One of the best times of the year to view flowers in San Francisco is in the beginning of the summer, and what better way to experience the beauty than by enjoying Golden Gate Park events in June. The SF Botanical Garden is in full bloom with activities. There’s also a couple of flower shows to check out this month, where you can bring home a host of perennials, succulents and bromeliads. Other things to do throughout the month include yoga, meditation, reptiles, and beer – there’s something for everyone to enjoy….just take a look below:
DIY Lei-Making Workshop – SF Botanical Garden – June 2
You don’t have to travel to Hawaii to get your very own lei…you can make one at the latest DIY workshop at the Garden. Join Haumea Designs, as they host their first lei-making workshop. A workshop fee of $65 for members and $75 for non-members includes instruction and all the materials needed for this project, such as the flowers, ribbon, and foliage. You will need to bring your own pair of sharp garden shears, scissors and a spray water bottle for this class, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Annual Epiphyllum Flower Show – 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way – June 2
It’s time to welcome epiphyllum into your home – plants that are native to Central America and belong to the cactus family. Join the San Francisco Epiphyllum Society as they host their annual flower show at Golden Gate Park. During this event, you can bounce any questions you have off of the onsite experts; purchase cuttings and plants; and learn how to grow these lovely blooms on your own. Admission for this flower show is free, and will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
‘Sunday Streets’ Huge Block Party – Sunset & Golden Gate Park – June 3
There’s nothing like a block party to get in the mood to spend more time in the great outdoors. All over San Francisco, parks are taking turns hosting their neighborhoods for a five-hour get-together that shuts down the streets, and makes it safer for walkers, runners, roller bladers, bicyclists and everyone of all shapes and sizes to move about the park. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., look for an assortment of activities to keep you busy. Take a yoga class. Get competitive with a dodgeball game. Bring your hula hoop. Participate in a treasure hunt. This is the perfect opportunity to get families up, out and exploring Golden Gate Park.
Golden Gate Park Band Concert (Italian Program) – Spreckels Temple of Music – June 3
One of the most anticipated musical events in the park take place every week, and doesn’t cost a thing. We’re talking about the Golden Gate Park Band, which takes to the stage at Spreckles Temple of Music in the Music Concourse, to entertain the masses regularly on Sundays (with a few performances on special days). Concerts begin at 1 p.m., and tend to last until 2:30 to 2:45 p.m. All of this is free to the public, and usually focuses on a specific theme, culture, or observance. This month, look for the following performances in June 2018:
- June 3 – Italian themed concert with music, songs and dance
- June 9 & 10 – 11th annual GGPB Festival (takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
- June 17 – the music and dance of Scotland comes alive with guests, the Dunsmuir Scottish Dancers
- June 24 – another GGPB concert on a theme yet to be determined
Science & Rhythm NightLife – California Academy of Sciences – June 7
When you can’t wait for the weekend to party, leave it to the Academy to provide an outlet for early fun. To kick off the first NightLife event for the month of June, all of the activities and experiences concentrate on the science of rhythm. You’ll encounter information on bird migration, the history of DJ’ing, and whale sonar. The Coral Reef will have a Vintage Synth Museum that lets you get up, close and personal with vintage analog synthesizers and drum machines. Live DJ set includes the skills of Bill Brewster and Chris Orr.
The price of admission for Thursday NightLife event is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. You must have valid identification in hand to gain entry. The festivities start at 6 p.m., and lasts until 10 p.m. The best part is…you can pretty much count on these NightLife events to run every Thursday.
Themes for the rest of June 2018 include:
- June 14 – Golden State NightLife: The California Coast is the theme for this week, where DJ Tanoa spins jams as you watch Game 6 of the NBA Finals and learn more about the local flora and fauna.
- June 21 – Pride NightLife: Don’t miss the annual Pride Party, which offers performances and music that’ll get your heart pumping. Prepare yourself for an evening full of high energy.
- June 27 – NightLife Spotlight: A nighttime dive show in the Philippine Coral Reef tank is sure to entertain. Amphibian and reptile lovers will have a ball as the Academy brings out some of their herpetology collection. A monthly “Adult Chemistry” pairings event also takes place.
WILD Flowers: Pencil Drawing with Nina Antze – SF Botanical Garden – June 7
Get your pencils sharpened and ready for a botanical illustration workshop with Nina Antze, who will help fine-tune your colored-pencil techniques. An assortment of California and Mediterranean wildflowers will be on hand to serve as inspiration. Besides these live blooms, you are more than welcome to bring a few of your favorites. Weather-permitting, lunch will take place outside. All drawing levels are welcome. This workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and costs $80 for members and $95 for non-members.
Garden Plant Sale – SF Botanical Garden – June 9
Give bees and butterflies a place to spread their wings and get the day’s business done by purchasing perennials and pollinator plants for your garden. Themed monthly sales take place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Entry Garden (located by the Main Gate and Bookstore).
