Summer is right around the corner, and do you know what that means? Yes, an increase of Golden Gate Park events for June 2016 that include a wide range of cultural, musical, floral, edible, drinkable, and lively pursuits and activities. From wine-tasting to street fairs to flowers galore, the park is packed with plenty to do this month. Also, don’t forget to check this month’s Golden Gate Park Band concerts, which offer various ethnic, fun-filled and diverse performances, including their annual two-day music festival. Other events for June 2016 include:

Wine Nightlife – California Academy of Sciences – June 2

Vino drinkers may want to snag their tickets early to make sure they are a part of the Academy’s tribute to all things wine – from learning how to sip and smell a red…to choosing bottles for a special occasion that will impress (but won’t break the bank). Wine tastings will take place at the Terrace. Mingle with experts from the San Francisco Wine School. Shake a tail feather to the beat of disco music throughout the night.

Nightlife events at the Academy are held on a weekly basis from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets cost $12 to $15 (depending on whether you are a member or not), and they are only available for purchase by those belonging to the 21 and older crowd.

Additional Thursday Nightlife events for June 2016 include:

  • June 9: Twilight Zone Nightlife – If underwater happenings are your thing, then you’ll have a blast exploring the anticipated new aquarium exhibit called ‘Twilight Zone: Deep Reefs Revealed.’
  • June 16: Nightlife Live for June – As part of the Academy’s summer music series event, you can look forward to performances by Lower Dens + Tamaryn – presented by Noise Pop.
  • June 23: Pride Nightlife – Celebrate SF Pride with a live drag show tribute to musical greats David Bowie and Prince – all of which is hosted by Heklina!
  • June 30: Asteroid Nightlife – In celebration of World Asteroid Day, you’ll spend an evening devoted to space talks, space rocks, and fascinating topics related to science.

‘Salsa’ Friday Nights at deYoung – deYoung Museum – June 3

Friday nights for the entire month of May at the Museum will be devoted to various forms of dance and entertainment, starting with the heat that salsa dancing brings. To enjoy a weekly mixture of dance performances and lessons, it does not cost a thing.

Kicking off the six-weeklong lineup are Cuban rhythms that include the internationally-known dance group Compañia All Stars of Santiago de Cuba. In collaboration with local dance troupe Rueda Con Ritmo, you will learn the moves through free Cuban salsa dance lessons, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. All levels are welcome to participate.

Other energetic Friday Nights at deYoung planned for June 2016 include:

  • June 10: Tango – In celebration of the museum’s installation called The Sumatran Ship Cloth, you’ll have a chance to experience the sensuality of the Argentine tango. International ensemble Trio Garufa will treat you to music, while early arrivals enjoy a free tango lesson offered by the hosts for the evening, Terence Clarke and Beatrice Bowles.
  • June 17: Bollywood (bhangra) – Come explore the traditional folk music and dance from Punjab, India with the help of dancers from Dholrhythms Dance Company. Music by DJ Jimmy Love and guests, as well as dhol drummers, will help set the mood for the evening. Don’t forget to take advantage of the free dance lessons offered.
  • June 24: Urban Street Dance/Hip Hop – There will be two shows scheduled for this event (6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.), where you’ll be introduced to the talent and creativity of street dance theater company, Embodiment Project (EP) featuring original music performed live by multi-instrumentalist Joey Mintz.

SF Epiphyllum Annual Flower Show – June 4

Hosted by the San Francisco Epiphyllum Society, a lovely display of blooms awaits your attention at their Annual Flower Show. This event is free to attend, while Epiphyllum cuttings will be available for purchase. The flower show will be held at 1690 John F Kennedy Drive, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

‘Spruced Up’ Backpacking Meal Workshop- Hellman Hollow – June 5

If you have a few hours to spare (and you’re a backpacker), this BYOG (bring your own gear) event might be just the thing for you. Items to bring along for the ride include camp utensils, bowls and cups, as well as camp cookware (*jetboil). You will learn how to make “Backpacker’s Pork Ramen” and “Coconut Mange Rice Pudding”. All ingredients for this event will be provided, and a cleaning station will be on hand for after the workshop. This event is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. To purchase a $20 ticket, click here.

GGP Band Performance (Italian American Day) – Spreckels Temple of Music – June 5

In celebration of Italian American Day, the Golden Gate Park Band will host a performance that also features Operatic Highlights with Italian Opera in the Park. Bring along a blanket and enjoy a picnic lunch while you’re at it. Concerts are held at 1 p.m., and most often last until 2:30 to 2:45 p.m. As always, they are free to attend.

Other GGP Band performances to note for June 2016 include:

  • June 11 and June 12: 10th Annual GGPB Festival, where you will get a chance to hear 11 bands perform during a two-day extravaganza, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
  • June 19: The Circus! with Circus Bella
  • June 26: Scottish Dancing with the Dunsmuir Dancers

Augmented Reality Capture the Flag – TBA GGP Location – June 4

If you’re looking to enjoy a more techy approach to the ‘capture the flag’ game, join forces with other team members who will use their iPhones to download the iOS app nFlux, which allows you to experience the classic game like never before. You will need an iPhone 4S or newer (with data connection). Hosted by SF Games and Scavenger Hunts, the game will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. You can purchase a $5 ticket for this event by clicking here.

