Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park

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June 27, 2018
Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park

10 Reasons to Visit Golden Gate Park This Season

Residents in San Francisco are never more than a 10-minute walk from a park or open space, according to the Trust for Public Land. One of the best is Golden Gate Park. Here are 10 reasons to head there soon.

  1. Hear a free Sunday concert at 1 p.m. with the Golden Gate Park Band. Now in their 136th season, they perform great concert band music in the Music Concourse.
  2. Enjoy Nightlife every Thursday at the California Academy of Sciences from 6-10 p.m. For ages 21 and over, the series explores a unique theme each week and offers after-hours access to all Academy exhibits.
  3. Twelve grand pianos will be installed in the San Francisco Botanical Garden for the fourth year of Flower Piano, July 5-16, 2018. Come to play or to listen. The alfresco community concert hall features special performances by professional pianists and other musicians.
  4. Delve into the de Young on Friday nights from Sept. 22, 2018-Jan . 6, 2019 from 5-8:30 p.m. These after-hour happenings include a mix of live music, dance and theater performances as well as film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities and exhibition tours.
  5. Watch for the announcement of the lineup for Outside Lands which unfolds every August in Golden Gate Park and book your tickets immediately because it sells out quickly. Since the first concert in 2008 the three-day festival has become internationally known for not only the musical performances but also the food, wine, local brews, art and comedy offered.
  6. Pack a picnic and get comfy in front of the Conservatory of Flowers for their "Photosynthesis" experience from sundown to midnight every evening through October. Pulsating with color in an homage to the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love in 2017, the installation takes inspiration from the tropical flowers housed within this landmark structure.
  7. Reserve a bike tour with City Segway Tours or glide through the park on a Segway booked through Electric Tour Company.
  8. Get out and explore Stow Lake on one of the fun boats that can be chartered by the hour, starting at $22 for a row boat up to $37.50 for four- to six-passenger pedal boats. If all that rowing and pedaling sounds a little daunting, they also have electric boats.
  9. There’s nothing like a dalliance in the dahlia garden near the Conservatory of Flowers. San Francisco’s official flower starts to bloom in June and reaches its peak in August or September.
  10. Located near the de Young, the Rhododendron Dell is an homage to John McLaren, the former superintendent of the park, whose favorite flower was the rhododendron. It was he who ensured that there would be no “Keep Off the Grass” signs ever in this park.

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