This show has concluded. Learn more about or our new 2018 nightly Summer installation.

Flowers power the night this summer as the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park becomes the canvas for a spectacular light art installation to honor San Francisco’s city-wide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love.

Developed in partnership with San Francisco Recreation and Parks by Illuminate, the nonprofit arts group behind the famed Bay Lights, and Obscura Digital, a world-renowned creative studio specializing in large scale light-based art, the installation uses gobo projectors to transform the all-white landmark with a series of exquisitely illuminated scenes inspired by the rare tropical flowers within and the legacy of San Francisco’s flower children.

Nightly Illumination – Now Extended!

Due to overwhelming popular demand, the nightly illumination at Conservatory of Flowers has extended to November 26.

The outside of the Conservatory of Flowers will be illuminated at dusk, and continue to run starting at the top of each hour and 30 minute mark. The best viewing areas are on JFK Drive and in Conservatory Valley. Parking is available along JFK Drive.

June 21 – November 26, 2017
Nightly – Sundown to 11:45 p.m.
FREE – This is a public art installation and occurs outside the Conservatory.

Check out our electric beer garden on third Fridays!

The Surrealistic Summer Solstice is produced by Dawn Holliday with the musical direction of Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz.

The Conservatory of Flowers and Recreation and Park Department is grateful to event sponsor Meyer Sound, whose founders John and Helen Meyer are also celebrating a 50th anniversary this year, for generously providing the sound system for the event. They are also grateful to the San Francisco Parks Alliance, the California Historical Society, media sponsors Alice Radio and San Francisco Magazine, and numerous civic leaders and organizations for supporting the event.

You can help the Conservatory by donating directly towards funding this exhibit.
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Whether you’re a native San Franciscan, a visitor from another side of the world, or a classroom of budding botanists, the Conservatory of Flowers offers an intimate up-close experience with rare and endangered plants unlike any other. Come see what treasures await you!

Golden Gate Park | 100 John F. Kennedy Drive | San Francisco, CA 94118| 415-831-2090