May 17-19: Bay to Breakers and other weekend events


On the town

  • Birthday dinner: Affordable-housing provider Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation hosts its 32nd-birthday dinner, a night of food, drink, awards and music. [6 p.m., Hilton San Francisco, 333 O’Farrell St., S.F.]


A great bike ride

  • Pedal through the Presidio: San Francisco’s Presidio is the subject of the National Park Service’s free group bike ride. Pedaling through the park’s 1,500 acres, participating riders will learn about the rich history of one of The City’s most beautiful areas. The event ends with a picnic at the Main Post; bring your bike, water and a snack. [10 a.m., meet at Mountain Lake Park, near the 11th Avenue entrance, Presidio, S.F.;]


Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks:

  • Apache apricots
  • Arugula
  • Blueberries
  • Garlic scapes
  • Jersey cow milk
  • Kale
  • Loquats
  • Persian plums
  • Squash blossoms


Fairs and festivals

  • Wine festival: Ghirardelli Square hosts its Uncorked festival, featuring wine tastings, seminars, chef demonstrations and entertainment. Partial proceeds benefit Save the Bay. [1 to 6 p.m., 900 North Point St., S.F.]
  • Market celebration: The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market hosts its 20th birthday bash. Festivities include both a ticketed breakfast reception and free activities. [9 a.m. to noon, The Embarcadero at Market Street, S.F.]
  • Pan-Asian fair: The Asian Heritage Street Celebration takes place in San Francisco’s Little Saigon area. Festivities include crafts, performances and food. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Larkin Street between Grove and Ellis streets, S.F.]

Charity walks

  • Psoriasis walk: The National Psoriasis Foundation hosts its Walk to Cure Psoriasis. The event includes 1-kilometer and 5-kilometer Embarcadero routes, a health fair and festivities. [9 a.m., Justin Herman Plaza, 1 Market St., S.F.;]

Literary arts

  • Humor writer: Comedian and author Margot Leitman talks about “Gawky: Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]


A great bike ride

  • Bay Trail excursion: The Bay Trail will eventually connect 500 miles of multipurpose trail around the entire Bay. Bike one of its most scenic stretches — the paved Eastshore State Park Bay Trail — from Emery Point to the Berkeley Marina. The 5-mile, round-trip route parallels the east shore of San Francisco Bay. The Berkeley Pier en route offers amazing views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate, Mount Tam, the Bay Bridge and the massive cranes of the Port of Oakland. [Visit to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Sports and recreation

  • Big run: Serious athletics and wacky spirit share the spotlight on Bay to Breakers day. Live music and other attractions accompany the cross-city run. [7 a.m. to noon; starts at 300 Howard St. and ends in Golden Gate Park, S.F.;]


  • Bach concertos: Chamber Music San Francisco presents Bach’s Brandenburg concertos, performed by the string ensemble Archetti. [3 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary arts

  • Uruguayan author: Distinguished Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano reads from his new book, “Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History.” [5 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]
  • Novelist appearance: Bestselling author Claire Messud presents her new novel, “The Woman Upstairs.” [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Visual arts

  • Art fair: ArtMRKT San Francisco features contemporary and modern artwork, plus discussions. More than 70 galleries from around the world take part. [Noon to 6 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]
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