SAN FRANCISCO – To kick off Pride weekend, the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department will open the San Francisco Botanical Garden, Japanese Tea Garden, and the Conservatory of Flowers to the public free of charge on Friday, June 24.
For the past week, the Conservatory of Flowers has been lit up in rainbow colors for the first time ever — the building will be lit each night until the end of Pride Month. Coit Tower lit up last night in alternating rainbow colors — this will continue nightly through Pride weekend.
“As a way to expand the many ongoing pride celebrations in our parks and throughout the city, we invite everyone to come together as a community in San Francisco’s beautiful gardens,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec & Park General Manager. “Pride is all about love and resilience, so come show your Pride at the gardens on Friday, or one of the many events happening within our parks.”
Earlier this month, SF Rec & Park raised rainbow flags in Civic Center Plaza, hosted the annual Women on Women Dodgeball Tournament at the Eureka Valley Recreation Center, and opened the LGBTQ Chronicled: 1933-2016 exhibit at the Harvey Milk Photo Center, named for the former San Francisco Supervisor and gay rights leader. The exhibit will remain open until July 16. To learn more about the photo exhibit, visit: http://harveymilkphotocenter.org/
Other Pride events happening in our parks include Trans March (June 24) and Dyke March (June 25), both of which will begin in the mornings at Dolores Park before departing on march routes at 6p.m. To learn more about Trans March, visit: http://www.transmarch.org/. To learn more about Dyke March, visit: http://www.thedykemarch.org/
The 37th annual Pride Run in Golden Gate Park will also take place on Saturday, June 25. Participant can run the 5K or 10K both of which start and end at the Polo Fields in Golden Gate Park. To learn more about the Pride Run, visit: http://www.sffr.org/priderun
The largest event of the weekend will be the 46th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade which will end in Civic Center Plaza. The celebration will include 20 stages and venues. San Francisco Pride will also be hosting Saturday’s LGBT Pride Festival in Civic Center Plaza. Rec & Park staff will host a booth on both days promoting leisure services and providing information about San Francisco parks. To learn more about San Francisco Pride and the Pride Parade, visit: http://www.sfpride.org/
FREE Friday Garden Hours for June 24:
- San Francisco Botanical Garden: 7:30am – 6pm
- Japanese Tea Gardens: 9am – 6pm
- Conservatory of Flowers: 10am – 6pm