One of the most anticipated Golden Gate Park events in August is finally here. Everywhere you turn this month, there is music, meditation, art, plants, and many opportunities to take in the beauty of one of the most-visited parks in the United States. Outside Lands brings music for days, while other activities allow you to tap into enjoying the great outdoors, summer weather, foliage, storytelling, and many other creative pursuits (from quilting to poetry) for the rest of the month. Here’s just a snapshot of events at Golden Gate Park for August 2022.

Thursday Nightlife – California Academy of Sciences – August 4, 11, 18, 25

The Academy offers a fun blend of science, art, music, drinks, and food typically centered on a nightly theme. DJs spin tunes. Special cocktails are on deck. And the atmosphere is chill and vibrant. Check out the activities, exhibitions, and surprises throughout the Academy.

Other themed NightLife events for August 2022 include:

  • August 11: NightLife: IRL – Power down the electronics, turn the phone off, and enter a phone-free zone with “an experimental night dedicated to life offline.”
  • August 18: NightLife: Art Lab – Spend an evening with the Academy for a fun mix of science and art.
  • August 25: NightLife: Level Up – Some of the planned activities include fossil-inspired Pokémon, classic games, and a Super Smash Bros. tournament.

NightLife events are held every Thursday at the Academy, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. You must be 21 or over with a valid I.D. to attend, plus show proof of being fully vaccinated.

Get your Academy Nightlife tickets here.

Outside Lands Festival – Golden Gate Park – August 5, 6, 7

One of the biggest parties in town is here, and there are still tickets for this three-day extravaganza of music, food, art, and much more. Just some of the festival highlights to look forward to includes 30 breweries featured at Beer Lands, over 100 wines at Wine Lands, magic shows, DJ sets, a West Coast Craft Marketplace, festival merch, a cannabis celebration, and tons of food choices, like vegan BBQ, Baconland, Charles Chocolates, gourmet catering, pizza, and Mission Street Burgers.

Headliners and other performances scheduled to appear:

  • Friday: SZA, Lil Uzi Vert,DJ Seinfeld, Major League Djz, Cory Henry, Sampa the Great
  • Saturday: Green Day, Jack Harlow, Kali Uchis, Rina Sawayama, Anna Lunoe
  • Sunday: Post Malone, Weezer, Illenium, Surf Mesa, Griff, Kim Petres

Click here for a complete schedule of performances.

For more information on this unforgettable San Francisco event, click here.

Celebrate Summer Bonfire & Potluck – Beach Chalet (Ocean Beach) – August 6

Join the Urban Adventure Club for a beach bonfire and potluck celebrating summer.

Since this is a potluck party, you should bring a dish or drinks to share that can serve at least 10 people (like pizza, a bucket of chicken, mini-sandwiches, a large salad…you get the picture). Plates, utensils, napkins, cups, and ice will be provided. There will be games, like Spikeball, ultimate Frisbee, and corn hole. The registration price for this event is $10 (premium members), $20 (basic members), and $25 (free members). Meet-up time is 2 p.m. Games start at 2:30 p.m. S’mores and sunset at 7:30 p.m. After-party at TBD at 9 p.m.

For more information on the beach bonfire potluck, click here.

Poetry and Storytelling – de Young Museum – August 6

Join the Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Program and 826 Valencia from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a day filled with storytelling, poetry readings, zine-making activities, and a pop-up library. Poets who will perform include Kaylan Black, 2021 & 2022 Vice Oakland Youth Poet Laureate; Nadia Muhammad Elbgal, 2022 Youth Poet Laureate; Myra Estrada, 2021 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate; Dara Kashayar, 2021 & 2022 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate finalist; and Maya Raveneau-Bey, Oakland Youth Poet Laureate team member.

Schedule of Events

  • 11–4 p.m.: Zine-making activity (all ages), de Young Café terrace 
  • 11–4 p.m.: 826 Valencia pop-up library, de Young Café terrace
  • 11–12 p.m.: Youth poet performances, Obama Portraits Gallery
  • 1–2 p.m.: Youth poet performances, Gallery 15
  • 1–2 p.m.: Youth poet performances, Gallery 14

This free activity takes place during The Obama Portraits Tour.

Hung Liu Celebration with Megan Lowe Dances – de Young Museum – August 6

Enjoy Megan Lowe Dances’ presentation No Way You Can Encompass All the Things You Might, “a process to performance experience inspired by the Hung Lui exhibition, from 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.” This free event is part of Hung Liu: Golden Gate (金門).

GGP Band – Tuba Palooza! – Music Concourse – August 7

Celebrate Hank Neibolt’s 60 years with the GGP Band, tuba soloists Zachariah Spellman and Jonathon Seiberlich, and conductor German Gonzalez.

