Weekend guide / Say 'hey' to the SF garter and listen to live music at a bar

It's Friday, July 2.

Hey there, San Francisco. 

Happy Friday and Fourth of July weekend. Here in the Alamo Square area, we are yet again living in a cloud. Hopefully, by a miracle, we’ll have clear skies for Sunday night! 

As a reminder for the new readers here, we take a bit of a break from the news on Fridays to bring you some ideas for your weekend ahead. Hopefully, it can spark an idea or two. 

So without further ado, here are some things to consider this weekend: 

🐍 Say “hey” to the SF garter. If you’re flying out of SFO this weekend, as you exit the freeway for the airport, take a quick look to your right. There, on a 180-acre protected piece of land owned by SFO, lies the highest concentration of the endangered San Francisco garter snakes...anywhere! 

As we highlighted in our story yesterday, much of that is thanks to SFO biologist Natalie Reeder, who’s been working to save the SF garter since 2015. So, yeah. As you’re driving by, check out that wetland area you’ve probably passed 100s of times and say “hey” to our city’s awesomely beautiful, namesake snake. 

🍻 Visit Humble Sea in Pacifica. If you’re looking to get out of the city, but don’t want to travel too far, consider checking out the new Humble Sea taproom in Pacific, which just opened on Thursday. Since launching its original Santa Cruz taproom in 2015, Humble Sea has grown a loyal following (including yours truly) mostly for its limited-release cans and “foggy” IPAs. The new spot is located at 5560 Pacific Coast Hwy and for now, it’s open from noon to 8 pm Thursday-Sunday.

🎶 Stop by Club Deluxe. As Broke-Ass Stuart spotted yesterday, the Haight Street jazz/swing/cabaret bar Club Deluxe reopened its doors on Thursday, and it’s back in a major way with live music every single night. This weekend’s lineup includes Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums on Friday, Americano Social Club on Saturday, and the Luxomatics on Sunday. All shows are from 8-11 pm, and there’s a $5 cover. 

And speaking of live music, this summer at Zeitgeist, the Mission’s favorite beer garden will host a free concert series every Sunday. This Sunday, the Hogan Brothers will play from 2-5 pm, followed by The Barneys from 6-9 pm. 

🎆 Watch fireworks. After a hiatus in 2020, San Francisco’s fireworks show is back with a bang (sry 😜 ). It’s scheduled to start on Sunday at 9:30 pm along the northern waterfront (between Aquatic Park and Pier 39). So get to a rooftop or high ground or head in that direction, and let’s hope we can see some fireworks this year! 

That’s all for today! As a programming alert, I’m going to take off this upcoming Monday, 7/5, as I hope many of you can as well. Enjoy the weekend, be safe, and we’ll see you back here on Tuesday! - Nick B. 

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