With ideal weather conditions and vacations for many, the month of June is an ideal time of the year to make the most out of the attractions in Golden Gate Park. Have a feel-good moment by supporting this month’s fundraising events for a worthy cause. Choose to picnic in the park for Father’s Day or jam out with the locals at Park Chalet.  Listen to music, take in a culture event, sample unique sweets, or simply take time to smell the roses – the Golden Gate Park events for June 2013 will not disappoint.

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9th Annual 5K NAMI Walk SF Bay Area – Lindley Meadow – June 1

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will host their annual walk in Golden Gate Park to gain financial support for some of the mental health programs offered by the eight NAMI affiliates in the Bay Area, which includes Alameda, Alameda County South, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. The opening ceremony speaker is sure to draw in crowds – Kevin Hines is one of only 33 people who have jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge, and has lived to tell his tale.

Check-in for participants is 9 a.m. with the opening ceremony kicking off at 10:30 a.m. The walk begins at 11 a.m. with post-walk festivities carrying on until 2 p.m.

Come browse the information booths, enjoy the music, or purchase food during the event. For more details, please visit www.NAMIWalkSFBay.org.


Italian American Day with the Golden Gate Park Band – June 2

In celebration of Italian American Day, the Golden Gate Park Band will host a concert featuring the Simi Cantori Italian opera singers. The concert (as with most other performances of the GGP Band) takes place at the Spreckles Temple of Music at Golden Gate Park’s Music Concourse – typically starting at 1 p.m., and usually ending between 2:30 and 2:45 p.m. It’s the perfect time to bring a picnic lunch, and take in the sights and sounds.

Other GGP Band concerts slated for June 2013 include:

  • June 16 – A Day at the Circus with Circus Bella
  • June 23 – a concert with a theme to be announced
  • June 30 – Tribute to Scotland with the Dunsmuir Scottish Dancers


Milonga at Friday Night at deYoung – deYoung Museum – June 7

From 5 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., Milonga at the de Young will feature the live music of Grammy nominee María Volonté with the Blue Tango Tour. The performance of Argentine tango singer María Volonté will also showcase the talent of California harmonica player Kevin Carrel Footer, who will perform with her in Wilsey Court from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. As usual, participants may delight in an art-making project, sip on cocktails, and enjoy a presentation. This event is free, and fun for all ages.


Other Friday Night themes for the month of June 2013 include:

  • June 14 – “Swing into Summer” will offer dancing with Cynthia Glinka, vocalist Jonathan Poretz, and the Fil Lorenz Septet.
  • June 21 – “Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years” celebrates the artist with hands-on art projects with jazz in Wilsey Court and a special exhibition open only to museum members.
  • June 28 – “Surf Night” will present live music by the Aqua Velvets in celebration of California living, which incorporates the sounds of surf, Latin rhythms, blues, lounge exotica, and free-form improvisation.


Zumba in the Park – GGP Carousel – June 8 & June 29

Head for the Golden Gate Park Carousel to enjoy free Zumba in the Park from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. where participants gather to burn calories in a dance-fitness atmosphere. This event (made possible through the Movement in the Parks Program and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department) is free when you RSVP – call (415) 831-2738 to reserve your space today.


Annual Show/ Sale of the SF Succulent and Cactus Society – SF County Fair Building – June 8 & 9

Open to the public and free to enjoy, the County Fair Building will open its doors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days of the Annual Show and Sale of the San Francisco Succulent and Cactus Society (SFSCS). Many vendors from California and beyond will gather to sell their unique forms of succulents, cacti, pottery, and bromeliads. Lucky patrons will bring home prizes from the free plant raffles taking place every half hour. The event is a true treat for plant lovers.


GGP Band Festival – June 8 & 9

With 10 bands performing over the weekend, the Golden Gate Park Band will host an extravaganza of music spanning two days at the Spreckles Temple of Music at Music Concourse. This event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Performances for the festival will display the talent of the following bands: Woodside Village Band, Gottschalk Music Center Concert Band, Oroville Community Concert Band, Amador County Concert Band, Daly City AllStars Concert Band, West County Winds, 191st Army Band of the Wild West, Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary Dist. Non-Marching Band, Brentwood Concert Band, and East Bay Symphonic Band.


Cultivate Chiptole – Hellman Hollow – June 8

Hellman Hollow will host San Francisco’s 2013 Cultivate festival series, which brings food, music and chef demos all in the same place for one day. Those who come will enjoy cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, live music, local foods, regional beer and wines, as well as a special Chipotle festival menu. Other activities will center on fresh, affordable food made with sustainable ingredients.


Escape to Paradise – Conservatory of Flowers – June 12

From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., enjoy the tropical after-hours party held at the Conservatory of Flowers, where you can delight in the craft beers of the Pacific Brewing Company or Barefoot Wine selections. The Senor Sisig food truck will serve of Filipino-Mexican fusion cuisine. Other activities include making free, festive leis out of recycled materials, and sampling the unique sweets of Feve Artisan Chocolatier. The Orchid Pavilion will also host music and dancing, which you may enjoy before or after a walk through the tropical greenhouses. Keep in mind that Butterflies & Blooms will close at 8 p.m.

If you purchase your ticket online, one free drink ticket is included. Additional drink tickets will be sold for $5 each at the event, and is good for one beer or glass of wine.


Golden Gate Rose Society 26th Annual Rose Show – SF County Fair Building – June 15

The Golden Gate Rose Society will host its 26th Annual Rose Show in Golden Gate Park, where the public is free to come and enjoy the sights of magnificent blooms. Starting at 12:30 p.m., this event is also the perfect time to bring all of your rose inquiries to be answered by an expert. Free roses are given out to those still around for the show’s closure at 4 p.m. For more details, you can contact Charles M. Dowling at (415) 647-4486 or www.ggrs.org


Celebrate Father’s Day with Charity and the JAMBand – Park Chalet – June 16

If you’re looking for a place to go for a family-friendly Father’s Day celebration, the Park Chalet in Golden Gate Park has you covered with a program headed by musician and educator Charity Kahn. This event will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more details, you can call (415) 386-8439.


What’s the Buzz? Celebrate National Pollinator Week! – Conservatory of Flowers – June 22

From 1 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Conservatory of Flowers concentrates on the business of bees and their families with an event that will certainly delight younger visitors. Activities include potting a zucchini plant to take home, as well as taking in a demonstration given by the SGF Bee Keepers Association. While this event is free, you must purchase admission in order to visit the exhibits.


“Just Add Water” Edible Container Workshop – Conservatory of Flowers – June 26

In this first installment of the ‘Just Add Water’ series of workshops, participants will always take home a planted container of some kind. This week, you will create your own “make-and-take” container full of edible plants with the help of garden designer Jennie Strobel of Sloat Garden Centers. This event will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information or purchase tickets, which are $20 each – click here.