You’re lucky! You get an extra day to enjoy Golden Gate Park events in February—thanks to 2020 being a Leap Year. It’s also a big month for flower fans and sports enthusiasts, including those who like to stay active on Valentine’s Day. The de Young Museum offers plenty of enlightening Black History Month fun. And, if you wish to kick back and savor a new brew every now and again, the park has a ton of events that’ll help you celebrate SF Beer Week.
Let’s take a look at the list of events at Golden Gate Park you won’t want to miss:
Track Workouts – Kezar Stadium – February 6, 13, 20 & 27
Work on your endurance, increase your speed and get a heart-pumping workout at Kezar Stadium track, where the DSE Runners meet every week in February. The workouts last from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $3 for DSE members and $5 for non-members (cash only). All ages and levels are welcome to participate. For more details, click here.
School Classroom Experience with Ericka Huggins – de Young Museum – February 8
Join Ericka Huggins, whose historical contribution was being placed to head the ground-breaking Oakland Community School founded by the Black Panthers. She will recreate the type of classroom that was once under her care. The scene is set with archived materials, including original lesson plans. See what it was like to learn in Huggins’ class.
The schedule of events is as follows:
- Archival Walkthrough \ Wilsey Court, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Classroom Experience \ Piazzoni Murals Room, 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
This event is part of Free Saturdays at de Young.
Pickup Soccer – Big Rec Field – February 8
Calling all soccer fans!
Every week on Saturdays, join other enthusiasts from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a pickup game at Big Rec Field (265 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive). You are asked to bring light and dark jerseys, cleats, and any other soccer gear you think should come into play. A regular group plays here, so regardless of the number of RSVPs received, the game still goes on!
For more information and to show your interest, click here.
Mini Nature Retreats at the Botanical Garden – SF Botanical Garden – February 8
The theme of this mini nature retreat is “Soaking in Nature’s Love – Attuning, Appreciating, Aligning,” which focuses on how to cultivate a deeper relationship with your love. Enter a meditative state with your sweetheart. Learn how to let go of stress, improve your sleep, and reduce the anxiousness in your life. Some of the points you’ll touch upon will include the power of journaling, meditation, and poetry. All levels of experience are welcome.
Come dressed in layers with a towel or blanket to sit on. Some people bring folding chairs.
The cost of this event is $60 and runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
To purchase tickets for this event, click here.
Beach Chalet Beer Week Celebration – Beach Chalet – February 8-16
In celebration of SF Beer Week, the Beach Chalet has brewed up an outstanding event schedule—there’s something for everyone—even dog lovers.
Browse the lineup below, and don’t forget to add your favorites to your “things to do” list.
- Feb 8 – New Beer Release! The Bohemian Chalet Pilsner will be revealed on this day, which means shirt and glass giveaways for you. Buy the featured beer, and you get a featured beer glass. If you spend more than $30 on food and drinks, you get to take home a featured beer tee.
- Feb 9 – Bring your furry friend to enjoy a Barks & Brew event, and your pooch gets a free bandana. Happy Hour runs all day with $2 seasonal beer specials.
- Feb 10 – Join the Chalet for a Cask Opening at 3 p.m. Rubrum, a Red Ale infused with oak and candy cap mushrooms, is the star of this event.
- Feb 11 – Beer-infused tacos and house brew pairings are on the agenda of this Taco Beer Pairing event. Excellent prices: Enjoy $2 tacos and $2 house brews.
- Feb 14 – Don’t you just love a new brew? Another Cask Opening takes place at 3 p.m. This time around, it is the cranberry-flavored Tart Love IPA.
- Feb 16 – Roll the Dice! Buy a beer, and then roll the dice. Try your luck at winning a beer glass.
SF Beer Week Landmarks Bike Tour w/ Fort Point – Dutch Windmill – February 9
If you’re looking for a Beer Week event that gets you out and about town, we have one for you.
Join in on a guided bike tour with Fort Point Brewery to visit a handful of San Francisco landmarks, starting with the Dutch Windmill and including Coit Tower.
At the end of the ride, enjoy a cold one at the brewery’s Ferry Building taproom. This event costs $10. It begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m.
