Weekend guide / 'Hillwide' garage sale in Bernal and hikes in McLaren Park

It's Friday, August 13.

Hey there, San Francisco. 

Happy Friday. We made it! As we do each week, let’s take a bit of a break from the news to give you some ideas for your weekend ahead. 

Before we do, a quick shout out to all the 2000-plus participants for this year’s Escape from Alcatraz event, which takes place this weekend. For the first time, there will be a swim+run (apparently known as an “Aquathlon”) on Saturday. Then, on Sunday, the more traditional triathlon will happen for the 40th time. Can you believe they’ve been convincing people to jump out of a boat near Alcatraz and swim across the Bay for 40 years? Wild. 

Anyways, best of luck to everyone and be safe out there! 

And with that...here are some things to consider this weekend… 


🛍 Go garage sale-ing in Bernal Heights. If you’re looking for a good deal, head to the annual Bernal Heights “Hillwide Garage Sale” on Saturday from 9 am - 2 pm. The event’s website is pretty impressive, complete with a map of participating houses and what you can expect at each. Like at 1571 Dolores St, where there are “two households coming together to bring you a wide assortment of things! Think Cross Roads or Buffalo Exchange clothing wise, variety of sizes! Home goods, misc electronics, CDs, funky finds etc. Couple of unique bikes for sale! Free items throughout the day!” 

If treasure hunting isn’t your thing, maybe head to the Botanical Garden’s monthly plant sale this Saturday and Sunday from 10 am - 4 pm in Golden Gate Park. The theme for this month’s sale is “containers and hanging plants” for those of us with little or no room to garden. 


🚲 Rally at the Great Highway. There’s been a lot in the news lately about the city’s decision to reopen the Great Highway to car traffic on the weekdays. But, as SF Minute contributor Natalie Mead pointed out this week, the move isn’t necessarily a permanent one since the Board of Supervisors could propose changes in the coming months. 

So, if you’re in favor of keeping the beachside stretch closed off to cars (or, just want to stretch your legs), consider heading down to the Great Highway near Judah Street around 10:30 am on Sunday. According to the SF Bike Coalition’s website, there will be a “brief program beginning at 11:00 am,” followed by opportunities to go door-to-door to talk with neighbors and hand out signs that “show support for a car-free Great Highway.” 


🗣 Sign up for the Boudin/Scott talk. I’m looking forward to this talk next Monday (8/16) at 6 pm on “The future of San Francisco'' with District Attorney Chesa Boudin and Police Chief Bill Scott. The two have kept it cordial in past discussions, but with growing concerns over crime in the city, it’ll be interesting to hear both perspectives and see how this goes. Plus, it’s free and will be moderated by Mission Local’s star reporter, Joe Eskenazi. 


🍹 Grab a drink (and maybe some food as well) at the new Cantonese restaurant in Chinatown, Empress by Boon. This week, Chronicle food critic Soleil Ho shared that the city’s toughest reservation, Empress by Boon, has a walk-in lounge that offers “baijiu cocktails” and its full dinner menu, complete with “some of the best roast duck” in town. Maybe head there. 

You could also consider a drink at the sparkling new, “Parisian-style wine bar” Linden & Laguna in Hayes Valley. Or, a cocktail from Persona in Lower Nob Hill, which opened late last month and features a bar design inspired by “erotic cinemas,” Eater writes


🌳 And finally… Take a hike in McLaren Park. The Frisc’s Veronica Irwin had a story this week that was a good reminder about the beauty (and wonder) of our city’s second-biggest park, McLaren. If you go there, consider the popular Philosopher’s Way trail, which, Irwin writes, is a “2.7-mile loop around the park’s perimeter that features 14 ‘musing stations’ — markers with bits of poetry, benches for contemplation, and more.” 


That’s all for today! Something quick, though, before you go. 

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Alright! Enjoy the weekend y’all. See you on Monday! - Nick B. 

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