There certainly isn’t a shortage of activities and fun to explore in San Francisco, especially with all of the planned Golden Gate Park events for March 2018. Chocolate lovers will squeal at the variety of sweets assembled in one place. Flower lovers and plant enthusiasts will have plenty to do and see. Come discover the artistic side of the park, or get lost in the intrigue of murder mystery or robotics. Easter events include egg hunts for both the kiddies… and our four-legged friends. With something for everyone, you’re going to want to whip out your calendar to mark the following Golden Gate Park events:
How-to NightLife: Plant Lover Edition – California Academy of Sciences – March 1
Plants fans will certainly have a field day with the festivities scheduled for the first NightLife event in the month of March. There will be opportunities to learn plant-care and gardening tips for San Francisco growers. Head for Chlorophyl Corner in Project Lab to gain newfound plant knowledge, such as information on air plants and carnivorous plants. Come view the illustrations of Sean Edgerton, who will share specimens from the botany collection. Other highlights include an education on the art of Bonsai; art-making that transforms recycled materials into a unique plant container; servings of the Academy’s signature beer, Magnolia’s Aliciella Bitter; and a talk by curator Dr. Nathalie Nagalingum.
Thursday NightLife events are a feature of the Academy on a weekly basis, and are only open to those who belong to the 21-and-over crowd. You must show a valid I.D. at the door in order to gain entrance. Ticket costs are $12 for Academy members and $15 for non-members. The festivities begin at 6 p.m., and usually finish up around 10 p.m.
Other Thursday NightLife events to look forward to for March 2018 will include the following:
- March 8 – Curious Creatures: Calling all animal lovers! A few animal guests will stop by the West Garden, including a two-toed sloth, snakes, spiders, and other critters. These shows will take place at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Squid fans will also want to check out the night’s fun.
- March 15 – Brain & Body Nightlife: Come explore the fascinating ins and outs of the human body, with special attention paid to health and wellness. Demonstrations, talks, a silent disco at the Coral Reef, and silent disco yoga at the Aquarium are just some of activities on the agenda.
- March 22 – Robot Nightlife: Take a walk on the robotic side. African Hall will host a handful of robotics companies, as they show off their latest inventions. Anki self-driving race cars are sure to entertain. Noise Pop will also be on hand to provide the tunes for all of your robot moves.
- March 29 – Nightlife Spotlight: In celebration of National Women’s History Month, the spotlight for the evening will focus on you guessed it, women in science. Find out more about the first female collections managers and curators at the Academy, as well as listen to a panel discussion presented by 500 Women Scientists.
Teens Take Action! – de Young Museum – March 2
The exhibition, Revelations: Art from the African American South, will serve as a learning experience and inspiration for teenagers. Discussions related to human rights, race and equality will take center stage. Teen-led performances, local youth organizations, gallery activities, music, dance, and collective art making will all be part of the event, which is slated to take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Keep in mind that this is an event for teens only. High schoolers who bring a valid ID card are granted free admission. For more information, contact Tina Wiley, the Teen Programs Coordinator, at (415) 750-3520 or [email protected] .
Volunteer at SF Botanical Garden: Info Tour – SF County Fair Building – March 3
It doesn’t cost a thing to attend a one-hour walking tour of the Garden and learn more about the volunteer opportunities available at the Garden. Did you know that more than 40,000 hours of service are completed by volunteers every year? Space is limited, so it’s recommended to sign up for this event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Participants will meet in front of the County Fair Building at 9th Avenue & Lincoln Way.
Plant Sale – SF Botanical Garden – March 3
It’s that time of the year, when the Botanical Garden of San Francisco shares their love of plants and flowers with locals. The first monthly sale of the year kicks off with a celebration and display of magnolias and companion plants. You’ll find all of the color and fragrance in the Entry Garden (located near the Main Gate and Bookstore), from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
1880s Vintage Base Ball Opening Day – Big Rec Field – March 4
Have you ever wondered how sports were played when they first hit the scene? This month, you’ll get a chance to see how early baseball games were orchestrated. Come to Big Rec Field for Opening Day of a brand new season, where players take to the field following the rules of the 1880s. Wearing vintage style uniforms and relying on vintage style equipment (like smaller gloves and larger wooden bats) to hit homeruns, players have been gathering annually for 10 years now to put on a show for the Bay Area. This event is free for all, and involves a noon game between the Eagles and Pacifics, and a 3 p.m. game between the Sea Lions and Pelicans.
