April 11 - 13: Elkhorn Slough Safari and other weekend events 

click to enlarge Elkhorn Slough Safari
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  • During the Elkhorn Slough Safari, you'll get a real-life jungle cruise in Monterey. On board a 27-foot pontoon boat, you'll see rare wildlife in their natural habitat — including endangered sea otters and the fastest living thing on earth, the peregrine falcon.
FRIDAY

On the town

Afro-Caribbean dance: The 2014 CubaCaribe Festival of Dance and Music, celebrating Afro-Caribbean arts, begins. Featured companies include Alayo Dance Company and Cunamacue. [8 p.m., Dance Mission, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

SATURDAY

A great excursion

The Real Jungle Boat Cruise: You might be a bit nervous if someone said, "Meet me at a white van down by the docks and I'll show you things you've never seen before." But trust us: Meet at the van. It's the starting point for the Elkhorn Slough Safari, a real-life jungle cruise in Monterey. On board a 27-foot pontoon boat, you'll see rare wildlife in their natural habitat — including endangered sea otters and the fastest living thing on earth, the peregrine falcon. [Visit weekendsherpa.com to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

English peas

Baby kale

Bacon

Dried tomatillos

Green almonds

Lilacs

Mustard blossoms

Ranunculus

Nettles

— www.cuesa.org

Festivals

Japanese culture: The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival begins. Performances and exhibitions celebrate Japanese culture and the Japanese-American community. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore streets, S.F.]

Bike fun: The San Francisco Yellow Bike Project hosts its Kids’ Bike Extravaganza, a day of giveaways and lessons. Guests can bring kids’ bikes to exchange. [Noon to 5 p.m., Tenderloin Children’s Playground, 570 Ellis St., S.F.]

Kids’ corner: The Goat Festival features goat cheese, cooking demos and live baby goats. The Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture hosts the event. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ferry Building, Embarcadero and Market Street, S.F.]

Music

Punk revival: Cheetah Chrome, a founding member of Rocket From the Tombs, The Dead Boys and The Batusis, headlines a show also featuring Streetwalkin' Cheetahs. [9 p.m., Thee Parkside, 1600 17th St., S.F.]

SUNDAY

A great bike ride

Sunday Streets in the Tenderloin: The car-free event features free food tastings, minor bike repairs, dance performances, live music, games, prizes, StoryCorps and activities for kids, such as YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day events and the S.F. Bicycle Coalition’s Freedom from Training Wheels. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., near Fulton, Hyde, Larkin, Ellis and Jones streets and Golden Gate Avenue, S.F.; www.sundaystreetssf.com]

Comedy

Gay comics: The Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation presents “The Big Gay Comedy Show,” a fundraiser. Featured comics include Bruce Vilanch and Marga Gomez. [7:30 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Theater

Political comedy: Dragon Productions Theatre Company presents “Smash,” a play about a runaway groom who abandons his bride on their wedding day so he can overthrow the British government. [2 p.m., 2120 Broadway, Redwood City]

Family

Baby Loves Disco: The rockin’ dance party is for toddlers and their parents. [Noon, Temple, 540 Howard St., S.F.]

Food and drink

Wine market: Wine enthusiasts can taste and buy wines both local and imported at the San Francisco Vintners Market. About 150 wineries take part. [1 to 4 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

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