You don’t need real fireworks to light up the sky with activity and deliver entertainment filled with feel-good energy. Golden Gate Park events in July 2017 aren’t short on Fourth of July festivities, which really set the tone for bringing the community together later on in the month to appreciate the beauty of nature, explore different cultures, stay physically fit, support those fighting deadly diseases, and fill the air with beautiful music. This month, you will find Sharon Meadow providing a welcomed hotspot for activities and events. To prepare your schedule ahead of time, consider the following July 2017 events for Golden Gate Park:

Oysterfest – Sharon Meadow – July 1

In its 18th year of bringing food, music and fun to the San Francisco region, Oysterfest kicks off the first of July this time around with concert performances by Passion Pit, Kongos, Sir Sly, The Soft White Sixites, and Panic is Perfect. From cooking demos to unique competitions, you are sure to stay entertained and full. This event is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Sharon Meadow, which is located at 320 Bowling Green Dr. Ticket prices range from $25 to $100 per person.

Capturing Botanical Beauty – Conservatory of Flowers – July 1

From 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., join the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists, and explore the points where art and science meet. Botanical illustration is considered one of the oldest genres in watercolor, and with this workshop, you’ll have a chance to view the talent of local artists. Take the opportunity to draw a carnivorous pitcher plant with assistance from a volunteer instructor.

Birding in the Garden – SF Botanical Garden – July 2

The first Sunday of each month at the Garden is set aside for those with an interest in spotting around 30 species of birds – resident feathered friends and those just passing through. Docent Helen McKenna will lead the way, who will answer questions you may have, as well as assist with bird identification.  Co-sponsored by SFBGS and the Golden Gate Audubon Society, you’ll also get a chance to take in the sights of the John Muir Trail. Those who are interested will meet at the Main Gate at 8 a.m. This program is free to enjoy.

San Francisco Deltas vs. Puerto Rico FC – Kezar Pavilion – July 2

The first pro soccer team of San Francisco is hosting a game in their stadium, and would like you to cheer on the players. The game begins at 5:30 p.m. with ticket prices ranging from $22 to $30. Kezar Pavilion is located at 755 Stanyon Street.

GGP Park Band (Latin American Music)Spreckels Temple of MusicJuly 2

In celebration of the influence of Latin America, bring a blanket and pack a lunch to enjoy a collection of songs and other performances delivered by the Golden Gate Park Band. The concert starts at 1 p.m. and lasts until around 2:45 p.m. As always, it costs nothing to attend.

Other GGP Park Band performances in July 2017 to keep an eye out for include:

  • July 4 – Tuesday – Celebrate our Country’s Birthday! Patriotic and American Music
  • July 9 –Great Concert Band Music (TBA)
  • July 16 –Music for Youth! with special guests: ‘Music To My Ears.’
  • July 23 –Featured Composer: Antonin Dvorak
  • July 30 –The World and Times of Gilbert and Sullivan

GGP Park Band Fourth of July Concert – Spreckels Temple of Music – July 4

What better way to celebrate the birthday of the country than with local friends and family, while surrounded by the sounds of American and patriotic tunes. Stepping outside of its regular Sunday performance schedule, the Golden Gate Park Band will put on a July 4th concert, open and free to all. The festivities kick off at 1 p.m. and are scheduled to last until 2:45 p.m.

4th of July Celebration Picnic & Live Music – Park Chalet – July 4

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., settle in for live musical performances with Wavelength (a Van Morrison Tribute band) as you celebrate Independence Day at one of the park’s restaurants. Although the concert is free, you might want to bring along a bit of cash for food.

How-To: Survival NightLife – California Academy of Science – July 6

You don’t have to be an outdoorsy guy or gal to appreciate the importance of being able to survive in precarious situations. This week, the West Garden hosts instructors from Adventure Out. The oldest wilderness survival school in the Bay Area will equip you with tips on how to sharpen your survival skills. Learn how to get crafty with Survival Space Blankets. Other highlights include learning how to identify poisonous mushrooms; topical medicinal plants that heal burns, bites and rashes; and backpacking tips.

