- PERMITS & RESERVATIONS
- Picnic Rentals
Picnic areas are available in Golden Gate Park, John McLaren Park as well as numerous neighborhood parks. Our sites offer a variety of amenities, including barbecue grills and tables, making them ideal for birthday parties and social gatherings. Larger open-spaced sites are available for larger groups, and activities such as kickball or jump houses.
Golden Gate Park Western Meadows: Picnic areas at Hellman, Lindley, and Marx Meadows are closed for annual restoration and maintenance from November through March. Reservations at these sites will become available starting in April 2024.
Booking and Contact Information
Site availability varies, and we do recommend booking early. Picnic sites may be reserved up to 60 days in advance of your desired date. If your desired date is more than 60 days in advance please contact us for available options. Notice: Beginning January 3, 2024 at 9:00 AM picnic sites may be reserved up to 90 days in advance.
Requests for a Dolores Park picnic area must complete an online application or call 415-831-5500.
Reservation and park impact fees can be found here: Picnic Impact Fees (PDF).
A coyote warning has been issued for the following picnic areas. Please see the specific directory page for more details.
Charcoal grilling is only allowed at sites that have built-in grills. Single propane grills with no more than a one-quart tank may be brought into the following picnic areas in Golden Gate Park: 14th Avenue East Meadow, Bunny Meadow, Dahlia Dell, Doughboy Meadow, Elk Glen, George Washington Grove, Hellman Hollow, Hoover Redwood Grove, Lindley Meadow, Marx Meadow, Old Speedway Meadow, Peacock Meadow, Pioneer East Meadow, Pioneer Log Cabin, Robin Williams Meadow, Stow Lake Boathouse, and Strawberry Hill. For a comprehensive list of sites that have built-in grill please see our PICNIC SITE DIRECTORY.
Large Picnics (over 100 people)
Gatherings with more than 100 attendees must complete a LARGE PICNIC APPLICATION. We recommend contacting us first to confirm site availability.
Cancellations & Changes
Any changes or cancellations must be made at least 10 business days prior to your event date and will be subject to a fee of the higher of $32 or 20% of the reservation fee. In addition, if you would like a refund (as opposed to a credit to your account), there will be an additional refund fee of the higher of $16 or 20% of the refund amount. Changes or cancellations within 10 business days of your event date are not accepted.
Activities That Require Additional Permitting
An event involving any of the following is considered a special event, and requires the submission of a SPECIAL EVENT APPLICATION.
- Advertising that the event is open to the public
- Amplified sound (more than a battery-operated low wattage speaker)
- Needing to confirm date/time/location more than 6 months in advance
- Selling of food, alcohol or merchandise
- Selling of tickets to the event
- Special set ups of stages, tents, barricades fences or other items