McLaren Park in San Francisco is the perfect place to ride 

click to enlarge Family Mountain Biking in McLaren Park: Saturday is International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. For city kids, there’s no better place to learn than McLaren Park. (Courtesy photo) - FAMILY MOUNTAIN BIKING IN MCLAREN PARK: SATURDAY IS INTERNATIONAL TAKE A KID MOUNTAIN BIKING DAY. FOR CITY KIDS, THERE’S NO BETTER PLACE TO LEARN THAN MCLAREN PARK. (COURTESY PHOTO)
  • Family Mountain Biking in McLaren Park: Saturday is International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. For city kids, there’s no better place to learn than McLaren Park. (Courtesy photo)
  • Family Mountain Biking in McLaren Park: Saturday is International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. For city kids, there’s no better place to learn than McLaren Park. (Courtesy photo)

FRIDAY NIGHT

Eating

Food:
For fine dining in a shopping mall, of all places, try the excellent, authentic Cupola Pizzeria on the fourth floor of Westfield Centre.

Drinking

Wine:
While naturally occurring sulphur dioxide is in every wine, we offer examples of wines made by vintners who take pride in the fact that they don’t add sulfites.  

On the town

Congolese dancers:
Congolese choreographer Faustin Linyekula and his company present “more more more … future,” a dance exploring the history and current struggles of the Congo. [8 p.m., Novellus Theater, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Fest best: “Best of the Fringe” — four top plays from the 2011 San Francisco Fringe Festival — begins. Friday’s shows: “Girl in, but not of, the ’Hood” and “Figuratively Speaking.” [7 and 9 p.m., Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]

SATURDAY

A great bike ride

Family Mountain Biking in McLaren Park:
Saturday is International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. For city kids, there’s no better place to learn than McLaren Park, with its extensive, well-maintained trail network. Park in the Eastern lot at the intersection of Mansell Street and Visitacion Avenue. Practice skills on the quarter-mile loop, then expand into the double-wide trails that SF Urban Riders recently expanded. You can spend all day playing on these trails. [www.sfbike.org]   

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

  • Mutsu apples
  • Basil
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Concord grapes
  • Linguica sausage
  • Pepper cress
  • Rainbow chard
  • Romano beans
  • San Marzano tomatoes
  • Zinnias

— www.cuesa.org

Festivals

Wurst case scenario: The spirit of Munich sets the tone at the Oktoberfest-by-the-Bay festival. Saturday’s two-session schedule includes German food, beer, music and dance. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 6 p.m. to midnight; Pier 48, S.F.]

Arab fair: The Arab Cultural and Community Center presents its annual Arab Cultural Festival, an afternoon of Arab and Arab American arts, food, traditions and spirit. [Noon to 6 p.m., Union Square, Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Bluegrass and beyond: The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival features a marathon of music. Saturday’s bill includes Gillian Welch, Reckless Kelly and Buckethead, to name a few. [11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Movies

Film and fog:
The San Francisco Film Society presents its Film in the Fog — a feature, a short, live music and popcorn. This year’s film: the S.F.-set noir drama “Dark Passage.” [5:30 p.m., Main Post Theatre, 99 Moraga Ave., Presidio of S.F.]

Visual art

Meet the artists:
Open Studios 2011 presents weekend one. People can visit art studios in San Francisco’s Mission, Noe Valley, Bernal Heights, Castro and Excelsior neighborhoods. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; www.artspan.org]

Dance

Philippine folk dance:
Parangal Dance Company, specializing in Philippine folk dance, presents “Pamana,” a celebration of Philippine culture through textiles, music and dance. [7 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

SUNDAY

A great hike

‘Meet the Flockers’:
Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve is a feast for the eyes — both plant and bird-life. The 600-acre marsh adjacent to sprawling Pescadero State Beach is the largest between San Francisco and Monterey Bay. September and October mark the return of the great blue heron to its rookery in the eucalyptus trees on the northern side of the marsh; look about 50 feet off the ground to spy their nests. After, relax at Pescadero Beach. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com  to sign up for email about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Music

Jazz giant:
Wayne Shorter, regarded as one of the great composers and saxophonists of jazz history, brings his quartet to the San Francisco Jazz Festival. [7 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Festivals

Castro fair:
The Castro Street Fair, a community celebration founded by Harvey Milk in 1974, is a day of crafts, entertainment, dancing and more. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Castro and Market streets, S.F.]

Book festival: The first Filipino American International Book Festival features talks, readings, panels, culinary demos and book sales. San Francisco’s Civic Center is the place. [Noon to 5 p.m.; Fulton, between Larkin and  Hyde streets, S.F.; www.filbookfest.org]

Vegetarian fest: The San Francisco Vegetarian Society presents its 2011 World Veg Festival. Cooking demos, samples, lectures and entertainment are on the menu. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., County Fair Building, 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Comedy

Stand-up show:
Comedian Jo Koy performs at Cobb’s. His credits include regular guest appearances on “Chelsea Lately.” [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

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