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SF’s Magnificent "Peak" Magnolia Bloom is Here (2022)SF’s Magnificent “Peak” Magnolia Bloom is Here (2022)
By - posted 2/10/2022
Bay Area Updates, Outdoorsy, Parks & Beaches, San Francisco

One of San Francisco’s most breathtaking natural marvels, the annual bloom of more than 200 rare and historic magnolias with trees reaching 80 feet, is typically at its peak from mid-January through March at the SF Botanical Garden. Velvety silver buds on the often bare branches of these elegant trees, many rare and more...

Dolores Park Playground Finally Reopens After RenovationsDolores Park Playground Finally Reopens After Renovations
By - posted 2/8/2022
Bay Area Updates, Outdoorsy, Parks & Beaches, Reopening, San Francisco

Dolores Park’s Helen Diller Playground has finally reopened. The playground was closed in June 2021 which was supposed to be a 3-month closure for repairs, but the renovations took longer than expected, Mission Local notes. San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department took to Twitter to announce the reopening and thanked everyone for more...

SF's New Plan for India Basin Waterfront ParkSF’s New Plan for India Basin Waterfront Park
By - posted 2/5/2022
Outdoorsy, Parks & Beaches, San Francisco

Bayview-Hunters Point community members with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and its partners recently announced a landmark plan to ensure a waterfront park will benefit current Bayview-Hunters Point residents while preserving the culture and identity of the historic neighborhood. The India Basin Waterfront Park Project Equitable Development Plan (EDP) more...

SF's Easter In the Park & Hunky Jesus Contest is Back for 2022SF’s Easter In the Park & Hunky Jesus Contest is Back for 2022
By - posted 2/3/2022
Bay Area Favorites, Easter, Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates, Only in San Francisco, Outdoorsy, Parks & Beaches, Reopening, San Francisco

For the first time in two years, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the kabuki-inspired cross-dressing nuns-of-fun, are planning a comeback of their annual Easter Sunday in the Park at Dolores Park for 2022. The Sisters Easter Celebration at Dolores Park Sunday, April 17, 2022 | 10 to 4pm Mission Dolores Park, 19th & Dolores more...

Golden Gate Park's "Winter Lights" Glowing Forest Ends February 1stGolden Gate Park’s “Winter Lights” Glowing Forest Ends February 1st
By - posted 1/27/2022
Goodbye, Outdoorsy, Parks & Beaches, San Francisco

Most good things come to an end. Some of the winter lights that have been up since December 2nd are coming to an end on February 1, 2022. “Winter Lights,” a full acre of trees lit up near 6th Ave will both be saying goodbye after two months of lighting more...

SF's Portsmouth Square Gets $66 Million Upgrade in 2025SF’s Portsmouth Square Gets $66 Million Upgrade in 2025
By - posted 1/21/2022
Brand New, Only in San Francisco, Parks & Beaches

Plans for a new and improved Portsmouth Square cleared a major hurdle after being unanimously approved by the Recreation and Park Commission Thursday, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today. See the full plan for Portsmouth Square 2025 Following a long line of speakers in support of the project, commissioners more...

Yosemite Tests New Lottery for Summer 2022 Campground ReservationsYosemite Tests New Lottery for Summer 2022 Campground Reservations
By - posted 1/18/2022
Brand New, Outdoorsy, Parks & Beaches, Travel

The National Park Service is piloting a lottery system for Yosemite’s North Pines Campground reservations for arrival dates during peak season from July 21 through September 14, 2022. Winners aka successful lottery applicants will have an opportunity to make a reservation for campsites in North Pines Campground during an early access more...

SF Might Get Free Admission to Conservatory of Flowers & Japanese Tea GardenSF Might Get Free Admission to Conservatory of Flowers & Japanese Tea Garden
By - posted 1/12/2022
Brand New, Freebies, Museums / Cultural Institutions, Only in San Francisco, Parks & Beaches

Mayor London N. Breed today proposed legislation to make admission to the Conservatory of Flowers and Japanese Tea Garden free for San Francisco residents. The proposal, which will go before the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee on January 26, would remove resident admission fees at both attractions, opening more...

