Stern Grove Clubhouse


August 23, 2021

Due to a nearby ruptured water main, and subsequent damage to the Park, Stern Grove meadows and the Trocadero Clubhouse are currently closed. Until we receive an updated assessment of when the damage will be repaired, we are unable to confirm dates at this time. Please continue to check this webpage for updates.

Areas west of Vale Avenue are open to the public (dog park and Pine Lake). 


Updated August 20, 2021


Operators/hosts of establishments or events where food or drink is served indoors must require all patrons age 12 and older to show proof that they are Fully Vaccinated before entering any indoor portion of a facility. Please see Health Order C19-07y Appendix B, Section 2 for acceptable proof of vaccination documents. Event organizers are responsible for verifying the vaccination status of their guests.


This requirement is in addition to the Health Order for Universal Indoor Masking, which requires all individuals, including those who are fully vaccinated, wear a Well-Fitted Mask inside a facility. People may remove their Well-Fitted Mask while actively eating or drinking. People are urged to be seated at a table or positioned at a stationary counter or place while eating or drinking. If food or drink is being consumed indoors, all windows and doors must be open to increase ventilation.

The Stern Grove Clubhouse may be reserved for Weddings/Receptions, Family Celebrations and Company Functions. 

Rental Fees

Reservation Fee
Hourly Rate (Minimum 6 Hours
Outside Surrounding Area: Additional Fee
Staff Salary Per Hour (Minimum 6 Hours)
Monday to Friday (Daytime: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)$50$153$200$25
Monday to Thursday (Evening: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.)$50$153$200$25
Friday to Sunday (Evening 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.)$150$178$200$25
Saturday to Sunday (Daytime:10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)$150$178$200$25
Legal Holidays: (Daytime:10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or (Evening: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.)$150$178$200$25

Additional Information

  • Please Note: While the fee for the outside surrounding area is $200, additional impact fees may be applied depending on event setup. Additional fee information can be found here.
  • Stern Grove Clubhouse has a caterer’s kitchen for the permittee’s use. This includes a prep counter, warming ovens, and a refrigerator. There is no stove or oven at this facility.
  • Permittee must obtain a California State Licensed and Insured/Bonded Security Firm/Company. A copy of the contract must be sent to the Permits and Reservations office to be put on file six months prior to the event.
  • Important: All weekend evening rentals (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) require a security guard from 5 p.m. until half an hour past the event time.
  • A Performance Bond of $750 (separate check from rental fee) in the form of a cashier’s check or money order, payable to San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is required for every reservation. The performance bond will be returned if the reserved area is left clean and undamaged following the event.
  • Capacity: 
    • Maximum: 120 sit down 
    • Maximum: 140 stand up

How to Reserve

To reserve this facility, please complete an online application. Reservations can be made one year in advance of the event date. If multiple applications are received for the same date, the reservation will be awarded through a randomized lottery system. Only one entry to the randomized lottery, per event, per date is permitted. Please email or call 415-831-5500 for more information and inquiries.

Unavailable Days

Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Years Eve and New Years are not reservable. In addition, certain weekends over the summer are reserved in advance for the Stern Grove Music Festival and October 25 through November 1, 2021 are reserved for San Francisco Recreation and Park Department Scare Grove event.

The Stern Grove Clubhouse will be closed from December 24 through January 31 for yearly maintenance.


Viewings are on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:30pm. Viewings are by appointment only and must be scheduled at least one week in advance. For example, if you plan to visit Tuesday, December 17th, you must RSVP by no later than Tuesday, December 10th. To book an appointment, email Kern Lee at or call 415-831-5500, press option #3.

Please note there will not be viewings on the following dates:

  • January: Closed for maintenance for entire month.
  • October 20th and 27th for the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department ScareGrove event

Effective Monday, December 2, 2019 we will no longer host weekend viewings of Stern Grove. Viewings will be held on Tuesdays from 4:00-6:00pm.


  • A 20% (non -refundable deposit) of the total Rental Fee is due five business days from the date the reservation was made.
  • Remaining Balance, Performance Bond and Staff Salary is due six months prior to event.
  • If request for reservation is two months to six months prior to the event date, full payment and performance bond, candle permits, security contract and staff salary is due five business days from the date the reservation was made.

Note: All fees are subject to change


  • Cancellations must be phoned in. The Permits and Reservation Office must receive a written letter confirming cancellation within five business days after the phone in cancellation.
  • Cancellations made prior to three months before the event will receive 50% of the Remaining Balance that was paid.
  • Cancellations made three months or less before the event will receive no refund.
  • Staff Salary (Stern Grove) will be fully refunded in case of cancellation.