Everything You Can Do in SF This Weekend

Including brunch on a roof and high tea at home.

While the rest of the country has been suffocating in oppressive heat for the last couple of weeks, we’ve been sliding into our puffy jackets one arm at a time and looking up at the sky wondering if we’ll ever see the sun again. Well, friends, despite the fact that we are technically still smack dab in the middle of our foggiest time of year, “Fog-Aust” has decided to be contrary this year with a weekend of high temps and sunshine (we’re not complaining). And you know what that means: Finally the perfect time for outdoor brunches and dinners and picnics in the park. Still hanging out at home? Well, there are also plenty of delivery options for you, including a “high tea” situation and a cookie situation.

Enjoy a car-free corridor on Valencia Street

Friday, July 31 - Sunday, August 2
Valencia Street’s closure between 16th and 17th and 18th and 19th feels almost European, at least in that the streets have been taken over by people drinking and dining. Until November 1, those two blocks will be blocked off to traffic every Thursday from Sunday from 4pm to 10pm, allowing for shops and restaurants to expand service while following social distancing guidelines. Enjoy ceviche from Limon, cocktails, burgers, and live music at Curio, fish tacos at West of Picos, and more.
Cost: $ to $$

Support a youth-run supper club by ordering dinner from Old Skool Cafe

Friday, July 31 - Sunday, August 2
We’re huge fans of this youth-run supper club for many reasons. First, the restaurant trains and employs at-risk youth who run ALL aspects of the business, from chefs to entertainers, and, as a result, helps break the cycle of poverty and incarceration. Second, well, who really needs a second, but the food and the entertainment are always stellar. Unfortunately, you can’t get the latter right now, but you *can* get curbside pickup and delivery. Right now the thing to order is Maria’s chicken pozole ($10), a dish created by the chef’s mother’s Mexican recipe. Obviously, also get the fried chicken and short ribs.
Cost: $ to $$

Grab some fancy booze to enjoy at home and a slushy to enjoy in the park

Friday, July 31 - Sunday, August 2
North Beach
Cask, a fancy liquor shop where you can get rare spirits, including out-of-production Scotch, bourbon, Japanese whisky, all of your favorite spirits (and the bitters and accessories you need to transform them into your favorite cocktails), and more is popping up inside of Devil’s Acre in North Beach. Stop by and pick up your order from the pop-up window where you can also get an Irish coffee or a slushie -- weather depending -- and add your own booze mini-bottle to enjoy in Washington Square Park.
Cost: $ to $$$

Get really, really delicious cookies delivered from Merchant Roots 

Friday, July 31 - Sunday, August 2
Your home
Merchant Roots’ dinner series is one of our favorite dining experiences in SF, but, for now, that’s on hold. What’s also on hold is your “summer body,” something you should celebrate by ordering the shop and restaurant’s buttery housemade cookies … along with a bottle of wine or two. 
Cost: $ to $$ (depending on how many cookies and how much wine you order)

25 Lusk
Courtesy of 25 Lusk

Indulge in all-day brunch and cocktails on a spacious rooftop

Friday, July 31 - Sunday, August 2
Lobster eggs Benedict, caviar and blinis, Belgian waffles, passion fruit rum punch, and a sunny rooftop with a rad ‘80s soundtrack … What more could one want from an all-day brunch experience at a time when brunch experiences are hard to come by? Head to the Rooftop at 25 Lusk to experience all of that and more. Can’t make it this weekend? Don’t fret. The all-day brunches (plus regular menu items) are available Wednesday through Sunday.
Cost: $$

Enjoy a splendid afternoon tea at home 

Friday, July 31 - Sunday, August 2
Your living room, your dining room, your bed, wherever
There’s nothing quite like a proper afternoon tea, which, since we’re not allowed to fly to the UK isn’t something we can get right now. What we can get, however, is an at-home experience that will transport you to Europe via savory tea sandwiches, mini viennoiseries, and other sweets delivered in beautiful boxes by the just-opened-before-the-pandemic (and then had to immediately close) Maison Danel. In a time where it’s hard to make moments feel special, this is exactly what we all need. There’s an option to add on a half-bottle of bubbles, which you should take.
Cost: $$

Grab quality cocktails and food truck fare to enjoy at Fort Mason

Friday, July 31
The Interval at Long Now, one of SF’s best cocktail bars, is open for to-go orders every Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 8pm with a focus on large format drinks (although there are also single-serve options). Our suggestion is that you grab your cocktails from Interval, pick up some food from nearby Greens, and then find a spot at Fort Mason to throw down a picnic blanket and settle in for a night of delicious food and drinks, albeit safe and socially distanced.
Cost: $ to $$

Immerse yourself in music and meditation at Grace Cathedral’s sound bath

Saturday, August 1
Online: Link will be sent before the event
Everyone’s handling COVID differently. Some of us are bathing more than ever; some of us... not so much. Either way, what we could all probably use right now is a bath of sound intended to take us to “that elusive, quiet refuge inside every human heart.” While we can’t actually gather at Grace Cathedral, we can all go there virtually (at 5pm and 8pm) to experience a livestream of the deeply meditative bath put on by some phenomenal musicians.
Cost: $10

Listen to world music at Stern Grove’s online festival

Sunday, August 2
There are only three weekends left of Stern Grove’s “Best of the Fest” series, a look back at some of the best performances from the archives. This weekend’s theme is “World Music Day,” the perfect way to take a trip around the world when mostly stuck at home.
Cost: Free

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Daisy Barringer is an SF-based freelance writer who is taking advantage of these strange times by exploring San Francisco on foot. Follow her on Instagram @daisysf to see where she goes next.