Golden Gate Park events in March had to wait an extra day to make their debut (thanks to Leap Year), but here they are—activities and events that include a haunted Stow Lake jaunt, interactive workshops, and a chocolate lover’s paradise. Get your calendars out and add the art, music-, flower-, science-, and culture-related events that catch your eye for March.

Women in Science NightLife – California Academy of Sciences – March 5

In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Academy shines a spotlight on women in science for their first NightLlife gathering of the month. Local scientists from Stanford, UCSF, and the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory will join in on the fun to discuss topics like viruses, genetic testing, coral reefs, and ecological systems. A hands-on printmaking activity centers on research associated with Joshua Tree National Park. The Academy’s mesmerizing scientific collections will be on display, including a history of those built and overseen by women.

Music for the night comes courtesy of DJ LadyRyan.

The Thursday NightLife party lasts from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. You must be 21 years or older to gain entry (you must show valid I.D. at the door). Click here to purchase your ticket.

Free Guided Trail & Nature Walk – Stow Lake – March 7

It’s that time again…to enjoy a free guided nature walk throughout one of the best parks in the U.S. Stay fit as you explore native plants and wildlife of your city. So, what are you waiting for? Put on those walking shoes, dress comfortably, and get ready to move in March.

This activity takes place every first Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. There’s no need to pre-register—simply show up at 10 a.m. at the Boathouse.

Windmill 10KDutch Windmill – March 8

Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour; it’s the first day of daylight savings, and you don’t want to miss out on this run. This course takes runners eastbound up Kennedy Drive to the intersection before you hit McLaren Lodge (Kezar Drive/Second Barricade). Then, there’s a turnaround. Runners return the same way they came to the finish line. This race starts at 9 a.m.

For more information on fees and other details, click here.

In Conversation: Music & Civil Rights w/ Marilynn Fowler – de Young Museum – March 7

Join KPOO Radio’s Marilynn Fowler for a live and in-person talk on music and Civil Rights as part of the Museum’s Soul of a Nation exhibition. Fowler incorporates her knowledge of hip hop, gospel, blues, reggae, jazz, and salsa into her discussion, highlighting the importance of music used as a story-telling device for social change.

This event will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Piazzoni Murals Room.

The program is part of the Free Saturdays celebration of the exhibition, Soul of a Nation. Keep in mind that seating for this experience is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Intergenerational Legacy: Poetry with “Swell Mel” Phillips – de Young Museum – March 7

Uplift your morn with poetry readings and music with Melvin Phillips, which pays homage to elders and ancestors from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Gather in the Piazzoni Murals Room for this free program, which is part of the Museum’s Free Saturdays lineup.

Free Workshop: Grafting Scion Roses – Hall of Flowers – March 8

If you’re a rose lover, join the San Francisco Rose Society in the Recreation Room to give a listen to rose hybridizer Burling Leong, who has more than 30 years of experience in the nursery industry. Learn how to graft “scion roses onto rootstock. This is a free event that starts at 1 p.m.

Retired Educators’ Craft Sale – Sharon Art Studio – March 8

Need new art to freshen up your place? Sharon Art Studio is hosting a craft sale featuring the masterpieces of retired educators. Come show local artists a little love by giving a new home to their ceramics, paintings, textiles, and other artworks. This event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To RSVP for this free and open-to-the-public event, click here.

SpiceLife – California Academy of Sciences – March 12

A science-fueled showcase of hot peppers heats up the evening’s conversation with a lineup of activities, special guests, and edibles that’ll definitely spice up your Thursday night. Find out how peppers affect your nervous system. Learn the ins and outs of capsaicin—the compound responsible for the fiery burning sensation on your tongue after eating a habanero pepper. Work up a sweat with Cuban salsa dancing lessons with Rueda Con Ritmo. Other highlights include the history of the spice trade, a free live planetarium show, and music by SAzon Libre D.J.s.

Thursday NightLife events run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. You must be 21 or older to participate; have your valid identification ready to flash. Get your tickets here.

Free Haunted Hike at Stow Lake – Stow Lake – March 14

Thanks to the Halloween Addicts Group Support, you can enjoy a scare in the middle of March.

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., join the crew for a free haunted hike and spinning of tales, like one of the most well-known ghost stories in San Francisco. Meet outside the Boathouse at 6 p.m.

