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Here’s Three Things to Do in SF With All This Gorgeous Weather

Updated: Feb 28, 2024 08:24
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A sunset.

The city can look like the California dream from time to time. (Mauro Lima)

It’s as rare as pulling a foil Charizard in your trading card pack, as Bill Murray waking up and finding it’s not the same day as yesterday. It’s like finding your ex’s Netflix password still works after all this time. It’s surprising warm, sunny, almost hot weather in San Francisco. And it’s time to enjoy that shine for as long as it lasts, be it days or even hours, before the rain returns.

Yes, a few days of rain are slated to hit before another big weekend. But there’s no good reason not to throw open the windows and live it up when the sun does come, though some may try to be the cool one in the corner poo-pooing your good time. They’re called tools, and there are a million reasons not to be a tool. These are just a few top-tier ways to take in all the Paris of the West has to offer.

Hit the Embarcadero

All three miles of San Francisco’s famous seawall is a delight, especially on a cheery and bright day. There’s a ton of righteous food and drink, ferries headed to Sausalito and Tiburon aplenty, and one of the cities finest farmers markets out back next to an eight-foot-tall Mahatma Gandhi statue. Then, head inside for shopping at the various vendors and stores. A little triumph, as Prue might say on the Great British Baking Show.

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A garden.

Smell the flowers at the Botanical Garden

Magnolia season in San Francisco is a seasonal treat. Bursts of purple and pink unfold once a year for just a little while, and the San Francisco Botanical Garden is an idyllic locale to let your jaw drop. Located off of 9th Avenue in Golden Gate Park, the large arboretum and garden is free-to-enter for residents, free for everyone on the second Tuesday of each month, and tickets go for $13 for adults otherwise. Why be terminally online when you could literally touch grass?

Get engaged in local politics

San Francisco’s in a doom loop? It’s the worst city in the country run by corrupt politicians who won’t save you in your time of need? Then do something about it. Darius Simpson is happy to loop you into the People’s Program, Jess Semaan has plenty of demonstrations needing folks on the front line. No excuse of calling it on account of rain, so go with your friend or family who sent you that rad activation after work this week. Don’t let the capitalist plutarchs win; get involved.

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Paolo Bicchieri

Paolo Bicchieri (he/they) is a writer living on the coast. He's a reporter for Eater SF and the author of three books of fiction and one book of poetry.