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March 27-28: Union Street Easter Parade, Ghirardelli Square Easter, Grace Cathedral Easter, X Ambassadors, La Luz, Fall Out Boy, Sunflower Bean

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The 25th annual Easter Parade & Celebration on five blocks of Union Street serves up free family fun. (Courtesy photo)


Easter Parade & Celebration: Union Street’s 25th holiday event includes bunny cars, an Easter bonnet contest, a petting zoo, live entertainment, kids activities and fun food. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Union Street, between Gough and Fillmore streets, S.F.]

Ghirardelli Square Easter: Ghirardelli Chocolate Co. unveils its first Easter Bunnies (hollow, solid and milk chocolate caramel) at the free family festival, which offers bunny ears for kids, face painting, crafts and treats of many kinds. [Noon to 4 p.m., 900 North Point St., S.F.]

Easter Sunday at Grace Cathedral: Choral Eucharist is celebrated with pomp, brass and timpani, with music by English composer Herbert Howells and Richard Dirksen, who was organist and choirmaster of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington D.C. [11 a.m., 1110 California St., S.F.]

X Ambassadors: The alt rockers from New York (Casey Harris, Adam Levin, Sam Harris and Noah Feldshuh) of“Unsteady” fame headline a show with neosoul singer Seinabo Sey and dreamy Brooklyn pop rock duo Savoir Adore. [7:30 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Ra Ra Riot: The Syracuse, N.Y.-band gets back to its house party roots (without giving up its more heady soundscapes from 2013’s “Beta Love”) on its new, fourth album “Need You Light.” [7:30 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

La Luz: The “surf noir” band from Seattle headlines a show with The Mantles and Peacers. [ 8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Sunflower Bean: On its new album “Human Ceremony,” the New York psychedelic rock trio, one critic wrote, “mixes metal-influenced guitar squall with New Wave vocals.” [8 p.m., Brick & Mortar, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Fall Out Boy: The pop band (winner of an MTV award for best video for 2015’s ”Uma Thurman”) plays the last date of its “Wintour is Coming” show, with AWOLNATION and Pvris opening. [7 p.m., Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove St., S.F.P


Underoath: The reunited Christian post-hardcore band from Florida is playing the albums “They’re Only Chasing Safety” and “Define The Great Line” in their entirety on its “Rebirth Tour.” [7:30 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Cool Ghouls; The group’s psych, surf and 1960s folk-rock blend is what “the Byrds would sound like if they cranked it to 11.” The bill also features Adult Books, Babewatch and Midnight Sons. [8 p.m., Brick & Mortar, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Staged Reading Series: The bare-bones presentation features Joel Drake Johnson’s “Rasheeda Speaking,” a darkly comic thriller about racial paranoia in the workplace. [8 p.m., Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third St., Hayward]

Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet: The ensemble, established in 1939 and featuring graduates from the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, plays works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin and Tchaikovsky: [7:30 p.m., Tateuchi Hall, Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View]

Porches: The project of Aaron Maine, whose new album “Pool” is “full of of gentle synth waves and slow-dance bassline,” headlines a show also featuring Alex G, (singer-songwritier Alex Giannascoli) and Your Friend, the ambient folk artist Taryn Miller. [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Steve Silberman: The WIRED reporter speaks about his book debut “NeuroTribes: the Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity” with Roy Eisenhardt in a City Arts & Lectures presentation. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Helen Simonson: The novelist discusses “The Summer Before the War,” which NPR called “a gentle comedy of provincial manners that rivals her first (‘Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand’) in the charm department.” [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Vendela Vida: The San Francisco writer reads from her latest novel, “The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty,” at the paperback release party. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

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