As we enter the spring season, Golden Gate Park events for March 2016 do not disappoint in providing opportunities for you to take in the beautiful scenery and main attractions of the area. You’ll also be able to celebrate the Easter holiday with the kiddies, with an additional event devoted to accommodating canine companions. Additionally, the park offers gatherings centered on science, art, culture, fitness, and an array of activities that both entertain and enrich the minds of residents of all ages.

march 2016 events

Plant Sale – SF Botanical Garden – March 5

If you’re looking to add a few new blooms to your collection, the San Francisco Botanical Garden is hosting a plant sale at the Arbor. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the theme for this month is Magnolias and Companion Plants.

Rock On NightLife – California Academy of Sciences – March 10

Aiming to present a blend of rocks with rock music, the Academy’s Thursday NightLife extravaganza will include viewing the Gems and Minerals Vault (which is filled with geology specimens, like meteorites) and an exhibit centered on The Fillmore stationed in the Swamp – from a pop-up exhibit on rock music promoter Bill Graham to vintage concert posters. Participants will also be able to take in the latest planetarium show called ‘Incoming!’ (which is narrated by George Takei) – the all-digital show centers on asteroids, comets, and other features of the universe.

All Thursday NightLife events start at 6 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. The gathering is open to the 21 and over crowd; valid identification is required for entry. Tickets cost $12 for non-members and $15 for members. Other NightLife events scheduled for March 2016 include:

  • Green Nightlife (March 17th) – Mix science and St. Patrick’s Day with the help of the Academy, where you can enjoy craft activities; view live demos; and taste the different flavors of green beer, Irish coffee, and Irish whiskey at bars scattered about the museum.
  • Robot NightLife (March 24th) – If robots are your thing, you won’t want to miss this event, which includes the music of Make It Funky DJs, cutting-edge drone technology and a Mars Rover replica from Robogames.
  • Brainiac NightLife (March 31st) – Just some of the things to look forward to during this event includes psychedelic house and techno sounds playing in the Coral Reef, science-inspired trivia in the Piazza, and a special presentation about astronavigation.

Incoming! Planetarium Show – California Academy of Sciences – March 11

Mark your calendar for the opening date of the newest planetarium show at the Academy, which allows viewers to explore asteroids, comets, and other tales related to cosmic happenings. The show is narrated by George Takei (from Star Trek fame), and is sure to be a hit with astronomy enthusiasts.

Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective – deYoung Museum – March 12

Celebrate opening day for this Oscar de la Renta exhibit by paying a visit to the deYoung Museum to view more than 130 pieces spanning five decades. Garments on display are categorized into different themes: early work; Spanish, Eastern, Russian and garden influences; daywear and eveningwear; as well as ball gowns and ensembles worn on the red carpet. This special exhibition held at the Herbst Exhibition Galleries will be available at the museum until May 30, 2016. To order tickets, click here for more information.

Penguins + Pajamas Sleepover – California Academy of Sciences – March 12

Nearly every month, the Academy hosts an unforgettable sleepover party that delivers an exciting night at the museum. Participants will be able to explore the exhibits after-hours – from the rainforests to a private planetarium show. Highlights of this event include meeting Claude, the albino alligator; overnight parking in Music Concourse Garage; next day admission to the Academy; and jumpstarting the morning with breakfast at the Academy Café.

Take note that this month’s event is exclusively held for Boy Scouts. The cost to enjoy this event is $89 per person for members and $109 per person for non-members. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Spring Sneak Peek Walking Tour – SF Botanical Garden – March 12

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., take in the early sights of spring at the Garden by enjoying an intriguing walking tour with Associate Curator, Corey Barnes. Here, you will learn about the history of the Garden’s collection, as well as gather tips on growing your own garden in the Bay Area. Don’t forget to bring along your camera to capture the moments. Ticket costs for this event range from $15 to $20.

San Francisco O2 Breathe Walk – GGP Bandshell/Music Concourse – March 13

With the goal to raise funds for exploring different ways to prevent and cure pulmonary hypertension (PH), you can help Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) by assisting the PH community through education, research, advocacy, support and spreading awareness. How? Participate in a walk for a good cause. Registration opens at 8 a.m. with the opening ceremony kicking off at 9 a.m., and the walk beginning at 9:30 a.m. For more information, email [email protected], call (415)361-8700, and/or visit

Cheese Fondue and Raclette Pop-up by the Lake – Stow Lake Boathouse – March 19

In order to participate in this event, keep in mind that tickets (priced at $80) must be purchased in advance. If you’re looking for a nice evening out, why not experience Swiss tradition in the middle of one of the best parks in the world? Included in the price of your ticket is wine and beer selected to pair with a cured meats plate, green salad, seasonal fruit, and cheese fondue. Other highlights of the meal include homemade meringue glacé (similar to a meringue ice cream), flourless chocolate cake, homemade lemon gelato, coffee, and espresso drinks.

The Stow Lake Boathouse is located at 50 Stow Lake Drive, with this event starting at 6 p.m., and ending at 10 p.m.

Wag Hotels’ Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs – Old Speedway Meadow – March 19

Who says that humans have all the fun at Golden Gate Park? Dog owners…don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs, where you can bring your canine companion along for an event filled with tasty edibles, valuable prizes, finger foods, pet tattoos, trainer tips, and local vendors. Let your dog sniff out a prize, or sit with the Easter Bunny for a photo. Dogs and children get in for free, while ticket prices range from $11 to $22.

The schedule of events for the day begins with check-in from 12 to 12:30 p.m., the Egg Hunt beginning at 1 p.m. on the dot, and the raffle being held at 1:30 p.m. And, good news, 100% of proceeds go towards benefitting the Family Dog Rescue. If you are wondering, Old Speedway Meadow is located at 371 Chain of Lakes Dr E.

A Runner’s Mind St Patty’s Jig and Jog – Spreckels Temple of Music – March 20

Golden Gate Park is hosting the first annual San Francisco Jig and Jog 5K with a 7 a.m. check-in and race start time of 8:30 a.m., followed by a post-race festival beginning at 9:15 a.m. An awards ceremony will be held to honor the top 3 runners in each age group: Youth 13 and Under, 14-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50 and Masters 50+. Prizes include a $25 gift certificate to A Runner’s Mind. Top male and female finishers earn a new pair of running sneakers.

Following the race, the music will be played and St. Paddy’s Day themed festivities kick off. There will be local vendors on hand, and if you’re feeling feisty and lucky, participate in the St. Paddy’s Day Costume Contest at 9:30 a.m. Direct any of your questions to Kyle at [email protected].

Children’s Story Time – SF Botanical Garden – March 20

Golden Gate Park also provides fun outings for the kiddies, such as story time at the Garden. Furnished with kid-sized cushions and plenty of stuffed animal companies, kids are entertained by enthusiastic readers, followed by a special docent-led children’s tour of the garden grounds. It’s suggested to bring a picnic lunch with you to make the most of your experience. Geared towards children ages 4-8, Story Time is held on the first and third Sunday of every month at 10:30 a.m. The Tour departs the Library at 11 a.m. This event is free to all. The theme for this month’s story time gathering is ‘Into the Woods’.

Eggstravaganza – Sharon Meadow – March 26

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sharon Meadow kicks off their Eggstravaganza, which features carnival rides for the kiddies, bounce houses, egg hunts, fun games, live entertainment, as well as the tastiness of their annual Rib Cook-Off involving the SF Fire and SF Police departments.