San Francisco is in the midst of slowly reopening its businesses and public spaces, including Golden Gate Park, which sees millions of visitors per year. Don’t fret. We still have good news to share. In September, you’ll be able to visit one of the best fine arts museums in California. In the coming months, a citywide car-free program also makes it easier for you to enjoy the outdoors (while still social distancing). Something new is always popping up on the calendar, and we’ll keep you posted on the latest Golden Gate Park events for September and October.

Golden Gate Park Reopenings

de Young Museum – Reopens September 25

The de Young Museum at Golden Gate Park opens to the public on Friday, Sept 25. Only members can visit from Sept 22-24. The museum is limited to 25% capacity. Free Saturday general admission for all Bay Area residents starts Sept 26th.

There’s a new exhibition that also starts on Sept 25: Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving, where you can view some of the artist’s jewelry, clothing, and even prosthetics. The museum requires timed tickets for every visitor. For more information, click here.

Discount Alert: Through December 2021, essential workers enjoy free general admission and receive a $15 discount on special exhibition tickets.

What’s Open at Golden Gate Park?

Japanese Tea Garden

The Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. There is a limit of 100 guests. You must follow one-way pathways to avoid congestion. Bathrooms and various high-touch areas (like steep bridges) are still closed. You must wear a mask. Enjoy a Free Hour from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

San Francisco Botanical Garden

The SF Botanical Garden at Golden Gate Park is open seven days a week.

Onsite programs are on hold until further notice due to COVID-19.

What’s Closed at Golden Gate Park?

The following attractions are closed until further notice:

  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Conservatory of Flowers

September 2020 Golden Gate Park Events

Party for the Parks – September 26

Due to the pandemic, party packages and tents for a celebration at the Music Concourse are not available and have been replaced with a media and mailing campaign to raise money through the “Heart Your Parks” gratitude campaign. For more information, click here.

October 2020 Golden Gate Park Events

Is the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Canceled?

Yes, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is canceled. In its place is a virtual broadcast this year, scheduled to stream performances on Oct 3, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information and to find the 2020 music lineup, you can visit

Academy Hiking Group Hike at Golden Gate Park – October 25

If you crave a hike at Golden Gate Park (and don’t want to go at it alone), become a member and join the Academy Hiking Group. This month, registered members (and their invited guests) can explore the beauty of the park while abiding by social distancing guidelines for outdoor group fitness. This event is for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

You must register and RSVP for this hike.

Act fast; only a maximum of 12 people are allowed per county guidelines. The meetup spot for this activity is in front of McLaren Lodge (near the intersection of Stanyan & Fell Streets). To become a member, visit and check out other Academy events.  

Things to Do at Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park Slow Streets

Walk, jog, bike, or skate along the Golden Gate Park Slow Streets. Explore the protected path that extends into the park, continues to the ocean, and brings you down the Great Highway. The Slow Streets at Golden Gate Park start at Stanyan Street and John F. Kennedy Drive East on the park’s eastern tip, which connects to a stretch of JFK from Kezar Drive to Transverse Drive.

The route includes Overlook Drive, Middle Drive, and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive until you reach Ocean Beach, where your next stop is the Great Highway. While on the paths, you must continue to practice social distancing and wear a mask.

These pathways are part of San Francisco’s temporary car-free program under the COVID-19 pandemic to make it easier for walkers and bikers to enjoy the outdoors and park safely.

Anticipate the streets to return to normal following the loosening of citywide restrictions.