Randall Museum is host to some of San Francisco’s very diverse community groups such as Musical Theater Works, San Francisco Naturalists, the Amateur Astronomers, the Mycological Society, and many others. These groups and other Randall affiliates hold exciting events such as lectures, evening parties and stage productions!

Annual Events

Randall Museum is proud to host a number of family-friendly special events each year. Some fun family activities, such as Bug Day, Family Halloween Day, and Holiday Craft Day, are perennial favorites. Others, including special exhibit openings, take advantage of one-time opportunities to share something unique with our visitors. 

Adult volunteers are always welcome at our special events! Please visit our Volunteer page for more information or contact Nathan at (415) 554-9681 or

Bug Day

Check out an incredible array of insects at the Randall Museum’s annual Bug Day, one of San Francisco’s best family activities. Do you adore arthropods, or do creepy crawlies make you queasy? Either way you’ll find something here to inspire your inner entomologist. Join in the insect-inspired fun and learn how important these little creatures are to the earth and our survival here. Kids and their families can make their own fabulous bug-related crafts to take home, see and touch live exotic insects, take a scientific look at insects through microscopes, compete in the Insect Olympics, and perhaps even EAT a bug or two.

Halloween Fest

Come in costume and join us for our annual Halloween celebration. The museum is transformed into a Halloween haunt with a gamut of fun family activities including ghoulish games, creepy crafts, tricks & treats, live entertainment, and more! Halloween revelers can explore the Twilight Forest, the Spooky Caboose, and Dr. Randallstein’s Laboratory… and can even take a stab at pumpkin carving! Free admission, musical entertainment, and free trick or treating; low cost games, food, crafts and magic show.

Holiday Craft Day

Ready to break the never-ending cycle of holiday shopping? Get crafty and MAKE presents and decorations for the winter holidays this year! Randall Museum dedicates a whole day to teaching kids and their families how to create one-of-a-kind hand-made gifts and items to decorate their homes that will brighten the holidays without breaking the bank. Enjoy live, family-friendly entertainment and selections from our Holiday Café.

Annual San Francisco Middle School Science Fair

Come by the Randall Museum late February/early March to view the annual San Francisco Middle School Science Fair. Over 200 students from nearly thirty San Francisco public, private and parochial schools will submit projects to the Randall Museum for this unique science competition.

Monthly Events

Third Friday Bird Hike

Join Randall Museum staff ornithologist Dominik Mosur as we explore Corona Hill in search of birds as well as plants, insects and other wildlife.

Birding the Hill

Birding the Hill

Join the Randall Museum’s resident birding guide for a Golden Gate Bird Alliance-sponsored bird walk on Corona Hill. This is a moderate/strenuous hike that includes a large staircase and some rocky terrain. Bring your own Binoculars. (BYOB!) Meet at 8 am at 199 Museum Way in the Randall Museum parking lot just before the curved entrance gate.

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