Event Programming

At SF Parks Alliance, our goal is to encourage people to get out and explore their parks. Over the years, we’ve found that one of the best ways to achieve this goal is through event programming. Check out some of our event-based programs below, taking place all over the city!

Entwined in GGP


Entwined is back! In its second year, Entwined will again transform Golden Gate Park’s Peacock Meadow into an enchanted forest of otherworldly shapes and ever changing light. The installation, by local artist Charles Gadeken, creates a whimsical wonderland where visitors are free to explore a grove of colorful sculptural trees and immerse themselves in art and nature this holiday season.

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Golden Gate Bandshell

Live music has returned to Golden Gate Bandshell’s iconic stage with a series of free outdoor concerts, courtesy of Illuminate and SF Parks Alliance. The lineup of performers returning to the stage is diverse and local — and these free, all-ages concerts will run through the end of 2021 and include: Singer-Songwriter Wednesdays, Jazz & Soul Fridays, Cultural & Community groups on Saturdays, and Reggae Sundays.

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Map of Winter Lights, Golden Gate Park

Winter Lights in Golden Gate Park

Join us for a new tradition this holiday season! From December 2, 2021 through February 1, 2022 – explore Golden Gate Park each night to discover an illuminated and enchanting journey that the whole family can enjoy. From ‘Uncle John’s Tree’ at McLaren Lodge to The Alterverse in the Music Concourse, you’ll experience the park in an entirely new way.

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In Fall 2021, SF Parks Alliance in partnership with Building 180 brought Bloomtown to life on Union Street: a multi-layered, interactive art experience. This installation included large-scale inflatable dahlias and never before seen murals placed on rooftops and throughout storefronts, inspiring curiosity and joy for all visitors. Bloomtown aimed to encourage the rediscovery of the street’s local merchants, restaurants and retail.

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Sundown Cinema

Love movies? Love your parks? Then join us at our annual Sundown Cinema movie nights in the park! Each summer, we head out to some of our favorite parks to host a movie night, complete with food and drinks from some of the best vendors in the city. Members get discounts on reserved seating and drinks on us. Join our newsletter for updates on next year’s series!

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Party for the Parks

Each year, SF Parks Alliance hosts a gala like no other. Complete with a cocktail reception, buffet dinner, and live auction, Party for the Parks raises critical funds for important civic projects. The party is held in a different location each Fall, so join our newsletter to be first to know where and when tickets go on sale!

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Public Space Summit

Join civic leaders who have made a significant impact in public spaces, network with community groups and public space advocates and participate in break-out sessions covering best practices for community engagement, outreach, private and public fundraising.

Citywide Public Space Initiative

The San Francisco Parks Alliance has partnered with San Francisco’s Office of Workforce Development to pilot a new program that helps communities improve their public spaces. Our goal for this ongoing project is to create and champion recurring, community-led activation and beautification projects that encourage park users to make the most of their public spaces.

Golden Gate Park 150th Anniversary

2020 marks the 150th Anniversary of Golden Gate Park (GGP150). As an international tourist attraction and urban oasis, Golden Gate Park serves as a public space where people can connect, relax, and enjoy nature. GGP150 will celebrate the park’s history and importance within the city.

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Due South

Due South is a brand new concert series at Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park! We partnered up with Friends of the Garcia Amphitheatre, SF Recreation & Park Department, and Supervisor Ahsha Safai to bring this exciting new series to life. This summer concert series features artists and groups to introduce audiences to new music from all over the world.