You can take pride in having one of the best parks in your backyard by exploring the rich cultural history and appeal through Golden Gate Park events in June 2021. Take time to smell the roses (at the Rose Garden or celebrate the Bouquets to Art). Participate in a meet-up at the park and make new friends. Relive your childhood at the Skatin’ Place, take your bike for a spin, relax a bit with a yoga session, enjoy a healthy, hearty laugh, and more.

SF Botanical Garden Free Day – SF Botanical Garden – June 8

It’s that time again, the second Tuesday in the month when you can enjoy free admission to the SF Botanical Garden from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This opportunity is for San Francisco residents (and Garden members). You may want to reserve a ticket in advance to reduce wait times and help with crowd control.  

Bouquets to Art 2021 – de Young Museum Virtual Events – June 9

Although Bouquets to Art 2021 tickets are sold out, you can still participate and view beautiful creations by attending one of two of the Museum’s Bouquets to Art virtual programs:

  • Ikebana Reflects the Person Who Arranged It with Soho Sakai (10 a.m.) – Join the Zoom webinar discussion with a longtime Bouquets to Art exhibitor and presenter who will explore the ancient Japanese art ikebana. Tickets are $15 for museum members and the general public.
  • Virtual Visit (360 Experience) – If you could not snag a ticket for this year’s event, take a look at all of the floral creations with this in-depth 360-degree, behind-the-scenes experience. Tickets (available through June 30) are free for members and $10 for the general public.

Black Feminist Futures with SeeBlackWomxn – de Young Museum – June 9

This program includes a film screening and speaker panel with contemporary Black artists and authors about the “legacy of Black feminism.” It’s an event that’s part of Virtual Wednesdays and includes voices of a Black feminist theory collective called SeeBlackWomxn. This free online event takes place from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. For more information, click here.

Virtual NightSchool Programs – Academy of California Sciences – June 10, 17 & 24

Tickets for June 2021 NightLife events at the Academy for in-person partying are sold out, but you can still enjoy the Academy’s free virtual NightSchool programs every Thursday. NightSchool “classes” stream live on Thursdays at 7 p.m.

NightSchool themes for June 2021 are:

  • June 10: Cave Life (discover the wonder of cave systems)
  • June 17: Down Under (explore Australia’s ecosystems and wildlife)
  • June 24: Queering Science (celebrate Pride Month with pioneering scientists)

For more information, click here.

GGP: East End Flowers & Tunnels & Bears, Oh My! – GGP Welcome Kiosk – June 11

Explore Golden Gate Park’s East End, the section that extends from the Conservatory of Flowers to the Music Concourse, with a walking tour. This area is home to wondrous attractions, like the Music Concourse, Children’s Playground, and the Shakespeare Garden. Come take in the sights and learn a little GGP history. You will meet at the Golden Gate Park Welcome Kiosk (across from the Conservatory of Flowers at John F. Kennedy Drive at Nancy Pelosi Drive).

June 2021 tours:

  • Friday, June 11 (11 a.m.) given by MaryAnn Provence
  • Thursday, June 24 (11 a.m.) given by Rosalie Gonzales

The tours last for about 1 ½ to 2 hours and are free (a $15 suggested donation for the walks). You will have to wear masks for the event. For more information and to sign up for a tour, click here.

Matcha Tea Ceremony – Sharon Arts Studio [virtual] – June 11

Join Yuko Sato for a members-only event that explores the beauty and technique of tea bowl ceremonies. You will learn the basics of a traditional tea ceremony, including properly drinking tea and preparing the beverage using an iron kettle. This event is online (from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.) and free to members. You can RSVP here.

Blankets & Wine Comedy – Polo Field Bleachers – June 12, 19 & 26

In need of a good laugh? Bring your favorite Chardonnay and blanket to enjoy this free standup comedy show at Golden Gate Park, which takes place every Saturday in June from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. This is a socially distanced event, and you need to wear a mask! Every week, there is a new lineup of comedians. To register for this comedy event, click here.

Free Haunted Hike at Stow Lake – Stow Lake Boathouse – June 13

Join the Halloween Addicts Group Support crew for a free haunted hike and telling of tales, like the one featuring Golden Gate Park’s most well-known ghost. This event is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; meet outside the Boathouse if you are interested!

Golden Gate Park Sunday Roller Disco Party – 6th Ave Skate Park – June 13, 20 & 27

Dust off those roller skates because Golden Gate Park is the place to be this summer for inline skate adventures and roller skating antics. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., head to the 6th Ave Skate Park (the Skatin’ Place on 6th and Kennedy) to listen to the Godfather of Skate and his mobile DJ unit. Don’t worry if you’re a little rusty; there are usually a few people around ready and willing to teach you a few new moves. There is no cost to participate in these events.

Father’s Day Rainbow Falls 5K – Kennedy Drive and Transverse [virtual] – June 14-20

Celebrate Father’s Day with a run that starts at Kennedy Drive and runs up to McLaren Lodge before turning around at the Kezar Drive barricade, heading to East Conservatory Drive, and then back to Kennedy. If you are a Dolphin South End Runners member, you can participate in their virtual and some in-person events in June. To become a member and to learn more about upcoming races, click here.

Public Unveiling of New Statue Installation – Spreckles Temple of Music – June 18

One of San Francisco’s latest art installations is scheduled to make its debut at Golden Gate Park with 350 steel-based statues (around 3-4 feet tall) “representing the original mothers and women of slavery.” The installation is the work of artist Dana King and is titled Monumental Reckoning.” The statues will encircle the Francis Scott Key memorial and call the Music Concourse home through June 20, 2023.

Flywheel Coffee Roasters Meet-Up – Flywheel Coffee Roasters + GGP – June 19

Get your fill of java with other coffee lovers at Flywheel Coffee Roasters, and then take a stroll to Golden Gate Park to get acquainted. It is recommended to bring a mask and practice social distancing during this event (which is open to anyone who loves coffee). Here’s the perfect opportunity to meet up with other San Francisco locals and make new friends. The meet-up is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Flywheel Coffee Roasters is located at 672 Stanyan St.

To stay up-to-date on this event, click here.

Other ways to get active and enjoy Golden Gate Park events in June 2021 include:

  • One Team Scavenger Hunt: Golden Gate Park – June (buy tickets)
  • NorCal: In-person Bicycle Bootcamp – GGP Polo Field – June 11, 18 & 25 (sign up here)
  • Women and Non-Binary Bike SF – McLaren Lodge – June 11 (more details)
  • Outdoor Yoga near Hippie Hill – June 12, 19, 26 (get tickets here)
  • Corgi Run Club: GGP Series – Stow Lake Boathouse – June 13 & 27 (more details)

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