September News: Party for the Parks, Sundown Cinema at McLaren Park & US Open Watch Party!

Party for the Parks, Sundown Cinema at Jerry Garcia Amphitheater & US Open Watch Party

Party for the Parks next Saturday at the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park!


Join us next Saturday, September 15 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. for the annual Party for the Parks at the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park.

Party for the Parks is almost sold out! For those of you who have not yet purchased tickets to the event, this is your last chance.

The Party benefits the work of the San Francisco Parks Alliance and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department to transform 13 playgrounds across the city. Join us, and ensure that more than 20,000 children in San Francisco have safe, imaginative places to play!

Yes, I’m coming.

Date: Saturday, September 15
Time: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Location: Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park

Sundown Cinema at Jerry Garcia Amphitheater with Grease!


Join the Parks Alliance, DoTheBay and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for Sundown Cinema at Jerry Garcia Amphitheater with Grease (Sing-A-Long)!

Expect food, drinks, music, and neighborhood fun! Sundown Cinema not only celebrates the unique character and beauty of San Francisco’s parks, but also helps preserve and sustain these community spaces by donating a portion of the proceeds to the Parks Alliance.

Special thanks to Former Mayor Mark Farrell, the SF Recreation and Park Department, and Xfinity for their support in making this series possible.

RSVP here to win special prizes at the events!

Date: Friday, September 28
Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Jerry Garcia Amphitheater

Watch Party: US Open Women’s Final at Golden Gate Park Tennis Center


Please join us with the Tennis Center Coalition and SF Rec & Park as we kick off the “final set” of fundraising to renovate Golden Gate Park Tennis Center. The Party for Golden Gate Park Tennis Center will feature fun and engaging on-court activities, great prizes and a live screening of the US Open Women’s Final on a huge HD screen. Enjoy tennis and community while eating delicious food, and sipping your favorite beverages in the beer and wine garden.

Find more information here.

Date: Saturday, September 8
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Nancy Pelosi Dr. & Bowling Green Dr.

Candlestick Point State Recreation Area Campground Ribbon Cutting


California State Parks and Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ) are excited to announce the new Candlestick Point State Recreation Area campground. A ribbon cutting and dedication will be celebrated Thursday, September 20.

This project includes six campsites, trail enhancements, native plantings, and interpretive signage that will better serve California’s diverse population. These improvements were identified in the state recreation area’s 2012 general plan.

Find more information here.  

Date: Thursday, September, 20
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
501 Hunters Point Expressway

15th Annual Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema Festival!


Four nights of free screenings and music, showcasing the work of local filmmakers and musicians in parks, playgrounds and smaller venues around Bernal Heights.

Celebrate the 15th Season!

  • Thursday, September 6 (7-9:30pm) Opening Night at Mission Cultural Center
  • Friday, September 7 (7-9pm) Film Crawl on Cortland
  • Saturday, September 8 (6:30-9:30pm) Under the Stars at Precita Park
  • Tuesday, October 2 (7-9:30pm) Best of Bernal at Barebottle Brew Company

See full schedule here.


We’re hiring!: The Parks Alliance is looking for passionate park advocates to join our team. We’re now accepting applications for open positions. Review and apply here.

Community Challenge Grant Cycle Opens 9/19! Come learn more about the process at the Parks Alliance CCG workshop on October 3rd. Register here.

Lafayette Movie Night – Coco: Friday, September 7, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Lafayette Park, 2198 Laguna Street. Friends of Lafayette Park cordially invite you to this free movie night! More info here.

Coming Home Art Installation in Hayes Valley: Friday, September 7 through September 16. 324 Octavia St. Coming Home is an immersive augmented reality + audio experience that is designed to connect stories of houselessness and SF neighbors to each other. Find out more here.

Love Our City – City Wide Clean Up! Saturday, September 8, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. San Francisco needs you! Join your neighbors and get swept up with civic pride. The ask is simple: LOVE OUR CITY! Grab a broom and dustpan, sweep the sidewalk in front of your home or business and pick up litter in your neighborhood. Find a site near you!

Urban Composting at Garden for the Environment: Saturday, September 8, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 1590 7th Avenue. This class will teach you how to make compost in your backyard, and introduce you to worms that make their own special fertilizer. Sign-up here.

Opera in the Park: Sunday, September 9, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Robin Williams Meadow, Golden Gate Park. Join Opera in the Park for arias al fresco. More info here.

California Native Plant Society Field Trip – Presidio Coastal Bluffs: Sunday, September 9, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This hike will explore the Presidio’s serpentine bluffs, with a focus on recent efforts to restore rare vegetation communities. Meet at the Langdon Ct. Parking Lot. Register here.

Biodiverse City Summit 2018: Monday, September 10, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bay Observatory at the Exploratorium, Pier 15. The goal of the BiodiverseCity Summit is to share urban nature conservation best practices and the latest thinking from San Francisco and other cities to showcase the critical role of urban biodiversity for climate resilience and human connection to nature. Register here.

Coastal Cleanup Day: Saturday, September 15, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Come lend a hand in cleanup and restoration activities throughout the eastern shoreline of San Francisco. Register here.

Comedy Day in Golden Gate Park: Sunday, September 16, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Robin Williams Meadow, Golden Gate Park. As long as comedy fans are looking for a laugh, Comedy Day is committed to providing five hours of free comedy in the park every year. And that’s a promise. More info here.

Dolores Garden Club: Thursday, September 20, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mission Dolores Park. The Dolores Garden Club gets to work directly with Rec and Park professionals in caring for all the many new planting beds in Dolores Park. More info here.

Botanicals and Brews at Conservatory of Flowers: Friday, September 21, 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Conservatory of Flowers. Discover the unique tropical plant collection of the Conservatory through the lens of craft brews. Buy tickets here.

Planning a Winter Kitchen Garden at Alemany Farm: Saturday, September 22, 10 a.m. to 122 p.m. Alemany Farm. More info here.

Urban Beekeeping at Garden for the Environment: Saturday, September 22, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 1590 7th Avenue. If all goes well, an urban honeybee colony should produce about 30-40 lbs of excess honey by the fall of each year. Learn how to extract it in this hands-on class! Buy tickets here.

8th Annual Fall Social at Lafayette Park: Friday, September 28, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 2198 Laguna Street. Come out for a beautiful evening at the top of Lafayette Park with friends, neighbors, delicious food, and drinks. More info here.

12th Annual Portola Garden Tour: Saturday, September 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Portola, San Francisco. More info here.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival: October 5 through 7, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Golden Gate Park. Completely free 3 day festival in Golden Gate Park. More info here.

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