In the month of March, we have the first day of Spring…and with it comes plenty of events, activities, and fun planned for the attractions and wide-open spaces of your most favorite San Francisco park. So, take a moment to browse the Golden Gate Park events for March 2014, which include flowers, healthy walks, yoga, historic baseball, adventure, art, races, and chocolate chases.
Butterflies & Blooms – Conservatory of Flowers – March 1-16
Your last chance to enjoy the Butterflies & Blooms exhibition at the Conservatory is now…until March 16, where you can visit from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to take in the sights of colorful blooms and butterflies. In the Special Exhibits gallery, you will encounter hundreds of butterflies representing more than 20 species of North American beauties, such as monarchs, Western swallowtails, and red admirals. Several giant moths are also on display, such as the eye-catching cecropia species.
Also, don’t forget to take time to check out the Butterfly Bungalow (located in the middle of the gallery), where you’ll be able to observe the transformation of a caterpillar to butterfly. Many other features of the exhibit are sure to delight both children and adults alike.
Free Healthy Parks Healthy People Trail Walk – Stow Lake Boathouse – March 1
Kick off March with a healthier mindset by taking in some of the beautiful scenery of Golden Gate Park. SF Rec and Park have teamed up with 25 local agencies through Healthy Parks, Healthy People Bay Area to provide monthly outings in the park, and on every first Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. – Stow Lake Boathouse accommodates groups of people looking for a bit of light stretching followed by an easy-paced walk. Keep your eye out for local weather changes, as Trail Walks are canceled when it is raining or conditions are unsafe. This free event is usually held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more details, send an email to [email protected].
Free Outdoor Yoga – Big Rec Baseball Field – March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
What better place to snag a weekly recharge for the body, mind, and spirit than through free outdoor yoga and meditation session offered at Golden Gate Park? Every Saturday, join friendly faces at the Big Rec Field near Lincoln Way and 9th Avenue – right across from the main entrance to the Botanical Garden. Purusha yogis will be there to teach free yoga starting at 11 a.m. as part of the Purusha Seva Project. It is recommended that you bring a mat or blanket for the session. Donations are accepted to benefit the non-profit Purusha Seva Project.
Windmill 10K – Dutch Windmill – March 2
Runners and walkers should meet on the grass located adjacent to the Conservatory of Flowers for a 9 a.m. start. The course for the 10K is a mix of flat ground, hills, and road. Runners will head eastbound up Kennedy Drive to the intersection before getting to McLaren Lodge (Kezar Drive/Second Barricade), and then turn around for a return that follows the same way they arrived.
The cost to participate in this event is $3 for members 18 and over and racers 13-17 years old; $5 for non-members 18 and over; and free for those 12 and younger. For more details, you can visit the DSERunners website at: http://dserunners.com
Free Zumba Workout – GGP Carousel – March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
When a quiet Sunday inside just won’t do, a free Zumba workout held around the Golden Gate Park Carousel should help get you moving in the right direction. From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., you can join Chito and others as they sweat to a high-energy, Latin-inspired workout that really gets the heart pumping. All you have to do is a RSVP to Olive, and then show up for a calorie-burning session at your favorite park.
Free Lindy in the Park – near de Young Museum – March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
If you’ve ever had an interest in swing dancing or always wanted to take lessons, the park is home to free outdoor swing adventures from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday. This weekly event takes place close to the de Young Museum at the same time that the streets of Golden Gate Park are closed to traffic. The swing lesson for beginners is held at noon. No need to bring a partner along (unless you want to), leaders and followers are rotated throughout the lesson.
1880s Vintage Base Ball Opening Day – Big Rec Field – March 2
You don’t have to be a baseball fan or history buff to enjoy the opening day event of the first and longest running vintage baseball league in the Bay Area. Baseball players, dressed in vintage-style uniforms and using early equipment (like larger wooden bats and smaller gloves), will play by the rules of the 1880s. Come see a piece of history come alive in Golden Gate Park, as the San Francisco Pelicans and the San Francisco Pacifics take to the field. The game (which is free to enjoy) begins at noon at Big Rec Field, located at Lincoln Way and 7th Avenue.
Free Premiere Screening – California Academy of Sciences Planetarium – March 4
Calling all science buffs! Thanks to National Geographic, a free screening of ‘Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey’ will take place at the Academy – before the rest of the public has a chance to see it. While this event is free, an RSVP is still required with admission on a first come, first serve basis. The doors will open at 4 p.m. with the screening starting at 5 p.m.
