One by one, the Golden Gate Park events in April that help make springtime memorable are making a return. Whether you’re a chocolate lover, paper goods enthusiast, jazz fan, artist, or someone who enjoys exploring new and exciting opportunities, there’s something for everyone. Get your calendar ready!
Let’s discover Golden Gate Park events for April 2022.
Soul/Jazz/R&B Happy Hour – GGP Bandshell – April 1, 8, 15
Plan to visit Golden Gate Park on Fridays to enjoy free outdoor performances with live soul, jazz, and R&B music from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This month, you can hear Blue Moon Gypsies (4/1), Hobo Paradise (4/8), and another show on 4/15 (to be determined).
San Francisco Chocolate Salon – SF County Fair Building – April 2
If you are a chocolate lover, you won’t want to miss the 14th annual Chocolate Salon, one of the most highly anticipated chocolate festivals on the West Coast. Mingle with master chocolatiers and culinary geniuses as they demonstrate their creations, offer unlimited chocolate tastings, and highlight the latest and greatest in the chocolate world. The cost for this event is $12.50 for children 6-12 years old and $25 for adults. No tickets will be sold at the door, only advanced ticket purchases. This event is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get your SF Chocolate Salon tickets here.
Vintage Paper Fair – SF County Fair Building – April 2
It’s been two years too long! Finally, you can now enjoy the first show since the pandemic began with over a million items for sale, such as local history, postcards, photography, ephemera, art deco, etc. This event is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free to enjoy.
Live Music Saturdays – GGP Bandshell – April 2, 9, 16
Saturdays at the Bandshell bring live music and free outdoor performances from noon to 4 p.m. This month, take the kids to enjoy Citizens Jazz’s Tribute to Nina Simone (4/2), a Whole Day Circus Event with SF Circus Center (4/9), and an All City Choir Event with SFUSD (4/16).
Reggae Sunday – GGP Bandshell – April 3, 10, 17, 24
Sit back and relax to reggae tunes from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (except for a five o’clock start on the 24th). Crucial featuring DJ Irie Dole and special guests (like DJ Guidance) will entertain you on Sunday evenings throughout April.
Singer/Songwriter Wednesdays – GGP Bandshell – April 6, 13, 27
Singers and songwriters hit the Bandshell stage throughout April, so mark your calendars for the following performances:
- April 6: Johnny San Francisco 4 p.m., Kevin North Band 5 p.m., and Carry Nation 6 p.m.
- April 13: Sara Rodenburg 4 p.m., Alice Austin 5 p.m., and Lara Louise 6 p.m.
- April 27: Two sets of An Evening with Red Hot Shame with Linda Faye Carson opening at 4 p.m.
NightLife at the Academy – California Academy of Sciences – April 7, 14, 21
Music, drinks, food, science, and more! NightLife fun at the Academy is an experience you won’t want to miss. These evening gatherings begin at 6 p.m. and last until 10 p.m. for the 21-and-over crowd. Note: Proof of full vaccination is required, and you must wear a mask while indoors.
Some of the dates and themes in April to expect for Thursday NightLife events include:
- April 7: Theme TBD
- April 14: NightLife x SFCM – Music lovers will enjoy the return of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for an evening filled with live acoustic performances and plenty of special surprises.
- April 21: NightLife: Buzzzed – Tonight is all about the bees, as you learn different ways you can help these pollinators at one of the most-visited museums in San Francisco.
NightSchool – California Academy of Sciences [virtual] – April 7, 21
There is a way to virtually connect to the Academy and specialty programs through a free livestream offered on YouTube and Facebook on the first and third Thursdays of every month.
In April, you can look forward to the following virtual programming:
- April 7 – Galapagos Islands, discover new research on old specimens
- April 21 – City Nature, learn how nature and humans intertwine in the Bay Area
“Alice Neel” Film Screening and Q&A with Andrew Neel – de Young Museum – April 9
Enjoy a film screening on the life of Alice Neel and explore the life of a female painter who defied convention. Then join the artist’s grandson, Andrew Neel, who presents “intimate one-on-one interviews with surviving family and personal archival video.” This free event is from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Koret Auditorium. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis an hour before the lecture begins in front of the Auditorium.
The Art of Knotting – SF Botanical Garden – April 9
Explore the beauty and craft of knotting while making a macramé plant hanger. All materials for this workshop will be included, including one small houseplant to take home. The cost for this experience is $80. You can purchase tickets for this workshop here.
