From blooming magnolias to outdoor adventures, it’s just the right season for admiring the natural beauty of one of our favorite places in San Francisco. Despite restrictions, Golden Gate Park provides many opportunities for you to stretch your legs, relax, and clear your head during the pandemic. If you’re looking for the latest news on Golden Gate Park events for February 2021, stick around to see what’s open, closed, canceled, or has gone virtual for this month:
Golden Gate Park COVID-19 Event Cancellations
Pacific Orchid Exposition at the SF County Building (Feb 19-21)
Golden Gate Park COVID-19 Events on Hold
The Casting Games at the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club, slated for February 21th (9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.), is currently listed as a tentative event.
For more information, call (650) 270-7258.
Golden Gate Park COVID-19 Closures
The following Golden Gate Park attractions are closed to the public and plan to reopen following updated San Francisco City and County mandates (TBA):
- San Francisco Academy of Sciences
- de Young Museum
- Conservatory of Flowers
- SkyStar Observation Wheel
- Golden Gate Park Tennis Courts
- The Beach Chalet
What’s Open at Golden Gate Park?
The Park Chalet
Although The Beach Chalet is closed, you can still get food from The Park Chalet, which is open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. for delivery and takeout. You can even pick up bottled cocktails and wine to-go! You must be 21 years or older, and they will check IDs.
San Francisco Botanical Garden
Here’s some excellent news: The Garden’s magnificent magnolias are in bloom!
Although the Garden is open seven days a week to the public, it will still be a little longer, unfortunately, before all onsite programs, workshops, and special events resume a regular schedule. Some activities are slowly making their way back onto the calendar, like Bean Sprout Family Days. The Garden opens at 7:30 a.m. daily and closes at 6 p.m. (the last entry is 5 p.m.).
You can pick up books from the Library’s Children’s Books to Go by appointment only.
The Plant Arbor and Bookstore are open on Fridays and Saturdays (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.).
Note: There is a Garden Free Day on February 9th.
Japanese Tea Garden
The oldest public Japanese garden in the U.S. is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Social distancing measures are in place, so expect to follow the Garden’s one-way pathways and other safety measures to avoid congestion.
Golden Gate Park Golf Course
Only golfers who have made reservations through the online booking portal will be allowed on the property. Tee times are required, which you can find on their website. All golfers must bring and use their own equipment. San Francisco City guidelines specify that golfers can only play twosomes (and can be from different households).
The Golf Course is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information on the GGP golf course’s COVID policies, click here.
Golden Gate Park Playgrounds
You may visit Golden Gate Park playgrounds only with members of your household. All visitors over two years old must wear a mask at all times, practice social distancing, and adhere to capacity limits. Do not use this time to arrange playdates with other children and families.
Guests must limit visits to 30 minutes when others are present. Everyone must stay 6 feet away from non-household members. Adults must actively watch over their children at all times. Only one adult may accompany each child.
Golden Gate Park Events for February 2021
One Team Scavenger Hunt – Golden Gate Park – all of February
Suppose you’re looking for something fun to do in San Francisco while there are limited opportunities due to a pandemic. In that case, Puzzling Adventures may be a solution to crush your weekend boredom. Likened to a mix between an adventure race, scavenger hunt, and an informative self-guided tour, these adventures involve a host of locations where you must answer questions or solve a puzzle to receive your next instruction and move on to the next challenge. The only thing you need to participate is Wi-Fi and a mobile device.
You can tackle the adventures as a couple, a group, a family, or individually. You can play these adventures at any time or on any day. There are no reservations; this is self-guided fun.
This experience costs $19.99; the price is per team, not per person. Although you can have as many people as you’d like in a group, teams of two, three, and four tend to work best. If you have any questions, you can check out this page or skip straight through to registration.
