supply you with eats and treats. The concert will take place from noon to 4 p.m.
Scottish Music & Dancing with GGP Band – Spreckels Temple of Music – June 28
In addition to enjoying a program filled with Scottish music, the SF Bay Area dance company called the Dunsmuir Scottish Dancers will also put on a dance performance alongside the Golden Gate Park Band – offering a take on old and new styles of dance. This event is free to enjoy, and is scheduled to be held from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.