What is Lindy in the Park?

Lindy in the Park is a free social swing dance event that takes place every Sunday (weather permitting, of course) from 11:00am – 2:00pm in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

LitP was founded in August 1996, which makes us 22!

How do I get to Lindy in the Park?

Close to public transportation, and situated above a parking lot, see DIRECTIONS

Will you be cancelling Lindy in the Park due to... ?

The answer is…no.  Generally (weather permitting).

Lindy in the Park takes place every Sunday, even if any of the following falls on a Sunday:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Independence Day
  • Christmas Day

and for these that ALWAYS occur on Sundays:

  • Mother’s Day
  • Father’s Day

and for these types of events that take place on Sundays:

  • <insert worthy cause> Walk-a-Thon
  • <insert worthy cause> Marathon
  • Run to the Far Side
  • Outside Lands Music Festival
  • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
  • Sunday after Thanksgiving

YES, Lindy in the Park will take place.


It’s raining.

What about Bay to Breakers?

Okay, yes, you got us.  We’re closed for Bay to Breakers because dealing with the mass of humanity and lack of parking is simply… let’s just say, we deserve a planned break.

Is Lindy in the Park open all year?

Lindy in the Park is open all year, weather permitting (and with some exceptions–see above)

Is there a swing dance lesson at Lindy in the Park?

Yes, a free beginning Swing Dance lesson takes place every Sunday, 12:00-12:30pm, with different material each week.  No partner or experience required!

Do I need a partner to attend Lindy in the Park?

No.  A partner is not required (even for the free beginner Swing Dance lesson–we rotate partners throughout the lesson).

Lindy in the Park is a social dance venue.

By simply exercising normally accepted methods of proper communication (“May I…?” and “Thank you…”), you can expect to find someone willing to share 3 minutes of his or her life social dancing with you 🙂

What type of shoes should I wear to Lindy in the Park?

DISCLAIMER: The dance surface at the current location is asphalt.  Each LitP attendee assumes all responsibility and/or risk for his or her physical state from dancing on this type of surface.  If there is any concern, please consult your personal physician for advice.

Okay, that said, if you wear any type of “normal” dance shoes with suede or leather bottoms, you will find the dance surface will wear out the shoe material rather quickly.  Some folks wear dance sneakers, or regular sneakers.  You might be able to find shoes with a hard, “not so sticky” rubber sole, which may allow for better “danceability”.  Your best bet is to come and try it out.

That said, listen to your body.  If you have any concerns over your feet, ankles, knees, and any other body parts connected to them, please consult with your personal physician.