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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Community Garden Events This Summer!

Get your garden ready and join us for FREE community garden workshops this summer, including our next Garden Resource Day  on Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden that will feature FREE compost, plant starts and more! For additional Community Garden … Continue reading

2019 Conservatory Lighting and Summer Solstice Concert Announced

Psychedelic Photosynthesis and Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jam 3 June 19, 6-10pm Conservatory lighting at approximately 9:15pm SAN FRANCISCO– Join us for the 3rd annual outtasight, flower-powered night under the stars as we … Continue reading

Plans Brewing for Flywheel Coffee Kiosk in Golden Gate Park’s East End

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park officials this week are expected to approve plans for a food and beverage kiosk at the eastern entrance of Golden Gate Park, the latest in a series of planned improvements in the area. The San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission on Thursday will authorize … Continue reading

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San Francisco FrontRunners Pride Run

Jun 29, 2019

The 2019 San Francisco FrontRunners Annual Pride Run is a timed run and fundraising event. This 5K and 10K race is certified by the USA Track & Field (USATF) Association. This event is open to registered participants.

Panhandle Park Volunteer Project

Jul 13, 2019
Panhandle Stewards

Get to know your neighbors at this monthly Panhandle Volunteer Project. The North of the Panhandle Neighborhood Association needs your help to beautify and maintain the basketball court and landscape around the … Continue reading

Strawberry Hill Butterfly Habitat Restoration Project

Jul 13, 2019
Mission Blue Butterfly Making a Comeback

If you love your parks, and are looking for a meaningful and substantive way to make a positive difference, come on out and volunteer with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department! … Continue reading

San Francisco Skater’s Showcase

Jul 14, 2019

This event is a performance showcase where roller skaters will demonstrate their skills. Roller skaters will perform in singles, couples, and groups. After performances, the public will be encouraged to join. This is a free and open to the general public event.

White Crown Sparrow Habitat Restoration at the Bison Paddock

Jul 20, 2019
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