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.

  • Exhibition: SF Ice Arena, 1990(WNP Event)

    Dec 7, 2019 - Mar 21, 2020 at Western Neighborhoods Project 1617 Balboa
    In 1990, when news of the demolition of the Outer Sunset's venerable 48th Avenue Ice Arena became public, photographer Darcie Westerlund set out to document the west side landmark's last days. We are proud to inaugurate our new exhibition schedule at our Home for History with a curated set of Darcie's images from her trips to the Ice Arena. Hours 10am-4pm Monday through Saturday (and by appointment).
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    map to: Western Neighborhoods Project 1617 Balboa
  • OpenSFHistory All-Stars!(WNP Event)

    Feb 28, 2020 7:00pm-8:30pm (Friday) at Western Neighborhoods Project 1617 Balboa
    David Gallagher, Nicole Meldahl, and special guests from the San Francisco History Community will give a rundown of their recent favorite pictures and stories from our ever-expanding OpenSFHistory archive. Tickets are $20 for non-members, $10 for members. Light snacks and drinks provided.
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    map to: Western Neighborhoods Project 1617 Balboa
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
  • Ice Skating in San Francisco(WNP Event)

    Mar 12, 2020 7:00pm-8:30pm (Thursday) at Western Neighborhoods Project 1617 Balboa
    In support of our current exhibition, San Francisco Ice Arena: Photographs by Darcie Westerlund, Nicole Meldahl will chronicle the ice skating craze that first arrived in San Francisco with the Techau Ice Palace in 1916. When the Sunset's beloved rink on 48th and Kirkham was demolished in 1991, it was the oldest operating ice arena in the United States -- outlasting other San Francisco favorites like Leggs, Winterland, and Sutro's. Bring your memories and leave with things you learn. Light snacks and refreshments provided.
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    map to: Western Neighborhoods Project 1617 Balboa
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
  • Sunset Branch Library Open House

    Mar 21, 2020 1:00pm-5:00pm (Saturday) at SFPL - Sunset Branch 1305 18th Avenue
    Western Neighborhoods Project will offer local history to Sunset District visitors and residents alike. Last year featured book and prize giveaways, fun activities, and snacks, as well as a speaker series.
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    map to: SFPL - Sunset Branch 1305 18th Avenue
    Contact: sunmgr@sfpl.org
    more info: https://sfpl.org/locations/sunset
  • Monumental Golden Gate Park(WNP Event)

    Mar 28, 2020 5:00pm-8:00pm (Saturday) at WNP Home for History 1617 Balboa
    Join us at the opening reception for Monumental Golden Gate Park, co-curated by SF Rec and Park Historian, Christopher Pollock, and showcasing artwork by Richmond District resident Patrick Mahar. Refreshments and light snacks provided.

    Golden Gate Park, known for its natural beauty, is also home to a remarkable collection of public art with monuments and memorials. Our second exhibition of the year explores the history of the park's cultural landscape features by placing selections from the OpenSFHistory collection and rare artifacts in dialogue with watercolors and illustrations.

    Free Event (but let us know you're coming)
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    map to: WNP Home for History 1617 Balboa
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
  • Golden Gate Park 150 Community Day

    Apr 4, 2020 10:00am-5:00pm (Saturday) at Golden Gate Park
    In 2020, Golden Gate Park is celebrating its 150th anniversary, and Western Neighborhoods Project is a community partner of the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department for a year of commemorative events.

    This all kicks off with a free park-wide community celebration on April 4th, exactly 150 years after the California Legislature created Golden Gate Park,that will include special activities like a much-anticipated 150-foot observation wheel, entertainment, food offerings, and more. Details are still in the works but mark you calendars now for a day of fun.
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    map to: Golden Gate Park
    more info: https://www.goldengatepark150.com/
  • WNP 21st Anniversary Gala(WNP Event)

    May 17, 2020 6:00pm-10:00pm (Sunday) at The Clubhouse at Presidio Golf Course 300 Finley Road
    Western Neighborhoods Project will celebrate its twentyfirst anniversary with a gala benefit of history and friendship at The Clubhouse at the Presidio Golf Course from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    The evening will focus on the inspiration for Western Neighborhood Project's creation in 1999---preserving and sharing the history of San Francisco's west side.

    Get more information and purchase tickets at http://outsidelands.org/gala/
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    map to: The Clubhouse at Presidio Golf Course 300 Finley Road
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
  • Film Screening: 5 Blocks by Dan Goldes and Robert Cortlandt(WNP Event)

    May 21, 2020 6:30pm-8:30pm (Thursday) at Western Neighborhoods Project 1617 Balboa Street
    Market Street was once the grandest boulevard in America. No stranger to civic celebrations since the 1900s and just minutes from City Hall, the area fell into decline and became home to the poorest population in San Francisco. The neighborhood is currently undergoing its most dramatic change in 50 years as tech companies, their employees, and the restaurants and stores that cater to them confront the realities of a neighborhood that still houses some of our most marginalized residents.

    WNP will host a screening of 5 Blocks, a film by Dan Goldes and Robert Cortlandt who used our OpenSFHistory archive as a research tool to explore the complex questions of income disparity, changing demographics, and the very nature of place as they look at contemporary Market Street.

    Join us to see how the past contextualizes the present, meet filmmaker Dan Goldes, and enjoy curated historical images of Market Street from OpenSFHistory. Tickets are $20 for non-members, $10 for members. Light snacks and refreshments provided.
    Tickets/More Info
    map to: Western Neighborhoods Project 1617 Balboa Street
    Contact: Nicole Meldahl nicole@outsidelands.org
    more info: https://www.5blocksproject.com
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