During the month of February, Golden Gate Park brings Cupid out of hiding, pays homage to a local legend, offers free admission to popular San Francisco attractions, and celebrates Black History Month. When you’re looking for things to do at Golden Gate Park in February 2012, consider some of the following events, workshops, museums and lectures.
Filmmaker’s Lounge Movie Screening – deYoung Museum – Feb 4
From 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., kickstart Black History Month by enjoying a showing of Richard Pryor in Which Way Is Up? (1977) – hosted and curated by Kevin Epps. This Filmmaker’s Lounge event starts with the film at 3:30 p.m. and ends with a Q&A session that includes screenwriter Cecil Brown. While the event is free, keep in mind that seating is limited – first come, first served.
Bank of America Free Museum Weekend – deYoung Museum – Feb 4 & 5
If you are a Bank of America card holder (credit or debit), then admission to the deYoung Museum is free on February 4 and 5, 2012 for you. This monthly opportunity gives you access to the museum, which is currently holding exhibits that celebrate Renaissance painters in ‘Masters in Venice”, the work of Ralph Eugene Meatyard, and the sculptures of Stephen DeStaebler.
Another free admission day for deYoung Museum is on the first Tuesday of every month. In February, the date falls on the 7th and is offered to all. The hours for the museum are 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Free Admission Day – California Academy of Sciences – Feb 5
The quarterly free admission day to California Academy of Sciences delivers an outing filled with science, natural history, aquarium wonders, and an exciting planetarium. The first opportunity is on February 5, 2012. To enjoy free admission to the Academy, it’s a first-come, first-served basis, so an early arrival is highly suggested. If you come during peak times, you may encounter a wait at the front entrance of the museum. Final entry to the museum on free days is 4 p.m.
“Playland at the Beach” – Conservatory of Flowers – Feb 7
History buffs may appreciate an evening with Playland historian James R. Smith, where you will find an event titled, ” San Francisco’s Playland at the Beach: the Early Years of 1914-1945″. With the help of rare photographs and tales from his books, Smith’s lecture will touch upon Playland through World War II. The event will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. – doors opening at 6 p.m. so that you may view Playland Exhibit and Galleries. Expect to pay a $5 fee with the exception of free entry for Conservatory Members. For more information about the schedule, instructor and for reserving your space, click here.
Aphrodesia After Hours – Conservatory of Flowers – Feb 8
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the Conservatory of Flowers is offering a romantic experience that includes the sounds of Le Quartet de Jazz, interesting cocktails, local chocolate treats, and the opportunity to capture the moment in the Vintage Photobooth. The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with a tasting talk centered on chocolate in the Orchid Gallery at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The Conservatory is charging $10 for the general public to attend, and $7 for Members. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.
Warren Hellman Memorial Celebration Day – Speedway Meadow – Feb 19
On February 19, head for Speedway Meadow for a free celebration in honor of Warren Hellman – who unfortunately passed away in December of 2011. Hellman was the founder and benefactor of the infamous Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival – held at Golden Gate Park. The meadow (also acknowledged as the site of the Banjo Stage) is being renamed Hellman Hollow in his memory.
Digital Photography Workshop – Conservatory of Flowers – Feb 28
If you’re interested in honing your skills for taking garden photos – Saxon Holt (Photography Program Director at San Francisco Botanical Garden) offers Photobotanic as a resource for aspiring photographers. Photobotanic is sponsoring an event called, ‘Introduction to Digital Flower Photography with Allen Rokach’ – a one-day workshop that will offer demonstrations and hands-on practice. The general public may participate for a fee of $150, while members of the Conservatory are expected to pay $130. From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., come immerse yourself in color, nature and education. To reserve a space for this opportunity, click here.
Nightlife at California Academy of Sciences (CAS) – every Thursday
Thursday nights are no longer dull when you pay a visit to the California Academy of Sciences, where you can enjoy the Nightlife events that take place on a weekly basis. It costs $12 to attend and you must be 21 years of age. There will be music, cocktails and special themes to help you unwind.
In February, you can look forward to the following events:
• Feb 9 – “Animal Attraction NightLife”: Soul and boogie music fills the air as you explore the science of the orgasm and take an interesting look at vibrators past and present.
• Feb 16 – “Beer Week NightLife with Noise Pop”: Sample brews from the locals as you listen to Noise Pop and DJ-spun tunes.
• Feb 23 – “Robots! NightLife”: Robotic sharks and humanoid robots will be musically accompanied by the sounds of the Polish Ambassador.
Dolls and Masks Exhibit – deYoung Museum – until Feb 26
Art enthusiasts should know that this is the last month to enjoy the Ralph Eugene Meatyard: Dolls and Masks exhibit at deYoung Museum, which ends on February 26, 2012.