Aug. 1 - 3: Weekend events in SF 

click to enlarge Film Night in the Park
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  • Bring a blanket and some layers to Film Night in the Park this Saturday at Dolores Park.
FRIDAY

World music: Chucho Valdés & The Afro-Cuban Messengers are performing songs from their latest album, “Border-Free,” and beyond. [7:30 p.m., Miner Auditorium, SFJAZZ Center, 205 Franklin St., S.F.]

SATURDAY

A great night out

Cinema under the stars: Sundance. Cannes. Dolores Park? Not quite as glamorous, but just as fun! Bring a blanket and some layers to Film Night in the Park this Saturday at Dolores Park. “Clueless” is playing on a big inflatable screen. Bring munchies or grab popcorn and candy from the concession stand. Then kick back and enjoy a night of al fresco cinema courtesy of the San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation. The movie starts at dusk; get there early for the best seat! [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

Gravenstein apples

Black Mission figs

New potatoes

Feta cheese

San Marzano tomatoes

Flavor Queen pluots

Costata Romanesco zucchini

Purple wax beans

Culture

Chinese-American history: The Chinese Culture Center leads a day trip to Locke, a Central Valley town founded, designed and populated by Chinese immigrants. [9 a.m., 750 Kearny Street, S.F.; (415) 986-1822, www.c-c-c.org]

Free museum day: Bank of America’s Museums on Us is offering cardholders free admission to more than 150 museums across the country Saturday and Sunday, including the Contemporary Jewish Museum, de Young Museum, Legion of Honor and more. [http://museums.bankofamerica.com]

Literary events

Vampire novel: Glen Hirshberg talks about “Motherless Child,” a novel about single mothers fleeing evil in the Deep South. [3 p.m., Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia St., S.F.]

Motorcycles and more: Hollie Hardy and other poets do readings to mark the release of her book “How to Take a Bullet, And Other Survival Poems.” [6:30 p.m., San Francisco Motorcycle Club, 2194 Folsom St., S.F.]

Alcatraz challenge: The Orca Alcatraz Challenge Aquathlon dares participants to start their morning with a 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz to the Presidio, followed by a 7-mile run and jaunt across the Golden Gate Bridge. [8 a.m., 1199 E. Beach, Presidio, S.F.]

SUNDAY

A great bike ride

Stern Grove Festival: Well-known performers, including Andrew Bird this week, appear for free in the amphitheater tucked into this eucalyptus oasis. Bikes can be stored with the free bike valet at the main entrance. Bikes are not allowed in the Concert Meadow or Esplanade. [2 p.m., every Sunday until Aug. 24, 19th Street and Sloat Boulevard; www.sterngrove.org; ]

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