San Francisco is currently in the red tier, which means museums and other attractions at Golden Gate Park can open indoors at 25% capacity. As we anticipate further loosening of COVID-19 restrictions, you can start visiting your favorite sights and enjoy many outdoor activities, like yoga, golf, and tennis (at a brand new, multi-million-dollar renovated complex). Not everything is open, but here’s the latest news on Golden Gate Park events for March 2021:
Newly Opened at Golden Gate Park
Lisa & Douglas Goldman Tennis Center – March 3
You must make reservations in advance to play on one of 16 USTA-regulation tennis courts at the newly renovated Lisa & Douglas Goldman Tennis Center. There is even a sunken stadium-style court plus five mini-courts for teaching youngsters the game.
Other highlights include the Taube Family Clubhouse with patio spaces, a recreation room, lounge, locker room, and a garden.
The Tennis Center is now open to the public and takes online court reservations here or by phone at (415) 581-2540.
Reopenings at Golden Gate Park
The following attractions require face coverings during a visit and are reopening at 25 percent capacity to ensure social distancing and meet current COVID-19 protocols for San Francisco:
Skystar Observation Wheel – March 4
The 150-foot tall Observation Wheel at the Music Concourse reopens on weekdays from noon to 10 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends.
Conservatory of Flowers – March 5
Open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The last entry is at 4 p.m.
de Young Museum – March 6
Good news: The de Young Museum celebrates its reopening with free admission for essential workers every Saturday. There’s also a spectacular, groundbreaking exhibit featuring Pablo Picasso and Alexander Calder’s works that you can check out. The Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving exhibition extends its stay through May 2.
Following a few days of members-only access, the de Young Museum’s hours will be Tuesday thru Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. You can purchase a timed-entry ticket here.
California Academy of Sciences – March 17
The California Academy of Sciences reopens to the public on March 17. You can begin booking timed-ticket entry tickets online in advance on March 10. It is mandatory to purchase your admission ahead of time. Some exhibits and spaces remain temporarily closed, such as the Morrison Planetarium, Curiosity Grove, and Discovery Tidepool.
What’s Open at Golden Gate Park?
The Park Chalet
The Park Chalet is open daily with indoor and outdoor seating from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekend. Brunch is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Indoor dining is at 25% capacity. You can also order delivery and takeout. The Beach Chalet is still closed.
San Francisco Botanical Garden
The Garden is open seven days a week to the public, starting at 7:30 a.m. and closing at 6 p.m daily (the last entry is 5 p.m.). More onsite programs, workshops, and special events will soon resume a regular schedule. You can presently enjoy Bean Sprout Family Days every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
The Plant Arbor is open on weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and features a rotating selection of plants in an open-air space next to the Garden Bookstore on the Main Gate esplanade. The Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture indoor space is temporarily closed, but you can still enjoy Children’s Books To Go by appointment.
COVID-19 protocols are still in place: Stay 6 feet away and wear face coverings.
Note: There is a Garden Free Day on March 9.
Japanese Tea Garden
The oldest public Japanese garden in the U.S. is open in the wintertime from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. daily. Social distancing measures are in place; expect one-way pathways and other safety measures throughout the Garden to avoid congestion.
Golden Gate Park Playgrounds
Visit Golden Gate Park playgrounds 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. Remember, this is not the 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 COVID-19 Closures
The following Golden Gate Park attractions are still currently closed to the public:
- The Beach Chalet
- Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture
Postponed Events at Golden Gate Park for March 2021
- SF Chocolate Salon – SF County Fair Building
March 21– New Date: TBA July 2021
Golden Gate Park Events for March 2021
NorCal: Bicycle Bootcamp – GGP Polo Field – March 12, 19 & 26
Join Shannon Boughn for an in-person Bicycle Bootcamp with 17th Street Athletic Club. This structured workout is sure to get you into shape. Don’t forget to bring your bike to the Polo Field. The class is $25 and runs from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; you must book your space here.
Outdoor Yoga at Panhandle Park – Stanyan St & Fell St – March 13, 20 & 27
Enjoy an early session of stretching and relaxation from 11 a.m. to noon with Divine Yoga Studio’s outdoor class at the Panhandle. Purchase your tickets here; the cost is $20.
Haunted Hike – Stow Lake Boathouse – March 13
Rain or shine, this hike is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It is a free event that takes a hauntingly rich trip around Stow Lake. Masks are required; maybe they’ll protect you from the White Lady of Stow Lake. Those interested should meet at the Stow Lake Boathouse.
Gratitude in the Park: Donation Yoga Flow – Conservatory of Flowers – March 13
Register and RSVP online to participate in a relaxing stretch of the body and mind. There are limited spaces available. The class runs from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. You will meet by the Garfield Monument to the right and in front of the Conservatory.
Spring Equinox Yoga – National AIDS Memorial Grove – March 20
Celebrate the glorious shift from winter to spring with a one-hour yoga session with Meredith Holt from A Salty Lady. This event is from 11 a.m. to noon. You can purchase tickets here for $25; there is limited class space for 15 participants.
Youth Art Classes – Sharon Arts Studio – Starting March 29
Sharon Arts Studio is holding in-person youth art classes with a maximum of seven students each. There are currently two classes (Ceramics and Metal Arts) that start in March, taking place within well-ventilated studio spaces. Students must wear a mask and maintain social distancing during class time.
You can choose from the following:
Teen Ceramics: Get the hang of hand building, throwing on the wheel, and glazing during this after-school program catering to all levels.
- March 29–May 17: Mondays, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- March 31–May 19: Wednesdays, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Teen Metal Arts: Join these after-school classes to explore a range of jewelry-making techniques, from creating 3-D copper items to making earrings.
- March 29–May 17: Mondays, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Materials are included in the price ($348).
Entwined – Peacock Meadow – Extended until April 4
Good news: You can still check out Entwined, the “Lighted Forest” at Golden Gate Park. This outdoor public art installation’s time at Peacock Meadow is now extended until April 4, where you can catch a fascinating LED-light show filled with illuminated flowers, trees, and other natural wonders. Guests must wear a mask at all times, practice social distancing, and only view the installation with their household members. This free attraction requires no reservations or tickets. The lights begin at sundown and turn off at 8:30 p.m.
Golden Gate Park Virtual Events for March 2021
de Young Museum (Virtual Wednesdays) – March 10, 24 & 31
Although the Museum is reopening this month, Virtual Wednesday events will continue at 5 p.m. You can tune into these free weekly talks, which tie in with museum collections and exhibitions.
Here are three virtual programs to look forward to for March 2021:
- Black Reactions with SeeBlackWomxn – March 10
- Re-Classifying History with Catherine Wagner – March 24
- Resonating: Alison Saar explores the de Young’s collection – March 31
For more details and to keep up with upcoming Wednesday virtual events, click here.
Academy of California Sciences – NightSchool Programs – March 11, 18 & 25
Until the regular NightLife schedule resumes in 2021, the Academy continues to host free virtual NightSchool programs every Thursday. These “classes” stream live on Thursdays at 7 p.m.
The NightSchool themes for March 2021 are:
- March 11: Wolves
- March 18: Extreme Science
- March 25: The Great Grey Whale Migration
For more information, click here.
Sharon Art Studio Online Classes
Adults can sign up for the following online art classes starting in March 2021: Adult Beginner Watercolor (March 30 – April 20: Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and Adult Portraiture (March 30 – April 20: Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.).