From providing a pleasant picnic destination to offering an entryway to the Golden Gate Park Disc Golf Course, Marx Meadow is a popular “chain of meadows” offering numerous spaces to reserve for all sorts of outdoor events and activities. With plenty of picnic tables, endless trees, and BBQ grills to use, there’s something comforting about spending time at the meadow. Throughout the year, the meadow also hosts a range of local events, such as the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music festival.

Things to Do

Marx Meadow is a popular place to host picnics and large gatherings at Golden Gate Park. Adults may drink beer and wine at the picnic area, but kegs and liquor are not permitted at the meadow. With an additional permit, birthday parties in Marx Meadow may use inflatable play structures (or jumpers). However, electricity is not provided at this space.

A shared grassy area surrounds the picnic tables at the meadow, offering plenty of space for uncomplicated lawn activities. Toss around a Frisbee or start a game of horseshoes. Perhaps, it’s time to revive old playtime traditions, like potato sack races or a game of tag. However, you won’t find enough room at the meadow to get a game of volleyball or kickball off and running.

The Golden Gate Park Disc Golf Course is located close to Marx Meadow, so you may want to investigate trying your hand at a game or two. Opened in 2007, the course is found close to 25th Avenue at Fulton Street, where players aim Frisbees towards sequentially placed baskets situated about the woodlands.

When planning a get-together at Marx Meadow, keep in mind that the closest restrooms are found at Hellman Hollow (formally Speedway Meadow), which is located across John F. Kennedy Drive from Marx Meadow.

Picnic Tables at Marx Meadow

Marx Meadow provides the public with five individually reservable picnic areas – each with one or two tables (complete with its own BBQ grill) – large enough to accommodate big gatherings. It is suggested to rent a few nearby tables for sizeable parties. Picnic table options at Marx Meadow include:

• Tables 1 and 2 – located on the southwest corner of Marx Meadow, near John F. Kennedy Drive
• Table 3 – located along the west side of Marx Meadow
• Table 4 – located on the northwest corner of Marx Meadow
• Tables 5 and 6 – located on the far north end of Marx Meadow
• Tables 7 and 8 – located on the southeast corner of Marx Meadow, near John F. Kennedy Drive

Location and Parking

An entrance facing John F Kennedy Drive is clearly marked with a sign for Marx Meadow, and the space stretches back from the north side of JFK Drive (near 26th Avenue). When driving to the meadow, travel on JFK Drive (west of Crossover Drive). You can also enter near Fulton Street and the 25th Avenue park entrance. Keep in mind that no vehicles are allowed on the street on Saturdays (April to September) and all year-round on Sundays. Free parking is available along JFK Drive.