In addition to hosting one of the largest, highly anticipated festivals in San Francisco, August 2013 events in Golden Gate Park are jam-packed with events and activities for everyone and all ages. Whether you’re looking to listen to live music, create art, meditate, celebrate the diversity of the city, purchase plants, follow a vintage paper trail, introduce the kids to an exciting experience, or simply participate in an organized run – Golden Gate Park in August has you covered.

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10,000 Leagues Under the City – Friday Nights at deYoung – August 2

Every Friday night, deYoung Museum provides a family-friendly outing for San Franciscans that combines culture, art, and music with a variety of activities, performances and other features scattered about the museum. Starting at 5 p.m. and ending at 8:45 p.m., no two themes and night events are ever the same. The first event to kick off Friday Nights in August 2013 is called “10,000 Leagues Under the City,” and is presented in partnership with deYoung Artist Fellow Urbanauts and Black Rock Arts Foundation.

On this day, The Goat Family and Atlas Obscura will perform at Wilsey Court (from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) – playing original and traditional music on homemade instruments – prepare for energetic sing-alongs that incorporate avant-garde film projections. Film screenings with the Exploratorium will take place at Koret Auditorium from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. as well.

Other Friday Nights events at deYoung for August 2013 include:

August 9 – The Figure – a celebration of the figure through music and art-making will include the Modernist Painter’s Studio at the Piazzoni Murals Room (6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.), where Bay Area painter Rick Rodrigues will create awe-inspiring figurative paintings of models while visitors are encouraged to sketch alongside him. Wilsey Court opens up to the Adam Theis and the Western Territory Project (from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.), where you’ll hear the sounds of the trombone, sousaphone, electric bass, violin, cello, drums, percussion, and electronics.

August 16 – Abstraction – explore the abstract world with the help of live music and art presentations. In the Piazzoni Murals Room from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., a Letterpress Demonstration will be held – thanks to the San Francisco Center for the Book. Lisa Rappoport, Donna Seager, and Adam Ewing will present abstract prints, and you’ll also have a chance to print your own letterpress keepsake using one of SFCB’s vintage tabletop platen presses. Live music comes courtesy of Matt Small and the Crushing Spiral Ensemble, who will perform from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Wilsey Court.

August 23 – The Aerial View – an interesting night will pay homage to the art of mapping and aerial viewpoints with the help of music, artist demonstrations, art-making, and a special lecture. Carlo Abruzzese will provide a fine art presentation titled: Mapping Cultural Landscapes: Reinterpreting Demographics in the Bay Area at the Piazzoni Murals Room – from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jazz Bliss Brazil will perform live a blend of Brazilian music and classic American jazz in Wilsey Court (from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.).

August 30 – New Perspectives – it’s time to explore new perspectives of and on the de Young’s permanent collection with a performance by Erik Jekabson’s String-tet. You can listen to the sounds of trumpet, saxophone, violin, viola, bass, drums, and vibraphone in Wilsey Court from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Healthy Parks, Healthy People Trail Walk – Strawberry Hill – August 3 

On the first Saturday of each month, enjoy a pleasant walk through Golden Gate Park. In August, meet at Stow Lake Boathouse for some light stretching before enjoying a 1- or 2-mile walk about Strawberry Hill. This event starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m.  For more details, call (415) 831-6330.


Summer Gardening Fair & Shade Plant Sale – SF Botanical Garden – August 3 

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the annual Summer Gardening Fair provides a fun and family-friendly event that incorporates much more than plant enthusiasts and gardening lovers. In addition to the newly added children’s activities, visitors will also gather to share ideas, browse plants, and purchase plant-related items. With the help of volunteers and plant specialists, the Fair is an ideal opportunity to learn more about gardening and plants. Representatives of local horticultural and conservation organizations will also lend a helping hand. Some of the things you may do while at the Fair include browsing a wide selection of new and used books; take in the sights of summer fuchsias and begonias; enjoy an up-close look at butterflies; explore the inside of a beehive; and purchase unique plants.

In addition to the Summer Gardening Fair, you can also buy shade plants at the Arbor, as part of the monthly plant sales that take place at the Botanical Garden. You will find an entrance to all activities at the Main Gate of the San Francisco Botanical Garden (near 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way).


Vintage Paper Fair – Hall of Flowers – August 3 & 4

At the Vintage Paper Fair, the largest collection of postcards, trade cards, photography, labels, brochures, Victorian pieces, and sports memorabilia will come together at one of the biggest events of its kind in the West Coast. This free event provides a magical exploration of intriguing and lovely old paper creations and items. There will be more than one million goods for sale at the Fair – some priced as low as 25 cents for an authentic, vintage postcard. Held at the County Fair Building (9th Avenue and Lincoln Way), this two-day extravaganza will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Free Outdoor Yoga Day – Big Rec Field – August 3, 10, 17 & 24

Golden Gate Park is an ideal place to relax and collect one’s thoughts, and thanks to the Purusha Seva Project, you may take advantage of free yoga on Saturday mornings at Big Rec Field – taught by Purusha yogis. You will find the field located at Lincoln Way and 9th Avenue, which is south of the California Academy of Sciences, and across from the main entrance to the Botanical Garden. The yoga sessions start at 11 a.m. It is suggested to bring your own blanket or mat.


