If you’re ready to dust off your bike, stretch your legs, or take a scenic walk, we have plenty of active pursuits that assist you in appropriately welcoming the spring season. Golden Gate Park events in March 2017 can also help you celebrate the season marked by blooming flowers, pleasant weather, and plenty of activities that get you out and about. From enjoying a break from electronics that is good for your health to taking a sporty walk back into history, don’t forget to check out the following Golden Gate Park events:

How To: Foodie NightLife – California Academy of Sciences – March 2

Thursday nights at the Academy come alive with various themed activities, exhibits, demonstrations, and exciting fun. For the month of March, there will be five NightLife events to look forward to, with the first event concentrating on food. In the East Pavilion, Chef Skills offers a Kernza bread and butter-making workshop at 7:30 p.m. Kirk Lombard treats fish lovers how to prep and filet fish in a sustainable manner. The Project Lab delivers entertaining ‘Tricks of the Kitchen.’ Ritual Coffee will be on hand to teach you the art of brewing a perfect cup. The Terrace opens up to share Wine Tasting Tips from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Helping to set the mood for the night are DJs Turquoise Wisdom (Zach Cowie) and Andy Cabic in the Piazza.

Thursday NightLife events at the Academy are only for those who are 21-and-up. Showing a valid I.D. is required at the door in order to gain entrance. Ticket costs are $12 for Academy members and $15 for non-members. This event starts at 6 p.m., and usually ends around 10 p.m.

Additional Thursday NightLife events scheduled for March 2017 include the following:

  • March 9: Brain & Body NightLife – In an exploration of the intriguing realm of human health and wellness, consider checking out the Mind, Body, Earth Connection in African Hall; important information from an immunotherapist; and participate in yoga accompanied by a live DJ set in the Piazza.
  • March 16: Nocturnal NightLife – The fascinating world of creatures associated with the night take center stage, which includes a two-toed sloth and a porcupine as special guests. With the assistance of the Green Art Workshop, you will learn how to make your own lantern fashioned out of recycled coffee cans and tea tins. DJ Aaron Axelsen spins tunes for the night in the Piazza.
  • March 23: Robot NightLife – If robots interest you, then the NightLife planned for this week should provide a fascinating experience that includes viewing the technological advancements of a handful of robotics companies that will be showing off their work in African Hall; innovative robotic healthcare with Catalia Health; and self-driving race cars with Anki. Two special presentations of Robots in Space will take place in the Planetarium. Entertainment for the night will also include a live performance by Lusine, a DJ set by Gina Turner, and music presented by Noise Pop.
  • March 30: TBA

Magnolias & More Plant Sale – SF Botanical Gardens – March 4

If you’re a flower enthusiast or simply trying to add a little color to your personal spaces, the San Francisco Botanical Garden hosts public plant sales nearly every month. The first sale for 2017 will concentrate on providing Bay Area residents with Magnolias and Companion Plants, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale will take place in the Entry Garden near the Main Gate and Bookstore.

‘Unplugged’14-Mile Bike Ride Tour – California Academy of Sciences – March 4

Join the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition to take advantage of the benefits associated with the National Day of Unplugging, and link up with a diverse group of people interested in participating in a ‘symbolic ride of unity’ that will touch upon various interfaith landmarks throughout the city. Although the event costs nothing, an RSVP is required, and you might want to bring along a few bucks to spend on food and drinks. The bike ride is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will follow a relaxed pace with multiple stops in a no-drop ride (including a pause at the Saint John Coltrane Church for water and music.

Guided Trail and Nature Walk – Stow Lake – March 4

When it comes to catching sight of inspiring flora and fauna native to the Bay Area, Stow Lake is an ideal location to visit. Free guided trail and nature walks take place on the first Saturday of every month, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., with participants meeting at the Boathouse. Before the walk kicks off, stretch with others, and prepare yourself to embrace all of the healthy aspects of this outing. Please note that the trail walks are canceled when rain and unsafe conditions arise.

Future Stow Lake walks are also scheduled to take place on:

  • April 1
  • May 6

Windmill 10K – Dutch Windmill – March 5

Golden Gate Park will serve as the race location for a 10K that takes you up through Kennedy Drive towards McLaren Lodge (Kezar Drive/Second Barricade), where runners will then turn around and come back the same way to find the finish line. With a start time of 9 a.m., this race is scheduled to finish at 10:30 a.m.

In order to participate in the Windmill 10K, you must pay the following entry fees: $3 for members (18 and over) and 13-17 year olds; and $5 for non-members (18 and over). Runners aged up to 12 years old can participate for free. To register online and get answers to any questions, visit http://dserunners.com/events/race-schedule/ or call (415) 978-0837.

