Summer is right around the corner, and with that comes Pride Month, Father’s Day, and plenty of warm, sunny days to enjoy a visit to your favorite park. It’s the perfect weather to attend Golden Gate Park events in June 2022 and enjoy all that the park offers. The entire scene is in bloom, especially the de Young Museum, during one of its highly anticipated annual experiences. The galleries will come alive for a week with fresh flowers and colorful creations for Bouquets to Art. Other events at Golden Gate Park for June 2022 include:

NightLife: Buggin’ Out – California Academy of Sciences – June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

If you’re a fan of creepy crawlies, then the Academy’s newest exhibit, Bugs, is right up your alley. The evening will include some of the most intriguing specimens from the Entomology collection. You’ll explore the worlds of leafcutter ants and honeybee colonies and learn more about the Academy’s live observation hive in the Osher Rainforest.

NightLife events are every Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., for the 21+ crowd with a valid I.D. Proof of being fully vaccinated is required before you can party at the Academy.

NightLife events for June 2022:

  • June 9: Under the Sea Prom – Celebrate World Oceans Day in style with a unique prom and performance from San Francisco’s own La Dona. You’ll have a chance to pose at the photo booth, make your own prom accessories, and dance by the sea. D.J. Sake One spins the tunes throughout the night. Other highlights include cocktails with a side of tropical bass music, plus the chance to strike up a conversation with one of the Academy’s experts.
  • June 16: Theme TBA
  • June 23: Pride NightLife – Kick off Pride weekend with San Francisco’s only all-Black drag show, Reparations.
  • June 30: Theme TBA

Purchase your NightLife tickets here.

Vintage Paper Fair – SF County Fair Building – June 4

Another free event alert! Enjoy the $1 Anti Inflation Sale at the San Francisco County Fair Building from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You will find 100,000 vintage paper items, all priced at one dollar. And, the best part, about 90% of the material on sale has never been at this low price. So, if you love antique postcards, magazines, labels, stereo views, photos, and other kinds of paper goods, this fair is for you.

Jakob Nowell (Crucial Reggae Sundays) – Music Concourse – June 5

Here’s a free concert featuring Jakob Nowell, the son of the late legendary Sublime founder and lead singer Bradley Nowell. DJs Irie Dole and Guid8nce host this event, which runs from 4:20 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Opening Concert for GGP Band – Music Concourse – June 5, 12, 19, 26

It’s that time again…when the Golden Gate Park Band tunes up their instruments for another season of free music concerts at the Spreckels Temple of Music. The 2022 schedule will feature the music of different nationalities and cultures with costumed performers, singers, dancers, and other special guests. Regular Sunday concerts begin at 1 p.m. and typically last until 2:30 and 2:45 p.m. The first concert of 2022 is for June 5 with conductor Mark Nemoyten.

Other GGP Band concert themes for June 2022 include:

  • June 12 – Mirth & Mayhem
  • June 19 – Dunsmuir Scottish Dancers and more
  • June 26 – Pride Weekend Concert

Opening Night of Bouquets to Art – de Young Museum – June 6

Dress in summer cocktail attire for the opening celebration of Bouquets to Art. Throughout Wilsey Court, you will find more than 100 breathtaking floral designs inspired by art. Another highlight includes floral fashions designed by City College of San Francisco floristry students. While sipping on specialty cocktails and wine, take a moment to absorb the details and beauty. Individual tickets cost $450 for admission between 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. For more information or to purchase a ticket, email Special Events at [email protected].

Curator Luncheon – de Young Museum – June 7, 8, 9

Join Lauren Palmor, assistant curator of American art, for a tasty lunch and introduction to the Alice Neel exhibition catered by McCalls Catering & Events with wines from Eden Rift Vineyards. Luncheons will be from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Piazzoni Murals Room. The cost per luncheon is $135, including admission to Bouquets to Art and the special exhibition Alice Neel: People Come First.

Purchase de Young luncheon tickets here.

Bouquets to Art Display and Trunk Show – de Young Museum – June 7-12

One of the most popular events at de Young Museum is back! The weeklong floral design display takes inspiration from artworks in the Museum’s collection. After checking out the blooms throughout the galleries, don’t forget to stop by the local artisan trunk shows from 9:30 a.m. to  5 p.m. There is no cost to enjoy the Art Trunk Show.

Still Alive with Remco van Vliet – de Young Museum – June 7

Join Remco van Vliet, a third-generation Dutch Master Florist, for a presentation in Koret Auditorium centered on incorporating sustainability into the way we decorate our environments. This event is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $55 and include admission to Bouquets to Art and the special exhibition Alice Neel: People Come First.

To purchase tickets for this Bouquets of Art event, click here.

Singer/Songwriter Wednesdays – Golden Gate Bandshell – June 8 & 15

It costs nothing to enjoy this free live concert at the Bandshell in Golden Gate Park. The singers and songwriters shining on June 8 are Sherita Perez (4 p.m.), Paul Hayward (5 p.m.), and The Handler Brothers (6 p.m.). The June 15 performance includes Jim Bruno (4 p.m.), Book of Birds (5 p.m.), and Lakeville (6 p.m.).

