Here’s what you missed…
Secret San Francisco wants to help you make the most of your free time! We put out “Don’t miss” weekend plans and news for you each week, so you’ll always catch an important event or news story. Here’s a summary of things we wrote about this past weekend (7/23-25).
Time to start planning for your next free day!
1. Free reservations open Tuesday, July 27 to see Thundercat, Cassowary and DJ Shortkut at Stern Grove
Who’s ready to see some live music?! Stern Grove Festival, a FREE outdoor concert series featuring a wide variety of genres, is coming to the end of its 2021 season. At 2pm on Tuesday, July 27 you can reserve tickets to see Thundercat, Cassowary, and DJ Shortkut. They perform Sunday, August 8.
The festival is running for 10 Sundays this summer, starting June 20 and ending August 29. We couldn’t be more stoked about the rest of the lineup!
- August 1: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (reservations opened 2pm July 20)
- August 8: Thundercat, Cassowary, DJ Shortkut (reservations open 2pm July 27)
- August 15: Fitz & The Tantrums, Devon Gilfillian, DJ Omar (reservations open 2pm August 3)
- August 29: The Big Picnic featuring Tower of Power, Too $hort, DJ Shortkut (reservations open 2pm August 17)
2. The legendary Tonga Room tiki bar is back open, and we’re all overdue for a visit
The beloved Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar finally reopened on July 9! This is the longest continually running tiki bar in the states. It’s basically everything a tiki bar should be; an explosion of deliciously kitsch tropical décor with all the themed, lethal cocktails and Polynesian-fusion dishes you could hope for. It also features a plunge pool in the center of the room, and a band plays live music while floating around on a boat! Tonga Room is currently only open on Fridays and Saturdays at 950 Mason Street in San Francisco.
3. These WWII bunkers in the Marin Headlands will take you back in time
We all know the Marin Headlands are home to some of the best hiking in the state, and if you haven’t been to this popular spot, you’re missing out! The Coastal Trail is an easy hiking loop with plenty of opportunities for exploring, from the rock labyrinth to the WWII bunkers.
The bunkers are easy enough to find by following the main trail. You can go inside and check out the same view that the U.S. Army saw over 70 years ago when making its seacoast defense of the harbor. The bunkers have been sprayed over by a decent amount of graffiti, but they’re still quite interactive.
4. Sip your way through these 5 secret speakeasy bars in SF
When Prohibition went into practice during the 1920s, San Francisco was one city that played by its own rules. Speakeasies were relatively easy to find back then, often serving up spirits brought in from Canada. That era of American history ended nearly 90 years ago, but there are a handful of local bars that mimic the secretive, back-door façade of those 1920s-era speakeasies.
- The Linden Room
- The Remedie Room
- Smuggler’s Cove
- Cold Drinks Bar
5. Grace Cathedral’s captivating yoga series is back on Tuesday evenings
Grace Cathedral’s incredibly popular series Yoga on the Labyrinth is back in business! The session is a gentle Hatha yoga practice that’s open to all ages and abilities, taught by well-known local yoga teacher Darren Main. During your practice, you will be accompanied by live music from world-renowned musicians, all within the stunning architecture of Grace Cathedral. As you lay down your mat on one of Grace Cathedral’s characteristic labyrinths, you’ll realize that this is not your typical yoga experience. Classes take place every Tuesday evening from 6:15pm to 7:30pm, and cost $15. Be sure to reserve a spot in advance!
Featured image: @tongaroom via Instagram