After all the Valentines have been put away, and you’re down to your last piece of chocolate candy, Golden Gate Park still loves you and has a few activities up her sleeve for you to enjoy. There will be a chance to celebrate the Lunar New Year with an unforgettable Thursday night experience, and plenty of art to admire, enjoy, and create. Feed your soul by donating your time to beautify the grounds, or simply take advantage of complimentary admission to one of San Francisco’s most popular attractions throughout the end of February 2015 with events at Golden Gate Park. A few things to note include:
Morrison Planetarium Alert – California Academy of Sciences – February 23-25
If you are planning a visit to the Academy of Sciences anytime soon and want to gaze into space, please note that the Morrison Planetarium will not be open between February 23 and February 25, as it will be closed for maintenance. Don’t forget to plan your visits accordingly.
Taco Tuesday – Park Chalet – February 24
If you’re in the mood for a Mexican fiesta, perhaps Park Chalet is the place to be, where you can enjoy their Taco Tuesday specials that start at 4 p.m. with tacos for three dollars, 2-for-1 margaritas, and pints for four dollars.
Guest Lecture on Rodin – deYoung Museum’s Koret Auditorium – February 26
Join Bernard Barryte, who is the chief curator of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for the Visual Arts at Stanford University, to enjoy a lecture titled Rodin: His Life, Art, and Innovations.
There is no need to make reservations for this event, which is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tickets are $3 for members and $4 for non-members.
Lunar New Year Nightlife – California Academy of Sciences – February 26
The last Thursday Nightlife event of February 2015 centers on the lunar new year, which will not only celebrate the ‘Year of the Goat,’ but also highlights traditions of the Asian culture. For starters, a Chinatown-based martial arts performance troupe called Jing Mo Athletic Association will be on hand to deliver an entertaining performance, while a herd of live goats take over the East Garden. Dan Chan will mesmerize with a traditional Bian Lian Mask performance, while the planetarium highlights the science behind lunar and solar calendars.
To quench your thirst, sip on Chinese teas with Fabula Tea, and don’t forget to snag your very own special NightLife fortune cookie while you’re at it. Other activities for the night include rare books on display, discussions centered on ethnobotany, discovering the role plants have in the Chinese culture, and music by DJ Kingmost. This event takes place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and costs $10-$12 for admission. You must be over 21 years of age with a valid ID to gain entrance.
Free Admission for Residents – California Academy of Sciences – February 27 & 28
Every year, the Academy opens its doors to neighborhood residents so they can enjoy the intriguing and educational attractions and activities of the museum at no cost. Based upon a resident’s zip codes, locals are granted free admission twice a year, and it’s that time again.
All participants must bring along proof of residency and valid photo identification (like a driver’s license, utility bill, magazine label, state ID card, and/or postmarked government letter).
The neighborhoods that can enjoy free admission for February 27, February 28, and March 1 are Mission District, Bernal Heights, Cole Valley, Glen Park, Haight, Lake Merced, Noe Valley, St. Francis Wood, and Castro – those who have addresses with the following zip codes: 94110, 94114, 94117, 94127, 94131, and 94132.
It is recommended to arrive early, as the museum follows a first-come, first-served basis, and the lines tend to grow pretty quickly.
Artist Reception (‘A City in Maps’) – deYoung Museum – February 28
An artist reception with light refreshments will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at deYoung Museum’s Kimball Education Gallery to celebrate the talent of Lauren Bartone, the Artist-in-Residence, whose artworks concentrate on the repurposing of discarded paper trash. Found materials will be used to create an experimental map of the museum’s surroundings, where visitors are encouraged to join in. For more information, you can contact Kevin Chen at [email protected] or call (415) 750-3528.
Doing and Viewing Art – deYoung Museum – February 28
If you’re looking for an activity that children from ages 4 to 12 can enjoy, head for the Kimball Education Gallery at deYoung Museum, where family tours conclude with an associated hands-on project guided by professional artists. Children who are under 8 years old must have an adult accompany them. The general public may enjoy this event from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while a museum members-only opportunity is held from 12:20 p.m. to 2 p.m. The theme for this week is ‘Shaping Abstraction.’
Volunteer Project Park Upkeep – Alvord Lake – February 28
From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., join the SFRPD gardeners and the Alvord Lake Task Force at Haight and Stanyan Streets to actively participate in keeping Golden Gate Park beautiful. Light refreshments are provided to those who help out with a variety of gardening tasks. It is recommended to wear closed toed shoes, long pants and layers. This event will take place rain or shine. It is suggested to RSVP to [email protected].
Volunteer Project Habitat Restoration – North Lake – February 28
A North Lake Volunteer Workparty will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., where you’ll join members of the Audubon Society and the SFRPD gardeners at Fulton Street and Chain of Lakes Drive E to participate in habitat restoration at North Lake. There is weeding and tending to native plants that needs to be done so that the wildlife habitat does not become compromised. Don’t forget to dress accordingly – wear close toed shoes, long pants and clothing layers to stay protected. Light refreshments will be provided. Participants will gather at the restroom pavilion on JFK Drive at Chain of Lakes Drive East. To register for this volunteer event, RSVP to [email protected].