Weekend guide / Head to Chinatown and gear up for Outside Lands

It's Friday, August 27.

Hey there, San Francisco. 

Happy Friday! As we do at the end of each week, 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! 

So without further ado… here are some things to consider for your weekend ahead… 


🍜 Head to Chinatown. The Chronicle’s Soleil Ho and Tanay Warerkar put out a good guide this week to help you have the best *food* day ever in Chinatown. They say to start with dim sum at Good Mong Kok. Then, grab lunch at Yilan Bento, dinner at R&G Lounge, and cocktails at Moongate Lounge.

Other recommendations included coffee from The Coffee Movement, pastries from Grand Opening, noodles from Chong Qing Xiao Mian, and late-night salt-and-pepper calamari from Yuet Lee


🌞 Get outside. For the first time in two months, temperatures in San Francisco are moving into the 70s. So, get outside if you can and enjoy our belated summer weather. 

If you get hungry (or thirsty) out there, on Friday, Eater refreshed its list of best outdoor patios, parklets, and rooftops in the city. And if you’re headed to Golden Gate Park, consider stopping near the Conservatory of Flowers to see the Dhalia’s in full bloom. Also, on Sunday at 1 pm in the Music Concourse, the Golden Gate Park Band is putting on a free concert featuring Disney and Pixar music. 


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🙏 Watch Sister Act in Dolores Park. The San Francisco Park Alliance brought back its free, outdoor film screening series “Sundown Cinema,” and the kickoff starts tonight with Sister Act in Dolores Park. Festivities, including a “Sister Act Show” put on by the Grace Cathedral choir, begin at 6 pm and will be hosted by Sister Roma of the SF Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. The movie will start around 8 pm and “habit” attire is encouraged. 


👨‍🎤 Gear up for Outside Lands. Typically in August, Outside Lands will be at the end of October this year with headliners like Tame Impala, Lizzo, and The Strokes. So, you still have some time before the three-day festival, but there were some updates announced this week that you should know about. 

First, on Wednesday, Outside Lands said it will require attendees to show proof of vaccination at the door or a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours. And second, on Friday, the food lineup was announced and like most years, it’s really quite impressive. Standout vendors (to me!) include Bini’s Kitchen, El Garage, Lazy Susan, Nyum Bai, Smish Smash, and um.ma.  


💞 And finally… Celebrate Transgender History Month. This week, Mayor Breed declared August as Transgender History Month, making San Francisco the first major city in the country to do so. To celebrate the news and commemorate the 55th anniversary of the 1966 Compton’s Cafeteria Riots (which took place in the Tenderloin and was one of the first documented uprisings of transgender people against transphobic violence), San Francisco’s Transgender District is hosting a Riot Party on Sunday from noon to 4 pm on the 100 Block of Taylor St., between Eddy St. and Turk St.

The event is free and, according to the mayor’s press release, will “feature food, live music, performances, and more” and “will also honor community members who have advanced trans rights in San Francisco and beyond.” 


That’s all for today! Thanks so much for reading y’all and have a wonderful weekend. See you back here on Monday! - Nick B.

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