Flower Piano Serenades Golden Gate Park: Twelve Days, Twelve Pianos & the SF Botanical Garden

Flower Piano, now in its 4th year, returns to Golden Gate Park with twelve pianos strategically placed amongst 55 acres of beautiful gardens. The San Francisco Botanical Garden’s Flower Piano extravaganza takes place for twelve days, July 5th to the 16th, and gives the public open access to play all twelve pianos between 9am and 6pm each day, except during performances.

For added inspiration and entertainment, pro performers play on the weekends. This year’s musical highlights include Latin jazz master Chuchito Valdés, and critically acclaimed pianist Allison Lovejoy, together with Kymry Esainko and members of the Classical Revolution Orchestra.

Sunset Piano partners to provide the pianos and the posh to the already brightly refined Botanical Gardens. This is a combination not to be missed! As Dean Mermell of Sunset Piano describes it, “Flower Piano may be the world’s only interactive music festival—interactive between music and nature, as well as between audience and performer.”

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Also, back this year is NightGarden Piano (July 12-14) offering an evening version of Flower Piano with different performers each night, plus the opportunity to walk the garden paths aglow with soft lighting, buy food and drinks, and listen to live music as the sun sets and after.

Flower Piano
July 5 to 16
SF Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park

FREE admission for all Members, School Groups, and SF Residents (with proof of residency). For all other adults, it’s $8. Youth and seniors are $6. Children under 4 are free, or $2 if under age 11. And for families with 2 adults and children under 17, its $18. Garden members are invited to an exclusive members-only Flower Piano evening on Tuesday, July 10 from 6:30-8:30pm.

NightGarden Piano Tickets are $45 each with proceeds helping to fund Flower Piano. Garden members get discounted tickets and expedited entry.

Written by Christine Arata

As a latchkey kid, I used to entertain myself by watching movies on TV. I grew up on Hollywood classics. Later, I learned an appreciation for foreign films. Over the years, I have had various film-related jobs, made some shorts, and studied film for a bit in Italy. My degree includes a minor in film. Writing is now a great form of expression.