Unlimited Sangria Underground Event – Polo Field – June 5

With a mixture of music, dance and drinking in the park, it costs $15 to enjoy unlimited sangria during the event. Scheduled to be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., you are instructed to wear white to this gathering, as well as bring your own food and blanket. For more information, click here.

French American Fun Run / Walk For Haiti – East Meadow Picnic Area – June 5

This is the third year that this competitive 3-mile run/race and 1-mile fun run has taken place, where all money raised during the event goes towards supporting COHP, the Children of Haiti Project. Classmates, teachers, parents, and friends are encouraged to join in, as this is a family-friendly event. It is recommended for you to buy tickets in advance, but you can still pay and register on the morning of the run at 8 a.m. The run/race kicks off at 9 a.m., and will be held at 14th Avenue at the East Meadow Picnic Area. To purchase tickets to this event, click here.

California Native Plant Tour – SF Botanical Garden – June 11

This June, the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture at the San Francisco Botanical Garden presents a tour of the intriguing Arthur L. Menzies Garden of California Native Plants and the Redwood Grove. During the tour, you will learn about the native plants of California, as well as explore the subject of habitat plantings that support wildlife populations, such as bees, birds, butterflies, and other animals.

After the tour, refreshments are provided to you in the Library. A talk by artist and native plant enthusiast Margo Bors caps off the event, which is scheduled to take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. It is free for members to enjoy the tour, while non-members are charged $6.

Plant Sale – SF Botanical Garden – June 11

This month, you can come to the Garden to purchase Perennials & Pollinator Plants from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Nursery. You can reach this plant sale from the Main Gate.

Garden Landscape Photography Workshop – SF Botanical Garden/County Fair Building – June 11

The warmth of the Garden’s scenery is perfect for capturing the beauty of nature with your camera, and with the help of Saxon Holt, you can master a few new techniques when it comes to garden landscape photography. During this workshop (described as “a hands-on working photo shoot”) that is scheduled to run from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., you will learn work on composition using Holt’s e-book as a guide. The class accommodates all levels of photographers, but you should also possess a tripod and computer where you can download images.

The fee for this event is $130 for the general public, while San Francisco Botanical Garden members pay $110. Tickets can be purchased here.

Haight Ashbury Street Fair – Golden Gate Park – June 12

For one day only, you’ll gain access to a wealth of gift ideas and handicrafts from all over San Francisco during this street fair that features music, arts, crafts and food.

Fitbit Local: Fitness Stroll in the Park – Music Concourse Garage – June 12

As part of a series of free monthly workout in San Francisco, you are invited to join Fitbit Local Ambassadors Jeremy Falk and Caroline Jordan, as they guide you on a challenging workout in the park. The meet-up is at the Music Concourse Garage, but you must RSVP if you wish to participate. This opportunity will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Walk on the WILD Flower Side (Summer Sensations) – SF Botanical Garden – June 18

To catch some of the best seasonal blooms, you might want to plan on enjoying a guided tour hosted by a member of the SF Botanical Garden curatorial staff. Keep in mind that heavy rain cancels this event. Set aside time from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for this outing. The cost to enjoy this event is $15 (members) and $20 (non-members).

Father’s Day Rainbow Falls 5K & Kids Run – Kennedy Drive/Rainbow Falls – June 19

A fun way to celebrate the one day of the year totally devoted to fathers is to enjoy an outing in the park. The Father’s Day 5K event will be held from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., and includes a Kids Run (1/2-mile) that starts at 9:45 a.m. Runners will hit the course heading east up Kennedy Drive to McLaren Lodge. There is a turnaround at Barricade at Kezar Drive, where you’ll turn right on East Conservatory Drive (running up and around East Conservatory Drive) before returning to Kennedy Drive for the finish.

The cost to participate in this event is $3 for those 13-17 years old and members 18 and over; $5 for non-members who are adults; and free for ages up to 12 years old. For more information, you can contact the DSE Hotline at (415) 978-0837.

San Francisco FrontRunners 37th Annual Pride Run 2016 – Polo Field – June 25

The SATF-sanctioned course is comprised of asphalt with gently rolling hills that includes a 5K one loop and 10K two loops. You can register early through June 11 for a less expensive fee. Race-day registration is also available for a slightly higher cost.

Additional features of this run include a pre-race kids’ race (no registration needed), refreshments, entertainment, and a post-race award ceremony with awards going to the top male and female finishers in a variety of divisions. This event will begin and end at the South Entrance of Polo Field (Martin Luther King Drive at Middle Drive West) with a starting time of 9 a.m.

For more information and to purchase tickets, you can visit here.

Introduction to Watercolor Workshop – SF Botanical Garden – June 25

If you’ve ever wanted to explore watercolors, botanical illustrator Sally Petru is ready to guide you along with a workshop devoted to the botanical art side of painting. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you will learn various watercolor techniques that include experimenting with pigment. By the end of the class, you will have a chance to paint a plant that is provided to you. The general public will pay $95 to participate in this workshop, while members are charged $80.

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