Knitting the Commons

Knitting the Commons is an art installation that spans trees throughout the three public spaces in an effort to “knit” Civic Center public spaces together. Throughout phases of this project, select trees have been wrapped in one-of-a-kind, whimsical styles and patterns, created by artist-sister duo Knits for Life. In June of 2017, the neighborhood community was invited to vote on themes for the knitted sculptures. In line with the selected theme of “Land, Sea and Air Creatures,” installations in 2018 included giraffes, sea otters, and chameleons in Civic Center Plaza, parrots on Fulton Street, and octopuses UN Plaza. In 2019, Knits for Life installed elephants in Civic Center Plaza and flamingos in UN Plaza. Please do hug the trees! (Image by Jill Watt)
Visit the project website here.

1st Sundays Block Party 2019

The 2019 season is over! Thank you to all the attendees, community organizations and sponsors that made it possible! Please check back later to learn about 2020 dates.

Original post: The final 2019 1st Sundays Block Party event series is on Fulton Street at Larkin: Sunday, October 6, from 11am to 3pm.

This FREE family-friendly event features games and activities for all ages – don’t miss the petting zoo, recreational activities, selection of street food offerings curated by Off the Grid, music with San Francisco KMVQ 99.7 NOW, a craft market with one-of-a-kind goods created by over 20 local SF Etsy artisans and DIY pumpkin decorating. And come out to the official launch celebration for SF COUNTS, and learn how you, your family and our city can get counted in the 2020 Census!

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Street Soccer Fields on Fulton Street

Update: The turf soccer fields at Fulton Street have rolled up for the season, you can sign up for to receive more information on their return in 2020, and for other events happening in Civic Center, please visit our attractions page.

Original: Open every day from morning until 9pm, through summer, the two modular turf fields on Fulton Street (between the Asian Art Museum and the Main Branch of the San Francisco Pubic Library) are the new spot to play soccer! Presented by San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department with Street Soccer USA,  and additional programming with America Scores. Continue reading “Street Soccer Fields on Fulton Street”

Winter Park Ice Rink

Please note the rink is now closed for the season, please check back in fall 2020 for information on the rink’s third season.

Original post: The Winter Park Ice Rink has returned for its second year!

The ice rink and track in Civic Center Plaza is modeled after the internationally-famed Wiener-Eistraum, an ice rink located in the City Hall Square of Vienna, Austria; and is open through the holiday season, until January 5, 2020. Special events include curling classes, food drives and dance parties. Continue reading “Winter Park Ice Rink”

Civic Center Initiative Block Party Events

Thank you for a wonderful 2018 season of the Civic Center Initiative Block Party event series! The 2018 season featured 10 signature events: five 1st Sunday events occurred on Fulton Street from 11am -3pm on July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7 and November 4; and five 3rd Thursday events were held in Civic Center Plaza from 5-9pm on June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, and October 18.

These free outdoor events featured live music, art, food and other activities. Programming highlights included free live performances by bands curated by Another Planet Entertainment , food trucks and bar from Off the Grid, rotating recreation such as free rollerskating from Church of 8 Wheels,  a circus performance by SF’s own Circus Bella, an open-air bazaar with one-of-a-kind goods created by local SF Etsy artisans, DIY crafts, and interactive art at the Village Artist Corner. During Sunday events, attendees could also visit the  Heart of the City Farmers’ Market in UN Plaza.

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