Every week, expect the Academy to host NightLife events on Thursdays, which cater to the 21-and-over crowd (and include a variety of activities and experiences you won’t want to miss). Themes change on a weekly basis, but in order to enjoy, you must have a valid I.D. ready to show at the door. Tickets are priced at $12 for Academy members and $15 for non-members. The fun begins at 6 p.m., and winds down around 10 p.m.

Additional Thursday NightLife events to look forward to in July 2017 include:

  • July 13 – NightLife LIVE for July: As part of the NightLife LIVE summer music series, mark your calendar for performances by Connan Mockasin + Morgan Delt – all of which is presented by Noise Pop.
  • July 20 – Beer Garden NightLife: If you enjoy a good brew, then missing this event would be a shame. Not only will you have a chance to purchase ‘beer tickets’ for indulging in samples at a pop-up beer garden, but expect fun that involves the brewing process and intriguing signature craft beers.
  • July 27 – BigPicture NightLife: In addition to being able to view the fourth-annual wildlife photography exhibit before it opens to the public, stop by to get educated on the latest trends and information regarding photography.

Friday Night at the de Young – de Young Museum – July 7

Every Friday, the de Young Museum opens its doors in the evening to treat visitors to a wide range of culture, art, music, dance, and many other forms of creative expression. From 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., a special Friday Night menu and specialty cocktails are also served.

Tonight, fans of poetry should head for the galleries to enjoy the words of Tongo Eisen-Martin, whose latest book of poems was nominated for a California Book Award. Wilsey Court will host the Marcus Shelby Quartet featuring classic blues singer Tiffany Austin. Also, Linda Janklow will be on hand to inspire creativity by encouraging participants to explore found object assemblages – fun for all ages and skill levels. This event is free to enjoy.

Plant Sale – SF Botanical Garden – July 8

If you’re looking to expand the variety of your garden, then you may want to check out the Salvias, Shrubs and Fuchsias looking for a new home at this monthly plant sale. In the Entry Garden (located close to the Main Gate and Bookstore), you can attend for free, browse specimens, and buy plants from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Printing with Plants – Conservatory of Flowers – July 8

Join the San Francisco Center for the Book, and learn the ins and out of maintaining a naturalist notebook. You’ll have a chance to construct your own small books and print the pages with the help of orchids, ferns and textured specimens. This event will take place from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The Sound of Silence with Author Katrina Goldsaito – SF Botanical Garden – July 9

If you’re looking for a family-friendly event this month, the Garden has something for everyone. Join local author Katrina Goldsaito as she introduces you to her picture book, The Sound of Silence. A live musical performance featuring the koto (a traditional Japanese musical instrument) is sure to please. This event is scheduled to take place from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and doesn’t cost a thing to enjoy.

Flower Piano – SF Botanical Garden – July 9 – July 24

This year marks the third installment of Flower Piano, which celebrates music, nature, and creativity all at once. The event stretches out for 12 days, where 12 pianos are placed at ‘picturesque’ sites throughout the Garden…available for anyone that passes by to play. Throughout their stay, featured performances will unfold from more than 30 renowned local and international musicians. During the weekends, additional opportunities to take in the beautiful sounds of musicians are also added to the programming of this event.

Skaters Showcase – Skatin’ Place (6th Ave. and Kennedy Drive) – July 9

Following the Barbary Coast Roller Marathon & Half Marathon, join participants, onlookers and supporters, who will be meeting at 6th Ave. and Kennedy Drive to cap off a three-day celebration centered on the love of skating. From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., this free event also includes an awards ceremony (and plenty of opportunities to show your own moves).

Lindley Meadow XC 5K – 30th Avenue/Kennedy Drive – July 9

The Dolphin South End Runners are hosting a double 1.55-mile cross country loop 5K that takes runners along a course marked by grass, dirt, and trails. This event kicks off at 9 a.m. In order to participate in the race, the following entry fees apply: $3 for members (18 and over) and 13-17 year olds; and $5 for non-members (18 and over). Those aged up to 12 years old run for free. To register online and ask any questions, you can check out or call (415) 978-0837.

