Indian Summer. It's a magical time to be in SF. The strong winds, dark days and unrelenting grey of July and August have passed, and summer has finally arrived. While the rest of the country was busy swimming, sweltering and summer-ing, we were freezing. We bought new down jackets, and complained. But, it's finally our turn!
September and October are the best times to visit San Francisco. The days are sunny and still long enough for afternoons and evenings spent outside. The wind doesn't pick up as dusk approaches, and you might even get to venture out without a jacket. Back in the 1800s, before the gold rush and before California was swallowed up by the U.S., the early inhabitants of San Francisco used to pack up and picnic out at Ocean Beach when Indian Summer rolled around. They'd pick wild strawberries, BBQ and party until it got cold again. The whole town would show up for dancing and drinking on the beach. (PS: for more amazing SF facts and stories I highly recommend Cool Grey City of Love by Gary Kamiya. It's amazing!)
If you live in The City, you'll notice your office empty out on sunny afternoons, coworkers suddenly plagued by sickness and doctor's appointments. You'll be able to rock that sundress that's been sitting in your closet for months. You'll wonder where all your summer basics have gone, and it will be wonderful.
One of the perks of having a belated summer is that over Labor Day, traditional summer clothes and outdoor essentials go on major sale. Some of my fave places to snag a deal, like 6pm.com get new merchandise as the seasons change. Other brands, like the always trying to revamp itself Abercrombie and Fitch and J. Crew are offering site wide discounts. Madewell has a ton of cute stuff on sale. Nordstrom is marking down tons of summer staples and Target is having a huge home and outdoor sale. I've linked a bunch of favorites below. Happy Indian Summer!