You have no excuses to stay in the house when you have the impressive lineup of Golden Gate Park events for September 2012 waiting for you. For starters, there are celebrations ready to burst at the seams. Perhaps you’d like to enjoy a bit of biking or hiking, beer, and even a mixture of both. It’s also a popular time for music events, including free opera, band, and rock performances.

Litquake Book Performances + Potluck – Conservatory of Flowers – Sept 3

The Conservatory of Flowers will host live music (tunes by Quijeremá and Ash Reiter), a potluck buffet, access to a beer garden, and live book performances for Litquake’s ‘Quiet Lightning’ event. The program will start at 4:30 p.m. on the front lawn of the Conservatory of Flowers – located at 100 John F Kennedy Drive. The free picnic kicks off at 4:30 with music hitting the air at 5 p.m. Donations of $5 are expected for those attending the readings – more or less will be accepted.

For those of you not familiar with Quiet Lightning, it is a submission based literary mixtape for the San Francisco region that is created and performed live at various venues throughout the year.

Special Golden Gate Park Band Labor Day Concert – Music Concourse Bandshell – Sept 3

A special Labor Day concert will be held by the GGP Park Band at the Music Concourse Bandshell to celebrate the American worker. Starting at 1 p.m., the Golden Gate Park Band offers free performances at the Music Concourse Bandshell (located at 50 Tea Garden Dr.) every Sunday. The musicians focus on a different theme for each concert. For September 2012, the schedule is:

• Sept 16 – Irish American celebration
• Sept 23 – Spanish music with El Grupo de Espana
• Sept 30 – Jazz in the Park

First Tuesdays at deYoung Museum & Conservatory of Flowers – Sept 4

Enjoy free admission at the deYoung Museum as part of their Free First Tuesdays that occurs every month. Take the time to absorb the color and expression of American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, as well as art of the native Americas, Africa, and the Pacific. The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. The Conservatory of Flowers also offers free admission on this day.

California Academy of Sciences Nightlife Thursdays – Sept 6

Every Thursday, the Academy (located at 55 Music Concourse Dr.) hosts a night filled with science, music, cocktails and unforgettable moments for the 21 and over crowd. Events run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with the last entry accepted at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $12. This year, the Academy will delight the senses with the following September 2012 events:

• Sept 6 – Fall Fashion: A night filled with local, sustainable fashions by Camelia Skikos, gr.dano, Gelareh Designs, Daniel Chimowitz, and Gio Adame.
• Sept 13 – Luck of the Draw: Casino games and helpful information regarding chance and probability from experts at the Stanford Department of Statistics.
• Sept 20 – Jurassic Night: Dinosaurs Alive! in 3D, dino specimens, carnivorous plant feeding, and dissections with the SF Botanical Garden
• Set 27 – Fungus Among Us: Highlights include fungal furniture and mushroom tastings from Far West Fungi

Friday Nights at deYoung Museum (Bike Valet Special) – Sept 7

Art, music and culture collide on Friday nights at deYoung Museum with entertaining themed free events that are fun for all ages. The first program for the month of September 2012 will include a Bike Valet special, live music with Revolution Quartet, and art making activities with Papergirl.

Park-n-Beer Hiking – Sept 8

Get your exercise and beer all at the same time when you participate in the Park-n-Beer Hike that takes you throughout Golden Gate Park until you reach the Beach Chalet Brewery at Ocean Beach. You don’t need to pay to enjoy this outing – just bring a few bucks to purchase your brew. Meet at the Golden Gate Park Haight/Stanyan entrance. Along the way, you will pass by the Buffalo Paddock. Keep in mind that this is a one-way hike. The event will last from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Opera in the Park – Sharon Meadow – Sept 9

Where else can you enjoy free opera than at Golden Gate Park? The annual free concert offered by the San Francisco Opera will take place at 1:30 p.m. at Sharon Meadow – located on the east side of the park – north of Kezar Stadium. This is the perfect time to picnic, introduce the kiddies to a different type of music, or simply take advantage of another exciting free event at Golden Gate Park. Food and beverages for purchase will be available at this event.

Bring Your Own Queer (BYOQ) – Music Concourse Bandshell –Sept 15

From 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., take in the live music, art and performances offered at the Music Concourse Bandshell that will highlight local artists. For more information, check out

Comedy Day in the Park – Sept 16

Ready for a good laugh? From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sharon Meadow (located at 320 Bowling Green Dr.) will host a day full of absolutely free comedy. One stage will accommodate more than 30 comedians who will deliver non-stop entertainment for five straight hours. This year, Comedy Day celebrates its 32nd run in Golden Gate Park. Some of the funny men and women scheduled to perform include Joe Klocek, Marga Gomez, Chris Garcia, Nato Green, Will Durst, and Natasha Muse.

Free Admission to California Academy of Science – Sept 16

Free entry to the California Academy of Sciences is offered on this Sunday – as part of their quarterly free days, where you can explore the planetarium, visit with resident critters, and learn about different fields of science. Final entry to the museum is 4 p.m. on free days.

Tour de Fat Bike & Beer Festival – Lindley Meadow – Sept 22

Lindley Meadow will host the San Francisco stop of the Tour de Fat – starting with a Bike Parade at 11 a.m. However, make sure you are there early to register. Live music performers will include He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Yo-Yo People, Los Amigos Invisibles, The Moth- True Stories Told Live, and Sssnakenstein. Main stage festivities begin at 12 p.m. The entire event is free and will last from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

SF Bike Coalition Family Day Celebration – Sept 29

Biking is an excellent option for family bonding, as well as getting in your necessary exercise. Bring the entire family to 14th Ave E at JFK Dr picnic area to enjoy the 6th Annual Family Day Celebration – hosted by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. The celebration will include games, helpful information, and biking activities. This event will last from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more details, you can visit

Alice Now & Zen Concert – Sharon Meadow – Sept 30

Alanis Morissette fans should mark their calendars for September 30 – the date when the singer will rock out Golden Gate Park. This annual concert (put on by Alice 97.3) is a free event that offers adult-friendly rock performances. Other entertainers to lookout for include Matt Nathanson, Ed Sheeran, Phillip Phillips, Tristan Prettyman and Hedley. Gates will open at 11 a.m. but the event is from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.