August 29 – 31: weekend events in SF


Always be closing: Jane Harrison, Nato Green, Jesse Fernandez and other comics share their favorite jokes — the closers of their acts — in “I’ll Leave You With This — Burner Free Edition!” [8 p.m., Lost Weekend Video, 1034 Valencia St., S.F.]

A great ride

Biking to Burning Man: If you’re staying in The City during Burning Man this year, bike on over to Baker Beach, where the massive art event began in 1986. From the Wiggle, ride along the Panhandle and take a right immediately after entering Golden Gate Park (on Conservatory Drive). Pedal in Arguello Boulevard’s bike lanes toward the Presidio, then take a left on Lake Street and cruise along this comfortable, relatively flat stretch of road until you reach 25th Avenue. Take two rights and find yourself at Baker Beach. []

Farmers market picks


Joanna Red plums

Sweet cherry peppers

Early Girl tomatoes

Shelling beans

Concord grapes

Apple cider vinegar



Triathlon for kids: Youths ages 5 and up can swim, bike and ride in the NorCal Kids Triatholon; race lengths vary by age. [9 a.m., Miramonte High School, 750 Moraga Way, Orinda;]

Filipino food fest: Discover Filipino cuisine with tastings, music and workshops, including a 3 p.m. cooking class from Grammy-winning rapper Apl.De.Ap, aka Allen Pineda, of the Black Eyed Peas. [10 a.m.-6 p.m., Justin Herman Plaza, 1 Market St., S.F.;]

Party with strangers: Bring a gift to the BYO Stranger Birthday Party, Tea With Strangers’ friendly potluck mixer for anybody with a birthday from June through September. [1-4 p.m., Dolores Park, 19th and Dolores streets, S.F.;]

Pop show: Jesse McCartney’s latest album is “In Technicolor.” [9 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]


Labor Day celebration: The 44th annual Millbrae Art & Wine Festival, billed as the Bay Area’s biggest Labor Day celebration, features food, drink, art, live music and more. [10 a.m.-5 p.m., Broadway Avenue, Millbrae;]

Zines ahoy: The free SF Zine Fest celebrates small-press publishing in the Bay Area and beyond. [11 a.m.-4 p.m., San Francisco County Fair Building, 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Epic cinema: David Lean’s Academy Award-winning blockbuster from 1961, which follows T.E. Lawrence’s adventures in the Middle East during World War II,is being shown in a high-definition 4K presentation. A concert of Barbary Coast-era music by Blackie Norton’s Paradise Club Band precedes the 2 p.m. showing. [2 and 7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Post-apocalyptic thriller: South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s sci-fi thriller “Snowpiercer” returns to theaters in a special engagement. [2:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

A great hike

Inn time for Labor Day: Try a one-of-a-kind inn-to-inn scenic hike and picnic. The hike starts behind the Mountain Home Inn. Climb the fire road toward the fire station, enjoying views of Muir Woods, Mill Valley and the coast. The path levels out onto the Old Railroad Grade fire road, which leads to the West Point Inn (reached only by hiking trails). Toast sweeping views of the Pacific and Bay. [Visit to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]

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