Reptiles and Amphibians of the Tropics – Conservatory of Flowers – July 15

Calling all ecology fans! The Lick Your Eyeballs team is coming to the Conservatory, and with them, they’ll bring tropical reptiles and amphibians ranging from geckos to multi-hued chameleons. Where else can you hold a 3-foot lizard in your hands? This event, which runs from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., is sure to please.

AIDS Walk – Sharon Meadow – July 16

To pay homage, spread awareness, and raise funds for a good cause, a 10K charity event called AIDS Walk San Francisco will begin and finish within Golden Gate Park. Benefitting the Positive Resource Center, Project Open Hand, the Golden Compass Program at Ward 86, and many other HIV/AIDS programs and services throughout the Bay Area, the day begins with sign-in at 8:30 a.m. The Opening Ceremony kicks off at 9:15 a.m. with a 10:30 a.m. start time for the walk. A Post Walk Show follows the 10K at 12:30 p.m. with a host of stars hailing from RuPaul’s Drag Race. For more information on the walk, click here.

The Orchid Doctor – Conservatory of Flowers – July 22

If you are the owner of an orchid, the Conservatory has just the opportunity for you to explore  Paul Bourbin (dubbed ‘The Orchid Doctor”) will be on hand to identify plants, demonstrate repotting techniques, and give you tips on how to care for orchids. Bring in your plants, or come with a photo. Bourbin will be available from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Orchids in the Park – SF County Fair Building – July 22 & 23

Thanks to the San Francisco Orchid Society, a must-see show and sale of one of the most eye-catching flowers will come to Golden Gate Park. There will be thousands of delightful, colorful, and odd orchids from across the globe that you can browse (and purchase, if you like). Available in a rainbow of colors, shapes, sizes and fragrances, the bloom is known to start conversations. Not only are orchids the stars of this show, but you’ll also have a chance to get acquainted with their companion plants, which include the likes of bromeliads, succulents, carnivorous plants, and other exotic specimens. Doors at the Hall of Flowers are open from 10 5 p.m.

Take in the demonstrations and knowledge of speakers, who come to educate you on the finer details of caring for and sustaining orchids. Don’t forget to stop by the raffle table for a chance to win orchids and supplies from vendors. The cost to enjoy this event is a $5 admission price for the general public and $4 for seniors with the under-16 crowd is free. To learn more or purchase tickets, check out

Miles for Melanoma – GGP Bandshell/Music Concourse – July 29

The Miles for Melanoma event in San Francisco takes place in Golden Gate Park, and is hosted by the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) and nationally presented by Bristol-Myers Squibb. In an effort to spread awareness and fuel support to fight back against what is known as the deadliest and fastest growing form of skin cancer, participants will meet at the Music Concourse/Bandshell to participate in a 5K run/walk geared towards raising funds to research, education and advocacy. Check-in and registration starts at 7:45 a.m. with the run/walk kicking off at 9 a.m. Non-Competitive (Untimed) Runners and Walkers can participate for free, while Competitive (Timed) Runners pay an entrance fee of $30.

To participate in this event or obtain additional details, click here.

Microcosmos at the Conservatory – Conservatory of Flowers – July 29

With the help of Foldscope microscopes, stop by the Conservatory to zero in on “the natural wonders of Golden Gate Park.” Take time to absorb the beauty of unique curiosities from the Conservatory (like the scales of butterfly wings and some of the intriguing parts of carnivorous plants). This event will be held from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

51st Annual Festival of the Chariots – Sharon Meadow – July 30

In India, the ‘Ratha Yatra’ festival has a history that dates back thousands of years. In San Francisco, more than 3,000 are in attendance for this Golden Gate Park celebration. For more than 50 years, people pull three eye-catching chariots by ropes throughout the park during a parade that begins at 11 a.m. on JFK and Transverse. Their journey ends at Sharon Meadow, on the corner of JFK Dr. and Stanyan Street. It is then that the Festival of India kicks off around 1 p.m. Open to all, a free vegetarian meal will be served, alongside live music, exhibits, ancient Indian dances, books, and many other activities. It is free to enjoy this event, but it’s suggested that you RSVP on Facebook.