Where to Shop
Score handcrafted and locally-made goods, like an artisan letterpress card at Serendipity or a pair of striped painter pants at design collective Gravel & Gold. At the Timbuk2 Mission Factory Store, you can design your own backpack or messenger bag. Browse stylish retro furnishings and homeware, such as pop-art wall panels, at Carousel Consignment. Therapy stocks everything from vintage carnival wheels to Tom’s shoes, while the Voyager Shop sells fashionable jumpsuits, skirts, modern menswear, and more from a curated selection of independent designers. For something truly unusual, try Paxton Gate, home to carnivorous plants, 18th-century sundial replicas, and ethnically sourced taxidermy.
Another neighborhood highlight: Incredible independent bookstores, which include sci-fi centric Borderlands Books, Dog Eared Books—featuring a mix of new and used titles—and Adobe Books, known for its backroom gallery and poetry readings.
Commemorate the lives (and afterlives) of departed loved ones at November’s annual Dia de los Muertos, which includes a candlelit procession along Mission streets; or in May, take part in the festivities of Carnaval, two days of colorful costumes, music, dancing, and hot rods culminating with a parade to celebrate the neighborhood's diverse Latin American and Caribbean roots.
The highlight of San Francisco’s annual October literary festival, Litquake, is Lit Crawl, a literary pub crawl featuring 500+ writers, authors, storytellers and more sharing their best tales at pop-up venues from laundromats to tattoo parlors Mission-wide.