Presidio Picnic FAQs

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    Where is Presidio Picnic located?
    The event is located in the heart of the Presidio on the Main Parade Ground outside of the Presidio Visitor Center and near the renowned Walt Disney Family Museum. It’s the perfect place to linger with family and friends, or use Presidio Picnic as a starting point for your explorations of other park offerings, from the museum at the Presidio Officers’ Club, art exhibitions, scenic overlooks, to hiking and biking the parks trails and beaches.

    When is Presidio Picnic open?
    Every Sunday 11 am-4 pm from March 29, 2020 through October 25, 2020.

    Do I need tickets to this event?
    Presidio Picnic is free and open to the public.

    Is Presidio Picnic kid-friendly?
    Yes, Presidio Picnic offers kid-friendly menu items from many different international mobile food creators, as well as free bicycle lessons for kids on the first Sunday of each month, presented by the Presidio Community YMCA. Presidio Picnic is also a well-established space where kids can run and play games across a seven-acre lawn.


    Arrive early! If you’re planning to attend with a large group or space is a concern, we encourage you to plan ahead and arrive early.

    Pack smart. Weather varies from full sun to wind and fog. Bring layers, sunscreen, a sunhat, picnic blanket, and your water bottle to refill at our onsite water stations. Items are also available to purchase at the Presidio Visitor Center, located next to the picnic's Main Parade Ground lawn.

    Take public transit. Presidio Picnic is easily accessed through the MUNI 43 line or the free PresidiGo Downtown Shuttle.

    Ride your bike! Free bicycle valet parking is available through SF Bike Coalition. Additionally, The Presidio Community YMCA offers a free YBike “Learn to Ride” program for children of all ages (bikes provided) on April 5, May 3, June 7, July 5, August 2, September 6 and October 4 (the first Sunday of the month).

    Pack in, pack out. Just like other national parks, you can help our environment by using compostable containers, bringing a reusable water bottle, and taking your trash with you.

    Make a day of it. Walk off your meal on the Presidio’s spectacular 24 mile-long trail network. Along the way, marvel at Andy Goldsworthy’s art installations, such as Tree Fall, stop by The Walt Disney Family Museum, or pop into the Presidio Officers’ Club to check out the Presidio museum and archaeology lab.


    What can I purchase at Presidio Picnic? Attendees can enjoy food from more than 30 of the Bay Area’s best mobile food creators. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are also available from our bar partner, Rye on the Road. For a full list of creators, please visit

    Do creators accept debit/credit cards? Yes.

    Are there vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free options available? Many of our creators offer dishes to accommodate various diets. We recommend asking creators for their vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.


    How can I get to Presidio Picnic? Presidio Picnic is located on the Presidio’s Main Parade Ground, bordered by Montgomery Street at Lincoln Boulevard, San Francisco, 94129. It can be easily accessed by the MUNI 43 line or the free PresidiGo Downtown Shuttle, which runs between the Main Post, Union Street/Van Ness Avenue, Embarcadero BART, and the Transbay Terminal from 9 am to 7:30 pm on weekends. Free Bike Valet is offered every Sunday, sponsored by SF Bike Coalition.

    We encourage you to walk, bike, or take transit to the Presidio; however, a limited number of paid parking spots are available if you do choose to come by car.


    No glass bottles

    No stakes or pop-up tents

    All dogs must be on a leash, and waste must be disposed of properly in the trash (not the compost!)

    Use designated crosswalks and sidewalks

    Place trash in the appropriate bins (or pack it out)

    If a trash can is full, please don’t leave your waste beside the can. Take it home to help us protect the park and all its wildlife.

    No organized sports

    No drones

    No balloons

    Not all building restrooms are public. Please use those designated with signage.


    When are the cultural dance performances taking place? Look for a full schedule of dance performances at Presidio Picnic website at

    Where can I get more Presidio info when I arrive? Stop by the Presidio Visitor Center at 210 Lincoln Blvd. for information on what's happening in the Presidio, as well as free maps and guides.

    Are dogs allowed at the Presidio Picnic? Yes! All friendly dogs on leash are welcome.​




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