Hike Perles Beach on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay

Friday night

Eating

Food: The best banh mi sandwiches tend to come from street stalls and carts, but Bun Mee in Pacific Heights offers up a smart, tasty variation on the Vietnamese staple that just works.

Drinking

Meet Your Mixologist: Bartender Matt Ross of the Embarcadero’s Waterbar values consistency in his drink mixing — every cocktail he makes tastes exactly the same as the 20 before it.

On the town

Fog City dancers: Dance Brigade’s Fog Fest, a summer choreographer’s showcase, begins. Both emerging and established dance artists present their work over three days. [8 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Art party: The sixth edition of Bay Area Now, a triennial art show presented by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, opens with a party featuring tours, entertainment, food and theme drinks. [8 p.m., YBCA, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Saturday

A great city walk

Hidden Perles: You’re gonna need a boat to get to one of the best beaches in the Bay Area. Fortunately, ferries leave on a regular schedule to the tranquil state park in the middle of the Bay, Angel Island. Access Perles Beach via a 1.5-mile (one-way) walk or bike ride along Perimeter Road. It’s a south-facing slice of sun and sand that sees only a handful of people. Enjoy close-up views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges and Alcatraz. There’s no signed trail down to the beach, just a worn path found by in-the-know folks. [For directions and more information visit weekendsherpa.com. Sign up for their free weekly e-mail about getting outdoors in Northern California.]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

  • Tomato paste
  • Boysenberries
  • Corn
  • Queso crema
  • Beer sausages
  • Honey Fire nectarines
  • Yukon Golds
  • Rhubarb
  • Shallots

[www.ferryplazafarmersmarket.com]

Music

Beethoven night: The San Francisco Symphony presents “My Classic Beethoven,” a concert of definitive Beethoven, including the composer’s “Fifth Symphony.” [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Jazz group:
Marcus Shelby and his orchestra perform Shelby’s “Legacy of Duke Ellington” repertoire, plus parts of Shelby’s jazz oratorio inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. [1 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, Third and Mission streets, S.F.]

Fundraisers

Black-tie benefit: The 2011 Glide Legacy Gala is a black-tie fundraiser for Glide services. The event includes food and drink, live music and an awards presentation. [7 p.m. to midnight, Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Book arts

Letterpress event: San Francisco Center for the Book welcomes Moveable Type, a print studio in a truck. The day includes letterpress demos and life-on-the-road tales by the studio’s Kyle Durrie. [Noon to 6 p.m., 300 De Haro St., S.F.]

Literary arts

Author appearance: Novelist Bill Moody talks about “Fade to Blue,” a murder mystery. [2 p.m., “M” Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

Sunday

A great bike ride

What would the Great Highway look like if it was filled with bike riders, dogs walkers, wheelchairs and pogo sticks? It’d look like Sunday Streets, of course. Come out and play in the park and at the beach this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — enjoy a car-free roadway the whole length of Golden Gate Park on JFK Drive, from the Panhandle all the way to the Pacific Ocean, and all the way down car-free Great Highway from the windmills to the Zoo! [For more information on Sunday Streets or to volunteer to help, see SundayStreetsSF.com.]

Festivals and celebrations

Car-free streets: “Sunday Streets,” a celebration where people can enjoy activities and camaraderie on car-free San Francisco streets, presents its July edition. The Great Highway is the place. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; www.sundaystreetssf.com]

Music

Symphony concert: The San Francisco Symphony performs a free concert in the park. Guest pianist: Valentina Lisitsa. [2 p.m., Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Comedy

Stand-up show: Comedian Pablo Francisco, whose humor takes on all things pop culture, performs a show. Francisco’s credits include the Comedy Central special “Ouch.” [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Labor history

LaborFest: The labor festival hosts a “Golden Gate Bridge Walk and Talk.” Learn why the famed span was so hard to build and find out what today’s bridge workers do. [11 a.m.; meet at Strauss Statue, Golden Gate Bridge visitors’ plaza, S.F.; www.laborfest.net]

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