Sunny skies to reign for weekend events

A bevy of activities in The City will be accompanied by sunny skies and temperatures that will reach the mid-70s this weekend.

Whether the thousands of attendees to the 31st annual Haight Ashbury Street Fair go for the food, the live bands or the remnants of San Francisco’s famous counterculture, organizers hope the weather will help boost attendance.

With alcohol off-limits for the second year in a row, warm temperatures are a more important drawing factor to the festival, according to the fair’s spokesman, Flip Sarrow.

“We always expect a lot of people for the fair, especially if the sun stays out all day,” Sarrow said.

Also scheduled to reap the benefits of the warm weekend are the 2,000 competitors braving the Pacific Ocean’s frigid temperatures and other grueling conditions Sunday, in the 27th rendition of the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.

The race begins with a 1.5-mile swim from the former prison island to the mainland, where competitors will participate in an 18-mile bike ride before finishing the contest with an 8-mile run.

Other events scheduled for this weekend include the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival at the Palace of Fine Arts, the Great San Francisco Crystal Fair at Fort Mason Center and the San Francisco Black Film Festival at participating movie theaters.

Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 75 degrees Fahrenheit today and Sunday, with a20 percent chance to rain for Sunday, according to Weather.com.

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