Spring is right around the corner and with the coming season, Golden Gate Park events for March 2015 aim to help you count down the days with plenty of fun things to do. You’ll find a wide range of activities that touch upon the great outdoors, enlightening nightlife, art, bike-riding, and even a chance to explore what a game of baseball was like in the 1880s. To plan your month accordingly, keep an eye out for the following Golden Gate Park events:

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SF Bicycle Coalition Ride – McLaren Lodge – March 1

In honor of Women’s History Month, the March ride will be geared for women and female identified individuals. This is the perfect time to brush up on your biking skills or learn how to pedal for the first time. You don’t have to worry about tackling hills, and if you need help, seasoned cyclists will be on hand. For the most part, the ride will be easy in a car-free space, followed by a bit of traffic-riding, and then ending with a sweet break in the Richmond District. Participants will meet at the large tree in front of McLaren Lodge on the northwest corner of Fell and Stanyan Streets. Plan to be onsite at 10:30 a.m., as this ride takes off by 10:45 a.m., and is scheduled to end around 2 p.m. Direct any questions about the ride to [email protected].

1880s Vintage Base Ball Opening Day – Big Rec Field – March 1

You don’t have to be a baseball enthusiast to enjoy an outing that celebrates the old-time rules, lingo, and style of the 1880s. Members of the Bay Area Vintage Base Ball league (the first and longest running league of its kind in the region) invites the public to see how it was to play by the rules of 1886, where smaller gloves and large wooden bats were king, and umpires wore fancy hats instead of helmets. The players keep to the rules and manners of players from the 1880s for the sake of historical accuracy.

The game that kicks off the season and the month of March is between the San Francisco Pacifics and the SF Barbary Coast, At 3 p.m., the San Francisco Pelicans will go up against the Dublin Aces. There is no charge to enjoy this double-header at Big Rec Field (Lincoln Way and 7th Avenue, or 7th Avenue and Irving), which starts at 12 p.m.

Windmill 10K – Dutch Windmill – March 1

Runners will meet at the Dutch Windmill (Great Highway & John F Kennedy Drive) before following a course where participants start out racing eastbound up Kennedy Drive to the intersection before reaching McLaren Lodge (Kezar Drive/Second Barricade). Hit the turnaround, and go back the same way to reach the finish line. The cost to participate in this event is free for ages up to 12 years; $3 for 13-17 year olds; and for the 18 and over crowd ($3 dollars for members and $5 dollars for non-members). The race starts at 9 a.m. For more information, click here.

Zumba in the Park – March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

There’s no time like the present time to start getting fit for the summertime, and thanks to the efforts of the Movement in the Parks Program and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, you can enjoy a free session of Zumba in the Park every Sunday by the lovely Golden Gate Park Carousel. From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., meet up in front of the Carousel to enjoy an hour of Latin-inspired dance-fitness party fun to get the body moving in the right direction. There is no need to register for this free program, simply show up and let your instructor, Jamie, do the rest. For more information, you can call (415) 831-2700.

Micro Nightlife – California Academy of Sciences – March 5

Not micro beer…but microbiology. Come to the Academy to spend your Thursday night surrounding by science, music, food, cocktails, and good company. During this event, you’ll be able to chat it up with synthetic biologists, who will be on hand to answer questions and shed light on what they do. The night also encourages you to explore the imagery produced by electron scanning; view incredible demonstrations; learn about cutting-edge DNA techniques; dance in the Piazza; wine taste; and sample the Academy’s first microbrew, Magnolia Aliciella Bitter.

Thursday Nightlife events are held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on a weekly basis, and center on a different theme. You must be 21 years or older to participate, and come prepared to show a valid I.D. The cost to enjoy this event is $10 (members)/$12 (non-members).

Other Thursday Nightlife events for March 2015 include:

  • Mind & Body Nightlife – March 12: A pop-up yoga workshop is just one of the things to look forward to, as well as raw food demos, healthy snacks, craft alcoholic beverages, and a little education on how high-quality cannabis oils can be used to naturally treat medical conditions such as cancer, PTSD, and other health concerns.
  • Time Capsule Nightlife – March 19: An exploration regarding the meaning of time will include craft cocktails, antique clocks, dancing in the Piazza, and an activity centering on creating an artistic 3D model from gathered materials. You’ll even have a chance to contribute to the Academy’s very own time capsule.
  • Robot Nightlife – March 26: If you know someone who loves robotics, then bring them along to experience a night filled with indie rock tunes, dancing in the Coral Reef, cage-fighting drone battles, 3-D printing, and an R2D2 replica.

Free Admission for Residents – California Academy of Sciences – March 6, 7, 8

Every year, the Academy offers free entrance twice a year for locals who live within designated San Francisco neighborhoods. With valid photo I.D. and proof of residency in hand (such as driver’s license, state ID card, or utility bill), residents who live in the Parkside and Sunset areas (zip codes: 94116, 94122), will be able to enjoy free admission to the Academy. Since this event runs on a first-come, first-serve basis, it is suggested to arrive early.

Live Hawaiian Music – Park Chalet – March 6

As part of the Park Chalet Concert Series, come enjoy the sounds and atmosphere with live performances of traditional Hawaiian music while dining on Park Chalet eats and enjoying drink specials. Aloha Fridays! is a recurring event held on the first Friday of every month.

Eastern Golden Gate Park BoBlitz – California Academy of Sciences – March 7

If you’re looking to participate in an outdoor adventure this month, then the Academy has you covered. Join in the fun as CAS staff and nature enthusiasts work towards documenting every living species that can be identified from the end of the Panhandle to Crossover Drive. Referred to as a smartphone-powered bioblitz, this event (held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) will take participants around the California Academy of Sciences, up at Stow Lake and Strawberry Hill, throughout the oak woodlands, and to the redwoods at the AIDS Memorial Grove. Don’t forget to bring along your smartphone and/or digital camera.

