June 13 – 15: Off the Grid and other weekend events in SF

courtesy photoFood-truck foodies will enjoy biking to lunch at Off the Grid at the Presidio. Get there by taking a leisurely weekend ride along the Embarcadero


On the town

Pet project: The San Francisco SPCA hosts a bash to celebrate the reopening of its adoption center. Guests can see the remodeled facility, adopt a pet and party. [4 to 10 p.m., 201 Alabama St., S.F.; RSVP required; details at www.sfspca.org]


A great hike

Redwoods Ramble: Don’t you just love that new parking lot smell?! OK, maybe it’s the smell of the ferns and redwoods at El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve, but we’ll still say bravo to Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District for the new staging area and trail connection, marking the starting point for a 3-mile (round-trip) partial-loop hike featuring dramatic canyons bordered by redwoods. It connects the Sierra Morena Trail, Gordon Mill Trail and the Steam Donkey trail. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California.]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks


Baby lettuce




Daikon radishes

Padrón peppers


Red Cloud apricot conserve

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Fairs and festivals

Juneteenth: Juneteenth events, celebrating African-American heritage, take place this weekend. Saturday’s slate includes a festival and parade in the Fillmore neighborhood. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fillmore Street, between Sutter and Turk streets, S.F.]

North Beach: The 2014 North Beach Festival, celebrating the neighborhood known for its Italian and Beat cultures, begins. Festivities include crafts, food and street painting. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Columbus and Grant avenues and thereabouts, S.F.]


Pride music: The Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco and the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band present the 2014 Pride Concert, “Together Strong.” [3 p.m., Kelly Cullen Auditorium, 220 Golden Gate Ave., S.F.]

Literary arts

Lit and liquor: Writers With Drinks, a spoken-word event held at a watering hole, presents its June show. Guests include author and robotics engineer Daniel H. Wilson. [7:30 p.m., Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St., S.F.]


A great bike ride

Off the Grid: Food-truck foodies will enjoy biking to lunch at Off the Grid at the Presidio. Get there by taking a leisurely weekend ride along the Embarcadero, then lounge and eat at the Presidio Main Post Lawn. The free event happens every Sunday and includes — in addition to your favorite gourmet food trucks — drink stands, music, games and a fantastic view of the bay. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Presidio Main Post Lawn, Lincoln Boulevard between Anza Street and Montgomery Ave, S.F,; www.offthegridsf.com.]

Fairs and festivals

Native arts: The Native Contemporary Arts Festival features Native American music, dance and crafts. Performers include Brianna Lea Pruett and Dancing Earth. [Noon to 3 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, 773 Mission St., S.F.]

County fair: The 2014 San Mateo County Fair ends Sunday. The event features rides, exhibits, entertainment and food vendors. [11 a.m. to 10 p.m., San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo]


LGBT history: Photographer Anthony Friedkin’s “The Gay Essay” is the subject of a museum show. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]


Aquatic life: Dads and granddads receive free admission to Aquarium of the Bay on Father’s Day. Attractions include special programs about the “dads of the bay.” [9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Beach Street and the Embarcadero, S.F.]artsOff the Grid

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