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Presidio Picnic

  • Main Parade Ground Montgomery Street San Francisco, CA, 94129 United States (map)

Every Sunday: March 31 through early October
11 am to 4 pm on the Presidio's Main Parade Ground
Get to the Presidio on the free PresidiGo Downtown Shuttle OR Public Transit

The national park picnic returns with food and dance that celebrate the diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area!

Grab a blanket and head to your national park for Presidio Picnic. This great family event takes place on the Presidio’s beautiful Main Parade Ground, a seven-acre lawn with views of the park, the city, and the San Francisco Bay. Presidio Picnic features:

  • A rotating lineup of 30+ international mobile food creators representing the best of San Francisco’s multicultural food scene curated by Off the Grid

  • Free Yoga class from LubbDubb every Sunday from 11am to 12 noon

  • Free Presidio Y Bike learn-to-ride lessons for kids every 1st Sunday of the month. Bicycles and helmets provided

  • Cultural Dance Performance every 3rd Sunday of the month at 12 noon to 2 pm.

Free Cultural Dance Performances

Presidio Picnic brings a special focus to the food and cultures of our diverse Bay Area community by including a free cultural dance performance on the third Sunday of each month. The season opens with a very special welcome blessing from the Ohlone Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe, which honors early inhabitants of the Presidio (begins at 11:30 am). Cultural dance performances will be offered the third Sunday of each month and the full list will be announced shortly.

A Launching Pad for Your National Park Adventures

Set at the heart of the country’s most visited urban national park, Presidio Picnic is your gateway to adventure. Enjoy a wonderful day on the lawn and then explore the other amazing national park experiences that can be had here. The Presidio features miles of walking trails, sandy beaches, forests, hidden springs, historic sites, public events, and spectacular vistas – all free to enjoy. Plan your adventure at the Presidio Visitor Center, right next door to Presidio Picnic.

Love Your Park

Help us make Presidio Picnic a zero-waste event! We encourage visitors to show their love for the environment by participating in the “leave no trace” ethos. All food containers and service are 100% compostable. Bring your own water bottle and use our free water refilling station in lieu of the sale of bottled water.

Getting to the Presidio

Here are ways to come to Presidio Picnic without a car:

Presidio Picnic Food and Retail Vendors (subject to change)

New to Presidio Picnic this year are Off the Grid mobile food creators:

  • Beans N Barbells: mobile pop café serving specialty coffee beverages

  • Bowl’d Acai: made-to-order juices, smoothies and acai bowls

  • Estas Manos: just-launched artisan coffee roaster proudly based in San Francisco

  • Fruity Moto: organic, all-natural, fruit-centric craft beverages

  • Gio Gelati: traditional Italian gelato made with impeccable California ingredients

  • Horn Barbecue: much-lauded authentic Texas barbecue with a cult following

  • The Base Co: LA-based natural sweetener company serving guilty-free, plant-based beverages in refillable “happiness jars” that feature designs by local artists

  • La Santa Torta: Tacos, tortas, elotes and more that showcase the gastronomy of the Jalisco region of Mexico

  • Lobsterdamus: Southern-California shellfish favorite serving up Maine lobsters on a mesquite grill

  • Mi Morena: La Cocina entrepreneur offering fresh Tacos de Guisado on housemade tortillas

  • Milk & Waffles: authentic Liège waffles topped with imported pearl sugar

  • MOMO Noodle: high octane sauces and toppings on traditional Asian noodles

  • On a Roll - Calcutta Style: Indian kathi rolls fusing traditional and modern flavors

  • Pye: savory meat and veggie pies made in small batches with honest ingredients

  • Spunbyss: classic, made-from-scratch sliders, fries and sides with vegetarian options that include a plant-based burger patty from Impossible Foods

  • Turontastic: crunchy and irresistible Filipino desserts with inventive fillings like ube mochi, and strawberry-Nutella

Participating alums from Off the Grid’s 24-month mobile food incubator in partnership with Google, Instrucktional, include:

  • Bollocks: Globe-spanning spherical delights from meatball master Greg Spangler.

  • Manjé: Haitian Caribbean cuisine from entrepreneur Dimitri Lilavois.

Picnic devotees will be delighted to discover that many of the event’s most popular mobile food creators will also be back for the 2019 season. Returning creators include Oakland-based Nashville-style hot chicken purveyors Hot Bird (easily identified at last year’s Presidio Picnic by their sizable queues), masters of Peruvian fusion Lamas Peruvian, and Pacific Island-meets-Philippines dessert favorite Hula’s Sweet Treats.

For an up-to-date schedule of mobile food creators at Presidio Picnic through the 2019 season, please visit

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