Sound Meditation – SF Botanical Garden – April 10
Join Melissa Felsenstein, founder of Inner Sounds Meditation, for an experience to unlock the meditative states that can help you destress and relax the body. Through a series of crystal bowls, ocean wave drums, chimes, and planetary gongs, you’ll have a chance to clear your mind and calm your limbs with sound and vibration. Since this event takes place outdoors in the grass, rain cancels. General admission is $35 per person. The event is from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. and is recommended for ages 12 and up. Get your ticket to Sound Meditation here.
Passover Play – Stow Lake Picnic Area – April 10
Join Carla on an “interactive musical journey” as she brings the story of Passover to life in a morning gathering with songs, crafts, books, snacks, matzah, and more at Golden Gate Park from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Register for this free event here.
Half-Day Meditation Retreat – SF Botanical Garden – April 16
Join Charity Kahn for an extended meditation practice period from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Garden. Charity will guide you through exercises and activities, such as walking meditation, Qigong, body awareness, mindfulness, and sitting meditation. The cost of this event is $60. Sign up for Half Day Meditation here.
Easter Sunday Brunch and Egg Hunt – Beach Chalet – April 17
Enjoy an Easter Sunday brunch or dinner at the Beach Chalet. Some of the menu items you can look forward to are Artichoke Hummus, Halibut, Braised Lamb Shank, and Tres Leches Cake. In addition, for children 12 and under, there is a free Easter Egg Hunt at the Park at 10 a.m.
To register for the egg hunt, click here.
“Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love” Closing Celebration & Ballroom Culture – de Young Museum – April 23
Join artist, performer, and ballroom dancer Rashaad Newsome and Natasha Becker, curator of African art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco at the Koret Auditorium, for a conversation about ballroom culture and those who inspired it, like Patrick Kelly. This free event is from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., with tickets distributed on a first-come, first-served basis an hour before the lecture.
Botanical Drawing & Sketchbook Basics – SF Botanical Garden – April 23
Join David Tenorio for an afternoon learning the basics of drawing flowers, painting in watercolor, and sketching specimens from life and outdoors. You’ll start in an indoor classroom space to get the hang of basic sketching instruction and techniques and then go outdoors into the Garden for most activities. This event is from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cost for this drawing workshop is $50; you can purchase your ticket here (which includes admission to the Garden for the day.
Clay Day at the Garden – SF Botanical Garden – April 23
The Children’s Garden is hosting an exploration of clay pots. Kids can learn about working with clay at various stations that let them get their hands dirty. This free event is from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. RSVP for Clay Day.
King’s Day – Murphy Windmill – April 30
Celebrate Dutch culture, from traditional Dutch games (like zaklopen, spijkerpoepen, kroonwerpen, and kloslopen) to Dutch food (think syrup pancakes!), at the SF King’s Day celebration at Golden Gate Park. Other activities and attractions include a flea market, Dutch beer, and music. This event is from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Orange Bicycle Ride is a King’s Day favorite for adults and kids alike. This free group ride is for ages 12 and up. Meet up at the Queen Wilhelmina Windmill (Dutch Windmill) at 10:30 a.m. (preferably wearing your favorite orange gear) to ride your bike for King’s Day.
Golden Gate Park Monthly Recurring Events
Recurring monthly events at Golden Gate Park for April 2022 include:
April 1, 2, 8, 15, 16, 22, 29, 30 – Lakehouse Jazz at Stow Lake Boathouse (more details)
April 2, 16, 30 – Sketching in the Galleries at de Young Museum, free Saturdays at 11 a.m.
April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – Blankets & Wine Comedy at Polo Field (3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.) (RSVP here).
April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – Free de Young Museum Day for Bay Area residents (every Saturday)
April 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 – Music at the Beach Chalet (Saturdays & Sundays) from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
April 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 – Outdoor Yoga, every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. $16. Get tickets here.
April 3 – Birding at SF Botanical Garden with Golden Gate Audubon, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., free. RSVP here.
April 3, 10, 17 – Outdoor Singing Group at Mothers Meadow, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Free. Register here.
April 3, 10, 17, 24 – “Lindy in the Park” swing dance party, every Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
April 3, 10, 17, 24 – Golden Gate Park Roller Disco Party at the Skatin’ Place – 6th Ave. and Kennedy Drive from noon – 5 p.m., free (Sundays)
April 5 – Conservatory of Flowers, free admission on the first Tuesday at 10 a.m.
April 6, 13, 20, 27 – Free admission hour at Japanese Tea Garden, every Wednesday at 9 a.m.
April 8 – Women and Non-Binary Bike S.F. 7:15 a.m. start – McLaren Lodge (more details)
April 9– NAMI Saturday Strolls (monthly) at Murphy Windmill, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (details)
April 9, 23 – Family Art-Making at de Young Museum, free Saturdays at 11 a.m.
April 12 – San Francisco Botanical Garden’s Free Day (2nd Tuesdays)