As we draw closer to the summer season, the start of June 2012 in Golden Gate Park is booming with an array of free events and cultural celebrations. Throughout the month, you will also have the chance to give back to nature with volunteer opportunities, gather for musical performances, and experience the numerous attractions of Golden Gate Park.

“A Night of Menswear” – Friday Night at deYoung – June 1

As part of the Friday Nights at deYoung Museum program, the first event of the month centers on menswear with performances by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Lollipop Guild, a Dandy-licous Fashion Show, and DJ music. As always, the Friday Night events are free – lasting from 5 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Another Friday Night at deYoung Museum event for June 2012 to look forward to is “A Night of Photography & Dares” with artist designs, panel discussion, live music, a viewing of Madonna’s ‘Truth or Dare’, and a corset presentation by Dark Garden Corsetry.


Viva Frida! Model Casting Call – de Young Museum – June 2

Do you have want it takes to embody the spirit and look of Frida Kahlo? The deYoung Museum is looking for models to participate in a Jean Paul Gaultier-inspired runway fashion presentation. If you are interested in giving it a try, pay a visit to the museum on Saturday, June 2 (from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) in full costume and makeup that reflects the traditional Frida or what you believe a more current version of the artist would look like. Hopefuls will meet in the Piazzoni Murals Room.


NAMIWalk San Francisco Bay Area 2012 – June 2

The annual 5K NAMIWalk San Francisco Bay Area will be held in Golden Gate Park at Lindley Meadow, which is located next to Speedway Meadow. Onsite registration and check-in for the event will begin at 9 a.m. The opening ceremony is held at 10:30 a.m. The walk will start at 11 a.m. After the walk and until 2 p.m., there will be live music, information booths, and food for purchase. Many people tend to bring their own goodies to munch on.

Proceeds raised from the event will directly benefit nine NAMI affiliates in Alameda, Alameda County South, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Solano counties. The fundraiser will include a 5K (3 miles) and short 2K walk routes. For more information, you can check out


Italian-American Day at the Park – June 3

Head for the Music Concourse Bandshell (located in front of the California Academy of Sciences) to take in the sounds of the Golden Gate Park Band. The concert starts at 1 p.m. and continues on until 3 p.m. where you can celebrate Italian-American Day with the beauty of Italian opera, including popular songs sung by the Simi Cantori. Other GGP Band events for June include the 6th annual ‘GGPB Festival’ (held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 9 and June 10, Under the Big Top! (with circus music and acts) on June 17, and Gilbert & Sullivan and the Victorian Age on June 24.


Nightlife Events at California Academy of Sciences – June 7

When looking for something to do on a Thursday night, the California Academy of Sciences offers a host of intriguing outings centered on specific themes. On June 7, “Sustainable Catch NightLife” delivers cooking demonstrations by chefs from Fish, Ki, Fog Harbor Fish House, Cook-SF! and Global Gourmet Catering. You may also want to take advantage of the wine tasting and pairing suggestions offered during this event. Other Nightlife events at the Academy for June 2012 include:


  • “Turtle Power NightLife” (June 14) – Dance troupe performance, dive show in the Coral Reef, and conservation information.


  • “Pride NightLife” (June 21) – Drag performance, activities, and a night filled with diversity.


  • “Gallery Crawl NightLife” (June 28) – Artworks, pop-up galleries, and live music performances.


The Spirit of the Garden – Conservatory of Flowers – June 9

The world music, folk, and jazz sounds of the quartet of female virtuosi known as Rose & the Nightingale will fill the Conservatory of Flowers on June 9 with an event that starts at 8 p.m. Prepare for an energetic evening with Jody Redhage (cello, vocals, compositions), Sara Caswell (violin & mandolin), Laila Biali (piano & vocals), and Leala Cyr (vocals, trumpet and percussion). Tickets cost $30 for the general public and $15 for youth.

Another artistic event held on June 9 at the Conservatory of Flowers is the Rose & the Nightingale Youth Poetry Workshop, which takes place earlier in the day – from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Haikus, songs, voices and instruments will blend to produce spontaneous creations. A fee of $15 includes admission for one child (ages 8 to 18) and one parent.  Parental supervision is required for children ages 8 to 10.

Tickets for both the concert and poetry workshop are available at


Plant Sale – San Francisco Botanical Garden – June 9


When looking for new plants to outfit your garden, the San Francisco Botanical Garden will host a sale of perennials at the Nursery and the Arbor on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Panhandle Park On-going Volunteer Project – June 9

The Panhandle Volunteer Project brings the community together to create a safe and clean environment for the neighborhood. Tasks include maintaining the basketball court and landscaping around the children’s playground. Light refreshments will be provided for participants. It is suggested to wear closed toed shoes, long pants and layers of clothing. Meet at the community billboard close to the bathrooms. The event will last from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  


An Evening with David Kruse-Pickler – June 13

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., why don’t you take in the sights and impressiveness of Indonesia, Costa Rica and Ecuador with a pictorial presentation by David Kruse-Pickler, who spent one year traveling the three countries? With a focus to gather seeds and plants, as well as study the habitat, Pickler is knowledgeable on the subject and will share the beauty of cloud forests with his collection of photos. The price to enjoy this event is $5 for members and $10 for non-members.


Bison Paddock Volunteer Opportunity – June 16

Bird enthusiasts may want to mark their calendars for an event hosted by the Golden Gate Audubon Society, where you can help bring back the white crowned sparrow to the park. Meet at the Bison Paddock to maintain the environment that encourages beneficial nesting grounds for the endangered bird. It is recommended to wear closed toed shoes, long pants and layers of clothes. Light refreshments will be provided. This event will last from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Naturalist 101: Birding Basics – June 16 

Have you ever seen a bird and wondered what species your feathered friend belongs to? The Naturalist Center staff at the California Academy of Sciences will host an informational event from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – centered on sharpening your basic identification skills for the great outdoors. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members with a meeting destination of the Business Reception. Space is limited, so make your reservation online as soon as possible or call 415-379-8000. Please note that making a reservation for this opportunity does not grant you admission to the Academy.


Alice 97.3 Summerthing – Speedway Meadow – June 24

Music is in the air when you check out the free Alice 97.3 Summerthing event that will include the musical talents of Adam Lambert and Scars on 45. The entertainment lineup will last from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.