Outdoor Yoga at Panhandle Park – Panhandle – February 6, 13, 20 & 27
Join Divine Yoga Studio at the Panhandle, surround yourself with nature, and get back in shape while engaging in refreshing yoga moves. There are two time-slots available for these weekly outdoor yoga classes throughout the month: 10 a.m.-10:55 p.m. and 11 a.m.-12 p.m. You’ll be meeting at the Nate Thurmond Basketball Court (between Ashbury and Clayton).
You can select a date and class here; the cost is $20 per class.
Yoga in the Park – Conservatory of Flowers – February 6
Yoga in the Park helps you work up a sweat and relax through standing and seated postures, breathing with movement, and a couple of restorative poses. This meet-up is a mixed-level class, so if you’re a beginner—you’ll feel at home. Make sure to bring a mat or towel.
All participants must adhere to city guidelines, including wearing a mask during the class and social distancing; everyone will stand six feet apart. There is limited space for this class, and you must RSVP to ensure a spot. Here’s the registration link for this event; you will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours if there is space.
The class meets at 10:45 a.m. by the Garfield Monument in front of the Conservatory. It runs until 12:15 p.m. Good news! This experience is a donation-based class (donate what you can!).
Saturday Morning Soccer – Beach Chalet Soccer Fields – February 6, 13, 20 & 27
Come out between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to get your heart pumping and kick the ball around at Golden Gate Park with a morning meet-up for soccer lovers. There are plans to have this meet-up every week on Saturdays. Show your interest by visiting this page.
Haunted Hike – Stow Lake – February 20
Take a walk on the eerie side by trekking around Stow Lake in the evening, rain or shine! If interested, meet outside of the Stow Lake Boathouse. This free event is hosted by HAGS (Halloween Addicts Group Support) and lasts from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Don’t forget to wear a mask for the hike, it’s required! Click here to join this event.
Entwined – Peacock Meadow – thru February 28
If you haven’t checked out Entwined yet, you don’t have much time left to take in the outdoor public art installation at Peacock Meadow. This fascinating LED-light show brings many natural treasures to life, from flowers and trees to glorious thunderstorms. Entwined is just one way the park is still celebrating Golden Gate Park’s 150th anniversary, an occasion primarily affected and put on hold due to the pandemic.
As a guest, you must follow these rules:
- Only view the installation with members of your household.
- Wear a mask at all times.
- Practice social distancing during your visit.
Also, note that if Entwined goes dark, it signifies that the area has become overcrowded. There are no reservations or tickets to purchase; this is a free attraction. The lights turn off at 9:45 p.m.
Golden Gate Park Virtual Events for February 2021
Academy of California Sciences – NightSchool Programs – Feb 4, 11, 18 & 25
Until you can enjoy another in-person NightLife event in 2021, the Academy hosts free virtual NightSchool programs every Thursday. It’s their way of making sure you stay connected with one of the best natural science museums in the U.S.
NightSchool “classes” stream live on Thursdays at 7 p.m. PT.
The NightSchool themes for February 2021 are:
- February 4: Seabirds
- February 11: Ode to the Moon
- February 18: Sound Waves
- February 25: California Grizzlies
For more information, click here.
de Young Museum (Virtual Wednesdays) – February 10 & February 17
The Museum continues to hold its Virtual Wednesday events, part of a weekly YouTube broadcast that showcases viewpoints centered on creativity, diversity, and the arts—in conjunction with the Museum’s collections and exhibitions.
Here are two virtual programs to look forward to for Febraury 2021:
February 10 – The Inverse Uncanny Valley: What We See When AI Sees Us: Join social theorist Benjamin Bratton for a talk centered on Artificial Intelligence and the redefinition of what it means to be “human.” The talk is from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
February 17 – The Creation of “#SayHerName Women of the Black Panther Party Mural”: This talk celebrates and explores a public art installation honoring the Women of The Black Panther Party and their historic contributions (the first of its kind), from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Come explore the artistic process, significance, and social impact regarding this creative project.
For more details and to keep up with upcoming Wednesday virtual events, click here.