November 29 - 30: Weekend events in San Francisco 

click to enlarge Pedal off Thanksgiving dinner: What better way to celebrate the Thanksgiving weekend than with a nice family bike ride? Grab your bike and your loved ones and take to the streets. Start at the Ferry Building and pedal on the promenade to Fisherman’s Wharf. Keep riding past Aquatic Park. Pedal up the hill for a great view of Fort Mason. Turn around any time or keep pedaling along the Marina.
  • Pedal off Thanksgiving dinner: What better way to celebrate the Thanksgiving weekend than with a nice family bike ride? Grab your bike and your loved ones and take to the streets. Start at the Ferry Building and pedal on the promenade to Fisherman’s Wharf. Keep riding past Aquatic Park. Pedal up the hill for a great view of Fort Mason. Turn around any time or keep pedaling along the Marina.
FRIDAY

On the town

Weird and wild: The Another Hole in the Head Film Festival — three weeks of indie horror, sci-fi and fantasy cinema — begins. “All Cheerleaders Die” is the opening-night feature. [9 p.m. Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.; www.sfindie.com]

Museum gathering: Friday Nights at the de Young presents its season finale. The evening includes live music, dancing, art making and a screening of “Mary Poppins.” [5 to 8:45 p.m., de Young Museum, 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

SATURDAY

A great bike ride

Pedal off Thanksgiving dinner: What better way to celebrate the Thanksgiving weekend than with a nice family bike ride? Grab your bike and your loved ones and take to the streets. Start at the Ferry Building and pedal on the promenade to Fisherman’s Wharf. Keep riding past Aquatic Park. Pedal up the hill for a great view of Fort Mason. Turn around any time or keep pedaling along the Marina. [www.sfbike.org]

Ferry Plaza farmers market top picks

Dungeness crab

Artichokes

Clementines

Fresh bay leaves

Kiwi

Orange-blossom honey

Parsnips

Purple-top turnips

Watermelon radishes

— www.cuesa.org

Music

Salsa musician: Pianist and composer Eddie Palmieri, a cutting-edge presence in Afro-Caribbean music for decades, performs with his Salsa Big Band. [7 and 9:30 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Theater

Improv theater: BATS Improv presents “Family Drama,” an improvised play. The premise: Relatives are gathering for the holidays. Audience suggestions trigger the details. [8 p.m., Bayfront Theater, Building B, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Magic show: “Magic at the Rex”— illusion and comedy in a cocktail-lounge setting — continues its Saturday run. Magicians Adam Sachs and Sebastian Boswell III provide the feats and the fun. [8 p.m., Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.]

Automobiles

Auto show: The 56th annual San Francisco International Auto Show runs through Monday. Major automobile manufacturers display 2014 models. [10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Moscone Center, 747 Howard St., S.F.]

Literary arts

Indie booksellers: “Indies First” is the theme of a Small Business Saturday event happening at the Booksmith. Local authors act as booksellers and give heartfelt advice on what to read. [10 a.m. to 10 p.m., 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Celebrations

Sweet home: The Fairmont San Francisco unveils its annual gingerbread house Saturday. The giant confection contains more than a ton of icing and candy decor. Festivities include music and treats. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 950 Mason St., S.F.]

Hanukkah party: The Jewish Community Center on Sunday hosts a family Hanukkah celebration featuring wine, food, music, dancing and candle lighting. [4 p.m., 3200 California St., S.F.]

SUNDAY

A great hike

Thanksgiving Funston: San Francisco’s Fort Funston has a 1.5-mile scenic stroll featuring wind-sculpted sand dunes, serrated golden cliffs and artwork. Descend a massive sand ladder leading to miles of coastline (dogs have a good time off leash here). Wander north to the concrete battery ruin; on the other side find an intriguing bronze Buddha-dog sculpture. Stroll further and ascend a dune trail to the Sunset Trail. Casual loop complete! [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Dance

Hop dreams: ODC/Dance presents “The Velveteen Rabbit,” its holiday production based on Margery Williams’ tale about a boy, a stuffed rabbit and the power of love. [2 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Comedy

Stand-up show: Comedian Anjelah Johnson, seen on Comedy Central and as numerous characters on MADtv, performs. [5 and 7:30 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Music

String quartet: The New Esterhazy Quartet presents “Haydn and His Students VI,” a concert of works by Haydn, Beethoven and Joseph Eybler. [4 p.m., All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto]

Movies

AIDS film: “We Were Here,” David Weissman’s documentary about the coming of AIDS to San Francisco, screens at the Castro Theatre in conjunction with World AIDS Day. [7 p.m., 429 Castro St., S.F.]

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