Interactive Workshops with Hip Hop For Change – de Young Museum – March 14

Join Oakland’s grassroots activists Hip Hop For Change! for an exploration of socio-economic injustices and advocate solutions as it relates to Hip Hop culture from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Write your own rap verses in the Word Up! workshop, which digs deep into the art of rap styles and techniques.
  • The fast-paced Breaking Barriers workshop illustrates fundamental break dancing moves and other Hip Hop dance styles.
  • The Write On! workshop takes a look at graffiti art.
  • And if scratch records, turntables, and music blends have always interested you, the Go D.J.! workshop is not to be missed.

The interactive workshops take place in the Piazzoni Murals Room and are part of the closing weekend for the exhibition Soul of a Nation.

In Wilsey Court, enjoy performances by:

  • UnLearn The World
  • Khafre Jay
  • Tone Oliver
  • Daylite
  • Deejay Saurus

This is a free event as part of the Free Saturdays program.

Nature Printing the Spring Garden – S.F. Botanical Garden – March 14

Looking for a unique way to flex your mixed-media skills?

The Garden is hosting a printmaking exploration of Nature Printing, which touches upon botanical printing, plant-pressing, watercolor paints, and hand coloring. After demonstrations, a printing session follows, and participants will use fresh flowers, foliage, and feathers to make hand-pressed compositions with ink and paper.

Here’s the perfect opportunity to take home beautiful works of art that reflect the exquisiteness of antique botanical prints.

This workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fee for this experience is $110, with an additional $10 materials fee collected on the day of the workshop. To get your ticket, click here.

Analog NightLife – California Academy of Sciences – March 19

Say “goodbye” to your cell phones and “hello” to a night dedicated to all things analog—how will you manage in this phone-free environment? Every guest will be asked to temporarily unplug and place their phone in a small, secure case during the event. Don’t worry, you’ll have access to several “unlock” stations around the museum. Throughout the night, browse computer-free art, music, and film, as well as enjoy creative hands-on crafts and music by OhHellNoel.

This party lasts from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and is only for the 21-and-over crowd. Be prepared to show valid identification at the door. Buy your tickets here.

San Francisco Chocolate Salon – S.F. County Fair Building – March 21

Here’s an event for the ultimate chocolate lover! The 14th annual S.F. International Chocolate Salon sets up shop in Golden Gate Park, and you won’t want to miss it. Come sample a collection of the smoothest, sweetest, and most unique chocolates from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Past participants have included Socola Chocolatier, CocoTutti Chocolates, Z Cioccolato, Fookie, and Kindred Cooks Caramels. Tickets cost $20 and are $30 at the door.

Frida Kahlo: Opening Day Curator Lecture – de Young Museum – March 21

Calling all Kahlo fans! Join curator Circe Henestrosa and advising curator Gannit Ankori in celebration of opening day for the exhibition Frida Kahlo: Appearances can be Deceiving. Take an in-depth look at the exhibition’s themes: fashion, identity, and disabilities. Henestrosa gives a talk from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Ankori speaks on the construction of identity from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This is a free event held at Koret Auditorium. Theater tickets are distributed an hour before the talk. Keep in mind that theater tickets do not include admission to the exhibition.

Live Music & Dance Performances – de Young Museum – March 21

Attention: de Young Museum’s Wilsey Court is hosting live dance and music performances of Mariachi Juvenil La Mision and Cuicacalli Escuela de Danza SF from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. All this fun is part of opening day festivities celebrating the Frida Kahlo: Appearances can be Deceiving exhibition. As the sounds of violin, guitar, trumpets, and vihuela fill the air, take time to enjoy some of the other activities being held in conjunction with the Frida Kahlo exhibition.

There is no cost to enjoy this event; it is part of the Free Saturdays program.

Venom NightLife – California Academy of Sciences – March 26

The Academy’s newest exhibit, Venom, celebrates dangerous creatures that’ll take over the night for this 21-and-over party.

Pose next to a 40-foot Mexican red-knee tarantula or seven-spotted lady beetle as you wait for your cocktail at the outdoor bar. In between the animatronic scorpions, spiders, and ants, get an up-close view of the real deal—live spiders, scorpions, jellyfish, and snakes. Seeing some of the most toxic specimens in the scientific collections includes poisonous plants and native invertebrates.  And if you’ve ever wondered how to identify that pesky poison oak, the Academy has you covered. Starfari provides music for the night.

You must show valid identification to gain entry to the Thursday NightLife festivities. Doors open at 6 p.m. The event lasts until 10 p.m. Click here to get your tickets.