Golden Gate Park in the springtime brings cherry blossoms to the Japanese Tea Garden, tulips are blazing with color at the Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden, and the warmer weather is a boon for bicyclists. It’s also an excellent location for Earth Day 2021 celebrations, art-making, and outdoor activities. As the park continues to get back to normal, let’s check out some of the following Golden Gate Park events for April 2021:
Ride the Skywheel – Music Concourse – April 1 to April 30
In case you haven’t heard, the Skywheel, the Observation Wheel brought in to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Golden Gate Park, has extended its stay in San Francisco until 2025. This attraction is located in the Music Concourse, near the de Young Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Japanese Tea Garden. The Skywheel is open weekdays from noon to 10 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Click here for Skywheel tickets.
Blankets & Wine Comedy – Polo Field Bleachers – April 10, 17 & 24
Bring your own booze and blankets to enjoy a free standup comedy show at Golden Gate Park taking place every Saturday in April from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. This socially distanced event requires you to wear a mask at all times. To register for this comedy event, click here.
Virtual NightSchool Programs – Academy of California Sciences – April 15, 22 & 29
While the Academy prepares to welcome you back to in-person NightLife events for 2021, you can still enjoy free virtual NightSchool programs every Thursday.
NightSchool “classes” stream live on Thursdays at 7 p.m. PT.
The NightSchool themes for April 2021 are:
- April 15: Illustrating Science
- April 22: Earth Day for the People
- April 29: Geology & Society
For more information, click here.
NorCal: In-person Bicycle Bootcamp – GGP Polo Field – April 16, 23 & 30
Rise and grind! Join Shannon Boughn for an in-person bike boot camp with 17th Street Athletic Club from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. You will be participating in a structured workout on your bike. The cost is $25, and you must book here to secure your space.
Corgi Run Club: GGP Series – Stow Lake Boathouse – April 18
If you’re a proud pet parent of a corgi, then this is the Golden Gate Park event for you! Bring your furry friend to Stow Lake to participate in a Strawberry Hill run/walk. The runs are anywhere from 1 to 3.5 miles and are accommodating for every fitness level. RSVP for this event. You must wear a face covering and maintain safe distancing from other attendees.
The Corgi Run is from 1 a.m. to 12 p.m.
420 Hippie Hill Festival – Sharon Meadows – April 20
Golden Gate Park is home to the world’s oldest and largest 4/20 celebration; it’s one of the most popular events of its kind in California and has taken place since the 1970s. This unofficial “holiday” brings fascinating crowds of people together who come to enjoy the atmosphere, people-watch, and celebrate their love for the greener things in life.
Gardening in Summer-Dry Climates – SF Botanical Garden [virtual] – April 21
Calling all gardening enthusiasts! Join award-winning photographer Saxon Holt for a webinar that will explore some of the themes in his new book on native and climate-adapted plants for summer-dry, winter-wet climates of North America’s Pacific coast. This event runs from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. You can RSVP for this free virtual event here.
Spring Forward: A Science Soiree – California Academy of Sciences [virtual] – April 22
Join Academy lovers and supporters for a virtual event celebrating Earth Day and
The main event is from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., while the virtual afterparty featuring electro-funk DJs Chromeo kicks off at 8 p.m. You can RSVP for free here to attend the event and click here to learn more about how you can support the Academy through a sponsorship package.
Women and Non-Binary Bike SF – McLauren Lodge – April 23
Here’s a socially distanced ride taking place on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month from 7:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. you won’t want to miss. Start your day off right, taking in the sights of Ocean Beach as you ride about the Great Highway road closure. No RSVP is necessary to participate in this easygoing morning ride. Note: Departure time is promptly at 7:30 a.m.
Children’s Workshops with Debbie Wu – Sharon Arts Studio – April 24 & April 25
In celebration of Earth Day 2021, the Sharon Arts Studio is hosting weekend workshops for kids ages 6-11. They will spend the morning making upcycled creations using everyday items like egg cartons, boxes, and found objects. Some of the projects may include 3D flower arrangements, paper lanterns, and more. Classes are $25 and limited to 10 students each and will take place in a well-ventilated space at the Studio.
plant + cultivate: nature journey + yoga + goal setting Half Day Retreat – SF Botanical Garden – April 25
Engage on a spiritual and physical journey during an exploration of the Gardens plus yoga poses, goal-setting, and mindfulness. The event is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. SavvySelf presents this workshop, which costs $44 and includes workshop fees and supplies.
City Nature Challenge – California Academy of Sciences – April 30
Dust off your binoculars and magnifying glass, and get ready for an adventure!
The City Nature Challenge is a joint venture between the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Academy of Sciences. This year, 200 cities worldwide are participating in a little friendly competition to see which urban area has the most nature- and the most engaged residents.
There are two parts to this nature challenge:
1. April 30 – May 3: Take photos of wild plants and animals.
2. May 4 – May 9: Identifying all of the living things you have found.
Will you find the new species in California? For more information, click here.
April 2021 Update: Park Chalet
The Park Chalet is open daily with indoor (operating at 25% capacity) and outdoor seating. Make your reservation today—they are serving up delicious food and drink on weekdays, from noon to 7 p.m. and weekends, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Brunch is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
April 2021 Update: Beach Chalet
The Beach Chalet has undergone a “redesigned dining room and reimagined menu” with a new chef and will soon open to the public to take your orders and fill your bellies with Pistachio Crusted Halibut, Maine Lobster Rolls, and Truffle Macaroni & Cheese.
Click here to check out their new lunch, midday, and dinner menus.