If you’re looking for Golden Gate Park events in August 2017 to attend, we have quite a variety of activities and happenings for you to consider. This month, there’s soccer, dahlias, yoga, gemstones, beer and an ice cream social to experience. Summer of Love festivities are found at the Conservatory and de Young Museum. And last but not least, you might want to come celebrate the 10th anniversary of Outside Lands, which brings exciting music acts, fun food, and plenty of opportunities to enjoy yourself at the park. Full details and other Golden Gate Park events to keep an eye out for are listed below:
Summer of Love Experience Exhibit – de Young Museum – August 1 – 20
This month, the Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll will close on August 20, so you still have plenty of time to visit the museum to check out an array of cultural artifacts that include iconic rock posters, photos, interactive light shows, costumes, and clips of avant-garde films. You must pay the cost of admission to the museum in order to check out this exhibit, which ranges from $10 for youths (aged 6 to 17) to $25 for adults.
SF Deltas vs NY Cosmos Soccer Match – Kezar Stadium – August 5
Calling all soccer fans! You can catch a live game in your own backyard when the SF Deltas take the field against the two-time defending champion New York Cosmos in a professional game. Cheer on the Deltas, who are in second place and looking to claim their own spot in the playoffs. Scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., you will find all of the action adjacent to the intersection of MLK and Kezar Drive. A complimentary pregame celebration will take place at Kezar Triangle, kicking off at 3 p.m. with entertainment, food truck eats and a beer/wine garden. Tickets are priced less than $20.
Free Outdoor Yoga Day – Queen Wilhelmina Garden Grove/Picnic area – August 5
Bring along a blanket or mat to the grove/picnic area located between the Queen Wilhelmina Garden/Windmill and 47th Avenue to participate in a free session of yoga led by Purusha yogis. As part of the Purusha Seva Project, sessions take place at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday mornings throughout the month with the next events scheduled for:
- August 12
- August 19
GGP Band Tribute Concert to SF Firefighters – Spreckles Temple of Music – August 6
The Golden Gate Park Band will put on a performance that not only pays homage to San Francisco firefighters, but will also acknowledge the service of NERT and SERT volunteers. There is no cost to enjoy this musical program, which will take place from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Other Golden Gate Park Band performances scheduled for August 2017 include:
- August 13 – (TBA)
- August 20 – Celebrating St. Stephen’s Day with Hungarian music, singing and dances
- August 27 – Celebrating Ukrainian-American Day with Ukrainian music, singing and dancing
Windmill 10K – Dutch Windmill – August 6
The course sees participants running eastbound up Kennedy Drive to the intersection reaching McLaren Lodge (Kezar Drive/Second Barricade). They will then turn around and return the same way back to the finish line. The race event starts at 9 a.m. If you are interested in running in the race, expect to pay the following fees: $3 (13-17 years, and 18 and over members); $5 for 18 and over non-members. It is free for ages up to 12 years old to participate. For more information, you can call the DSE HOTLINE at (415) 978-0837.
NightLive LIVE – California Academy of Sciences – August 10
Since Outside Lands is scheduled for this weekend, it’s only proper that the Academy helps kick off the festivities with a little music of their own. As part of the NightLife LIVE series, Electric Guest (upbeat electronic R&B) and the She’s (60s pop and surf rock) will hold a special performance in the West Garden. A DJ set by KingMost in the Piazza is also on the schedule. Art installations in the West Garden aim to light up the night. Bay Area Pop-Ups in the Project Lab will have custom screen prints for sale. Julia Jane Moore will lead a nature-inspired craft workshop involving Paint Pens Collective (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.).
Thursday NightLife events take place on a weekly basis; from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for the general public and $12 for Academy members. Keep in mind that the fun is only for those 21 and older, who come with valid identification.
Other NightLife events in August 2017 include:
August 17 – Feline NightLife: If you are Team Cat, then this might be the week that you take a trip to the Academy. SF Sketchfest will entertain with a cat video festival, where the funniest felines provide endless laughs. The Cat Man of West Oakland shares his tales about working with the feral cat population in Oakland. The SF SPCA will set up a kitten corral in the East Garden, where you may just find your next furry companion. Other entertainment comes in the form of R&B ONLY’s Resident DJ, DJ Printz (COLORS).
August 24 – Motion NightLife: You don’t need to be a science buff to enjoy an evening filled with the beauty of things in motion. African Hall provides a space for you to share your 90s hip hop dance moves (or take a dance class). Interactive programming, dance performances, and music by Sweater Funk DJs are also highlights of this week’s program.
August 31 – NightLife Spotlight: The lineup for this week’s NightLife includes a special presentation by science journalist Dr. Jason G. Goldman, a tasting of Drake’s Brewing Co. beer, a nighttime dive show at the Philippine Coral Reef tank, and music by DJ Jay Midnight.
Friday Nights at the de Young – de Young Museum – August 11
With a blend of live music, dance and theater performances, and other hands-on enjoyment, the de Young Museum hosts a handful of events this Friday. Join Linda Janklow of Peopleologie at the Creativity Station to create art at Buchanan Court from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Koret Auditorium will host an Evening with Bill Ham (Abstract Painting and the Psychedelic Experience). It is here that Ham, a pioneer in psychedelic light show art presentations will talk with Julian Cox, who is the Chief Curator and Founding Curator of Photography from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. As always, it is free to enjoy the music, activities and other fun offered on a Friday night at the de Young.