Botanical Watercolor: Camellias & Magnolias – SF Botanical Garden – February 9
Explore the unique features that camellias and magnolias have to offer.
This workshop focuses on early spring flowers with botanical artist Sally Petru, who’ll help you artistically analyze the full-bodied leaves of the magnolia and the delicate blooms of the camellia. You’ll create study sheets that will help you better understand the features of these specimens. Explore the details of the flowers with watercolor and graphite. Sally will offer demos and provide one-on-one guidance during the workshop.
This event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A materials list will be provided after you pay for admission ($90).
You are encouraged to bring your own lunch.
To claim your ticket, click here.
Bookmobile at SFBG – SF Botanical Garden – February 10
Let’s get creative!
Use a vinyl cutter to arrange vector images and create stencils that can be used to decorate a personalized ceramic mug for a loved one—ideal for a Valentine’s Day gift. This opportunity runs from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
This is a free event.
SF Beer Week NightLife – California Academy of Sciences – February 13
Of course, the Academy has something planned to celebrate SF Beer Week.
Enjoy an evening sampling local creations from the likes of Standard Deviant, Barebottle, Original Pattern, Ghost Town, Seven Stills, Temescal Brewing, Golden State Cider, Calicraft, HenHouse, Social Kitchen and Brewery, and Pond Farm….just to name a few breweries.
Enjoy a “world tour” of the ingredients that make up your favorite beers. Then, use the provided materials to create your own brews. And if you want to take this kind of hobby even farther, SF Brewcraft shares pointers on how to craft some within the comfort of your own home.
Push the Feeling DJs spins tunes for the evening. The night’s fun begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. Before you gain entry, flash valid identification to prove you’re old enough to party.
Valentine’s Day Walking Tour – Japanese Tea Garden – February 14
Love is in the air, and you have a chance to take a sweet walk about one of Golden Gate Park’s dreamiest attractions—the Japanese Tea Garden—a favorite spot for romantic snapshots.
Two free walks are being offered on Valentine’s Day at the Japanese Tea Garden: 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. However, while the tours themselves don’t have a fee, the afternoon tour may require you to pay for separate admission to enter the gardens.
Also, early birds throughout the week save on admission at the Japanese Tea Garden; it’s free between 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
A Valentine’s Sleepover for Adults – California Academy of Sciences – February 14
Usually, it’s the kiddies that get to experience an overnight stay at the Academy, but this time around, adults are treated to an unforgettable slumber.
Dubbed “For the Love of Science,” the 21-and-over crowd will settle in for a buffet dinner, champagne toast, silent disco, aquarium yoga, science demos, planetarium screenings, and breakfast in the morning for the cost of $175 (members) and $195 for the public.
All of the festivities take place between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m.
Make sure to buy tickets for this event before they sell out!
4th Annual Couples Valentine’s Golf Event – GGP Golf Course – February 15
This 18-hole tournament offers a little something special for couples to participate in.
There’s nothing like friendly competition to get lovers in the mood.
Check-in and warm-up are at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 12 p.m. In the end, awards and prizes are given out at 5 p.m. In between, enjoy pre-round mimosas (or beer) and complimentary snacks during scoring. The cost for this event is $90 per couple. Only a maximum of 18 couples are allowed to participate, so make sure you claim your space before the signup deadline of February 10.
For more information, click here.
In Conversation: Fredrika Newton + Lynnee Denise – de Young Museum – February 15
DJ scholar Lynnee Denise and Fredrika Newton (the wife of one of the most influential revolutionaries of the 20th century, Dr. Huey P. Newton) will hold a discussion at the Koret Auditorium after a presentation of archival images. This talk, the Cultural Resonance of Dr. Huey P. Newton, will be held from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
There is no price of admission since this event is part of Free Saturdays at de Young.
Noise Pop NightLife – California Academy of Sciences – February 20
Science and music unite!
The Academy brings in the Noise Pop Music and Arts Festival with a headlining DJ set and opening sets by Bad Girl Bailey and femmelectric. A special screening of Vortex 2.0 will feature art by Bedtimes, Peter Clark, Chris Bjerre, and Obscura. Learn the ins and outs of being a DJ with the help of Mission-based Fingersnaps Media Arts. Music for the night is presented by Noise Pop and features a DJ set by chillwave pioneer Washed Out.
