Friday Farmers Market & Bazaar in UN Plaza

Please note: The Friday Farmers Market & Bazaar will resume after the shelter-in-place order is lifted; the Friday Heart of the City Farmers Market will resume then as well. The Heart of the City Farmers Market currently continues on Sunday and Wednesday.

Original Post: Join us at the Friday Farmers Market & Bazaar – A market day in UN Plaza: every Friday, from 7am to 4pm, UN Plaza features the best of San Francisco! Grab fresh fruits and veggies, buy gifts from local vendors, and grab lunch at delicious food stalls representing cuisine from diverse communities throughout the City.
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Red Umbrellas Fine Art in Civic Center Plaza

The popular open air art gallery, Red Umbrellas, will be opening their signature-red sunshades and featuring local artists’ works in Civic Center Plaza once a month (weather permitting).

To see the schedule of when to spot the red umbrellas in Civic Center, visit the Red Umbrellas’ website, which features a monthly calendar.


Zumba in the Parks with SF Recreation and Parks

The free, Tuesday (12-1pm), Wednesday (12-1pm), Thursday (12-1pm) and Friday (8-9am) Zumba in the Parks classes hosted by San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department features lively music and heart-pumping moves with a talented instructor. The one-hour class, happens every week in Civic Center Plaza, year-round, weather permitting.

Exploratorium’s Middle Ground

The Exploratorium’s new outdoor installation on the western steps of the San Francisco Main Library – Middle Ground: Reconsidering Ourselves and Others  features 14 interactive, multimedia exhibits.

Middle Ground hopes to inspire bystanders to examine our biases and stereotypes, how we work as a team, the stories we tell ourselves about other people and how we all interact with each other subconsciously in our daily lives. Continue reading “Exploratorium’s Middle Ground”

Kartma from Downtown Streets Team

On sunny days in UN Plaza, look for games from KARTMA – Downtown Streets Team’s motorized tuk tuk packed with fun!

Rolling out on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11am-3pm, KARTMA features free games such as giant Jenga, darts and cornhole. Table top games such as checkers and chess are also available for loan. Outdoor seating is available in UN Plaza every day during lunchtime. And, on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays KARTMA will operate as part of larger market events with a range of lunch food offerings for purchase.  So rally the office crew or grab a few friends, enjoy your lunch in the sun, and engage in a little healthy competition!

Learn more about Downtown Streets Team and the Tuk Tuk here.



Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds

Opened in February of 2018, the Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds offer one of San Francisco’s most unique playscape experiences. The playgrounds were inspired by the city’s foggy climate and feature a “cloud forest,” climbing features and a dynamic lighting feature. This project is managed by the Trust for Public Land in partnership with San Francisco Recreation and Parks.

Visit Helen Diller Playgrounds Rec & Park page.

LINES Dance Center Interactive Dance Performances

Update: Please note the dance classes are on a hiatus as of October 1, 2019; and will return at a later date.

Original post: For 12 weeks, starting August 22, LINES Dance Center is hosting free, 30-minute pop-up interactive dance performances in UN Plaza every Thursday at 1 pm. Watch or join these interactive outdoor performances — weather permitting — led by LINES Dance Center faculty!

Classes run through November 14, 2019.

Art / Lit Living Innovation Zone (LIZ)

Designed by San Francisco public high school students with Youth Art Exchange’s architecture program in collaboration with the Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Public Library, this dragon-inspired structure serves as a dynamic canvas for local artists and is host to monthly, all-ages programming as part of the Museum’s Free Target First Sunday. The design of this structure and ongoing use celebrate a mythical creature that is found throughout both artwork and literature, spanning many cultures. Sited in between the two institutions, the project intends to serve as a literal and symbolic link between the Museum and Library.

The Art / Lit LIZ is temporary, it was initially installed in May 2017.
Find out about upcoming Art/Lit LIZ events here.