Outdoor Adventure NightLife – California Academy of Science – March 6
The theme for this week’s Thursday Nightlife get-together at the Academy is…the great outdoors. Some of the activities planned for this event include a Whole Foods make-your-own trail mix bar; nutrition bar samples; a showing of short films from Mountainfilm; DJ music by Brooklyn-based electronic group Jonas Reinhardt; and cool things stirring in African Hall. As always, this is an event for the over-21 crowd, and is held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. I.D.s will be checked. Tickets cost $10 to $12.
Chocolate Bank Robbery Scavenger Hunt – 14th Ave East Meadow – March 8
Chocolate lovers, kids, and anyone who loves a good mystery will certainly enjoy participating in the scavenger hunt held at Golden Gate Park. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., you’re invited to participate in a game that involves text messaging and exploring the park in a 90-minute adventure where you can walk or run the distance to nab a stash of chocolate. The cost for this event is $20 for adults, $10 for kids under 8, and a $50 fee for families. For more information, you can check out: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chocolate-bank-robbery-scavenger-hunt-tickets-10606671841?ref=wplist
Spring Member Appreciation Event – SF Botanical Garden – March 8
If you’re interested in becoming a member of the Botanical Garden, now would be a nice time, so that you can enjoy the member appreciation event being held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the 8th of March. Members will get a chance to celebrate the beauty of magnolias with live music, seasonal edibles, and a selection of beer from Magnolia Brewing.
Plant Sale – SF Botanical Garden – March 8
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., pay a visit to the SF Botanical Garden to browse the selection of greenery available for purchase at the monthly plant sale. You can gain access to the Nursery through the Main Gate. This month, magnolias and companion plants are the stars of the show.
March Madness NightLife – California Academy of Science – March 13
You don’t have to be a basketball fan to enjoy this week’s Thursday Nightlife event being held at the Academy. Brainstormer will host a special sports-meets-science edition of pub trivia, where you can test your knowledge of the game. Take the time to make a winning bracket or fashion your own sports headband. African Hall will also supply bar-style bites and brews at a pop up sports bar. Head for the planetarium to see a showing of Dark Universe. Music will be provided in the Piazza by DJs Loco and Mawkus (Rose Bros). With a ticket price from $10 to $12, this is an event for the over-21 crowd – held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Be prepared to present I.D. to gain entrance.
Bouquets to Art – deYoung Museum – March 18-23
In the Permanent Collection Galleries of deYoung Museum, feast your eyes upon the creative displays of floral arrangements at the annual Bouquets to Art event. Here, creative floral designers create their version of works found in the museum’s permanent collection. This week-long extravaganza will also host floral design demonstrations, catered luncheons, and hands-on art activities for the kiddies. For more information, you can call 415-750-3504 or visit
Dining in the Park by CulinaryHall – Transverse & Kennedy Drives – March 23
From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., there will be something tasty grilling at Golden Gate Park. Culinary Hall will serve a3-course meal with appetizers available around 2 p.m. followed by your choice of entree, two sides, and a surprise dessert. Some of the foods available at this event include juniper berry sausage, mixed greens, roasted pork, prime rib, and braised greens.
Opening Night of Season 10 Friday Nights – deYoung Museum – March 28
It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for…the 2014 season opening of Friday Nights at deYoung, where culture, music, art, dance, and hands-on fun combine to present a completely free, enlightening experience – fun for all ages. The café is open at this time to serve up a tasty prix-fixe menu and specialty cocktails. You can also enjoy a visit to Hamon Tower observation level, which is open until 8 p.m.
Sun Printing Scarves: Magnolia Petals & Leaves – SF Botanical Garden – March 29
The Botanical Garden is hosting a hands-on workshop, where you can create a design for a specially treated silk scarf using a range of organic materials found in the Garden. The project will use the sun to make a reverse image on the scarf’s material. This event will go on rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and costs $40 for members and $50 for non-members to enjoy.
Polo Field 5K – Chain of Lakes Drive near JFK Drive – March 30
Capping off the month of March with another exciting running event, this time, you’ll find yourself exploring the Polo Field area with a race that starts at 9 a.m. The course runs west along MLK, where you’ll then continue onto Bernice Rogers Way before heading to JFK Drive, Transverse Drive and onto Overlook (path). You’ll continue straight on Middle Drive until the course merges onto paved path – finishing back in the Chain of Lakes parking area. The fees for participation are ages up to 12 years old (free); 13-17 years ($3 dollars); and 18 and over ($3 dollars for members and $5 dollars for non-members). For more information, you can visit the DSERunners website at: http://dserunners.com