No garden. No problem. Let Golden Gate Park events in June introduce you and the rest of the family to the great outdoors, new plants, and different ways to appreciate Mother Nature. The park provides plenty of options for you to get out, get active, smell the flowers, and learn a few new things along the way. Immerse yourself in art, culture, music, science, and fun activities. Also, in celebration of San Francisco Pride Month and Father’s Day, you’ll find the park hosting a handful of activities and events that’ll assist you in having a good time.
Free Day – Conservatory of Flowers – June 4
On the first Tuesday of the month, the Conservatory of Flowers offers free admission for those looking to check out one of the oldest buildings residing in Golden Gate Park. Step into the five galleries filled with aquatic plants, lowland, and highland tropic species, potted plants, and unique sights. Hours of admission are 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with the last ticket sold at 6 p.m.
Garden Camp – SF Botanical Garden – June 5 – August 16
If you have a child entering kindergarten through the 3rd grade, you may want to take a look into the weekly, all-outdoors day camp offered at the Garden. A blend of structured, themed activities and free time encourages kids to explore gardening, art, wellness, and ecology. The show goes on whether it rains or shines, although extreme weather does bring the fun indoors. Campers receive snacks in the morning and afternoon, but it is up to parents to prepare a lunch and water bottle. Keep in mind that the camp strives to operate as a zero-waste program – like limiting reliance on single-use plastics.
Weekly camp dates are available until August 16. The camp is not open on the week of July 4, and a reduced week held June 5-7. Regular camp day hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to having your kids attend the day camp, you can add early care and after care options for an added cost. To view open spots and reserve a space for Garden Camp, click here.
Under the Sea Prom NightLife – California Academy of Science – June 6
In celebration of World Oceans Day and coral reefs, the Academy is hosting a prom that pays homage to a love of all things underwater. Head to the Philippine Coral Reef to watch a diver suit up and jump into one of the deepest living coral reef exhibits in the world. The tunes for the Submerged Silent Disco come courtesy of DJ King Most and a pair of headphones. Popup talks, a panel discussion on safeguarding reefs, and samples of Pacific Catch sustainable seafood are just some of the other fun elements to look forward to on the first NightLife event in June.
The Academy hosts NightLife events on Thursdays, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and closing at 10 p.m. The activities and the entire evening are only for the 21-and-over crowd. You must show proper identification to gain entrance into the party. Tickets range in price; purchase them by clicking here.
Other NightLife events scheduled for June 2019 include:
- June 13 – Design NightLife: In partnership with SF Design Week, the Academy offers many opportunities for guests to explore the variety of ways that design makes an impact on everyday life, culture, and science.
- June 20 – Skin NightLife: In celebration of the opening of the Academy’s newest exhibit (Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity), stop by to enjoy pop-up talks with Academy scientists and experts, coral reef fish antics, an exploration of shape-shifters and color-changers, as well as the latest details on interesting skin-related research.
- June 27 – Pride NightLife: Today’s the annual LGBTQ Pride party, and just some of the notables to keep an eye out for include Heklina (co-founder of the renowned nightclub OASIS), dance floor divas, and a shoutout to the first anniversary of the project, 500 Queer Scientists.
Plant Sale – SF Botanical Garden – June 8
Throughout the year, the Garden holds plant sales so that locals can bring home delightful additions to their gardens and homes. This month, the stars of the show are Perennials & Pollinator Plants. The sale takes place in the Entry Garden near the Main Gate and Bookstore, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no price of admission to attend.
13th Annual Golden Gate Park Band Festival – Spreckels Temple of Music – June 8 & 9
Every year, the Friends of the Golden Gate Park Band hosts a free festival of bands that invites regional community ensembles to perform in a two-day festival/fundraiser. This season, you will encounter the sounds of musicians such as the Diablo Wind Symphony, San Francisco Bay Jazz Ensemble, 191st Army Band, Watsonville Community Band, and the Rancho Cordova River City Concert Band. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on bands and performance times, you can visit the schedule here.
