In between the frenzy of the Super Bowl, professing your undying love, and enjoying SF Beer Week, there’s plenty of Golden Gate Park events for February 2019 that you won’t want to miss. Discover a new local brew. Meditate amongst the Garden’s magnolias. Embrace another culture’s New Year traditions. Fall in love with something completely new. Below are just a few activities and get-togethers that you’ll find happening in the park this month:
Birding Walk – SF Botanical Garden – February 3
Get a bit of fresh air before the Big Game with a free walk about the Garden – in the company of expert birders. Gain insight on how to spot, identify and learn more about the numerous birds that call Golden Gate Park their home. The walk kicks off at the Main Gate at 8 a.m. (until 9 a.m.), and does so, every first Sunday of every month.
Keep in mind that heavy rain or wind cancels this event. RSVPs are not required, but is a good way to stay in the loop in case a last-minute cancellation takes place.
Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon – Golden Gate Park & More – February 3
Come cheer on the runners of one of the most highly anticipated races in San Francisco. The Half Marathon isn’t the only event taking place; participants will also enjoy a fast-paced, downhill 5K (3.1-mile course) and the new 10K.
The starting gate for the races will be at John F. Kennedy Drive (east of Stow Lake Drive), with the finish line in the southwest corner of Golden Gate Park. The 10K and Half Marathon ends on Bernice Rodgers Way (close to Martin Luther King Drive). The 5K ends a block away on Martin Luther King Drive.
The starting times for the day’s events are:
- 8 a.m. (prompt start with no exceptions)
- 8:10 a.m. for the 10K and Half Marathon
Following the race, runners and walkers have access to a post-race assortment of food, drinks, free massages, and other goodies.
For race day information and to get answers to any questions, click here to visit Get Fit website.
SF Beer Week NightLife – California Academy of Sciences – February 7
Calling all beer lovers! In celebration of SF Beer Week, a pop-up beer hall will take over the Academy that’ll feature a handful of local brews – both good ol’ standbys and limited releases. Just some of the breweries to look forward to mingling with include Calicraft, Ghost Town Brewing, Uncommon Brewers, and Laughing Monk Brewing. The Academy will also have its own signature craft beer on hand, Aliciella Bitter, which is brewed with plants found on the Academy’s living roof. Outside of the themed games and IPA discussions planned for the evening, consider cutting a rug with music that comes courtesy of Push The Feeling DJs.
To sample the beer, you’ll need to purchase drink tickets in addition to NightLife admission. $2 gets you one ticket, where depending on the beer: 3-ounce tastes cost 1-2 tickets and a 12-ounce full beer equals 4-6 tickets. Thursday Nightlife events at the Academy run from 6 p.m. to 10 pm. The price of tickets is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. At the door, you must show valid identification to prove you are 21 years of age or old – this is definitely an adult event.
San Francisco Summer Resource Fair – SF County Fair Building – February 9
There are 150 summer camps, classes and programs just waiting for eager toddlers, tweens and teens to explore. If you’re interested in signing up your little one or a relative for summertime activities, the free Citywide Summer Resource Fair is the place to be. Representatives will be on hand to answer questions and explain what’s available this year. The Fair runs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will also set up a Kid Zone and Bookmobile, as well as host a handful of giveaways.
Magnolia Meditation – SF Botanical Garden – February 10 & February 24
From 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., a session of meditation will be held two times this month, as part of a new wellness series at the Garden. Included with this event is a docent presentation centered on the lovely magnolias. Expect a lot of walking, moving and stationary meditation – all led by Charity Kahn (of Charity and the JAMband). The cost of tickets for this event is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.
Free Garden Tour (with admission) – SF Botanical Garden – February 12
A visit to the Garden means you can take advantage of the free tour that touches upon the current blooms and the history of the San Francisco Botanical Garden. You never know when one of the resident wildlife critters will make a guest appearance. Tours last 1 hour and 15 minutes long, and begin at 1:30 p.m. Meet at the Main Gate if you’d like to participate.
Aphrodisiacs of the Tropics – Conservatory of Flowers – February 14
Chocolates and tropical flowers go together well on Valentine’s Day, and at the Conservatory, you can enjoy both – with a complimentary drink, to boot. The 21 and over crowd is invited to spend the ‘Day of Love’ with sweet treats, live accordion music, and beverages from Lagunitas Brewing and Revive Kombucha. Other highlights of the night include tarot card readings and taking snapshots inside a Victorian pink velvet photo booth. The festivities are scheduled for 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. To buy tickets for this event ($35), click here.
Noisepop: Nightlife – California Academy of Sciences – February 14
Keep in mind that premier pricing is charged ($18 for members and $22 for non-members) for those looking to enjoy a night filled with indie tunes and fun. Electronic music will take over the aquarium with a silent disco featuring iconic love songs and noteworthy breakup songs. The craft station offers a mini-candy bar stash to keep you busy while you make art for a loved one. Expect many other lovely activities and sights to see. DJ sets and music for the night will be provided by Nosaj Thing, as well as Lil’ Waifu and Arumi (in the Piazza). The party kicks off at 6 p.m. and continues on until 10 p.m. Since this is a 21+ event, be prepared to flash a valid I.D. in order to purchase a ticket.