Golden Gate Park Band – A Space Odyssey – August 4 

Under the direction of Michael L. Wirgler, the Golden Gate Park Band continues its 131st season of free concerts at the Spreckels Temple of Music at Music Concourse with another crop of themed performances. Concerts begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoons, and usually last until 2:30 or 2:45 p.m.

The first concert of August will center on tunes associated with ‘A Space Odyssey.’

Other GGP Band performances for August 2013 will include:

• August 11 – an undetermined concert theme

• August 18 – a celebration of St. Steven’s Day with Hungarian music, singing and dancing

• August 25 – a celebration of Ukrainian-American Day with Ukrainian music, singing and dancing


Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival – August 9, 10 & 11

Attracting tourists from near and far, the three-day Outside Lands Festival is one of the largest annual events in Golden Gate Park that includes something for everyone – live music, art and artists, crafts, food, drink, activities, and environmental-friendly features.

Food and drink is a big part of Outside Lands, and this year, you can quench your thirst and feast upon the likes of a few new additions to the festival, such as New Orleans iced coffee from Blue Bottle Coffee Co., Banh Mi sandwiches from Freshroll Vietnamese Rolls & Bowls, paletas (Mexican popsicles) from Nopalito, pastrami cheese fries from Wise Sons Deli, BBQ shrimp & creamy grits from 1300 on Fillmore, as well as sardine chips and porcini doughnuts from Rich Table.

The festival also provides plenty of opportunities to sample a multitude of local wines and beers (from more than 15 different breweries). There will even be organic sake on draft provided by Momokawa. Art lovers will enjoy the daily live-painting, creative installations in the woods, and a one-of-a-kind musical theater performance held during the festival.

Just some of the musicians, bands and other groups slated to perform for Outside Lands 2013 include:

August 9 – Paul McCartney, Pretty Lights, D’Angelo, and Band of Horses

August 10 – Nine Inch Nails, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jurassic 5, and Phoenix

August 11 – Willie Nelson & Family, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Daryl Hall & John Oates, and Matt & Kim

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‘Eat a Bug’ Interactive Cooking Demonstration – SF Botanical Garden – August 17 

If you’re looking for an outrageously different way to enjoy your Saturday afternoon, perhaps spending a bit of time with author David George Gordon (Secret Life of Slugs and Snails) for an interesting kid-friendly demonstration – held at the San Francisco Botanical Garden from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Gordon is a master of insect cuisine, and this event will center on food-related bug secrets. Maybe you’ll muster up enough courage to test your bravery by sampling some of this unique chef’s edible creations. A book signing will follow the event. This one-of-a-kind cooking demonstration will cost $15 for members and $20 for non-members.


Charity and the JAMband – Park Chalet – August 18

As part of the 2013 Family Festival at Park Chalet, it’s time to celebrate the back-to-school season with Charity and the JAMband. This month’s celebration is on Sunday, August 18, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. These themed shows provide a chance for families to participate in a special project in addition to the music, dance, and contagious fun that already takes place. This event will occur rain or shine; if there’s rain, the party will move inside.


Festival of the Chariots – Sharon Meadow – August 18 

For thousands of years in Puri, India, the ‘Ratha Yatra’ festival (Festival of the Chariots) has been a tradition that today is celebrated in major cities throughout the world. In San Francisco, more than 3,000 people attend the Festival of Chariots, which is held in Golden Gate Park. Many come to see the interactive parade, where three large chariots are pulled by ropes throughout the park that ends at Sharon Meadow (on the corner of John F. Kennedy Drive and Stanyan Street). The Festival begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. with the chariots scheduled to arrive at Sharon Meadow sometime around 1 p.m. Other highlights of the event include a free vegetarian meal, music, ancient Indian dances, exhibits, books, and live theater.


Golden Gate Park Cross Country 5K – Polo Field – August 25 

This month’s run in Golden Gate Park hosted by the Dolphin South End Runners will start at the upper dirt track on the south side of Polo Field, and finish at the lower paved track on the south side. The course centers on a counter-clockwise loop of upper Polo Field dirt track, which includes touches upon park locations such as Chain of Lakes Drive, Kennedy Drive, and Upper Speedway Meadow. A fun run for kids will take place at 9:45 a.m. For more information and details regarding registration, visit