Golden Gate Park

Stow Lake Bridge

We’re proud to welcome more than 13 million visitors each year to Golden Gate Park, one of San Francisco’s greatest treasures. From a vast, windswept expanse of sand dunes, park engineer William Hammond Hall and master gardener John McLaren carved out an oasis–a verdant, horticulturally diverse, and picturesque public space where city dwellers can relax and reconnect with the natural world. The rest, as they say, is history.

Within Golden Gate Park’s 1,017 acres you’ll discover gardens, playgrounds, lakes, picnic groves, trails, and monuments, plus an array of cultural venues, events, and activities. To help you plan your visit, we’ve highlighted just a few of the park’s special features and activities below. For more information, stop by McLaren Lodge to pick up a map, get involved, and find out what’s happening in San Francisco’s backyard. For information about reserving facilities for picnicsathletic eventsweddings, and special events, please contact our Permits & Reservations Division at (415) 831-5500.

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What's New

Help Us Repair Koret Playground

On June 24, the beloved Koret Children’s Quarter playground was vandalized, severely damaging the structure and closing part of the playground. The SF Parks Alliance is leading the community effort to raise funds to restore the playground. To donate or for more information, click here: https://t.co/YjxCK2TqJn On behalf of San … Continue reading

Flower Piano Returns to the SF Botanical Garden this Summer

This summer, music, community, and nature join forces once again in the heart of the city during the 12-day, outdoor extravaganza known as Flower Piano. Now in its third year, Flower Piano once again transforms San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG) into the city’s own alfresco concert hall, and everyone is … Continue reading

San Francisco Bay Area Pro-Am Hoops Season Underway

Looking to fill that basketball void now that the NBA season is over? The 38th San Francisco Bay Area Pro-Am season is underway, featuring free, high-quality hoops all summer long at Kezar Pavilion in Golden Gate Park. From the seasoned pro and college veterans looking to enhance their skills, to … Continue reading

Summer of Love Light Art Installation at the Conservatory of Flowers through October

Missed 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and the lighting of the Conservatory of Flowers for the Summer Solstice? We have you covered! The lighting at the Conservatory of Flowers (100 John F Kennedy Drive) will continue to be on view through October 21, from 9 to 11:30 p.m., … Continue reading

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Events

Lawrence Halprin Exhibit at Palace of Fine Arts

Jul 28, 2017
Lawrence Halprin

In partnership with The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), SF Rec and Park and NonPlusUltra will host The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin at the Palace of Fine Arts. The exhibit is a … Continue reading

Red Umbrellas Art Shows at Alvord Lake

Jul 29, 2017

Red Umbrellas art shows at the east end of Golden Gate Park near Alvord Lake (Stanyan and Haight streets) have been extended through December. Stop by and enjoy high-quality art, meet local … Continue reading

Panhandle Park On-going Volunteer Project

Aug 12, 2017
Panhandle Stewards

Get to know your neighbors at this monthly Panhandle Volunteer Project. The North of the Panhandle Neighborhood Association needs your help to beautify and maintain the basketball court and landscape around the … Continue reading

GGP: Strawberry Hill Butterfly and Trail Project

Aug 12, 2017
Mission Blue Butterfly Making a Comeback

If you love your parks, and are looking for a meaningful and substantive way to make a positive difference, come on out and volunteer with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department! … Continue reading

Labor Day

Sep 4, 2017
Worker holding an American flag

Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the … Continue reading

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