Plant Love Valentine’s Tour – SF Botanical Garden – February 16
Looking for a unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend? Consider a stop by the Garden to learn about the many intriguing ways plants ‘spread the love,’ as well as the successful strides of reproduction made through the efforts of the Garden’s Curator. A docent-led tour of the magnolias follows the presentation. This program is for those who are 21 years of age or over, as it includes a glass of wine, light eats, and a DIY planting activity for you to bring back home. Ticket prices are $35 for members and $40 for non-members. The event takes place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Drawing Magnolias and Camellias in Colored Pencil – SF County Fair Building – February 21
Let your creativity flow with an exploration of botanical drawing and color pencil techniques that takes place alongside artist Nina Antze. The workshop will touch upon color theory, as well as show you how to layer, blend and burnish. The Garden will provide live blooms for inspiration, but you can also bring your own favorite flowers. All drawing levels are welcome to participate. The price of admission for this workshop is $80 (members) and $90 (non-members). The workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lunar New Year NightLife – California Academy of Sciences – February 21
If you missed your chance to bring in the Year of the Pig, the Academy is here to help make it up. Celebrate Lunar New Year traditions, such as the lion dance, as well as enjoy a ceremony performed by martial arts performance troupe Jing Mo Athletic Association. The East Garden will host a meet-and-greet of all sorts of pigs. Take a photo with a lion dance costume. Historians will share the history and contributions of Chinese-Americans. Other activities include trying out traditional Chinese calligraphy and exploring tea ceremonies with Fabula Tea. DJ Bad DJ will provide the evening’s musical selections.
From 6 p.m. to 10 pm., Thursday NightLife events are held at the Academy. However, you must be at least 21 years old in order to enjoy the party. Have proper identification on hand, as you’ll have to show it at the door. The cost of tickets is $12 for members and $15 for non-members.
Annual Pacific Orchid Exposition – Hall of Flowers – February 22, 23 & 24
Entering its 67th year, orchids lovers gathering for this year’s show and sale will celebrate the theme of ‘Orchids of the Enchanted Forest.’ The exposition will have thousands of blooms for all to see, alongside demonstrations, and tons of swag from orchid vendors – both local and international. This is also the time to learn how to grow your own orchids as a city dweller in San Francisco.
The cost to enjoy this event is $12 for single day admission.
The orchid show and plant sale schedule is as follows:
- February 22 & 23: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- February 24: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Hall of Flowers is located at the County Fair Building (9th Ave at Lincoln Way).
Yoga in the Garden – SF Botanical Garden – February 23
If you’re feeling a little sluggish after eating an abundance of chocolates, imagine just how refreshing a session of outdoor yoga with rejuvenating stretches will feel in the Garden. This 60-minute class is led by Sarah Allison, an accredited instructor with more than 15 years’ experience under her belt. All levels are welcome to attend this 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. session. Don’t forget to bring your own yoga mat or towel for the class. To participate, expect to pay $18 (members) and $20 (non-members). Keep in mind that heavy rain cancels this event.
Magnolia Curator Tour – SF Botanical Garden – February 23
Weather-permitting, there’s a walk about the Garden taking place where you can enjoy a photo-worthy tour of the magnolias that explores the history and significance of the collection. The tour is slated for 11 a.m. to 12:30 pm. To purchase tickets ($23 for members and $28 for non-members), click here.
Spreckels Lake 5K & Lightning Mile & Kid’s Run – across from Spreckles Lake – February 24
There are two race events being held on this day. You can choose between a fast-paced, downhill 1-mile race and the more scenic 5K loop. Go for the gusto and participate in both.
Information for the run:
- 1-Mile Race: Starts 8:45 a.m. at Kennedy Drive near Transverse, and ends at Kennedy Drive near Spreckles Lake. The route is a downhill run along Kennedy Drive from start to finish.
- 5K Race: Starts after the 1-mile race run at Kennedy Drive/36th Avenue near Spreckles Lake, and finishes at the same location.
Since the first race begins at 8:45 a.m., make sure to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to check in. The 5K starts right after the 1 mile run. The Kids Run will be held after the end of the adult race. Registration for both races will take place at John F. Kennedy Drive & 36th Avenue (near Spreckles Lake). For more information, call (415) 978-0837 or visit the DSE website.
NightLife Spotlife: Darwin – California Academy of Sciences – February 28
The theme for the evening centers on Charles Darwin, and shines a light on how significant his theory of evolution is. Join Academy scientists to explore the research that took place in the Galapagos, as well as set your sights on herpetology and entomology specimens hailing from the islands. As a participant of an Unlocked Art Lab activity, take a moment to create your own ‘field sketches’ in the style of Darwin. Music for the night will be provided by DJ Lady Ryan.
Thursday NightLife events take place at the Academy from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The activities are only for the 21 and over crowd, so be prepared to show a valid I.D. in order to gain entry. Members pay $12 while non-members are charged $15.