Free Day at the Conservatory – Conservatory of Flowers – March 6
You get to enter the Conservatory free of charge, where you’ll be able to explore 1,700 species of plants that represent 50 countries. This offer is available on the first Tuesday of each month.
San Francisco Summer Resource Fair – Hall of Flowers – March 10
If you’re wondering what will entertain the children, older kids and families in the summertime, the Hall of Flowers at the SF Country Fair Building is hosting a free fair to introduce you to local options. Come between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to learn about internships, volunteer opportunities, Rec & Park programs, and summer camps. The SF Public Library will also give away books. There will be more than 200 exhibitors in one place, with solutions to keep every age group busy this summer. Some tables have arranged activities, arts and crafts, sports, and other fun for the event.
Windmill 10K – Dutch Windmill – March 11
Every month, Golden Gate Park hosts at least one running event, and every year, many look forward to participating in the Windmill 10K. A start time of 9 a.m. is scheduled for the race, which travels eastbound up Kennedy Drive to the intersection before you hit McLaren Lodge (Kezar Drive/Second Barricade). When you turn around, you’ll head back the same way you came to the finish line. The cost to participate is free for ages up to 12 years old, $3 for 13-17 year olds, and for the 18 and over crowd ($3 dollars for members and $5 dollars for non-members). For more details on the race, call the DSE HOTLINE at (415) 978-0837 or check out http://dserunners.com/events/race-schedule/.
Succulent Terrarium Workshop – SF Botanical Garden – March 11
Succulents make a fun new project for gardeners, and make an eye-catching addition to living rooms and other interior spaces. The Garden is hosting a workshop (from 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.) that could turn into your new creative addiction. Here, you will learn about design techniques and care tips for succulents. Then, you’ll have a wide range of the plants at your disposal, where you can choose some and create your own glass orb terrarium. With lots of hands-on assistance and demonstrations planned, you’re sure to have a fun time. All materials are included in the fees for this workshop: $44 (members) and $49 (non-members).
San Francisco Chocolate Salon – SF County Fair Building – March 11
Calling all chocolate lovers! The 12th annual SF Chocolate Salon treats you to a chocolate tasting, chef discussions, wine tasting and interviews. Just some of the participants to look forward to include R & J Toffees, The Cocoa Exchange, La Chatelaine Chocolat Co., MomYvonnne’s Candy Co., Amano Artisan Chocolate, and Kindred Cooks Caramels. From 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., this is the place to be to savor the tastes of premium, gourmet and artisan chocolate edibles. Your entry fee of $20 (in advance) and $30 at the door includes access to tastings of all chocolate and confections.
Bouquets to Art 2018 – de Young Museum – March 13 to March 18
Flower lovers often flock to this yearly event, which lasts for a week and showcases the talents of florists that hail from all across the globe. Organized by the San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums, there will be lectures, guest speakers, demos, and plenty of creative flower displays to take in.
Artist demonstrations planned for the weeklong event include:
- March 14 (10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.): “Flowers, Untamed” with Emily Thompson
- March 14 (2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.): “Order and Chaos: Apollo and Dionysus in the French Garden” with Zahid Sardar – A book signing will also be held.
- March 15 (10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.): “Reclaiming the Past: Old-World Florals for Today” with Kiana Underwood.
- March 15 (6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.): “Making Midcentury Modern” with Christopher Kennedy plus a lecture.
To purchase tickets for this exciting event, click here.
Botanicals and Brews – Conservatory of Flowers – March 16
The Bay Area is known for supporting a wide range of local brew masters, and the Conservatory provides you with opportunities to discover a new one throughout the year. In March, Headlands and Pedro Point Brewing will take over the Victorian greenhouse. Come check out the ales and lagers of Headlands, and Belgium-style brews and IPAs from Pedro Point. General admission costs $27, which includes a complimentary craft brew of your choice. Become a Master Brewer for $75, and enjoy an exclusive tasting flight, souvenir beer flight glass, and a $10 food credit for the onsite beer garden food trucks. Both tickets provide access to the Conservatory from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. To get your ticket, click here.