Succulent & Cactus Show/Sale – SF County Fair Building (Hall of Flowers) – June 9 & 10
When you’re looking for a show-stopping plant to add to your collection, succulents grown in the Bay Area are a perfect choice. Just so happens that the SF Succulent & Cactus Society is hosting a two-day show and sale dubbed ‘Spines, Teeth & Thorns’ from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. that will connect you to hundreds of specimens that could become your new plant companion. It doesn’t take much water to care for these plants, which makes them desirable for individuals seeking low-maintenance greenery.
Open to the public (with free admission), take time to browse the cacti and bromeliads hailing from more than 25 regional nurseries and boutique growers. Vendors also sell hand-crafted studio pottery made especially for succulents – perfect for gift-giving. Other highlights for this event include free plant raffles every hour; info sessions on plant and cultivation; experts on hand to answer all of your questions; and access to a free ‘plant hotel,’ where you can store plants while you shop.
Botanicals and Brews Beer Garden – Conservatory of Flowers – June 15
In celebration of local Bay Area breweries, the Conservatory shines a light on favorites and up-and-coming standouts. This time around, you’ll get to sample the flavor of sustainable ThirstyBear Brewing Company brews and some of the over 20 unique beers from Faction Brewing. This event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Snag your tickets here, which range in $27 for general admission to $75 for the Master Brewer package (extra perks like a $10 food credit and one flight of four beers).
Guided Info Walking Tour for Volunteers – SF Botanical Garden – June 16
One of the things that keep Golden Gate Park thriving is the effort and care that volunteers show for their favorite park. The San Francisco Botanical Garden is hosting a one-hour walking tour of the Garden, and information session for potential volunteers. This event takes place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. An RSVP is required in order to participate in this walking tour.
DIY Kokedama Workshop – SF Botanical Garden – June 16
Using plants from the Garden, you’ll have a chance to explore a traditional Japanese gardening technique that involves moss, soil and other materials to create a hanging moss ball planter. You can use your creation to decorate a tabletop or hang from a string. Instructor Baylor Chapman will guide you throughout the process. Your $35 (member) or $40 (non-member) fee includes all the necessary materials.
There are two sessions of this workshop scheduled:
- 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Click here to purchase your ticket(s).
Sound Meditation in the Garden – SF Botanical Garden – June 17
Have you ever been to a sound meditation workshop before? Well, now is your chance to experience a live meditative session centered on instruments that play while participants lie down. The sounds of gongs and quartz crystal singing bowls will fill the air. Just close your eyes and let relaxation take over your body and mind. The cost to enjoy this workshop is $23 for members and $25 for non-members. It runs from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Father’s Day Rainbow Falls 5K – Traverse & Kennedy Drives – June 17
For those of you looking to kick start a Father’s Day celebration with a healthy morning run, the park offers one that begins and ends near Kennedy Drive and Transverse. Registration and check in for the race is at 8 a.m., with the run starting at 9 a.m. A free half-mile Kids Race for children 12 and under begins at 9:45 a.m. This is a rain or shine event.
The course runs up Kennedy Drive to McLaren Lodge, and touches upon the Barricade at Kezar Drive and East Conservatory Drive. Fees for this event range from free for 12 year olds and under to $5 for non-members aged 18 and over. For more information, check out www.dserunners.com or contact the Race Hotline at (415) 978-0837.
Yoga in the Garden – SF Botanical Garden – June 23
The Garden is such a relaxing place to get lost in, it’s the perfect space for outdoor yoga on a Saturday morning. A 60-minute class led by accredited instructor Sarah Allison is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., where you’ll get acquainted with a handful of areas about the Garden. All skill levels are welcome to join in, but you have to come with your own yoga mat or beach towel. The cost to participate is $18 for members and $20 for non-members. Keep in mind that heavy rain will cancel this event, so keep an eye out for the forecast.
Botanical Illustration – Conservatory of Flowers – June 23
Join Anoosh Books for plant sketching and foliage fun. There is no fee to pay to take part in this drawing workshop, but it’s sure to be enjoyable for art and plant lovers alike. This event is scheduled for 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Special Story Time: Watersong – SF Botanical Garden – June 24
Join author Tim McCanna, as he shares his award-winning picture, Watersong. This family-friendly outing is a nice way to spend the morning together – illustrating the tale of a fox in a rainstorm. Tim will also bring along his accordion and ukulele. This free event is slated for 10:30 a.m., with books for sale and a signing to follow.
Murder at the Conservatory – Conservatory of Flowers – June 29
Detective Burdock Loames needs your assistance to solve the case. The second season of Murder at the Conservatory has launched, and The Mystery of the Immortal Elixir is yours to crack. You can decode the cryptic manuscript filled with odd botanical clues. The suspense lasts from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with tickets starting at $105. For an extra $15, you can add a Victorian tour that you enjoy one hour before all the festivities take off. For tickets, click here.
Reptiles and Amphibians of the Tropics – Conservatory of Flowers – June 30
Tropical reptiles are the star of this show, where you not only get to mingle with the Lick Your Eyeballs team, but also get one-on-one time with geckos, a chameleon, and a 3-foot lizard that you can hold. Explore the intriguing world of amphibians and the like during this event, which runs from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and is part of the Conservatory’s free Curiosity Event Series.