September 27 – 29: Weekend events in SF

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Three authors: Mystery novelists Lisa Brackman (“The Hour of the Rat”), Cara Black (“Murder Below Montparnasse”) and Tim Hallinan (“The Fame Thief”) present their latest books. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]


A great paddle

Center of attention: Ahhh, Central Park in fall — paddleboats, barbecue pits, Frisbee and folks in 49ers gear. Yeah, we're not talking New York City. This Central Park is in Fremont, an expansive place to hang out on the weekend. Lounge on the grass, snag a picnic table or walk around Lake Elizabeth (a 2-mile paved path circles the shore). For the full lake effect, get out on it. The visitor center rents paddleboats, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards until the end of September. [Visit to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

• uues

• Brussels sprouts

• Eggplant

• Lemon verbena

• Muscat of Alexandria grapes

• Purple wax beans

• Peppers

• Purple wax beans

Fairs and festivals

Veg fest: The San Francisco Vegetarian Society hosts its 2013 World Veg Festival, a celebration with speakers, vegan-friendly exhibitors, chef demos and entertainment. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., County Fair Building, 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Hot salsa: Redwood City hosts its 2013 Salsa Festival. Latin music, salsa tasting, salsa contests, tequila tasting and children's activities make up the celebration. [Noon to 8 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Charity walks

Breast cancer walk: The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, benefiting breast-cancer groups, begins. Two-day route: San Francisco to Marin and back. [6:30 a.m., Fort Mason, Bay and Franklin streets, S.F.;]


Pulp stories: BATS Improv welcomes True Fiction Magazine, a troupe that improvises full-length genre stories inspired by 1930s and 1940s pulp fiction. [8 p.m., Bayfront Theater, Building B, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]


A great bike ride

Sunday Streets in the Excelsior: Pedal car-free streets, take in the music or dance (classes or performances), or bring your little ones to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's Freedom From Training Wheels event, where they can learn how to ride. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mission Street and Seneca Avenue, S.F.;,]

Fairs and festivals

Music festival: Alice's Now and Zen 2013 festival features a free afternoon of music, plus gourmet food. One Republic, Goo Goo Dolls and others perform. [Noon to 5 p.m., Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Leather station: Celebrating leather and fetish culture, the Folsom Street Fair features exhibits, entertainment, vendors and kinkily clad revelers. It benefits charities. [11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Folsom Street between Seventh and 12th streets, S.F.]

Free campus arts fest: San Francisco State University's first Creative State Opening Day event features art, poetry, classical music, film and food trucks. [Noon to 5 p.m., Creative Arts and Fine Arts buildings, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]


Dance theater: Joe Goode Performance Group presents “Hush,” a dance-theater collaboration featuring six characters who are alternately silenced and silence others. Finding one's voice is the theme. [3 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]


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