Yoga in the Garden – SF Botanical Garden – March 17
Golden Gate Park is an ideal place to exercise, relax, and let go. For example, the Garden hosts monthly outdoor yoga sessions from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Classes are led by accredited instructor Sarah Allison, who makes sure you get a chance to explore different areas of the Garden during your sessions. All levels are welcome, which costs $18 for members and $20 for non-members. Keep in mind that heavy rain cancels this event. To get tickets for this event, click here.
Spring Equinox: Magic Meadow Ritual – Magic Meadow – March 17
Another free event taking place in March is the celebration of the Spring Equinox, which includes a pagan ritual kicking off at 1 p.m. The post-ritual feast often includes food and non-alcohol beverages that participants have brought to share with others. Some come with flowers and musical instruments. An egg hunt for the kiddies is expected to take place after the ritual.
Free Ceramics Studio Day – Sharon Arts Studio – March 18
Open to all ages, come enjoy a day of ceramics handbuilding for free at Sharon Arts Studio, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Every person will enjoy a 30-minute session. In addition to exploring your own creativity, there will also be a Retired Teachers Craft Sale where you can purchase fine art prints, woodworks, textiles, jewelry, photos, knitted items, and even stuffed animals.
SF Bay Area Science Fair: Public Viewing Day – Hall of Flowers – March 20
Science projects and experiments will set up shop at the Hall of Flowers at the San Francisco County Fair Building, and you’re invited to this free event. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you’ll have a chance to browse the hard work of local students who have conducted and have on display a wide range of science exploration.
9th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs – Old Speedway Meadow – March 24
Dogs like celebrating Easter too! With that being said, bring your furry friend to this annual egg hunt, which offers the promise of valuable prizes and tasty treats. Dogs will sniff out the eggs, while their ‘family’ cheers them on as they munch on finger foods and enjoy the wares of local vendors. Dogs and children (under 12) enter for no charge.
Rain or shine, the schedule of events includes:
- Check-in: 12-12:30 p.m.
- Egg Hunt: 1 p.m. on the dot
- Raffle – 1:30 p.m.
All of the proceeds for this event will go towards helping Muttville Senior Dog Rescue.
Amazing Scavenger Race Picnic – Golden Gate Park – March 25
There’s a fun activity taking place from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., that’s a jumble of Cranium, ‘Amazing Race’ and ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos,’ and Golden Gate Park will serve as the location for the afterparty – a picnic for the scavenger hunt participants. To purchase a ticket for this event (which costs $100) and learn more about the competition, click here.
Rainbow Falls Headstart 2.75M – Kennedy & Transverse Drive – March 25
The start and finish for this race will take place at Kennedy & Transverse Drive. Runners will tackle a course that begins on Kennedy towards Stanyan Street before turning around at the barricade before Kezar Drive, and returning the same way back to the finish line. To obtain additional information for the special race timing and rules for this event, check out the Dolphins South End Runners March newsletter. This event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Painting from the Garden – SF Botanical Garden – March 25
If you’re looking to perfect your skills in capturing the beauty of botanical watercolors, don’t miss out on this workshop, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join artist Sally Petru, who will present important steps and techniques related to producing life-like botanical art. In addition to watercolors, you’ll also sketch compositions in graphite. If you like, pack a lunch for the day. Those who sign up will receive a materials list. To participate, expect to pay a fee of $80 (members) or $95 (non-members).
Murder at the Conservatory – Conservatory of Flowers – March 30
If you’d like to take a few steps in the shoes of Sherlock Holmes, consider spending your Friday night at the Conservatory from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. – helping to solve a murder mystery. The theme for the evening is The Mystery of the Immortal Elixir, which involves a cryptic manuscript touching upon an odd encyclopedia of plants. Will you be able to crack the case? General admission ($105) buys you an entry fee, light bites, and a complimentary glass of beer or wine. For an extra $15, enjoy a guided tour of the Conservatory’s Victorian history (which unfolds an hour before the murder mystery fun begins).
To purchase tickets and save your spot for this event, click here.
Eggstravaganza Easter in the Park – Sharon Meadow – March 31
If you’re looking for a family-friendly outing at the end of the year, Sharon Meadow will host its annual Eggstravaganza from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., where live entertainment, kiddie activities, carnival rides, and egg hunts provide amusement for all ages. You won’t want to miss the lively BBQ competition that will take place between Rec and Park, SF Police and SF Fire departments. The cost to enjoy this event is $8, with kids up to the age of two enjoying the festivities for free.