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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Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden Opens

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, YP, Levi Strauss & Co., CBS EcoMedia and community members celebrated the grand opening of the new Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden. The garden, located at the east end of the park near Kezar Stadium, was created to meet … Continue reading

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CHOMP! They Came from the Swamp

Apr 16, 2014 10:00 am
Close up of a Venus Flytrap plant. Chomp!

The Conservatory of Flowers’ popular carnivorous plant exhibition returns. Fall prey to some of the plant kingdom’s most alluring and murderous creations this spring as the carnivores return to the Conservatory in … Continue reading

CHOMP! They Came from the Swamp

Apr 17, 2014 10:00 am
Close up of a Venus Flytrap plant. Chomp!

The Conservatory of Flowers’ popular carnivorous plant exhibition returns. Fall prey to some of the plant kingdom’s most alluring and murderous creations this spring as the carnivores return to the Conservatory in … Continue reading

Off the Grid: Upper Haight

Apr 17, 2014 5:00 pm
Off The Grid Food Trucks at Civic Center Plaza

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to a wonderfully innovative local street food culture that is growing extremely quickly through its combination of technology and mobile, sustainable, food. Matthew Cohen, founder, … Continue reading

CHOMP! They Came from the Swamp

Apr 18, 2014 10:00 am
Close up of a Venus Flytrap plant. Chomp!

The Conservatory of Flowers’ popular carnivorous plant exhibition returns. Fall prey to some of the plant kingdom’s most alluring and murderous creations this spring as the carnivores return to the Conservatory in … Continue reading

Friday Nights at the de Young

Apr 18, 2014 5:00 pm
deYoung Museum

Friday Nights at the de Young is a free weekly after-hours art “happening” in the museum’s public spaces. The event has a new theme every week, but typically includes an eclectic mix of live music, dance … Continue reading

Adult Yoga in Golden Gate Park

Apr 19, 2014 8:00 am
Golden Gate Park Yoga

Yoga is an ancient practice used for developing strength and balance between mind and body. These classes will build your knowledge and skill in addition to teaching fundamental poses which will increase … Continue reading

White Crown Sparrow Habitat Restoration at the Bison Paddock

Apr 19, 2014 9:00 am
GGP Bison Paddock

Volunteer with the Audubon Society at the Bison Paddock of Golden Gate Park and help to restore the habitat of the endangered white crown sparrow.  Lend a hand with weeding and tending … Continue reading

CHOMP! They Came from the Swamp

Apr 19, 2014 10:00 am
Close up of a Venus Flytrap plant. Chomp!

The Conservatory of Flowers’ popular carnivorous plant exhibition returns. Fall prey to some of the plant kingdom’s most alluring and murderous creations this spring as the carnivores return to the Conservatory in … Continue reading

Free Outdoor Yoga Day

Apr 19, 2014 11:00 am
Golden Gate Park Yoga

Come and play outdoors, in nature. Enjoy inverting, reverting, and melting into the ground. Join every Saturday for a rejuvenating morning flow and meditation for body, mind, and spirit. Purusha yogis teach free … Continue reading

CHOMP! They Came from the Swamp

Apr 20, 2014 10:00 am
Close up of a Venus Flytrap plant. Chomp!

The Conservatory of Flowers’ popular carnivorous plant exhibition returns. Fall prey to some of the plant kingdom’s most alluring and murderous creations this spring as the carnivores return to the Conservatory in … Continue reading

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