This summer, music, community, and nature join forces once again in the heart of the city during the twelve-day, outdoor extravaganza known as Flower Piano. Now in its fourth year, Flower Piano once again transforms San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG) into the city’s own alfresco concert hall, and everyone is invited to play and listen. From July 5 – 16 only, visitors will find twelve pianos tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within SFBG’s 55 acres and are encouraged to play what they like, from chopsticks to Tchaikovsky. On weekend days, event partner Sunset Piano has invited professional pianists and a whole host of other musicians to perform throughout the Garden as well, and the public is welcome to pack a picnic and enjoy the shows.
Also back this year is NightGarden Piano taking place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 12, 13 & 14. Three magical nights filled with beautifully lit pathways, food and drink for purchase, and pianos aglow with performances by Sunset Piano all-stars, as well as open pianos to play all while providing support for daytime Flower Piano events.
FREE with regular admission as follows:
San Francisco Residents: FREE with proof of residency
Non-residents: $8 general, $6 youth 12-17 & seniors; $2 children 5-11; children 4 and under FREE; families of 2 adults and one or more child pay just $18
The Garden is free daily 7:30-9am and all day on second Tuesdays of the month
www.SFBotanicalGarden.org, (415) 661-1316
Saturdays, July 7 &14
Rabbit Hole Theater Company: Come along on a family-friendly character scavenger hunt at several piano locations near the Main Gate, concluding with a song and photos at the Great Meadow
1-4pm, Children's Garden
Bean Sprouts Family Days Presented by Kaiser Permanente: Family program with garden activities, crafts, and miniature pianos!
Sundays, July 8 & 15
9-11am, Garden of Fragrance
Charity Kahn: Interactive music, movement and mindfulness for families. Two shows: 9am and 10am.
10:30am, Helen Crocker Russell Library
Story Time and Family Walk, Flower Piano Style: Family program with music-themed story time followed by a Family Walk to nearby pianos