We offer a picnic sites with a variety of different amenities. Multiple sites include barbecue grills and tables perfect for birthday parties and social gatherings while larger open spaced sites can appeal to larger groups and special activities like a jumper-house or kickball. Picnic areas are available in Golden Gate Park, John McLaren Park and in Neighborhood Parks.
How to Apply for a Picnic:
Review the website’s menu of park locations under the “Picnic Area List” or the “Picnic Area Destination Map” to discover important details of each site. Once you have found the perfect location for your event; contact our office to check availability.
Site availability may vary and we do book up quickly so please plan to reserve a site early!
When to Reserve
Reservations for the month of January and February begin the second Wednesday of the prior November.
Reservations for March through September begin on the third Wednesday of January.
If you require reservations further in advance, please contact the reservation office and complete a “Special Event Application”.
Picnics of 100 or more need to complete a Large Picnic Application Form (you might want to contact us first to confirm availability).
Dolores Park Picnic applications must complete an ‘online application‘.
Cancellations and Changes
Any changes or cancellations must be made at least 10 business days prior to the event date and will be subject to a fee of the higher of $22 or 25% of the fee.
For refunds (as opposed to a credit to your SFRPD account), there will be a refund fee of the higher of $22 or 20% of the refund amount.
There are no changes or cancellations within 10 business days of the event date.
Special events are handled by a different area of our office and require a different form to be completed. Any event doing any of the following is considered a special event:
- Amplified sound
- Selling food, alcohol or merchandise
- Selling tickets
- Advertising that it is open to the public
- Requiring special set ups of stages, tents, barricades fences or other items
- Needing to confirm date/time/location more than 6 months in advance
If you will have one of these, then please complete a Special Event Application.