Stern Grove Clubhouse


Updated 05/05/2022

In August of 2021 a ruptured water main on Sloat Blvd caused significant damage to the adjacent hillside inside the park as well as areas of the Stern Grove West Meadow. The Trocadero Clubhouse and East Meadow were not damaged. Repair work is ongoing and is expected to continue through the end of 2022. We are now accepting applications for events at the Trocadero for WEEKENDS ONLY, after June 12, 2022.  


Updated March 11, 2022
Proof of vaccination and face coverings are no longer required to enter our buildings; however, face coverings are still strongly recommended. It is the responsibility of the event organizer to review and comply with all public health requirements set forth in Health Order C19-07y.

The Stern Grove Clubhouse may be reserved for Weddings/Receptions, Family Celebrations and Company Functions. 

Rental Fees

Reservation Fee
Hourly Rate (Minimum 6 Hours
Outside Surrounding Area: Additional Fee
Staff Salary Per Hour (Minimum 6 Hours)
Monday to Friday (Daytime: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)$50$175$200$26
Monday to Thursday (Evening: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.)$50$175$200$26
Friday to Sunday (Evening 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.)$150$204$200$26
Saturday to Sunday (Daytime:10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)$150$204$200$26
Legal Holidays: (Daytime:10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or (Evening: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.)$150$204$200$26

Additional Information

  • Please Note: While the fee for the outside surrounding area is $200, additional impact fees may be applied depending on event setup. Additional fee information can be found here.
  • Stern Grove Clubhouse has a caterer’s kitchen for the permittee’s use. This includes a prep counter, warming ovens, and a refrigerator. There is no stove or oven at this facility.
  • Permittee must obtain a California State Licensed and Insured/Bonded Security Firm/Company. A copy of the contract must be sent to the Permits and Reservations office to be put on file six months prior to the event.
  • Important: All weekend evening rentals (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) require a security guard from 5 p.m. until half an hour past the event time.
  • A Performance Bond of $750 (separate check from rental fee) in the form of a cashier’s check or money order, payable to San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is required for every reservation. The performance bond will be returned if the reserved area is left clean and undamaged following the event.
  • Capacity: 
    • Maximum: 120 sit down 
    • Maximum: 140 stand up

How to Reserve

To reserve this facility, please complete an online application. Applications must be received a minimum of 30 days in advance of your requested date for consideration and processing. 

Reservations can be made up to one year in advance of the event date. If multiple applications are received for the same date, the reservation will be awarded through a randomized lottery system. Only one entry to the randomized lottery, per event, per date is permitted. Please email or call 415-831-5500 for more information and inquiries.

Unavailable Days

Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Years Eve and New Years are not reservable. In addition, certain weekends over the summer are reserved in advance for the Stern Grove Music Festival and October 25 through November 1, 2021 are reserved for San Francisco Recreation and Park Department Scare Grove event.

The Stern Grove Clubhouse will be closed from December 24 through January 31 for yearly maintenance.


Viewings are on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:30pm. Viewings are by appointment only and must be scheduled at least one week in advance. For example, if you plan to visit Tuesday, December 17th, you must RSVP by no later than Tuesday, December 10th. To book an appointment, email Kern Lee at or call 415-831-5500, press option #3.

Please note there will not be viewings on the following dates:

  • January: Closed for maintenance for entire month.
  • October 20th and 27th for the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department ScareGrove event

Effective Monday, December 2, 2019 we will no longer host weekend viewings of Stern Grove. Viewings will be held on Tuesdays from 4:00-6:00pm.


  • A 20% (non -refundable deposit) of the total Rental Fee is due five business days from the date the reservation was made.
  • Remaining Balance, Performance Bond and Staff Salary is due six months prior to event.
  • If request for reservation is two months to six months prior to the event date, full payment and performance bond, candle permits, security contract and staff salary is due five business days from the date the reservation was made.

Note: All fees are subject to change


  • Cancellations must be phoned in. The Permits and Reservation Office must receive a written letter confirming cancellation within five business days after the phone in cancellation.
  • Cancellations made prior to three months before the event will receive 50% of the Remaining Balance that was paid.
  • Cancellations made three months or less before the event will receive no refund.
  • Staff Salary (Stern Grove) will be fully refunded in case of cancellation.