In late July, San Francisco expanded its face-covering rules requiring anyone over the age of 9 to wear a face-covering when within 6 feet of people they don’t live with (even when outside)—this includes when passing people in public places, like on a sidewalk or hiking trail. During your visit to Golden Gate Park, it’s essential to take precautions to minimize the spread of COVID-19, such as wearing a mask and socially distancing yourself from others.
The following park updates include closures, re-openings, cancellations, and postponements for activities and Golden Gate Park events in August and July.
What is Open at Golden Gate Park?
Japanese Tea Garden
The Japanese Tea Garden reopened on July 22 and is limited to 100 visitors from Wednesday through Sunday (9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.). The Tea Garden is closed on Mondays and Tuesday until further notice. The Japanese Tea House and Gift Shop reopened on July 29, 2020. The Tea Garden offers a Free Hour on Wednesday and Friday only (9 a.m. – 10 a.m.).
To avoid congestion, guests will use one-way pathways to visit the Garden. Bathrooms and various high-touch areas (such as steep bridges) will remain closed. Masks must be worn by all who visit the park. Staff members will monitor the entrances and exits to prevent crowds and ensure visitors are following social distancing measures.
San Francisco Botanical Garden
Seven days a week, the San Francisco Botanical Garden opens daily at 7:30 a.m. It closes one hour after the last entry, which is at 6 p.m. The Plant Arbor is open on weekends from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Library and Garden Bookstore remains closed until further notice.
Use the Main Gate (at the corner of Ninth Ave. at Lincoln Way) to enter the Garden. The Friend (North) Gate (at MLK Jr. Drive off the Music Concourse) is temporarily closed.
The Garden is also slowly bringing back onsite activities, such as Bean Sprouts Family Days (presented by Kaiser Permanente). Pre-registration is required; all sessions take place between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. In August, families may attend on the 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th, 25th, and 27th. Secure your place by claiming a free family ticket here.
What is Closed at Golden Gate Park?
- Conservatory of Flowers
- California Academy of Sciences
- de Young Museum
- Park Chalet & Beach Chalet
August Events for Golden Gate Park
August 16: The SF Lawn Bowling Club is hosting an Open House at 320 Bowling Green Drive on August 16 (from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), where there will be lessons, games, prizes, snacks, and tours. Ages 12 and over are welcome to attend. You are encouraged to wear flat-soled shoes.
Cancelled Golden Gate Park Events
Flower Piano (July 9 – 20)
The annual twelve-day-long Flower Piano extravaganza with free piano lessons, food trucks, after-dark special events, and group sing-alongs is canceled due to the coronavirus.
Outside Lands 2020 (August 7 – 9)
Outside Lands 2020 is canceled, but you can get a head start for next year’s event taking place from August 6 to August 8, 2021. Three-day passes and other tickets for Outside Lands 2021 are on sale now and available for purchase here.
Postponed Golden Gate Park Events
Bay to Breakers
The highly anticipated Bay to Breakers race is postponed to September 20. All existing 2020 Bay to Breakers registrations will be honored for this new date. For more information, check out www.BayToBreakers.com.
Golden Gate Park Band 2020 Season Concerts
The 2020 Season is currently on hold until further notice.