1880s Vintage Base Ball Opening Day – Big Rec Field – March 5

It’s not every day that you get to take a peek into an historic sport’s past, but every year at Golden Gate Park, the 1880’s come alive with the sound of large wooden bats, the swish of old style uniforms, and smaller gloves ready to field balls. Many come to enjoy the sight of the first and longest running vintage base ball league in the Bay Area – played by those who are serious about upholding historical accuracy of the game. The festivities begin at 12 p.m. at Big Rec Field, which is located on Lincoln Way and 7th Ave., and is free to the public. Opening day will present a game between the Pacifics (away team) and the Sea Lions (home team).

Introduction to Botanical Art in Watercolor– SF Botanical Garden – March 8

Join artist Sally Petru and others for a watercolor workshop that focuses on the beauty of creating life-like botanical art, where you’ll learn how to draw and shape artwork with your newfound knowledge of pigment, water, brushes, and paper. A materials list will be provided, and it’s not necessary to have any art experience either. Your fresh-flower subjects for the workshop will come from the San Francisco Botanical Garden. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost to participate in this event is $80 for members and $95 for non-members.

“Spring Forward” Walking Tours – Japanese Tea Garden/East End – March 12

What better way to take in a sunny day than with a walk throughout one of the most-visited parks in the U.S.? San Francisco provides many opportunities to enjoy a nice day, and free guided walks about the city. To celebrate the ‘changing of the clocks’ for Daylight Savings Time, Golden Gate Park offers the following excursion options: Japanese Tea Garden (11 a.m.), Haight-Ashbury (11 a.m.), and East End of Golden Gate Park (1 p.m.). Please note that if you want to visit the gardens at the Japanese Tea Garden, an admission charge is expected to be paid.

Bouquets to Art – de Young Museum – March 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19

The galleries of the de Young Museum are set to blossom in mid-March for a collection of flower-inspired art, talks and demonstrations. Held from March 14 to March 19, Bouquets to Art shine a spotlight on some of the most sought-after floral designers from the Bay Area who gain inspiration from pieces within the de Young’s collections to create elaborate, eye-catching, and moving floral arrangements. A few programs to note during Bouquets to Art include:

  • March 14 (2 p.m.): Textural Woodlands and Botanical Haute Couture, Lecture & Demonstration by Françoise Weeks
  • March 15 (10 a.m.): A Passion for Monet, Lecture by Elizabeth Murray
  • March 15 (2 p.m.): From Ballet to Blooms, Lecture & Demonstration by Mark Welford and Stephen Wicks
  • March 16 (10 a.m.): Cultivating a Natural Aesthetic: Lush, Loose, Organic Spring Bouquets, Lecture & Demonstration by Ariella Chezar
  • March 16: (2 p.m.): Transforming Spaces: Lessons from a Dream-Maker Event Planner, Lecture by J. Riccardo Benavides

For more information on this event, you can contact (415) 750-3504.

Cycle for Nature: A Nature Lover’s Ride through the Bay – Golden Gate Park – March 17

If you’re a nature lover, you might want to mark your calendar for a beautiful ride throughout San Francisco with the help of Streets of San Francisco Bike Tours and Mr. Science Chris Giorni. From 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., it costs nothing to take in the sights of green and local critters while bicycling about the city. The bike tour will visit the Panhandle, Golden Gate Park sights, down towards Spreckels Lake, and the Beach Chalet, where you can enjoy a variety of snacks and drinks. Along the way, you’ll also learn facts about native trees, flowers, animals, and historic landmarks found in the park.

Spring Equinox Ritual – Magic Meadow – March 18

Have you ever experienced a pagan ritual before? Now, here’s your chance at Golden Gate Park with the Magic Meadow Ritual to celebrate the Spring Equinox. Usually, there is an egg hunt for the kids following the ritual. Come with flowers, musical instruments, food and non-alcohol drinks to share with others. The Magic Meadow is located at 41st Avenue & Lincoln Way, and this gathering will start at 1 p.m.

Free Ceramics Studio Day – Sharon Art Studio – March 19

In addition to a free ceramics studio day, the Sharon Arts Studio will host a Retired Teachers Craft Sale held in the Glass Studio from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In the Ceramics Studio, you will find complimentary ceramics handbuilding open to all ages from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Sharon Art Studio is located at 300 Bowling Green Lane.

San Francisco Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon Series – West End of GGP – March 26

The starting line for this half marathon event hosted by the United Airlines (which takes participants throughout the Bay Area and over the Golden Gate Bridge) is at Golden Gate Park (John F Kennedy Dr & 36th Ave). With a start time of 6:15 a.m., the event finishes at Civic Center Plaza with an allotted completion time of four hours. For more information, click here.

The Making of the Book, The Bold Dry Garden – SF Botanical Garden – March 30

The Helen Crocker Russell Library will host a discussion with Sunset Magazine garden editor Johanna Silver, who will speak on the making of her book, The Bold Dry Garden. The event begins at 7 p.m. Copies of the book will also be on hand for purchase and signing. It is free to attend this talk. For more information on this event, click here.