Prepare to “Howl” with Legendary Band Moonalice on Saturday 18 December in Free Golden Gate Park Event

Iconic Band Ushers in the Year’s Last Full Moon as The Alterverse Celebration Continues

Psychedelic rock band Moonalice will lead an extraordinary evening Saturday, December 18, as San Francisco celebrates the last full moon of 2021 with a full-throated “Howl.”

Throughout the evening, which runs from 4:30 - 7:30PM, revelers will be encouraged to howl at the moon in a uniquely San Francisco ending to the challenging year. Masters and Mistresses of Howling will include The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Liam Mayclem, Lester Chambers, and many others.

The moon will begin to rise around 4:30 and should be fully visible by 5:00 PM when the howling will begin. The family-friendly event is free to all.

The event, part of The Alterverse, an ongoing celebration of poetry and light in Golden Gate Park’s Music Concourse hosted by arts nonprofit Illuminate, will honor poet Allen Ginsberg’s epic poem with a series of collective, cathartic howls. Ginsberg’s poem will be scrolled in lasered letters across the full facade of the de Young Museum as part of the celebration.

Arts organization Illuminate, the catalyst behind The Bay Lights and other large-scale public art projects across the city, is partnering with a multitude of city agencies, non-profits, poets, and musicians on The Alterverse, which features an ongoing series of free events in Golden Gate Park that run throughout December. More than 20 live music and poetry events are scheduled in addition to dazzling light exhibitions in the park’s Music Concourse and surrounding areas.

“The pull of the full moon is universal across all of humanity since the beginning of time,” said Illuminate founder Ben Davis. “We’re inviting people from around the bay to join us for this quirky San Francisco event. It’s a shared mental health moment. A chance to let go and safely reconnect outdoors, all at once.”

An entire schedule of events can be found here. Partners include the San Francisco Recreation  and  Park Department, San Francisco Public Library, Friends of the SF Public Library, the SF Parks Alliance, MoAD, 826 Valencia, and many more. 

Moonalice is an exuberant Bay Area ten-piece known for delivering a unique brand of psychedelic soul and rock-tinged Americana. With an unparalleled list of collaborations with some of the biggest names in music, the family tree of Moonalice has touched every corner of rock and roll history and holds a renegade spirit and an ethos of love, peace, and happiness that permeates everything they do.

“After the wild ride of the past two years, this is the perfect event for our return to public performances in San Francisco,” said Moonalice lead Roger McNamee. “We’re going to be playing and singing our hearts out, but you can bet we’ll be howling too.”


Weather - a dry but very chilly day is expected in the park. Bring lots of layers, gloves, scarves, etc..

Bus Lines - 44 O’Shaughnessy line stops right on the Music Concourse, with the northbound 44 stopping in front of the California Academy of Sciences, and the southbound 44 stopping in front of the Japanese Tea Garden. Other nearby bus lines include the 5 Fulton, 7 Haight and N Judah. For more information, visit

Driving - you can route to the Music Concourse Parking and this will take you to Music Concourse Drive. The band shell is in between the California Academy of Sciences and the DeYoung Museum.

Parking - best parking is on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, which is a short walk to the bandshell. DO NOT PARK in the Music Concourse Parking Garage because this closes at 7:00 PM.