Sept. 13-14: Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival, Opera in the Park, Liederfest


Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival: The local confectioner celebrates the event’s 20th anniversary with activities including ice cream eating contests and samples from 50 vendors. [Noon to 5 p.m., Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point St., S.F.]

Mountain View Art and Wine Festival: The 44th annual multicultural celebration hosts 600 artists selling handcrafted wares, a wine pavilion, snacks, kids activities and “Salsa Sunday” with headliner Orquesta Borinquen. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Castro Street between El Camino Real and Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View]

Heritage BBQ: Cochon 555 presents the $100 and up inaugural culinary event featuring all-star chefs and heritage breed pigs while spotlighting grilling traditions and old-world cooking techniques. [4 p.m. (VIP), 5 p.m. (general admission), Smokestack at Magnolia Brewing Co., 2505 Third St., S.F.;]

Opera in the Park: San Francisco Opera vocalists appear in the free annual outdoor performance, [1:30 p.m., Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Romantic German music: “Neue und Alte Liederfest” is a gala celebration and an evening of lieder featuring soprano Heidi Moss and pianist Daniel Lockert. [2 p.m., Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F.]

Alison Faith Levy; The beloved Bay Area musician, formerly of the Sippy Cups, plays a concert for kids and families. [11 a.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Free bar show: DJ Kelley Stoltz and DJ Allyson Baker of Dirty Ghosts head up the program “Couples Therapy-Vinyl Selections.” [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]


Nerdist Presents: The Hive: The avant garde cross-genre sci-fi horror thriller (with each camera shot lasting less than 10 seconds) is set to music by producer Steve Aoki. [7:30 p.m., AMC Van Ness 14, 1000 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; Century 9 San Francisco Centre, 835 Market St., S.F.

Out & Around: The documentary — by eBay employee Jenni Chang and her partner Lisa Dazols, who traveled the world to capture the gay experience — screens at a “Lesbians Who Tech” event featuring a talk by eBay CEO Devin Wenig and Kara Swisher of Re/Code. [6 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

John Mindermann: The former San Francisco police officer and FBI agent talks about his book “In Pursuit,” which details a colorful career, including what happened June 17, 1972, when he was called in to investigate a burglary at the Watergate complex. [7 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Comedy Night at The Indy: “Feminasty” Erin Gibson and “homosensual” Bryan Safi appear in Throwing Shade Live!’s podcast recording. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Pre-book launch with Joanne Weir: The TV chef and San Francisco cooking teacher talks about and demonstrates dishes from “Kitchen Gypsy: Recipes and Stories from a Lifelong Romance with Food” at the $75 ticketed event. [6 p.m., San Francisco Cooking School, 690 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Adrienne Celt: The Arizona-based writer and comic creator speaks about her debut novel “The Daughters,” which intertwines the sensuous but precise physicality of motherhood and music. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

Bill Berkson: The poet, critic and professor emeritus at the San Francisco Art Institute discusses his latest poetry collection, “Expect Delays.” [7 p.m., Humanities Auditorium, Humanities Building, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

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