Golden Gate Park Lights Up - And It's Free! - 510 Families
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Golden Gate Park Lights Up – And It’s Free!

With lighted trees ranging from 12 to 20 feet tall, Golden Gate Park’s Peacock Meadow is currently home to Entwined, a special exhibit of lights that will run until April 4, 2021.

Photo of Entwined installation in Golden Gate park
Photo Credit: @secret.san.francisco

The installation, “Entwined,” is designed by San Francisco artist Charles Gadeken, and it honors Golden Gate Park’s 150th Anniversary (just like the temporary Ferris wheel, Skystar, currently closed for COVID safety).

This exhibition welcomes the public, at no charge, for socially distanced visits throughout the winter.

Perfect for strollers and scooters, a winding path guides visitors through sculptures comprised of thousands of LED lights. Visitors can approach the sculptures, making it a fun outing for families.

entwined forney kids
Photo Credit: Daniella Forney

The variety of lighting effects include


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  • raindrops on the pavement
  • lighting and thunderstorms
  • wind blowing tall grass and flowers
  • ripples on a pond

San Francisco Recreation and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg hopes that “a twilight stroll through the park will be truly magical this winter.”

entwined daniella forney
Photo Credit: Daniella Forney

Covid-19 Safety at Entwined Golden Gate Park Light Show

Everyone must wear a mask at all times and practice social distancing.

Lights will turn off at 9:30 pm each night. Entwined may periodically go dark for short periods to prevent crowding. Entwined is outdoors and spread out over an acre of open space. However, please consider employing one of these strategies while San Francisco remains in the purple tier:

    • Visit on a weeknight: Entwined will be in Golden Gate Park through March and will remain free.
    • If it’s crowded, come back later: Entwined is just one stop in an illuminated journey along JFK Drive. Take a picture in front of the lit-up façade of the Conservatory of Flowers. Travel a little further to the Music Concourse to find a wonderland of festive lights on the Observation Wheel and Spreckels Temple of Music.

Plan your visit to the Entwined light installation in San Francisco

Admission to this art installation is free. Peacock Meadow is on the east end of the park, near the Conservatory of Flowers. The Music Concourse Garage, which may be accessed from the Fulton Street and 10th Avenue entrance, is a 10-minute walk.

The Conservatory of Flowers, in the same part of the park, is also doing a beautiful outdoor light show.


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Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park
Photo Credit: @secret.san.francisco

Note that the buildings are not open, so restrooms are not easily accessed. You’ll be parking and walking through the paths of Golden Gate Park. Bundle up and bring flashlights for extra fun!

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10 thoughts on “Golden Gate Park Lights Up – And It’s Free!”

    1. I heard they weren’t turning them on on 12/31 to prevent Covid spreading New Year crowds. Maybe they forgot to turn them back on; it being a holiday and all.

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