Succulent & Cactus Show & Sale – Hall of Flowers – June 8 & 9
A fun event for those who don’t quite have a green thumb, but would like to invite green guests into their home, this SF Succulent & Cactus Society-led event shines a spotlight on drought-tolerant plants. This year’s theme, A World of Succulents, takes a look at the diversity of this species of plant. More than 25 nurseries and boutique growers in the San Francisco region will show off and sell their succulents, cacti, and bromeliads.
The weekend features:
- discussions and Q&As with Society experts
- a ‘show area’ with an array of mature cactus clusters and rare species
- vendors selling hand-crafted pottery
- raffles for free plants held each hour
The doors are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There is absolutely no charge for enjoying this event. In case you weren’t sure; you will find the Hall of Flowers located at 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way.
Heron Watch – Stow Lake – June 8 & June 15
If you haven’t had the chance to sneak a peek at the growing heron chicks that get their start in life at Golden Gate Park, this is the last month of their spring nesting season. The Great Blue Herons are almost ready to leave the comfort of the park and embark on their next adventure. Naturalists and volunteers are continuing to offer the free opportunity to view adult herons and their chicks in their natural habitat using spotting scopes on June 8 and June 15.
The observation deck will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A more involved, naturalist-led walk is also available from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for a fee of $10 (young adults and children free). This way, you can see the chicks and other nesting birds from different areas about the Lake and Strawberry Island. If interested, meet at the observation site.
Come Out of Your Shell Benefit – Sharon Art Studio – June 9
Delicious eats, fine art, and pleasant company, oh my! The Sharon Art Studio (located at 300 Bowling Green Drive) is hosting an exclusive engagement for those who’d like to experience a watercolor art lesson and shellfish feast – in celebration of creativity and community. The all-you-can-eat-and-drink spread will feature a dessert bar, as well as fresh sourdough bread, Spanish-style rice, Stuffed Crab, Mojito Crawfish, Piri Piri Chicken, and New Orleans Drunken Shrimp – and that’s not all. The event runs from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Event tickets are limited. The cost of participation is $80 for members and $100 for non-members. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. If space permits, tickets will be sold at the door. A portion of the night’s proceeds goes towards supporting the efforts of the Friends of Sharon Art Studio.
‘Sunday Streets’ Huge Block Party – Golden Gate Park – June 9
Let’s get ready to party! The streets close to vehicles and pedestrians, bicyclists, roller skaters and more take over for the afternoon all over San Francisco, and Golden Gate Park is the perfect place to settle in and enjoy the freedom to move about without worrying about traffic getting in the way. This five-hour street party (from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) is the perfect time to teach the kiddies how to roll, get physically fit without fear of getting hit, as well as participate in some of the free activities that take place in the park.
Flagging in the Park – National AIDS Memorial Grove – June 9
A day of remembrance unfolds at the AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park, as flaggers, fanners, artists, friends, and family join forces for a beautiful celebration. There will be music, flowers, sunshine, and fun. If you don’t have a flag, don’t worry – some will be available for you to borrow. This free event takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grove, located on Nancy Pelosi Drive and Bowling Green Drive.
Free Saturdays – de Young Museum – June 15, 22 & 29
The programs and activities for this month’s Free Saturdays programs coincide with San Francisco Pride Month. From 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., you’ll encounter events that are free for the public to enjoy. Expect the following for June:
- June 15: As part of the largest showcase of queer media, enjoy showings from the Frameline43 San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Koret Auditorium. Just some of the short films slated for the day include: ‘A Place in the Middle,’ ‘Walk for Me,’ ‘Myth of Father,’ and ‘Outlet.’ In Gallery 14, the author of the first black lesbian vampire novel, Jewelle Gomez, presents a poetry reading series in Gallery 14 at 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- June 22: In Koret Auditorium, more features from the Frameline43, San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival will show from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., including “Alzheimer’s” A Love Story,” “Decoding Alan Turing,” and ‘Hi Maya.” Head for the Piazzoni Murals Room to join the GLBT Historical Society and their presentation of “Living History: Queer Culture Across Generations: LGBTQ Art, Film, Poetry & Dance In San Francisco.” During this exploration of the local arts scene, featured panelists (Tina Valentin Aguirre, Sean Dorsey, T. Kebo Drew, and James Mitchell) will share their views and experiences alongside Renee Cyla Villasenor, who will be acting as moderator. This discussion group will take place from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- June 29: In the Piazzoni Murals Room, a special screening of ‘Authentically Us’ comes courtesy of Frameline43, San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival and Oculus. This virtual reality documentary series focuses on transgender people and starts at 10:30 a.m. From 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Koret Auditorium presents another lineup of short films with the likes of Australia’s ‘Unboxed,’ ‘El Abuelo’ from the United States, and Cuba’s ‘Krudas.’ In Wilsey Court, join writer Tanea Lunsford Lynx as she reads poetry in Gallery 16 and Wilsey Court (1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.)
