Summer in Golden Gate Park
By: Kyra Gebhardt
Golden Gate Park has packed the summer with fantastic music and interactive exhibits. Enjoy festivals and dynamic performances accompanied by the gorgeous blooms of hydrangeas and dahlias in one of the most visited parks in America.
Visitors to the Conservatory of Flowers can experience the revolutionary performances of Epiphany Dance on July 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th. Titled “Botany’s Breath,” these intimate and site-specific performances directed by Kim Epifano are limited to 40 tickets per show. Watch as the dancers progress through the conservatory, utilizing the unique environment for these exceptional performances. Both Botany’s Breath ticketholders and the general public are invited to attend free video and dance performances each night outside the Conservatory. While visiting, be sure to check out the popular Butterflies and Blooms exhibit, where guests can interact with hundreds of butterflies in both pupas and adult form. For details and ticketing information, visit conservatoryofflowers.org.
The anticipated Outside Lands festival will take place this August 9th, 10th, and 11th in Golden Gate Park’s Polo Field, Hellman Hollow, and Lindley Meadow. Collaboration between numerous artists and copious restaurants, wineries, and breweries make this acclaimed festival a summer staple. Artists include Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, Kaskade, Vampire Weekend, Pretty Lights, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, D’Angelo, Willie Nelson & Family, Hall & Oates, and Matt & Kim—just to name a few. If you have to miss the festival, you can tune in to Outside Lands radio online for free! Visit sfoutsidelands.com for details and ticketing information.
The Last Reef
This summer, be sure to visit the California Academy of Sciences’ Forum Theater to watch “The Last Reef.” This breathtaking 3D experience features the world’s reefs and their thousands of inhabitants, and explores the very real possibility that one of these reefs could soon become the last. Incredible cinematography makes this stunning film come to life. Drift through thousands of jellyfish, and get astonishingly close to rare ecosystems around the world. “The Last Reef” ends November 25th.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Mark the calendar now for San Francisco’s 13th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, coming this October 4th, 5th, and 6th. The festival, funded by Warren Hellman, is free to anyone who would like to attend. Enjoy the vibrant melodies and rich history that accompany this can’t-miss festival. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass will take place in Golden Gate Park’s Hellman Hollow, Lindley Meadow, and Marx Meadow. Visit hardlystrictlybluegrass.com for musical lineup announcements and updates.
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