Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park

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July 7, 2017
Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park

10 Reasons to Visit Golden Gate Park This Summer

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 this month:

  1. Hear a free Sunday concert at 1 p.m. with the Golden Gate Park Band. Now in their 135th 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 third year of Flower Piano, July 13-24, 2017. Come to play or to listen. The al fresco community concert hall features special performances by professional pianists and other musicians.
  4. Delve into the de Young on Friday nights through Aug. 18, 2017 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. Journey to the top of Strawberry Hill for a PG-13 performance of “Midsummer of Love” by We Players. One of Shakespeare’s most erotic plays, this production is not recommended for children. Performances are July 6-9 and July 27-30, 2017.
  6. Pack a picnic and get comfy in front of the Conservatory of Flowers for their "Photosynthesis" experience from sundown to 10 p.m. every evening until Oct. 21. If you happen to be there on a Friday, participate in “B Together and Listen Deeply," a weekly tunnel ritual in Conservatory Valley hosted by Illuminate with volunteer support from Taking It To The Streets. You will be given a candle by volunteers. Reflect on a singular love in your life. You are also invited to ring one of three custom-made chimes by Dan Gottwald that sound in the note of B. Find the reverberation in your body and hum or chant together.
  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 $21.50 for a row boat up to $37 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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