Full Moon Walk – SF Botanical Garden – June 16
Have you ever experienced the Garden after dark? Here’s your chance to see this attraction in a whole new light. The flowers and foliage come alive in the glow of a full moon. Bring along a flashlight for this unique opportunity. The walk is still on if the sky is foggy, but keep in mind that heavy rain means a cancellation. The fun lasts from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Father’s Day Rainbow Falls 5K & Kids Run – Kennedy Drive – June 16
Spend quality time with Dad and enjoy the great outdoors at the same time with another fun DSE Runners event that also includes a separate race for the kiddies. This course involves a run to McLaren Lodge that turns around the Barricade at Kezar Drive, hits East Conservatory Drive, and continues back to Kennedy Drive for a westbound finish. The ½-mile Kids Run begins at 9:45 a.m. at the same/finish location as the adult race (which starts at 9 a.m.). Race fees are $5 for non-members and $3 for standard members. Children 12 and under participate for free, and ages 13-17 are charged $3 regardless of membership status.
Golden Gate Park Band Concert – Music Concourse – June 16, 23 & 30
The unforgettable Golden Gate Park Band holds weekly performances at the Music Concourse that begin at 1 p.m. and usually end around 2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. These events are always free and open to the public. You can expect costumed guests, singers, speakers, and dancers to join in on all the fun. Often, the program will celebrate a specific culture or nationality. The following programs are slated to entertain in June 2019:
- June 16: music and dance of Scotland, featuring the Dunsmuir Scottish Dancers
- June 23: the music of John Williams
- June 30: family-friendly music
Conservatory Lighting & Free Summer Solstice Concert – Conservatory of Flowers – June 19
Check out the Psychedelic Photosynthesis and Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jam, and you will encounter a fun-filled night of live music, psychedelic visuals, and the beauty of the Conservatory. There will be plenty of performances to keep you entertained, including Bay Area bands with legendary status and other All-Star musical appearances – think Jefferson Starship, Santana, and original members of Sly & the Family Stone. This free event is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., with the Grand Lighting taking place around 9:15 p.m. To RSVP, click here.
Botanicals and Brews Beer Garden: SF Pride – Conservatory of Flowers – June 21
Craft breweries make an appearance at the Conservatory throughout the year to provide delicious sips of regional beverages amid breathtaking views, tasty eats from curated food trucks, and live local music. Enjoy a specialty cocktail. Discover a new favorite. Hit ‘Date Night’ out of the park. This month, Pond Farm Brewing, Adobe Creek Brewing, and Hermitage Brewing Company will supply the brews. The event runs from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. with local acts providing live entertainment from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
General admission ($29) includes a complimentary craft brew, while the Master Brewer package ($49) offers an additional flight of four sample brews and take-home souvenir glass. To purchase tickets, click here.
Yoga in the Garden – SF Botanical Garden – June 22
From 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., join accredited instructor Sarah Allison for a 60-minute yoga class that allows you to peacefully take in the sights of the park while relaxing the body and mind. All levels are welcome to participate. This class rotates about the Garden with the specific location shared during check-in. Don’t forget to bring along a yoga mat or beach towel. Tickets cost $18 for members and $20 for non-members.
Pride Run – Polo Fields – June 29
The 40th annual Pride Run (organized by San Francisco FrontRunners) will take place at the Polo Fields with a race time starting at 9 a.m. Runners may participate in a 5K or 10K. A short kid’s run is also on the schedule. Same-day registration costs $40, but if you pre-register online, the cost is $30. The price for online registration also increases to $35 after June 24. Bib packets are available only on the day of the race, and those with official entries receive a tech shirt with this year’s Pride Run logo, as well as an awesome goodie bag.