SF's New "Battery Bluff" Park Opens in the Presidio Spring 2022SF’s New “Battery Bluff” Park Opens in the Presidio Spring 2022
By - posted 1/12/2022
New Parks, Outdoorsy, Parks & Beaches, San Francisco

This spring, The Presidio is getting ready to unveil a new visitor destination on top of the Presidio Parkway tunnels along Lincoln Boulevard near San Francisco National Cemetery. As part of the project, they’re also restoring surrounding parklands from the new 6-acre Battery Bluff down to Cavalry Bowl and the more...

SF's Colorful Golden Gate Park Show Wins "Best Fireworks" Design AwardSF’s Colorful Golden Gate Park Show Wins “Best Fireworks” Design Award
By - posted 1/11/2022
Artsy Fartsy, Only in San Francisco, Parks & Beaches, San Francisco

Judy Chicago’s multicolored, site-specific Atmospheres performance: Forever de Young just won Wallpaper* Design Awards 2022’s Best Fireworks award. The artist performed the open-air smoke sculpture performance outside the de Young museum on Saturday, October 16, 2021 in Golden Gate Park, in celebration of the artist’s exhibition Judy Chicago: A Retrospective, now more...

"King Tides" of 7+ Feet Coming to San Francisco Bay (Jan. 2-3)“King Tides” of 7+ Feet Coming to San Francisco Bay (Jan. 2-3)
By - posted 12/30/2021
Bay Area Updates, Outdoorsy, Parks & Beaches

The next “King Tides” are coming to the Bay Area on January 2-3 with tides expected as high as 7.22 feet. According to tide-forecast.com the peak tides should occur around 10:16 am on Sunday. January 2 and again around 11:07 am on Monday, January 3. What are King Tides? According to the NOAA, “A more...

SF's Very First Magnolias of 2022 Are BloomingSF’s Very First Magnolias of 2022 Are Blooming
By - posted 12/29/2021
Bay Area Updates, Outdoorsy, Parks & Beaches, San Francisco

Thanks to San Francisco Botanical Garden for sharing the news that the first of their beautiful magnolias are blooming. One of San Francisco’s most breathtaking natural marvels, the annual bloom of more than 200 rare and historic magnolias with trees reaching 80 feet, is typically at its peak from mid-January through March at the SF Botanical Garden. Velvety more...

California Hosts 50+ "First Day Hikes" on New Year's Day 2022California Hosts 50+ “First Day Hikes” on New Year’s Day 2022
By - posted 12/29/2021
Outdoorsy, Parks & Beaches

What a better way kick start the new year than by getting some fresh air and enjoying the outdoors with the Annual First Day Hikes. California State Parks will participate at parks across the state in this national-led effort that encourages individuals and families to experience the beautiful natural and more...

Brand New Lights Twinkle in SF's Precita ParkBrand New Lights Twinkle in SF’s Precita Park
By - posted 12/23/2021
Brand New, Parks & Beaches, San Francisco

San Francisco’s Precita Park has some brand new twinkling string lights that are brightening up the holidays, bringing cheer to park users and those who cannot congregate indoors during the pandemic. Bernal Heights resident Nigel Phillips spearheaded the effort, reaching out to Rec and Park and putting out a call for more...

SF's First Ever Full Moon "Howl" is December 18SF’s First Ever Full Moon “Howl” is December 18
By - posted 12/16/2021
Brand New, Fairs & Festivals, Only in San Francisco, Outdoorsy, Parks & Beaches, San Francisco

Come on out for an “only in San Francisco” event to exorcise 2021. Join legendary psychedelic rock band Moonalice and a host of “Masters and Mistresses of Howling” for a cathartic release under the last full moon of 2021. The full moon will be visible (stay away Karl) starting around 4:30pm more...