golden gate park
San Francisco will sparkle a little brighter this fall thanks to a pair of dazzling new artworks from renowned Parisian artist Jean-Michel Othoniel. Two large-scale sculptures were installed last week: La Rose des Vents at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, and Peony, The Knot of Shame at 836M Gallery.
Even larger than New York's Central Park, Golden Gate Park is iconic for its 1,000-plus acres of hidden meadows, waterfalls, lakes, redwood trees, gardens, museums and more. Here's your comprehensive to-do list in SF's beloved green oasis.
Take a left off of Fulton around 35th Avenue, and next to Spreckels Lake, you’ll find a long, shaded walkway that cuts deep into the thicket of trees that makes Golden Gate Park one of the most revered parks on the West Coast. The area around this part of the park is well known for it’s mysterious and sometimes hidden pathways that can lead to waterfalls, tiny statues, and massive soccer fields. But even more mysterious is the occasional shock of bright red comb and riot of plumage peaking out from the bushes—that's right, chickens.
Now that the days are getting shorter and more chilly, it gets harder and harder to get yourself to the great outdoors. But here in SF, we're damn lucky to have one of the nation's most vast parks as our collective backyard.
Our Indian Summer is holding on (hooray!), so take the opportunity to explore the vast regions of Golden Gate Park in all its sunlight-filled glory while temperatures still allow the best possible walking, biking, skating, picnicking, and playing.
Saturday's sunny afternoon was ideal for hanging out in Golden Gate Park at the 23rd Annual Jimmy's Old Car Picnic. The wide array of vintage cars and BBQ proved to be a great alternative to the crowds at TI Music Fest.
As New York City prepares for its citywide bike-share program, San Francisco is getting its own taste of bike-sharing. This week, the Recreation and Parks Department, in collaboration with three local bike rental companies, unveiled its newest project: Parkwide, a park to park rental service where you can rent a bike in one place and drop it off in another.
Bike rental is nothing new in San Francisco. Places like Blazing Saddles, Bike and Roll, and Bay City Bike have been outfitting tourists with hybrids and tandems for years. But Parkwide’s flexible drop-off design sets it apart from the ordinary bike rental and puts it more in the realm of bikeshare.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is celebrating 11 years this weekend at Golden Gate Park. Over 50 bands will play on six stages, providing three days of folksy fodder. While the line-up is stronger than ever, we're thinking a scaled-back, bluesy-cool look would be best for shooting the breeze and enjoying the music.