Happy New Year! Stay fit, mindful, active, inspired, and creative in the New Year with Golden Gate Park events for January. There are plenty of opportunities to explore new adventures, learn new things, challenge yourself, and check off a few New Year resolutions. Here are a handful of Golden Gate Park events and activities you can add to your calendar for 2022:

Entwined – Peacock Meadow – January 1 to February 1

January is the last month that you will get a chance to take in the beauty and wonder of Entwined, the illuminated forest at Golden Gate Park. There are 150 lighting patterns with hundreds of variations. It’s an unforgettable experience, whether it’s your first visit or the twenty-first time. Free.

Beginners Guide to Photography Class – Conservatory of Flowers – January 8

A popular New Year’s resolution: Learn something new. Check! With this three-hour class, you will explore how to create professional-looking snapshots and level-up your picture-taking abilities during a photo walk from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Book your tickets here (the cost is $69 per person).

San Francisco BIPOC 18-Mile Bike Ride – McLaren Lodge – January 9

The AIDS/LifeCycle BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) group invites riders to train together, share tips, and prepare for the AIDS/LifeCycle Ride (June 2022). This is a social, no-drop, all-paces ride. The 18-mile route takes riders through Golden Gate Park down to Ocean Beach and around Lake Merced before returning to the Park. A midway stop includes coffee and pastries at Peet’s Coffee. Meet at 9 a.m. for a 9:30 a.m. departure time.

Required items for this ride: bike, helmet, water bottle(s), tire changing tools, and a mask.

To RSVP for a ride and review COVID-19 guidelines, click here.

Hot Chocolate 15K/5K – 55 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr – January 9

The Hot Chocolate 15K/5K returns as an in-person event for the 2021/2022 season, so if you have a sweet tooth and a love for running, you won’t want to miss this event (or the delicious swag). In addition, the post-race festivities are legendary. Please note: You must prove that you are fully vaccinated or have tested negative for COVID-19 24-48 hours before race day. For more information and to sign up, visit http://hotchocolate15k.com/city/san-francisco/.

January Meditation in the Garden – SF Botanical Garden – January 9, 16, 23, 30

Join Charity Kahn of the award-winning Charity and the JAMband for an hour-long program that focuses on moving meditation and other mindfulness exercises. Meet at the Main Gate of the Garden for classes from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. You can purchase a series ticket ($80 general /$60 members) to attend every weekly meditation session or sign up for a single program ($25 general /$18 members). You can get your ticket(s) here.

JAMboodas Music and Dance Class – SF Botanical Garden – January 9, 16, 23, 30

Musician Charity Kahn (of Charity and the JAMband) holds an interactive music class for children encouraging them to sing, dance, breathe, stretch and use their imagination. Using all-original music and movement, let your kids explore and enjoy the rhythm, rhymes, and melodies that’ll help them develop happy minds and bodies during this uplifting 45-minute experience.

These sessions are from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

You can purchase a series ticket ($90 family with one child /$45 additional child ticket) to attend every weekly music and dance class, or sign up for a single program ($25 family with one child /$12.50 additional child ticket). Get your ticket(s) here.

NightLife Returns: Nightlife of the Party – California Academy of Sciences – January 13

After a holiday hiatus, the Academy’s exploration of science, culture, and fun returns for a fantastic lineup of activities and events for the New Year. Dance the evening away with the sounds of singer-songwriter La Doña who entertains with her signature reggaeton style (described as “Femmeton”). Other highlights include custom shirt-making with the Museum of Craft and Design and making a wearable, one-of-a-kind jewelry souvenir.

Nightlife is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the 21-and-over crowd. You must show valid ID at the door. Proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours is required.

Other Nightlife events for January 2022 are:

  • January 20 – Theme TBA
  • January 27 – Fungus Among Us Nightlife: All about fungi

To purchase your ticket in advance, click here.

The Bag Tag Challenge – GGP Disc Golf Course – January 14 & 15

There hasn’t been a Bag Tag Challenge since January 2020, and now the two-day fundraising event has returned with new 2022 bag tags issued based on finished scores. All of the female competitors will receive the standard member tag and a “Women of SFDGC” tag. The top 50 competitors and top 20 women will also get a commemorative tag to keep. In addition, there will be a free BBQ lunch, group photos, and more. Now is the perfect time to join the group and get to know the community. This event is hosted by the San Francisco Disc Golf Club.

Tee times: 9 a.m. on Friday and 7:15 a.m. on Saturday

To learn more and pre-register for this event, click here.

Golden Gate Park Monthly Recurring Events

Other January 2022 recurring monthly events at Golden Gate Park include:

Jan 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – Free de Young Museum Day for Bay Area Resident (every Saturday)

Jan 2, 9, 16, 23 – Golden Gate Park Roller Disco Party at the Skatin’ Place – 6th Ave. and Kennedy Drive from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., free (Sundays)

Jan 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – Outdoor Yoga, every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. $15. Get tickets here.

Jan 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – “Lindy in the Park” swing dance party, every Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Jan 4 – SF Conservatory of Flowers Free First Tuesday – 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Jan 5, 12, 19, 26 – Free admission hour at Japanese Tea Garden, every Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Jan 8 – NAMI Saturday Strolls (monthly) at Murphy Windmill, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (details)

Jan 11 – San Francisco Botanical Garden’s Free Day (2nd Tuesdays)

Jan 14 – Women and Non-Binary Bike S.F. 7:15 a.m. start – McLaren Lodge (more details)

Jan 14, 21, 28 – Lakehouse Jazz at Stow Lake Boathouse (more details)