Say ‘goodbye’ to cabin fever and come explore the Golden Gate Park events in March 2019 that are more than ready to keep you busy and on the run. Think about surrounding yourself with positive energy at an event centered on healing crystals and feel-good vibrations. Celebrate National Women’s History Month with a handful of intriguing activities. Catch a glimpse of the good ol’ days of baseball. Find new art and plants to take home, enjoy exciting outdoor pursuits, and let a variety of experiences promote a sense of wellbeing, relaxation and calm. Just some of the Golden Gate Park March events to consider are listed below:
Plant Sale – SF Botanical Garden – March 2
If you’re feeling like you need a little color in your life, it might be time to browse the Magnolias & Companion Plants offered at the Garden’s March plant sale. Taking place in the Entry Garden, you should head for the Main Gate and Bookstore. The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wonder Women: Golden Gate Park Walking Tour – Kezar Pavillion – March 2
Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun of walking about the park, while listening to stories of ‘Wonder Women of SF’ – those who are pioneers, revolutionaries, artists, and historic influencers. While there are other tours of this kind to enjoy about San Francisco, this is the one that concentrates on Golden Gate Park. The terrain will be mostly flat, and measures around 2 miles long. While this is a free event, donations are appreciated, but not a requirement. The walk lasts from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Kezar Pavillion is located at 755 Stanyan St, S.
Free Guided Trail & Nature Walk – Stow Lake Boathouse – March 2
Step into the month on a healthy foot! Every first Saturday means another round of free guided trail and nature walks at Golden Gate Park are being held. Here, you can make new friends, get fit, and take in the sights of native plants and wildlife. The walk starts at 10 a.m. and lasts until 12 p.m. There is no need to pre-register for this event. Those who are interested will meet at the Boathouse.
1880s Vintage Base Ball Opening Day – Big Rec Field – March 3
Calling all fans of baseball! It’s that time again, when ball players take to the field dressed in their finest vintage style uniforms and use early equipment, like smaller gloves and large wooden bats. Many come to see baseball played by rules set over 100 years ago. This is the first and longest running baseball league of its kind in the Bay Area.
There are two games to be on the lookout for:
- Pelicans vs Sea Lions – Noon
- Pacifics vs Eagles – 3 p.m.
You will find Big Rec Field at 7th Ave and Irving. And, it’s a free event to enjoy.
Monthly Birding Walk in the Garden – SF Botanical Garden – March 3
Expert birders taking a morning stroll through the Garden invite you to join them on this excursion. From 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., get tips on how to spot, identify and understand a wide range of birds that visit and call Golden Gate Park their home. The walk leaves the Main Gate promptly. It is free to enjoy this outing, which takes place on the first Sunday of every month. All levels of bird-loving enthusiasts are welcome.
Story Time & Family Garden Walk – SF Botanical Garden – March 3 & 17
Wide-eyed and attentive…that’s how the Garden likes to see the young attendees of this monthly event. There is no charge to enjoy this event, which takes place at Helen Crocker Russel Library at the Garden on the first and third Sunday of every month at 10:30 a.m. The family, docent-led garden walk follows at 11 a.m. and departs from the Library. Don’t forget…you must RSVP to reserve a spot.
Free Admission Day – Conservatory of Flowers – March 5
The first Tuesday of each month, the Conservatory opens its doors for free to provide locals and visitors with a chance to spend time at one of the oldest buildings in Golden Gate Park. There are five galleries of aquatic plants, tropical specimens, potted plants, and lowland beauties for you to explore. You never know what to expect with their special exhibits. The hours of operation for the Conservatory are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays to Sundays. For more information, you can call (415) 831-2090.
Nightlife & Death – California Academy of Sciences – March 7
This week, the Academy joins forces with the Reimagine End of Life festival to answer questions dealing with mortality in the natural world. The night will be filled with plenty of science, art and discussion. Just some of the people who will be on hand throughout the evening are Reimagine founder and musician Brad Wolfe, Sean Mulholland (IDEO), Angelica Ekeke (One World Journalist), and Natalia Vigil (Still Here). Other highlights for the night include the ‘Good Grief’ comedy show, interactive art installations, and a planetarium show centered on the death of stars. DJ Juan Luna-Avin will provide music for the night.
