While you’ve come to expect a fantastic lineup of monthly events at Golden Gate Park, April and May 2020 is undoubtedly a rare exception due to COVID-19, the coronavirus.
Public access to park attractions, like the San Francisco Botanical Garden and California Academy of Sciences, is suspended. Events, such as Golden Gate Park’s 150th-anniversary celebration, are canceled or will be rescheduled.
To keep track of Golden Gate Park closures, event cancellations, and re-opening dates, see below:
The following Golden Gate Park events are canceled or postponed:
- Golden Gate Park’s 150th Anniversary Celebration (April 4) – postponed date TBD
- 420 in the Park (April 20) – canceled
- Dutch “King’s Day” Windmill Celebration (April 25) – canceled
- Bouquets to Art 2020 at de Young Museum (June 2-7) – canceled
The following Golden Gate Park events are suspended until further notice:
- All group gatherings, including recreation programs and sports
- All community meetings and volunteer events
- All activities involving indoor permits and athletic field permits
Public Access Closures
The following Golden Gate Park areas are closed to the public until further notice:
- Sports Courts, including Basketball, Tennis, Disc Golf, and Pickleball Courts: Closed 4/1
- Picnic Areas, including Barbecue Areas: Closed 4/1
- Enclosed Dog Parks: Closed 4/1
- Golden Gate Park Archery Range: Closed 4/1
- Ocean Beach Public Access Point: Closed 3/27
- Beach and Park Chalet Public Access Point: Closed 3/27 (Beach and Park Chalet restaurants are also temporarily closed)
- de Young Museum: Closed 3/14 until June 30
- California Academy of Sciences: Closed 3/12
- Sharon Art Studio: Closed 03/2020
- All Playgrounds: Closed 03/2020
- All Golden Gate Park Ornamental Gardens, including the SF Botanical Garden, Conservatory of Flowers, and the Japanese Tea Garden: Closed 03/2020
- Golden Gate Park Carousel: Closed 03/2020
- Clubs & Club Sports (Model Yacht Club, Angler’s Lodge, Lawn Bowling Club): Closed 03/2020
- Public Rentals (including Segway Rentals, Bike Rentals, and Stow Lake Boat Rentals): Closed 03/2020
Can I Visit Golden Gate Park During San Francisco’s COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place Order?
Yes, although all Golden Gate Park attractions are closed while San Francisco’s shelter-in-place public health order is in effect, the following areas are still open (but with a few precautions):
- Trails and open spaces remain open.
- Athletic fields are currently open.
Whether you visit Big Rec or hike the Phil Arnold Trail, you must practice social distancing.
During your visit to the park, you are required to follow these health and safety guidelines:
- Exercise alone, not in groups (residents of the same household are allowed).
- Do not use shared equipment with anyone outside of your residence—like Frisbees, basketballs, soccer balls, etc.
- Stay at least 6 feet apart from other park visitors.
- Visit San Francisco Recreation & Parks for updates on citywide closures for all SF parks.
- Visit the San Francisco Health Network for more information on COVID-19 and government actions in the Bay Area, including new locations for drive-through testing and more.