October 11 - 13: Bring Your Own Queer and other SF events 

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  • Check out Bring Your Own Queer, the annual LGBTQ music festival in Golden Gate Park.
FRIDAY

On the town

Arab cinema: The Arab Film Festival hosts its opening-night events. “When I Saw You,” a Jordan-set tale about a boy, his mother and a search for freedom, is the feature attraction. [7:30 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

SATURDAY

A great bike ride

Bike to BYOQ: Music fun continues in Golden Gate Park — even after Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Hop on your bike and pedal to the Music Concourse Bandshell for Bring Your Own Queer, the annual LGBTQ music and performance festival, featuring local acts like Lil Miss Hot Mess, Adonasaurus and Ships in the Night. Admission is free. [Noon to 6 p.m., Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F., www.byoq.org]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

Bitter melon

Black Kat pluots

Celeriac

Chinese long beans

Dandelion greens

Hachiya persimmons

Jicama

Rome Beauty apples

Purple Peruvian potatoes

— www.cuesa.org

Festivals

Local food: San Francisco magazine’s FallFest celebrates local and sustainable markets. Tastings, chef demos, a cocktail station and panel talks are on the menu. [Noon to 4 p.m., Justin Herman Plaza, 1 Market St., S.F.]

Outdoor arts: It’s Yerba Buena Night in the South of Market neighborhood. The free outdoor neighborhood festival features music, art and performance. [6 to 10 p.m., Jessie Square, Yerba Buena Lane, and Annie Alley, S.F; www.ybnight.org]

Theater

Starting Gates: “First,” a new play by Evelyn Jean Pine, features a fictional retelling of the events that launched the personal-computer revolution. Characters include Bill Gates, age 20. [8 p.m., Stage Werx, 446 Valencia St., S.F.]

Comedy

Cho show: Comedian, actress and writer Margaret Cho presents “Mother,” her show about sex, drugs, politics, guns, identity, madness and her South Korean mom, Young-Hie Cho. [8 p.m., Masonic Auditorium, 1111 California St., S.F.]

SUNDAY

A great hike

Cruise Santa Cruz: The Santa Cruz mountains have redwoods, open space and ridge-top vistas. Start the day with a hike in the Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve. A 3.5-mile loop begins as a nice walk along a fire road and transforms into a horizon-filled wonderland. Topping out at 2,572 feet, you’ll get views all the way to the Pacific. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Festivals

Italian heritage: The Italian Heritage Parade goes from Fisherman’s Wharf to North Beach, where festivities take place. Look for floats, food, wine, and performances. [12:30 p.m. onward; starts at Jefferson and Stockton streets, S.F.]

Music

Piano recital: Pianist Andras Schiff performs the second of two recitals that complete his survey of Bach’s keyboard works. [7 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave.. S.F.]

Museums

Quilt show: The Sanchez Adobe historic site hosts its annual exhibition of traditional and contemporary quilts. Event highlights include a bed-turning activity. [1 to 4 p.m., 1000 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica]

Movies

Double Hitchcock: The Alfred Hitchcock films “Psycho” (1960) and “Marnie” (1964) screen as a double feature. [“Psycho” at 2:30 and 7 p.m.; “Marnie” at 4:35 and 9:05 p.m.; Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

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