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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What's New

Stern Grove/Park Closures Due to Weather

Here’s a rundown of parks affected by the current storm (updated at 11:44 a.m. on 2/14/19): Stern Grove is currently closed due to stormy weather. Chain of Lakes Drive in Golden Gate Park is now open after crews removed a downed tree. All grass athletic fields and diamonds, including Silver … Continue reading

Recreation and Park Commission Approves Outside Lands Contract Extension

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park commissioners today unanimously approved a contract extending San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s contract with Another Planet Entertainment for the production of the annual Outside Lands Music Festival.   The agreement, which will now go before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors … Continue reading

Fleet Week in our Parks!

Fleet Week officially begins on Tuesday, October 2 and runs until Monday, October 8. There will be events throughout the city that honor the contributions of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces while advancing cooperation and knowledge among civilian- and military-based Humanitarian Assistance personnel, including in … Continue reading

Community Garden Workshops this Fall

Get your garden ready and join us for FREE community garden workshops this fall, including our next Garden Resource Day on Saturday, October 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden! For additional Community Garden events this fall, click here: Garden Events For Fall  To RSVP … Continue reading

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Events

67th Annual Pacific Orchid Exposition, “Orchids of the Enchanted Forest”

Feb 22, 2019

The San Francisco Orchid Society’s ‘Orchids of the Enchanted Forest’ brings a new and exciting vision to the mystical world of orchids for the 67th annual Pacific Orchid Exposition. More than 150,000 gorgeous, unusual and rare orchids will be on display and for sale at the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park from February 21-24, 2019, presented by the finest local and international vendors. 3 days of fun and adventure for the entire family with daily demonstrations on how to successfully grow orchids in the Bay Area, hard to find supplies, companion plants, and a new feature that kids will just love, Orchid-gami!

There will be a Preview Night Gala on Thursday February 21st, where attendees will be the first to enjoy the orchid displays with reduced crowds (a few hundred rather than a few thousand people). Gala attendees must be 21 or over. Gala attendees will have first pick of the show vendors most beautiful and exotic orchids while enjoying live music from The Letterboxers, wine, and hors d’oeuvres.

Phil Arnold Trail Opening and Dedication on February 22!

Feb 22, 2019
Phil Arnold Trail

Join us on Friday, February 22 beginning at 10 a.m. as we hold an opening celebration and dedication for the Phil Arnold Trail (formerly the Oak Woodlands Trail). The newly renovated trail … Continue reading

North Lake Volunteer Workparty

Feb 23, 2019
GGP North Lake

Join the members of the Audubon Society and the SFRPD gardeners in a recurring volunteer workparty at North Lake in Golden Gate Park that focuses on habitat restoration.  Lend a hand with weeding … Continue reading

Alvord Lake Volunteer Project

Feb 23, 2019
Alvord Lake in Golden Gate Park

Join the SFRPD gardeners and the Alvord Lake Task Force to beautify the eastern entrance of Golden Gate Park. A wide range of gardening tasks are available. Light refreshments provided. Please wear … Continue reading

Kezar Triangle Volunteer Workparty in Golden Gate Park

Mar 2, 2019
Kezar Triangle, Golden Gate Park

Volunteer at this recently opened garden in Golden Gate Park.  With significant support from the David and Carla Crane Foundation, Kezar Triangle was revitalized to promote a holistic approach to a place … Continue reading

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