Fall in San Francisco

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”- The Great Gatsby

Substitute “hot” for “crisp” and you have October in San Francisco. But new beginnings and adventures, nonetheless!

Summer is finally here in San Francisco, rolling in just a month after East Coasters packed away their swimsuits and white jeans. While it’s always terribly sad to wear a winter coat to a Giant’s game in July, there’s something lovely about wearing a sundress while drinking a pumpkin spice latte.

October is my absolute favorite month in San Francisco, so I wanted to highlight some awesome events to celebrate and places and things to take advantage of while we enjoy our (hopefully) entire month of warmth and sunshine!

This Saturday I am so excited to head back to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, a free festival in Golden Gate Park. It gets SUPER crowded and they don’t sell booze, so plan accordingly. I’ll be getting there early with friends, setting up camp with a cooler of champagne, orange juice, beer, bagels and cream cheese, and listening to live music all day long. I’m especially excited to see Robert Earl Keen—a favorite of my dad’s whom I grew to love while living in New Orleans (this was my theme song once I realized that the hell that was teaching would soon be over…).

Next weekend: HRC Gala. I love when supporting my friends and great causes involves a Dry Bar appointment, Rent the Runway, and a night of cocktails and dancing.

Next week/weekend: Litquake. Love books? Running the Nike Women’s Marathon Sunday but still want to have a social Saturday night? Here's an overview of the event, and don’t forget to stop by Elbo Room for a  a free book (which, by the way, is a thoroughly entertaining and fun read).And here are just a few of the talks, but there are so many that look interesting and inspiring!

73 Women on Life's TransitionsMisfortunates in Love and Life: A Comedy/Storytelling Event826 Valencia Student Reading (Learn more about 826 Valencia here.), 7x7 Presents: Travel Misadventures.Here is the full schedule (including a week of events leading up to this Saturday).

Cheer on the NWM runners on Sunday by Ocean Beach! And afterwards, wait in an insanely long line for delicious toast, grapefruit juice (called the Yoko Ono, they do not respond well to the request for “juice”—yes, this is one of those places) atTrouble Coffee.

Looking towards November (always a planner, I can’t help it), another of my favorite SF festivals: Dia de Los Muertos in the Mission.

Oh October, I love you already. Cheers to a fantastic fall, and more regular blog posts chronicling a beautiful new season!