Thursday NightLife events start at 6 p.m. and last until 10 p.m. You must be 21 years or older to gain entry…and I.D.s will be checked. Admission for this fun-filled event is $12 for members and $15 for non-members.
DSE Track Workout – Kezar Stadium Track – March 7, 14, 21, 28
If you’re looking for a regular workout this month, Golden Gate Park has you covered. The Stadium Track is found on 670 Kezar Drive, which is located on the north side. Join in on the fun with the Dolphin South End Runners from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. DSE members pay $3 for this experience, while non-members are charged $5.
A Night of Native Plants – SF Botanical Garden – March 8
California is home to more than 5,000 native plant species, and nearly 1/3 of them have been listed as rare or endangered. Matt Ritter, author of California Plants: A Guide to our Iconic Flora and A Californian’s Guide to the Trees Among Us, will hold a presentation at the Garden followed by a conversation involving the Executive Director of the California Native Plant Society. Come hear fascinating stories and view spectacular photos. A handful of native plants will also be available for sale. You can also get your book signed after the presentation, and if you don’t have one on hand, some are available for purchase. This event is scheduled to run from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free for SFBGS and CNPS Members, while general admission costs $10. To RSVP and purchase tickets, click here.
Great San Francisco Crystal Fair – SF County Fair Building – March 9 & 10
It’s time to get energized this month, and we know just the thing to get you started. Come explore the goods offered by a collection of vendors that come from around the world to share their gems, minerals, beads, and one-of-a-kind jewelry. This two-day event puts you in touch with psychics, healers, aura readers, massage therapists, and many other resources that’ll encourage you to relax and release tension. The price of admission is $12 (which gets you in on Saturday and Sunday, if you like). Children under 12 enter for free. The fair hours are: Saturday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). For more information, you can email [email protected] or visit crystalfair.com.
Windmill 10K – Dutch Windmill – March 10
The course for this race, which takes place in the midst of the beautiful windmills of Golden Gate Park, starts with an eastbound run up Kennedy Drive. Head for the intersection just before McLaren Lodge (Kezar Drive/Second Barricade), turn around, and then return towards the same way you started – the finish line will be waiting for you.
Race day registration is cash only, from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. During this time, until 8:55 a.m., you can check in for the race, which promptly begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 11 a.m. The cost for this event is $3 for standard members and $5 for non-members. Children 12 and under run for free. All participants ages 13-17 are charged $3.
Garden Songs with Meadowlark Music Class – SF Botanical Garden – March 10
Awaken and encourage your child’s interest or love of music with an excellent class in exploration. Meeting in the meadow under the shelter of trees, the class includes play-along instruments, movement, sing along folk songs, interactive puppet show, and the sounds of the Celtic harp. Interested parties depart from the Garden’s Main Gate.
The classes take place every month on the second Sunday of every month. There are two different sessions to participate in:
- 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
- 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
To purchase tickets, which range in cost from $10 to $23, click here. There’s even a 50% off sibling rate to take advantage of!
Free Day Garden Tour – SF Botanical Garden – March 12
If you’re a resident of San Francisco City & County (and bring proof of your residency), admission is free to enjoy this tour of the Garden, as well as gain admission. Learn about the history of this popular attraction, as well as catch sight of a few resident critters. The tour runs an hour and 15 minutes long. It is also free for non-residents (with the price of $9 admission). Those who are interested will meet at the Main Gate. For more information, you can call (415) 661-1316 (ext 412) or email [email protected].
AI NightLife – California Academy of Sciences – March 14
Artificial intelligence has been and continues to change our lives in ways we can only dream of. Tonight, the Academy invites you to explore and learn about some of the latest technological advancements that include blockchains and future innovations. Students representing the California College of the Arts and other Bay Area robotics groups will also present interactive projects that’ll help expand your mind.
