WNP Events Calendar

Western Neighborhoods Project shares local history at events for community organizations, clubs, businesses, schools, and fairs. We also host our own events, including special walks and symposiums exclusively for WNP members.

Contact us to bring some San Francisco history to your next gathering.

  • Villages and Concessions of the Midwinter Fair(WNP Event)

    Jun 20, 2019 7:00pm-8:00pm (Thursday) at Western Neighborhoods Project 1617 Balboa Street
    From plaster igloos to German castles to an indoor volcano, the concession exhibits at the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition offered a range of unusual entertainment to visitors. "Villages" of African, Hawaiian, and Inuit performers reinforced imperial ambitions and attitudes of superiority while meeting "interest in foreign humanity." California interpreted and mythologized its own past with the 49 Mining Camp, while people paid dimes and quarters across the fair grounds to ride camels, descend down a dragon's maw, and eat fortune cookies in what became the Japanese Tea Garden.

    For this illustrated program, Woody LaBounty will be joined by Japanese Tea Garden gardener and historian Steven Pitsenbarger and Presidio Trust historian Barbara Berglund Sokolov, author of Making San Francisco American: Cultural Frontiers in the Urban West, 1846-1906. Midwinter Fair items and ephemera from the collection of Ed Herny will be on display as part of the evening. $20 for the general public and $10 for WNP members.
    Tickets/More Info
    map to: Western Neighborhoods Project 1617 Balboa Street
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org
  • 1894 Midwinter Fair and the Sunset

    Jun 24, 2019 7:00pm-8:00pm (Monday) at SHARP 1736 9th Avenue
    Woody LaBounty will appear at the SHARP monthly meeting to share the connections of the 1894 Midwinter Fair and the Inner Sunset district. In an attempt to jump start the local economy during a depression, boost San Francisco's reputation, and take advantage of the popularity of the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Michael de Young conceived of the California International Midwinter Exposition, better known as the Midwinter Fair. From January to July 1894, Golden Gate Park hosted daily parades and nightly electric light shows amid Moorish palaces, German beer gardens, mock volcanoes, and Eskimo villages. The "fabulous fair" reflected the imperialist desires, mercantile ideals, societal anxieties, and racist philosophies of the time, and left legacies to the park and the Inner Sunset district that survive today.
    More Info
    map to: SHARP 1736 9th Avenue
    Contact: sharp@sharpsf.com
    more info: https://sharpsf.com/?meeting=june-s-h-a-r-p-meeting-woody-lebounty-recalls-the-midwinter-fair-of-1894
  • Botanicals & Brews

    Jul 19, 2019 6:30pm-10:00pm (Friday) at Conservatory of Flowers 100 John F. Kennedy Drive
    At this special Historic Gems edition of Botanicals & Brews we're celebrating 140 years of the Conservatory of Flowers. Join park staff as they highlight some of the oldest plants in our collection while we will share the mysteries and history of the Conservatory.

    Learn about favorite brews of the past from Seismic Brewing Company, Laughing Monk Brewing, and Ghost Town Brewing. The night will also feature old-time music by Fog Holler, a bluegrass trio, and delicious food offerings by food trucks Izzy Cheesesteaks and Taco San Buena. This is the perfect event to bring or buy your very own WNP beer coozie.

    Tickets begin at $29, and can be purchased at https://conservatoryofflowers.org/exhibits-events/botanicals-and-brews-beer-garden/
    More Info
    map to: Conservatory of Flowers 100 John F. Kennedy Drive
    more info: https://conservatoryofflowers.org/exhibits-events/botanicals-and-brews-beer-garden/
  • Mountain Lake to Lobos Creek Walk(WNP Event)

    Aug 24, 2019 10:00am-12:00pm (Saturday)
    John Martini will lead a Presidio walk along the edge of the Richmond District. Join us to learn about lake and creek natural history, a Spanish colonialist campground, a little-known cemetery and hospital, and a balloon-launch site. Nearby MUNI routes include the 1-California and 28-19th Avenue buses. $5 fee to attend and there is a maximum capacity of 30 people.

    Our thanks to the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development for its support of this event!
    Tickets/More Info
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org
  • Fort Miley & Lands End Walk(WNP Event)

    Sep 21, 2019 10:00am-12:00pm (Saturday)
    John Martini will lead a two-hour exploration of little-visited East and West Fort Miley and the abandoned El Camino Del Mar highway. Highlights include 1890s fortifications at Fort Miley, a quick walk-through of the Veterans Administration hospital campus, the Octagon House (outside only, sorry) and visit to a forgotten pile of funerary monuments on El Camino Del Mar. A very economical $5 fee to attend and a maximum number of 30 attendees.

    Our thanks to the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development for its support of this event!
    Tickets/More Info
    Contact: Woody LaBounty woody@outsidelands.org
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