Book Launch and Lecture – de Young Museum – June 8

Join author Lauren Palmor, the assistant curator of American art, to celebrate the launch of Bouquets of Art: A Floral Dictionary from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. After the presentation in the Koret Auditorium, stay for a book signing. This event is from 10 a.m.to 11 a.m. Tickets are $55, including admission to Bouquets to Art and the special exhibition Alice Neel: People Come First. To purchase tickets for this Bouquets of Art event, click here.

Organic and Sustainable Floral Inspirations – de Young Museum – June 8

Join world-renowned Master Florist and author Gregor Lersch in the Koret Auditorium for a showcase of awe-inspiring floral arrangements. This event is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The cost to attend is $55 and includes admission to Bouquets to Art and the special exhibition Alice Neel: People Come First. To purchase tickets for this Bouquets of Art event, click here.

Botanicals as Materials, Muse, and Magic – de Young Museum – June 9

Join artist and designer Justina Blakeney for a presentation in Koret Auditorium on incorporating heritage, colorful blooms, and cultural influence when arranging and displaying flowers. A book signing follows immediately after the presentation. This event is from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.Tickets cost $55 and include admission to Bouquets to Art and the special exhibition Alice Neel: People Come First. To purchase tickets for this Bouquets of Art event, click here.

Soul/Jazz/R&B Happy Hour – Golden Gate Bandshell – June 10

Enjoy two sets of music by Maurice Tani from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for this week’s Soul/Jazz/R&B Happy Hour.

Zimba Pickleball – GGP Tennis Courts – June 11

Here’s your chance to experience one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S. Your support means the world to the 2022 Zimba Short Term Mission Team. Meet up at the Goldman Tennis Center to participate in a double-elimination tournament or to explore a beginner’s session from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Sign up for pickleball at Golden Gate Park.

Meditation Workshop with Sylvia Boorstein – de Young Museum – June 11

Join Sylvia Boorstein for the Kindness Omitting None Meditation Workshop from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Piazzoni Murals Room at the de Young Museum. This guided experience involves short periods of Buddha-centric meditation practice with a psychotherapist and Buddhist teacher. The workshop is free with limited, unassigned seating. Program tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis in front of the Piazzoni Murals Room at 9 a.m.

AIDS Memorial Quilt Display – Robin Williams Meadow/AIDS Memorial Grove – June 11 & 12

It’s been 35 years since the creation of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, and the National AIDS Memorial at Golden Gate Park has a historic outdoor display planned to commemorate the occasion. Nearly 3,000 hand-stitched panels of the Quilt will be on display. This free public event will take place on June 11 and June 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on both days.  

The opening ceremony and traditional Quilt unfolding will start at 9:30 a.m. on the June 11, followed by the continuous reading of names of lives lost to AIDS aloud by volunteers, dignitaries, and the public on both days. Other highlights of this event include panel-making workshops, community information booths, stories behind the Quilt, and memorabilia displays.

Sound Bath Experience – SF Botanical Garden – June 16

Join Blue Muse and The Celestial Voice Sound Healing for a sound bath experience to help you rejuvenate and center your mind, body, and soul through Paiste gongs, crystal singing bowls, ocean drums, chimes, and more peaceful sounds. No experience is necessary. This event is from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. You should come dressed in loose-fitting clothes, and bring a yoga mat or blanket, and crystals (if you like).

Purchase tickets ($35) for this sound bath experience here.

S’mores & Snores: An Adult Sleepover – California Academy of SciencesJune 17

Sleepovers aren’t just for kids! The Academy hosts an adults-only indoor “camping” experience (21+ only), complete with scary stories and everybody’s favorite—S’mores. Enjoy stargazing in the planetarium and opportunities to hang out with the animals. The ticket cost is $229 for non-members and $216 for members. This event is from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m.

You must come with proof of full vaccination to participate. 

Sleepover tickets include: 

  • Farm-to-table dinner buffet in the Café, plus a cash bar
  • Planetarium showings and a late-night screening of “The Cabin in the Woods”
  • A spooky magic show filled with campfire stories and mystifying tricks
  • Morning continental breakfast
  • Camp-themed crafts, activities, outdoor games, and science presentations
  • Free garage parking

For more information and purchase tickets for the de Young adult sleepover, click here.

Growing Herbs in Small Spaces – SF Botanical Garden – June 18

Join San Francisco garden educator Carey Craddock for a workshop on growing herbs in small garden areas from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This is the perfect class for someone who would like to have herbs on hand at home but doesn’t have a garden to call his or her own. Topics covered will include soil fertility, organic pest control, watering, harvesting herbs, and how to use herbs you grow. Participants will leave with a small container of herbal seeds or cuttings to start at home.

Buy tickets for this herb-growing workshop for $50 (all materials provided).