In case you were wondering, a Bio-Blitz is an intensive one-day study of biodiversity that takes place within a specified area where participants aim to find and identify living things both big and small – from snails to mammals to trees. People of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate. Additional items that help include a pair of binoculars and a magnifying glass. Your smartphone should have iNaturalist installed, which is as simple as downloading the app and creating an account.

If you are interested, meet at the back entrance of the Academy at 9 a.m. – located at 75 Nancy Pelosi Drive. Blitzing will take place for three hours, and then everyone will meet up around noon to discuss the results.

Kezar Triangle Community Garden Volunteer Workparty – Kezar Triangle – March 7

There’s a new community garden in Golden Gate Park that you can enjoy and help grow, and it’s called Kezar Triangle. With a goal to use a holistic approach to blend art, ecology, and community engagement, this space was made possible by the David and Carla Crane Foundation, Recreation and Parks Department, the San Francisco Parks Alliance, Miller Company Landscape Architects, and the community.

Come check out the walking paths and the growth of yet another natural sanctuary in the park. Participants will tackle a range of gardening tasks from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. – rain or shine. Light refreshments will be provided. To learn more about this event, you can call (415) 831-2700. Also, don’t forget to RSVP to [email protected].

Botticelli to Braque Exhibit – deYoung Museum – March 7

Starting on March 7 and continuing on until May 31, 2015, you can check out masterpieces hailing from the National Galleries of Scotland at the deYoung Museum. The next time you stop by the museum, head for the Herbst Special Exhibition Galleries to check out art that spans more than 400 years. Here, works created by some of the greatest painters who lived during the Renaissance to the early 20th century are on display, and include the talent of Sandro Botticelli, Diego Velázquez, Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin, and Pablo Picasso.

Plant Sale (Magnolias) – San Francisco Botanical Garden – March 8

The first plant sale of the year for the SF Botanical Garden will feature the beauty of Magnolias & Magnolia Companion Plants that you can browse and purchase for yourself. This monthly event centers on a different theme each time that it runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Nursery, which is accessible from the Main Gate.

Free Admission for Residents – California Academy of Sciences – March 13, 14, 15

Only residents who come with valid photo identification and proof of residency, like a driver’s license, state ID card, and utility bill, are allowed to take advantage of free admission to the Academy. During this time frame, only locals who live in the Chinatown, Marina, Nob Hill, North Beach, Presidio, Richmond, Russian Hill, Seacliff, Telegraph Hill, and Western Addition neighborhoods (zip codes: 94108, 94109, 94115, 94118, 94121, 94123, 94126, 94129, and 94133), can participate. Arrive early to beat the crowds, as this offer is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Free Casting Lessons – GGACC Angler’s Pond – March 14

Golden Gate Park is home to a casting and angling club that hosts tournaments, competitions, events, as well as free lessons on every second Saturday of the month. Accommodating all levels of casters, the lessons are held from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Complimentary single-handed fly casting equipment is available for use at the club during lessons, but it is recommended to arrive at least 15 minutes early to take advantage. Don’t forget to bring eye protection. To RSVP for this event, use the form located here.

Free Admission for Residents – California Academy of Sciences – March 20, 21, 22

The last installment for free admission days to the Academy this month is only for locals who reside in the Bayview-Hunters Point, Downtown, Hayes Valley, Ingelside-Excelsior, Mission Bay, Potrero Hill, SoMa, Tenderloin, Treasure Island, and Visitacion Valley neighborhoods (zip codes: 94102, 94103, 94104, 94105, 94107, 94111, 94112, 94124, 94130, 94134, and 94158 ); who can produce proof of residency and a valid photo identification. It is suggested to come early, as the lines tend to grow quickly.

Retired Teachers Craft Sale & Free Ceramics Studio Day – Sharon Art Studio – March 22

With an array of available textiles, paintings, mixed media, glasswork, drawings and jewelry to purchase, this craft sale pays homage to the work of retired teachers. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Glass Studio, come browse pieces, while free ceramics handbuilding takes place in the Ceramics Studio (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) – open to all ages. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a parent.

O2 Breathe Walk and Yoga – GGP Bandshell/Music Concourse – March 29

Golden Gate Park often hosts a variety of charity, fund-raising, and awareness events throughout the year, and if you choose to support the O2 Breathe movement, then you’ll join hundreds of others looking to raise funds to fight pulmonary hypertension (PH). You can start your own team, join someone else’s, or participate as an individual. Registration for the event opens at 8 a.m. with the opening ceremony following at 8:30 a.m. The 3K and 5K walk starts at 9 a.m. with yoga beginning at 10:15 a.m. To learn more about the event and get details on how to register, click here.

Sun Printing Scarves – San Francisco Botanical Garden – March 29

With a focus on magnolia petals and leaves, the Garden will offer an outlet for creativity with a hands-on workshop that concentrates on using onsite organic materials to make designs. In the end, you will produce a scarf with white designs against a bright cobalt blue background from the specially treated silk scarves provided to you. This event will take place rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost to participate is $40 for members and $50 for non-members.

Polo Field 5K – Polo Fields – March 29

The last chance you might have to run for the month of March is at the south side of Polo Fields, where runners will gather to enjoy an off-road 5K. Starting at 9 a.m., participants will follow a course that starts westbound on Middle Drive, and then continues on to Bernice Rogers Way, Kennedy Drive, Transverse Drive, the dirt trail on Overlook, and then back to Middle Drive which leads to the finish line.

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