It’s that time of year again when a mass exodus of hippies and hipsters (and, you know, regular folks) leave San Francisco to spend a week half-naked and “finding themselves” in a dusty prehistoric lake bed they’ve turned into “a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance.” Yup, that’s right: Burning Man is back.
Well over 67,000 people attended the Burn last year, and while it’s tempting for those of us who don’t partake in the hedonism to spend the entire week rolling our eyes at those who do, we suggest that you be a little more productive. Thirty-nine percent of Burners in 2015 were also Californians, so spend your Labor Day weekend doing all of the SF things that’re so much better when the Burners aren’t here.
Stay in the city all weekend
The best part of living in San Francisco is often escaping the city for sun and fun on the weekends. But when a good portion of the City heads to Nevada desert for a week, an empty San Francisco is exactly where you want to be. Yes, even if Karl insists on blanketing the city with fog the entire time.
Eat brunch at Zazie
Sure, there’ll probably still be a wait at this French bistro in Cole Valley, but the line for miracle pancakes and eggs Monaco is pretty much guaranteed to be substantially shorter even if you show up at noon with a group of six. Take your time in the back garden, then walk off your meal in the Haight, where the sidewalks will be slightly freer of Burners.