“The Obama Portraits Tour” Opening Day Celebration – de Young Museum – June 18

The Obama National Gallery Portraits have made their way to San Francisco and are on display at the de Young Museum at Golden Gate Park. To celebrate the exhibit, the Museum is having a public opening day event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the following performers and activities:

  • Pop-Up Photography Studio (12 p.m. to 3 p.m.): Have fun with a pop-up photo studio in the de Young Café Terrace and receive a free portrait session by First Exposures alumni. Digital and print versions of the portraits will be available on a limited basis.
  • Live Music and Dance Performances (12:30–1 p.m. and 1:30–2 p.m.): Live music and dance performances unfold at Wilsey Court with cellist and vocalist Mia Pixley and freelance dancer Kimberly Marie Olivier.

You can enjoy free admission to the Obama Portraits Tour on June 18 and June 19 (thanks to Google). These tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and are available onsite only. There is a limit of four tickets per family.

Exploring Nature Through Clay – SF Botanical Garden – June 18

Join artists and educators Deb & Deb of Spark Ceramics for a workshop that introduces fundamental hand-building and surface design techniques using low-fire white clay. Participants will learn how to sculpt simple flowers and use textural plants and grasses to make marks on clay. Everyone will select a handmade, glazed gift from Spark Ceramics to commemorate the experience, like a flower magnet or small vessel. All levels are welcome. This workshop is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

RSVP and purchase tickets ($70) for this ceramics workshop at the Garden here.

Father’s Day XC 5K & Kids Run – Lindley Meadow – June 19

Forget breakfast in bed; some Dads would love to join their children for an outdoor run, making the Father’s Day Lindley Meadow XC 5K & Kids Run a sweet way to spend the holiday. The start and finish for this race are at 30th Avenue & Kennedy Drive, where runners travel across a double 1.55-mile cross country loop traversing grass, dirt, and trails. The kid’s race starts after the completion of the 5K race. This event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Purchase tickets for this Father’s Day 5K at Golden Gate Park here.

An Evening with Razteria – GGP Bandshell (Music Concourse) – June 24

Fans of multilingual pop music, electronic grooves, and smooth vocals will enjoy an evening with Latin-pop artist Razteria, who will perform songs never heard live with veteran musicians Dave Shul, Waddell Bell, Ronnie Smith, and others. This event is from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Register for this free Latin music event at Golden Gate Park.

Forest Bathing at the Garden – SF Botanical Garden – June 25

Looking for a way to feel more grounded? You may want to check out this opportunity to quiet the mind and destress. During this relaxing 2 to 2 ½-hour walk, a certified Forest Therapy Guide will take you through a series of explorations to help you connect more with nature and experience this form of forest therapy. This event is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It’s suggested to arrive 5-10 minutes early. For more information on forest therapy, visit meridianforesttherapy.org.

RSVP and purchase tickets ($30) for this forest therapy journey.

Power and Creativity in Portraiture with First Exposures – de Young Museum – June 25

Join First Exposures, a nationally-recognized youth photography mentorship program in the San Francisco Bay Area, for pop-up photo opportunities and a talent showcase at the Museum. The event schedule for the day includes the following activities:

  • Photography Showcase at Wilsey Court (10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Pop-Up Portrait Studios at the de Young Café terrace and outside of the Koret Auditorium (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
  • Pop-Up Portrait Studios at the de Young Café terrace and outside of the Koret Auditorium (1 p.m. to 3 p.m.)

There is free admission for these activities, as they are part of Free Saturdays at de Young.

Golden Gate Park Monthly Recurring Events

Recurring monthly events at Golden Gate Park for June 2022 include: 

June 3, 10, 17, 24, 25 – Lakehouse Jazz at Stow Lake Boathouse, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (more details)

June 4, 25 – Sketching in the Galleries at de Young Museum, free Saturdays at 11 a.m.

June 4, 11, 18, 25 – Blankets & Wine Comedy at Polo Field (3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Free. (RSVP here). 

June 5 – Corgi Run Club: GGP Series at Stow Lake Boathouse, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. (more details)

June 5, 12, 19 – “Lindy in the Park” swing dance party, every Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

June 5, 12, 19, 26 – Outdoor Yoga, every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. $16. Get tickets here.

June 5, 12, 19, 26 – Free de Young Museum Day for Bay Area residents (every Saturday) 

June 5, 12, 19, 26 – Golden Gate Park Roller Disco Party at the Skatin’ Place – 6th Ave. and Kennedy Drive from noon – 5 p.m., free (Sundays) 

June 7 – Conservatory of Flowers, free admission on the first Tuesday at 10 a.m.

June 7, 14, 21, 28: Taco Tuesdays at Park Chalet – 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

June 10 – Women and Non-Binary Bike S.F. 7:15 a.m. start – McLaren Lodge (more details

June 11 – NAMI Saturday Strolls (monthly) at Murphy Windmill, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (details

June 11 – Family Art-Making at de Young Museum, free Saturdays at 11 a.m.

June 14 – San Francisco Botanical Garden’s Free Day (2nd Tuesdays) 

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