Thursday NightLife events kick off at 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. This is a 21 and over only party, so make sure to bring valid identification to prove you’re old enough to hang. The cost to attend this event is $12 for members and $15 for non-members.
Retired Teachers’ Sale – Sharon Art Studio – March 17
From crocheted children’s toys to handcraft wooden artworks, come see the talent of retired teachers and bring home ceramics, fine art, glassworks, textiles, and many other creations. The sale begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.
Also, in the Ceramics Studio, there will be free ceramics hand building for all to enjoy. It’s open to all ages, and will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each person is allotted 30 minutes for this activity. Parents should accompany children under the age of 10.
The Sharon Art Studio is located at 300 Bowling Green Drive. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will go to FOSAS (Friends of Sharon Art Studio).
Magnolia Full Moon Walk – SF Botanical Garden – March 19
Magnolias at the Garden look glorious under the light of the moon, which is why it’s special to experience a docent-led tour after dark. Don’t miss a thing and bring a flashlight along with you. The walk continues if the sky is foggy or clear, but heavy rain will cancel the event. To purchase tickets ($28 for members and $30 for non-members), click here. The walk will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Jurassic NightLife – California Academy of Sciences – March 21
Dino lovers unite! Travel back in time when the T-Rex and Stegosaurus roamed the earth. In celebration of creatures that once lived 75 million years ago (during the Late Cretaceous period), this NightLife is all about the dinosaurs. Complete with life-size dinosaur animatronics, a live performance by Awesome Orchestra is sure to impress, sharing some of the most iconic tunes from the Jurassic Park soundtrack. DJ Saurus (the Prehistoric B-Boy) will also provide music for the night. And, that’s just some of what to expect.
All of the festivities occur between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Be prepared to show valid I.D. because this is an adults-only event. Members are charged $12 to attend this gathering, while non-members pay $15.
2019 Spring Equinox Ritual – Magic Meadow – March 23 An equinox takes place twice a year, with the first around March 20th. It’s during this time that the plane of the Earth’s equator passes the center of the Sun. This month, you can partake in a ritual that celebrates this event. It begins at 1 p.m., and it doesn’t cost a thing. The Magic Meadow is found at 1st Avenue & Lincoln Way.
Rainbow Falls Headstart 2.75M – Kennedy & Transverse Drives – March 24
The start of this course runs east on Kennedy Drive towards Stanyan Street. When you reach the barricade before Kezar Drive, you’ll turn around and head back the way you came to find the finish line. Register on race day from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. (they only take cash). Check-in is from 8 a.m. to 8:55 a.m. with a prompt race start at 9 a.m. (and is scheduled until 10 a.m.) The event costs $3 for standard members and $5 for non-members. Children 12 and under are not charged to participate. Runners ages 13-17 pay $3.
NightLife Spotlight: Women in Science – California Academy of Sciences – March 28
In celebration of National Women’s History Month, the Academy is shining a spotlight on women hailing from the Bay Area who have made a difference in science. Experts in all sorts of areas will be on hand to answer your questions on topics that include the rainforest, microbes, infectious diseases, and coral reefs. For the night, DJ Lady Ryan will entertain and keep you moving to the beat.
Doors open at 6 p.m. for the Thursday NightLife festivities with all the fun ending at 10 p.m. The admission for this event is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. You must show proper identification to prove that you are at least 21 years old – this is an adults-only party.
Children’s Author Talk and Family Yoga – SF Botanical Garden – March 31
You are invited to attend a special Yoga Bird event that features local author and illustrator Whitney Littlewood and Erin Sainte Augustine. They’ve written a new book that helps kids explore the joys of yoga, nature and community. Gather at the Library to listen to a story, enjoy an art activity, and purchase books for signing. An optional family yoga class will take place outdoors in the Fragrance Garden – led by the author. There is no cost to bring the kiddies to this event, which is scheduled to run from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
To register for this free event, click here.