Welcome 2024 by rediscovering San Francisco’s Civic Center. Just steps from NEMA San Francisco you’ll find a place where the arts, community, civic events, and government come together. Since the 1800's, Civic Center has been the hub of culture, government and urban public spaces in San Francisco. The City’s history is deeply ingrained in the fabric of Civic Center, where cultural and ceremonial events have played out in these prominent spaces.

San Francisco Recreation and Parks, in partnership with the Civic Center Community Benefit District, Urban Alchemy, San Francisco Public Library, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco Parks Alliance and recreation providers, is transforming United Nations Plaza and the surrounding Civic Center area by activating these public spaces with an array of recreational offerings and amenities.

Middle Ground from the Exploratorium will call Civic Center home through March 2024. Find it at the Larkin Street steps of the Main Branch of the San Francisco Public Library. People of all ages are invited to pull up a chair and experience Middle Ground, an exciting outdoor exhibition about how people interact with one another.

Free Zumba Dance Classes: Sunday, Wednesday & Friday. Zumba instructor Matt Ziegler leads classes in Civic Center Plaza (weather permitting) on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays with SF Rec & Parks Zumba in the Parks. The class is for all ages and skill levels; meet on the paved portion of the plaza adjacent to City Hall. Free, drop-in.

Trivia Night at The Beer Hall: Every Thursday test your trivia on historical facts, current events, sports and more at The Beer Hall's Trivia Night, 7-9pm.

Asian Art Museum Free First Sundays: The Asian Art Museum offers free admission on the first Sunday of the month.

Friends of the SF Public Library Step Sales. Every Wednesday, visit the Larkin Street steps of the Main Branch of the SF Public Library to find used books of all sorts.

SF Symphony 2023-2024 Season: The SF Symphony's 2023-2024 features a robust calendar of performances.

Tour City Hall: The San Francisco City Hall Docents provide guided tours to the public. The tours are about an hour long and are currently offered on Fridays at 11am and 1pm.

Fitness Court, by National Fitness Campaign: The new Fitness Court Music Studio at U.N. Plaza is a free, open-air wellness center, featuring the Fitness Court 7-minute full body workout system on one side and a second athletic floor for group classes on the opposite side. Created for adults aged 14 and over and with all abilities in mind, Fitness Court workouts are adaptable for all fitness levels, allowing participants to move at their own pace. Users also may download the free Fitness Court App which acts as a coach-in-your-pocket and enhances the world’s best outdoor gym into a digitally supported wellness experience. Rae Studios is currently providing free fitness classes at the Fitness Court including Power Yoga, Hip Hop Fitness, Sala, K-Pop, BollyX and more.

Chess, Teqball, Ping Pong and Other Games: A variety of game tables invites park visitors to sit down for a friendly chess match; try their hand, or rather, feet, at teqball; or pick up a paddle for a more traditional game of ping pong. All game amenities and equipment are free to use. Learn and Play Chess at UN Plaza on Sundays, 11am-1pm.

U.N. Plaza Skateboard Plaza: This new 13,000 square-foot skating plaza is the first of its kind in the nation, featuring iconic elements from San Francisco’s street skating community. Designed by skaters, for skaters, this new area includes plenty of ramps, platforms, and edges for skaters to enjoy.

Other activities and amenities:

Heart of the City Farmers Market at Fulton Plaza

Artisan Gift Gallery at Fulton Plaza

Dog Play Area at U.N. Plaza Open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

Drop-in soccer at Civic Center Plaza

Food Court at Civic Center Plaza, coinciding with the Heart of the City Farmers Market

All-Ages Open Roller Skate at Fulton Plaza

Check back often as the full calendar will be updated regularly with more activities and special events.

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