After university, I lived in San Francisco for a year while I completed my post-bac premedical program. I lived in the Sunset district, which is known for its horrid fog and weather. And although this rumor did in fact turn out to be true, the Sunset also offers a unique more outdoors side of the city. This is because it is sandwiched in-between Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach, and Stern Grove (pictured above). During the summers, Stern Grove offers the Stern Grove Music Festival, which is a FREE festival held every Sunday with artists like Ozomatli, OK GO, and the San Francisco Symphony.
The park is also quite large and has a pond, multiple fields and a large off-leash dog park. My housemate and I used to love to take walks, go Geocaching and take pictures.
Its a damp San Francisco climate so the park offers lots of different mosses, clovers and slugs! This includes the famous California Banana Slug, so watch your step 😉
The dog park is full of characters. Sometimes I enjoyed watching the dogs and sometimes the humans. Like this guy and his dog below….the dog looked like a moving mat until he leapt into the air!
Stern Grove is a wonderful place to visit on a Sunday to hear good music as well as on a regular weekday just to get away from the city for a bit. Because less people know about the park, it is less crowded and has less homeless people than Golden Gate Park and it tends to be a bit safer overall. So stop by next time you’re in San Francisco and you’re sure to have a pleasant experience. Safe travels ~B