The Thursday NightLife party kicks off at 6 p.m. and continues on until 10 p.m.
You must show a valid I.D. before gaining entry to this 21-and-over event.
Pacific Orchid Exposition – Hall of Flowers – February 20-23
You have all day long to gaze upon the beauty of the orchid, a bloom known for having over 25,000 species and over 100,000 hybrids under its belt. This annual event allows you to browse an assortment of shapes, sizes, and colors. You can also buy flowers to take home.
This year’s theme, “Orchids in Focus,” marks the 68th year of this show/sale, and it will have thousands of orchid flowers and plants on display. The American Orchid Society will judge specimens hailing from over 23 worldwide flower nurseries. Experts will be on hand to provide hands-on demonstrations and answer questions on growing and blooming orchids.
The cost for a single-day admission fee for this event is $12 (when you purchase your ticket in advance). It costs $15 when you pay at the door and $10 for students and seniors (65 years and over). Kids 13 years old and under are free when accompanied by a paid adult chaperone.
Uncanny Valley: Being Human in the Age of AI – de Young Museum – starts February 22
If you’ve ever wondered what it means to be human, especially in a world that’s become increasingly reliant on technology, this exhibit should pique your interest. Come see the first major exhibition of its kind that delves deep into this question, and presents the answers through contemporary art. This should be a real treat for AI fans.
Artists to anticipate include Ian Cheng, Stephanie Dinkins, Pierre Huyghe, Hito Steyerl, and Martine Syms.
This exhibition will run until October 25, 2020, and is free to view with the price of admission.
Interactive Hip Hop Lecture + Demonstration – de Young Museum – February 22
Join Jahi at Koret Auditorium for an interactive lecture and demo centered on hip hop music.
Explore the intricacies of hip hop culture, art, music, and history. This event runs from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and it’s perfect for all ages. Free to enjoy, this event is part of the museum’s Free Saturdays program, which also celebrates the exhibition, Soul of a Nation.
Spreckles Lake 5K – Kennedy Drive/36th Avenue near Spreckels Lake – February 23
What better way to join the oldest and largest running club in San Francisco than now…because only members are allowed to participate in this 5K at Spreckels Lake, which has a course that takes runners to Chain of Lakes Drive, MLK Jr Drive, Transverse Drive, and Kennedy Drive. Register at John F. Kennedy Drive & 36th Avenue.
The cost of this race is $3 (because it’s only for standard members).
For more information and to join the club, visit here.
Goat NightLife – California Academy of Sciences – February 27
You don’t have to be a goat lover to enjoy this tribute to a cute favorite amongst farm critters.
Little Explorers and farm animal sanctuary Goatlandia will bring special guests to attend this NightLife to really hit home the importance of sustainable landscaping practices and eco-farms. Goatlandia’s founder will also tell the story behind the sanctuary, which houses 26 goats.
A special presentation of the live show S.P.A.C.E. G.O.A.T. will take place in the planetarium.
And how fitting is it that the night’s music comes courtesy of DJ Alex the Goat?!
The doors open for this NightLife event at 6 p.m. with the party winding down by 10 p.m. To participate in the festivities, you must be 21 years or older and be able to furnish a valid I.D.
Botanical Illustration: Camellias and Magnolias – SF Botanical Garden – February 27
Let’s dust off your colored pencil techniques and take a more in-depth look at the unique colors of magnolias, camellias, and rhododendron. Here, botanical artist Nina will highlight layering-, burnishing-, and impressed line techniques. Use live blooms from the Garden as your inspiration, but you are also welcome to bring your own flowers.
Bring your lunch because you’ll be there from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
It’s $90 to participate in this workshop.
To secure your ticket, click here.
Artist Talk with Sadie Barnette – de Young Museum – February 29
Join artist Sadie Barnette for her talk, Familial and Collective Histories, which touches upon her work and an exploration of her own family history (the FBI had a 500-page file on her father during his time with the Black Panther Party). The knowledge unfolds at Koret Auditorium, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Although this is a free event (part of Free Saturdays at de Young), keep in mind that tickets are distributed an hour before the talk.