Golden Gate Park Band concerts feature the music of different nationalities and cultures with costumed performers, singers, dancers, and other special guests. Regular Sunday concerts begin at 1 p.m. and typically last until 2:30 and 2:45 p.m.

Other GGP Band concerts at the Spreckels Temple of Music for August 2022 include:

  • August 14 – Celebrating CERT/NERF Volunteers 
  • August 21 – Hungarian/ Saint Stephen’s Day Celebration
  • August 28 – Ukrainian Cultural Celebration

Forest Bathing at the Garden – SF Botanical Garden – August 12

Craving to feel more grounded? The Garden has just the thing to quiet your mind and help you to destress. During this relaxing 2 to 2 ½-hour walk, a certified Forest Therapy Guide will take you through a series of explorations to help you connect more with nature and experience this form of forest therapy. This event is from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We suggest arriving 5-10 minutes early. For more information on forest therapy, visit RSVP and purchase tickets ($30) for this forest therapy journey.

African American Quilt Guild of Oakland Quilting Workshopde Young Museum – August 13

Start a new family tradition! Check out this workshop and drop-in family art-making activity celebrating the art of Faith Ringgold. This free program will be at the Harmon Education Tower—8th Floor, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The events for the day include:

  • Family Art Making – Wilsey Court (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.): Make a small fabric “painting” to tell a story or share an experience that is important to you.
  • Making a Nine-Patch Quilt – Hamon Tower, 8th floor (1 p.m. to 3 p.m.): Design, hand-sew and hand-quilt your own mini quilt. Limited to 20 participants, ages 12 and up.

Please RSVP to the quilt-making workshop to attend.

This workshop is part of a three-part series led by the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland, and inspired by “the art of Faith Ringgold and her experimental story quilts.”

Other dates: September 10 and October 8.

The Hella Plants Market – SF County Building – August 13

This local market is the ideal stop for anyone who enjoys vegan food, plants, and crafts. Plenty of vendors will be on hand to satisfy your rare plant, common pant, cactus, succulent, vegan snack, natural, and organic product desires. This event is from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. for the general public. Don’t forget to check out the plant merch while you’re there.

Festival of Chariots – Robin Williams Meadow – August 14

This free festival has it all…food, music, puppet show, and more…that’s fun for the whole family. Come at 11 a.m. to enjoy the parade, which begins at JFK and Transverse. The rest of the festivities kick off at noon. For more information, call 707-439-1990.

Ancient Art Council Lecture – de Young Museum – August 20

Join Dr. Zahi Hawass for a free program titled Recent Discoveries in Egypt, taking place on Opening Day of Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs at de Young. Here, you will learn about a new pyramid in Saqqara, coffins and mummies, and the name of a previously unknown Egyptian queen. There is limited, unassigned seating for this event, which begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are given out on a first-come, first-served basis and distributed in front of the Koret Auditorium an hour before the presentation starts.

Kennedy Drive 8K – Middle Drive – August 21

Enjoy a course that takes you through Middle Drive, Overlook Drive, Transverse, and Kennedy Drive. The race starts at the west end of Middle Drive in Golden Gate Park. This event is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information, check the DSE Runners schedule.

Books in the Park – SF Botanical Garden – August 27

Fun for the kiddies! Join Marta Lindsey and Gus D’Angelo, author of National Parks A to Z, for ‘Books on the Garden’ in the Great Meadow of the SF Botanical Garden. During this event 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.), Marta will share her book, Golden Gate Park, An A to Z Adventure, followed by a scavenger hunt inspired by the book.

Golden Gate Park Monthly Recurring Events

Recurring monthly events at Golden Gate Park for August 2022 include: 

August 2 – Conservatory of Flowers, free admission on the first Tuesday at 10 a.m.

August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – Taco Tuesdays at Park Chalet – 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

August 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 – Lakehouse Jazz at Stow Lake Boathouse, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (more details)

August 6, 13, 20, 27 – Free de Young Museum Day for Bay Area residents (every Saturday) 

August 6, 13, 20, 27 – Blankets & Wine Comedy at Polo Field (3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Free. (RSVP here). 

August 7, 14, 21, 28 – Outdoor Yoga, Sundays $20. Get tickets here.

August 7, 14, 21 – Golden Gate Park Roller Disco Party at the Skatin’ Place – 6th Ave. and Kennedy Drive from noon – 5 p.m., free (Sundays) 

August 7, 14, 21, 28 – “Lindy in the Park” swing dance party, every Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

August 9 – San Francisco Botanical Garden’s Free Day (2nd Tuesdays) 

August 12 – Women and Non-Binary Bike S.F. 7:15 a.m. start – McLaren Lodge (more details

August 13– NAMI Saturday Strolls (monthly) at Murphy Windmill, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (details

August 20, 27– Sketching in the Galleries at de Young Museum, free Saturdays at 11 a.m.

August 28– Corgi Run Club: GGP Series at Strawberry Hill, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (more details)