Northern California Waldorf 100 Celebration

MAY 18, 10 am - 4 pm
Golden Gate Park Bandshell at the Music Concourse

The first Waldorf school was founded in Stuttgart in 1919. Today there are over 1,100 Waldorf schools and
almost 2,000 Waldorf kindergartens in some 80 countries around the globe. Join us in celebrating 100 years
of Waldorf education around the world. On this day and throughout the year, the Centennial is an occasion to
further develop Waldorf education for our time and focus more consciously on its global dimensions.

This free event is open to the public. Bring your family and friends!


Berkeley Rose Waldorf School
Davis Waldorf School
East Bay Waldorf School
Golden Bridges School
Heartwood Collaborative
Live Oak Waldorf School
Marin Waldorf School
San Francisco Waldorf School
Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Sierra Waldorf School
Summerfield Waldorf School & Farm
Waldorf School of Mendocino County
Waldorf School of the Peninsula

Art, Photography, and Curriculum

Showcase of Waldorf education throughout the Concourse: main lesson books, photography, beekeeping, original artwork, and handwork.

Main Stage Performances

Performances start at 11 am.

  • Drumming - San Francisco Waldorf School
  • Welcome
  • Jazz Band - Waldorf School of the Peninsula
  • Jazz Band - San Francisco Waldorf School
  • San Francisco Youth Eurythmy Troupe
  • Davis Waldorf School Fiddlers
  • Singing - San Francisco Waldorf School Early Grades
  • Singing - Santa Cruz Waldorf School Grade 8
  • Orchestra - San Francisco Waldorf School (original student composition)
  • Vocalist Haley Grey, alumna
  • Keynote Address by Dr. Thomas Südhof, Nobel Laureate in Medicine
  • NorCal Waldorf Orchestra - Beethoven's 5th Symphony
  • NorCal Waldorf Faculty Choir - Song of Peace

*Subject to change

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Thomas C. Südhof, Nobel Laureate

© Nobel Media AB. Photo: A. Mahmoud
Professor of Molecular & Cellular Physiology
Stanford University

Dr. Südhof, originally from Göttingen, Germany, is a graduate of the Hannover Waldorf School and the recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Medicine for "discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells." (Read More)



Special Children's Performances and Activities

Don't miss the puppet shows!

10-11am — Come for a demonstration performance of table puppetry by San Francisco Waldorf School's 6th Grade. Then stay for The Magic Marionette Theater's production of "The Three Little Pigs" at 10:20 am.
2:30pm — Stay around for the afternoon performance of "Rolling Rice Balls," a Japanese folk tale, performed by Ruriko Miura (SFWS), Yasuko Inoue (WSP), and Sachi Gowe (SFWS).  The Sierra Waldorf School will then have a story vest puppet performance in English and Spanish.

Activities throughout the day

Jump rope making, seed ball making, metal jewelry creating, veil painting, a marble run, and other crafts for children. 




The Golden Gate Park Bandshell in the Music Concourse lies in the grassy area between the California Academy of Sciences and the de Young Museum.


Food trucks on site: Annakoots (Breads of India), Annie's (New York Frankfurter Co.), Kelsey Currie, Sam's Chowder Truck. Packed lunches and picnics on the lawn are also welcomed and encouraged!


The Music Concourse Garage offers accessible, convenient, and secure parking within walking distance from the venue. Electric vehicle charging stations are located on the upper levels. North Entrance: Fulton at 10th Avenue, South Entrance: 9th at Lincoln Way. Rate: $6.00/hr weekends, $33.00 max.; After Hours/Events: $17.00 flat

Free parking is available along JFK Drive (4 hour limit) in the park. Please do not leave ANY valuables in your car during the day.

Public Transportation

The N-Judah Muni Metro, #44-O'Shaughnessy bus, and #5-Fulton bus reach within walking distance of the Music Concourse.

The Golden Gate Park Shuttle is a free shuttle bus service operating on weekends and holidays from 9 am – 6 pm within Golden Gate Park.


Waldorf 100 Film

Take a few minutes to watch this powerful short film about Waldorf schools around the world, including the Community School for Creative Education in Oakland and a Jewish-Arabic Kindergarten in Israel. The subject is encounter, engagement, and inclusion. Like one principal says, "the important part of this work is creating healthy humans."



Bees & Trees

The Waldorf 100 initiative includes a number of core projects that aim to promote mutual awareness and interconnection both in the schools themselves as well as regionally. You'll find the importance of bees woven throughout the Centennial celebrations.

"Bees are an image of the spiritual power that lends dignity to freedom: for the power of love that wants to become effective. But bees are dying all over the world. We want to step up and do something about it. We want to keep bees at all our Steiner/Waldorf facilities, and have pupils of all ages participate intensively in the health of bees, from the lower to the upper grades, from harvesting honey to pursuing complex research projects. The earth should once again become a place where bees can thrive." Read more about the Waldorf 100 Bees & Trees Initiative.





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