Celebrate the summer at the 2015 Alice Summerthing. This annual event offers FREE live music at Sharon Meadows in Golden Gate Park. This year it is on Sunday, June 28 from Noon to 5pm.
Performers include Kelly Clarkson, Mat Kearney, Elle King, and Rachel Platten. Doors open at 10:30am, so get there early to secure your spot on the lawn.
You will find a lot of gourmet food options on site. They will also sell soft drinks, water, wine, and beer. A few of their vendors will also sell some delicious cocktails. All proceeds from the alcohol and beverage sales will go to help maintain Golden Gate Park!
Alice Summerthing is an all ages event. Feel free to bring your friends, family, and little ones to this event. You can even bring Fluffy or Fido, as long as they are on a leash.
Sharon Meadows is a large field located by the McLaren Lodge near the corner of Kezar and JFK Drives. It is one block off Stanyan.
It will be packed with people, so please use public transit if possible. Several buses drop within a few blocks of Alice Summerthing including the 21 (get off at Stanyan and Hayes) and the 33, 66, and 71 (take the stop at Stanyan and Haight). Once you arrive, just follow the crowds to Sharon Meadows.
Don't forget your standard festival gear such as blankets or towels for seating. You can also bring along low profile lawn chairs to sit on (cannot exceed 6 inches in height).
You are also allowed to bring in small bags, backpacks, and cameras. They do allow you to bring in snacks, picnic food, and bottled water.
They do not allow coolers or ice chests, tall lawn chairs, or tents. Glass, cans, glass bottles, alcohol of any kind, soft drinks, aerosol cans, or any video or audio recording devices are also not allowed.
Security at the entrances also reserves the right to not allow other items as needed for safety.
Alice Summerthing is accessible to those in wheelchairs and with other disabilities. There is parking on Bowling Green Drive off Lincoln Way. Several spots here will be reserved as well as a special entrance nearby to make the journey to Sharon Meadows easier.
There is also valet bicycle parking on site for free! It is located at the main entrance to Sharon Meadows. The SF Bike Coalition provides valet parking again this year.
If you decide to grab a drink or some food either before or after the festival, you have plenty of options nearby.
The Haight offers a number of food options including everything from grab and go sandwiches to nice, sit down options. Click here for my recommendations.
You can also head to the corner of 9th and Irving, in the Inner Sunset. This is where you will find almost two dozen restaurants and bars. Some of my favorites include the comfort food at Park Chow, the Southeastern Asian food at Lime Tree Kitchen, and the seafood dishes at Pacific Catch.
Pinot Days: If you love wine tasting, the head over to The Metreon on Saturday, June 20 for Pinot Days. During this one day event, you get the chance to sample Pinot Noir wines from the US and Beyond. Click here for more details.
Frameline LGBT Film Festival: Frameline is the largest LGBT Film Festival in the world. It kicks off on June 18 and runs through June 28. During this time, you get the chance to see dozens of thought-provoking LGBT themed films. All are done by independent filmmakers from around the world. Click here for this year's calendar.
Free Folk Festival: The Free Folk Festival runs Saturday, June 20. Catch free, live musical performances all day long as well as workshops. End the night at one of the fun dance parties. Click here for details.
California Academy of Sciences: The most popular museum in San Francisco is just a few steps away from the Alice Summerthing Festival. The California Academy of Sciences offers four museums in one. You can visit the Four-Story Rainforest, stop by the Aquarium, learn more at the Natural History Museum, and catch a show at the Planetarium. Click here for pictures and to learn more.
de Young Fine Arts Museum: Another great museum in Golden Gate Park is the de Young Fine Arts Museum. It features thousands of modern art pieces from around the world. They also have amazing traveling exhibits. If you only have a few minutes, make sure you stop by their Observatory Tower to take in the views for free! Click here for details.
Japanese Tea Gardens: One of the most beautiful areas within Golden Gate Park is the Japanese Tea Gardens. It offers a variety of colorful flowers, plants, and structures from Japan. It's gorgeous all year long. Click here for pictures and more details.
Conservatory of Flowers: Another living museum, just a few steps away from the Alice Summerthing Festival, is the Conservatory of Flowers. It's made up of five temperature controlled areas and offers you the chance to see plants and flowers from around the world. Click here for more pics and tips to visit.
All Golden Gate Park Activities: Do you want to learn even more about Golden Gate Park's activities and events? If so, then this is where you will find them all. Click here for even more activities in and around the park.
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