Whether you’re looking to appreciate the beauty of local products and businesses, are a fan of Jean Paul Gaultier or wish to get your hands on a couple zines, Golden Gate Park events for March 2012 provide an assortment of activities and get-togethers to please people of all ages. This month, you can also free your mind with a bit of outdoor yoga, as well as learn the ins and outs of breakfast tea.

Bold Local Nightlife – California Academy of Sciences – March 8
If you’d like to get tips on steeping success, local coffee and tea suppliers are setting up shop at the Academy to share their secrets. Dessert lovers will enjoy the local ice cream samples offered at the event. Other features to note include local designers and builders that help bring San Francisco to life. Artist Hugh Leeman will also dazzle with a pop-up exhibit of street art. Nightlife events start at 6 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. The cost for this 21-and-over event is $10 (members) to $12 (non-members).

Other Nightlife events for the month of March include:

  • March 15 – St. Paddy Nightlife with Irish beers and whiskey-cocktails at the bar.
  • March 22 – Body Art Nightlife with an airbrush tattoo or henna station.
  • March 29 – Science of the Senses NightLife with the Breathing Wall and a miracle fruit tablet.

San Francisco Zeitgeist Day – Stow Lake – March 11
Following a March 10th event at The CELLspace, Golden Gate Park will host a potluck BBQ with live music from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Stow Lake on March 11. More than 70 countries will host over 450 events around the world to celebrate this global awareness day called Z-Day, which focuses on generating solutions to move “Beyond Politics, Poverty, & War.” Open to the public, the event hopes to attract “forward-thinkers, creators, and visionaries” to enhance the Bay Area communities. The event is free to attend with an RSVP.

Giant Soap Bubble Show – March 11
Oakland soap bubble artist Mike L. Miller offers a fun outlet at Golden Gate Park with his one-of-a-kind equipment that sends soap bubbles of all shapes and sizes into the air. Locals are encouraged to bring their favorite bubble toys and gadgets to join in on the fun. The locations that Miller performs his bubble magic vary. Sometimes, you can follow the bubbles or simply check out Sharon Meadow or the Little Rec Soccer Field (close to the Koret Children’s Quarter playground and the carousel). Another option is to keep moving west on JFK Drive to the first open lawn. This free event will take place at 11 a.m.

Yelp’s Field Trip: The Best Breakfast Tea – March 15
Tea lovers can enjoy a free tea-related activity that teaches you about breakfast tea blends that typically make up the classic treat. In order to enjoy, you must RSVP and receive an email confirmation to officially attend this class. The class is held from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a limited class size that meets at John F Kennedy Dr and Transverse Dr.

La Grande Fete Opening Event – deYoung Museum – March 23
The opening event for the Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier allows you to party with the renowned designer – enjoying fashion indulgences accompanied by delicious cocktails, tasty food, dancing and live music. The event will be held at 8 p.m. Members pay $250 per ticket, while non-members are charged $300. To learn more about this exhibit, check out http://deyoung.famsf.org/lagrandefete.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier Art Exhibit – deYoung Museum –March 24 to August 19
The first major exhibition paying homage to the infamous French designer Jean Paul Gaultier comes to life at deYoung Museum with the exhibit, “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.” Representing work from between the early 1970s and 2010, you will encounter more than 130 iconic haute couture and prêt-a-porter ensembles. Another exciting feature will be animated mannequins that talk and sing while you view the ingenious work of Gaultier.

Free Outdoor Yoga – Big Rec Field – March 24
When you’re looking to relax and stretch your limbs, head for the Big Rec Baseball Field (located close to Lincoln Way and Ninth Ave) to enjoy meditation for the body, mind, and spirit. Thanks to a handful of Purusha yogis, free yoga will be offered as part of the Purusha Seva Project. It is suggested to bring a blanket or mat. This event is slated to repeat every Saturday at 11 a.m.

Friday Nights Return – deYoung Museum – March 30
The long-awaited return of Friday Nights at deYoung is finally here with a fresh crop of artists, performances, lectures, films, activities, cocktails and many other surprises that celebrate a wide range of artistic and cultural endeavors.

Anarchist Book Fair – County Fair Building – March 31 & April 1
The SF County Fair Building at Golden Gate Park will host the 17th annual Anarchist Book Fair on March 31 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and April 1 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.). This free festival offers booksellers, distributors, political groups and independent presses from around the world a place to gather and sell their wares. Here, you can purchase a variety of books, zines and art. Some of the events planned for March 31 include the following events in the auditorium:

  • Hillbillies, Rednecks and Race Rebels: James Tracy – 12 to 12:30 p.m.
  • Liu Shifu & The Twelve Commandments Of Chinese Anarchism: Alexander Akin – 1 to 1:30 p.m.
  • Terrorism, Dissent and Repression Panel: Scott Crow, Claude Marks – 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.