Other Friday Nights at de Young events for August 2017 include:
- August 18
Outside Lands – Golden Gate Park – August 11, 12, & 13
Those who attend this year’s Outside Lands will be a part of the 10th anniversary of one of the most anticipated festivals in the Bay Area. You have everything at your fingertips…music, food, alcoholic beverages, comedy, art and so much more. Explore GastroMagic, where edibles from the likes of Woodhouse Fish Co., Trou Normand, Guittard Chocolate, and Tacolicious await. Music performances for this year include headliners such as Metallica, The Who, Tribe Called Quest, Gorillaz, and Lorde. Other musicians scheduled to entertain include Schoolboy Q, Action Bronson, Warpaint, Oliver Tree, Kamaiyah, Tove Lo, Thundercat and Vance Joy. In order to enjoy all of the fun, you have to have a ticket, which you can purchase general admission and VIP admission here. 3-day tickets are all sold out.
DIY Kokedama Workshop – SF Botanical Garden – August 12
It’s not every day that you get a chance to enjoy a botanical workshop over the weekend, and with the Garden, you can spend the afternoon with instructor Baylor Chapman – exploring the traditional Japanese gardening technique called Kokedama. With the help of plants from San Francisco’s Botanical Garden, all materials will be provided for an exploration of the art form that translates into ‘moss ball.’ This event is scheduled to run from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., which costs members $35 and non-members $40. To purchase tickets, click here.
Dahlia Show – Hall of Flowers – August 12 & 13
It will be an all-day affair at the Hall of Flowers (located at 9th Ave. and Lincoln Way), which centers on the celebration of the official flower of San Francisco with an annual show of dahlias. The Dahlia Society of San Francisco will hold a two-day event where the flowers take center stage, and growers will be on hand to answer all of your most pressing questions. Who will take the Best in Show category? Don’t forget to bring your camera so that you can take pictures of the 1,500-2000 eye-catching dahlias entered into the show.
The schedule for this event is as follows:
- Saturday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
- Sunday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Botanicals and Brews Beer Garden – Conservatory of Flowers – August 18
Does the Conservatory shut down after the last visitor leaves the doors during the day? Not when an event for the After Hours at the Conservatory series is being held. From 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Ale Industries will be on hand to share their Oakland-based, eco-friendly craft brews. The Palm Terrace will set the stage for the evening, where you can check out artist collaborations, listen to music, dine on food truck fare, and take advantage of full bar service hosted by Barbary Coast Catering. Ticket prices range from $22.50 to $25. General admission includes one complimentary craft beer. To register for this event, click here.
63rd Annual San Francisco Gem Show & Sale – SF County Fair Building – August 19 & 20
As one of the most well-known annual shows of its kind in San Francisco, Golden Gate Park will host the San Francisco Gem & Mineral Society (SFGMS) and 30 dealers who are gearing up to arrange more than 60 displays featuring gems, jewelry, minerals and fossils hailing from all over the world. Other highlights of this event include door prizes, activities for the kiddies, fascinating collectibles, jewelry making supplies, and finished jewelry pieces.
The schedule for this event is as follows:
- Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets to this event range from $8 to $10; a $2 discount coupon for adult admission is available at http://sfgemshow.org/. Seniors and students with an I.D. also receive $2 off ticket prices. Children under 12 years old are free with a paid adult.
SF Walk for Apraxia – Old Speedway – August 20
In an effort to raise awareness and funds for those affected with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (considered a challenging and rare speech disorder in children), CASANA will host a fundraising event at Golden Gate Park. In addition to a 5K looped walk that touches upon the upper track of Polo Field, participants may also explore a smaller 1/3-mile course and longer 2-mile course. Paths are either paved or packed with dirt.
From 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., registration will take place. The fees to participate for this event are $20 for adults, $15 for students (aged 18 and up), and $10 for children under the age of 18. At 10:15 a.m., the Shining Stars Ceremony is held, followed immediately by the Walk. Join in the fun of field games and crafts, which start at 11 a.m. Face painting and balloon animals will be provided by Happily Ever Laughter at 11:30 a.m. If you purchase a raffle ticket, stick around until 12 p.m. to see if you are a winner.
For more information, click here.
Ice Cream Social – Sharon Art Studio – August 20
If you’re at Golden Gate Park between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., you might want to stop by Sharon Art Studio (located at 300 Bowling Green Drive, near the Children’s Playground). Here, you can indulge in a cool, refreshing bowl of ice cream, cup of root beer, pastries and other edibles. The first 50 people there will get to take home a ceramics bowl made at the studio which comes with unlimited ice cream. All ticket sales will take place at the door (cash or check only). FOSAS Members are free to enjoy the sweets, while non-members pay $10. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the Friends of Sharon Art Studio, building and community. For more details, email [email protected] or call the front desk at (415) 753-7006.
420 Games in San Francisco – Spreckles Temple/Music Bandshell –August 26
The fourth annual 420 Games in San Francisco will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a 9 a.m. 4.20-mile course starting at the Music Concourse Bandshell. The course involves the scenery of John F. Kennedy and Stow Lake with a finishing point at the Concourse. Your method of participation may include walking, jogging, skating or bike-riding. Afterwards, settle in to enjoy two hours of beer tasting sponsored by Lagunitas (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Stand-up comedians, educational speeches, music, and exhibitors also round out the festivities. For more information and to purchase event tickets to the fun run and beer tasting, check out https://420games.org/events/san-francisco-2017/.