Weekend guide / Grab a pumpkin and attend the Lit Crawl

10.22.21 * Circulation 2,391

Hey there, San Francisco. 

Happy Friday! The rain has stopped for now and looks like it’ll mostly hold off until Saturday afternoon. Sunday looks to be a wet one. I’m no weatherman, but I would say: plan accordingly, be safe, and try to get the dogs and kids outside while you can. 

As we do each Friday, let’s take a bit of a break from the news to see what’s happening this weekend. Hopefully, it can spark an idea or two. 

And with that...here are some things to consider for your weekend ahead: 

📝 Take the SF Minute fall reader survey. I had to plug this real quick. I hope you don’t mind. It would be a huge help if you took a minute or two to fill out our fall survey. It should be quick. But it’ll go a long way in helping me to improve The SF Minute (and to sell some ad space!). 

Plus, two lucky people who fill out the survey will win a $25 gift card to a local, San Francisco business of their choice. I’ll select and announce the winners next week! Thanks y’all. 

🎃 Go get a pumpkin. Broke-Ass Stuart had a good guide this week to San Francisco’s pumpkin patch scene. Among them, reporter Joe Kukura called Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch (at 1620 7th Ave) the “Best overall experience for families and kids,” Clancy’s Pumpkin Patch (at 2101 Sloat Blvd) the “Most Instagrammable free pumpkin patch,” and The Guardsmen Pumpkin Patch (at Fort Mason) the “Best pumpkin patch where you can buy hard liquor.” 

🐑 Try the new plant-based lamb at Souvla. For the first time since it opened its Hayes Valley location in 2014, Souvla has made an addition to its menu—plant-based lamb made by the Dogpatch-based Black Sheep Foods. I tried the new topper this week in a Souvla salad, and I gotta say, it was really good. Maybe give it a go this weekend, with a fro-yo on the side, of course. 

📚 Attend a Lit Crawl event (or two). To culminate this year’s Litquake literary festival, on Saturday evening from 5pm to 9pm, there will be 23 “bookish” events across 11 different venues in the Mission. The event is known as Lit Crawl. “Chats with authors, poetry readings, magazine launches, stories written in real-time and more will all be featured,” Mission Local’s Will Jarrett writes. “How to choose between them?”

One good way to chart your course is to check out Jarrett’s interactive map here. Also, he says, events are free, but attendees are encouraged to register ahead of time (you can do so easily, right from the map in the link above). 

🍂 Some more ideas...

  • Head to Harry’s Bar on Fillmore Street to escape the rain, have a drink, and watch some football. Once you’re there, just tell a staff member that you’re a loyal SF Minute reader, and you’ll receive 10% off your bill. Thank you to the kind folks at Harry’s for this deal! 

  • Check out (or be a part of!) the Hayes Valley Halloween pet parade and costume contest on Saturday from 11am to 1pm. The event page says costumes will be available to borrow or buy at the “Pup Tent” on Hayes and Octavia (near Patricia’s Green) if you come empty handed. 

  • Stop by the Harvest Festival at Alemany Farm on Saturday from 10am to 2pm for live music, a winter crop plant sale, tours of the farm, and a DIY bath salt class. The event page also says to “bring a small token to place on the farm altar (a photo, an intention, something to let go of, or an offering to the earth).” 

That’s all for today! Oh, one more thing before you go. I’m excited to let you know that on Friday’s moving forward Broke-Ass Stuart will start publishing a weekly recap of the top news stories from The SF Minute. Check out the first edition here

I’m planning to publish these weekly news recaps on The SF Minute’s website on Saturday mornings. But if you follow along on a daily basis, there won’t be anything “new” in these recaps per se. Just a heads up in case you like the idea of a weekly update. 

Alright. Have a great weekend y’all and see you next week! - Nick B.

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