May 16 – 18: Paradise Loop ride and other weekend events in SF

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Get your byke pride on at the 44th annual San Francisco Pride parade!


On the town

Solo theater: Monologist Mike Daisey performs “American Utopias,” his exploration of how we create public spaces in which we act out our dreams of a better world. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]


A great bike ride

Perfect Marin pedal: Been itching to get out on a road bike and explore Marin County by bike? Saddle up for a Paradise Loop group ride with SF Bicycle Coalition members. This five-hour, 35-40 mile journey is the quintessential local road ride with gorgeous vistas, rolling hills, waterfront views and a ride across the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s a casual pace for beginning to intermediate riders; $10 suggested donation. [Meet at 8 a.m., Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP at]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks


Bloomsdale spinach


Coriander blossoms

Garlic scapes

New potatoes

Radish greens

Rainbow chard




Wine festival: Ghirardelli Square hosts its 2014 Uncorked Wine Festival, featuring wine tastings, wine workshops, entertainment and food trucks. Partial proceeds benefit Save the Bay. [1 to 6 p.m., 900 North Point St., S.F.]

Pan-Asian fair: The Asian Heritage Street Celebration takes place in San Francisco’s Little Saigon area. Festivities include Pan-Asian cuisine, crafts and performances. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Larkin Street between Grove and Ellis streets, S.F.]

Charity walks

Psoriasis walk: The National Psoriasis Foundation hosts its Walk to Cure Psoriasis. The event includes 1K and 5K routes, festivities and a health fair. [9 a.m., Justin Herman Plaza, 1 Market St., S.F.;]

Arthritis walk: The Arthritis Foundation’s Walk to Cure Arthritis features three- and one-mile courses, and festivities. Dogs are welcome. [8 a.m., Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.;]


A great excursion

Beer Here Now: You could say Highway 1 Brewing Company in Pescadero is for beer-ious drinkers. Its signature French Mexican War brew is a 7.5 percent saison with a jalapeño kick, and the 5.9 percent Pepper in the Rye ale is spiced with fresh cracked peppercorns and Saaz hops — just enough kick to get fired up for a game of cornhole in the brewery's courtyard (open to the public on weekends). Five miles north of the brewery, Bean Hollow State Beach (pictured) has a pebbly shoreline primed for tide-pools. [Visit to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Sports and recreation

Cross-city run: Serious athletics and the San Francisco spirit share the spotlight on Bay to Breakers day. A finish-line ceremony and concert follow the 12K cross-city run. [8 a.m.; starts at 300 Howard St., S.F.;]


Soul and R&B: World-soul and R&B singer-songwriter Jesse Boykins III performs a concert to promote his new album, “Love Apparatus.” [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]


Dance theater: BrickaBrack presents “Never Fall So Heavily Again,” writer-director Gabriel Grilli’s new dance-theater play about three friends searching for romantic fulfillment. [7 p.m., Dance Mission, 3316 24th St, S.F.]

Architecture and design

Show house: The San Francisco Decorator Showcase features a local mansion transformed by designers into a supreme show house. The event benefits University High School. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 3660 Jackson St., S.F.]

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