August 23 - 25: Weekend events in San Francisco 

click to enlarge The new Carneros Brewing Company has a large outdoor lawn and beer garden, a center pond, and the indoor tasting room is a likely place to catch the latest baseball or football game.
  • The new Carneros Brewing Company has a large outdoor lawn and beer garden, a center pond, and the indoor tasting room is a likely place to catch the latest baseball or football game.
FRIDAY

On the town

Comedy show: Comedian-actor Michael McDonald, seen on "MADtv," "Seinfeld" and "Scrubs" and in the film "The Heat," performs. [8 and 10 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

SATURDAY

A great bike ride

Lake Merced ride: Begin this leisurely, one-hour ride that's great for families at Lake Merced and Skyline boulevards. Follow the bike path clockwise — toward Stonestown and San Francisco State University — around Lake Merced until you come back to the beginning. Along the way, check out dragon boat races and, possibly, wildlife. [www.sfbike.org]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

• Purslane

• Basque frying peppers

• Corn

• Crookneck squash

• Feta

• Green Zebra tomatoes

• Market Blend granola

• O'Henry peaches

• Radishes 

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Festivals

Beer and cheer: The Bay Area Brew Festival features beers, food trucks, DJs and a photo booth. Dozens of breweries take part. [3 to 6 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

All is calm: Peace in the Park features peaceful pursuits, including meditation, yoga and art. Performers include MacClain & Cole. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., bandshell, Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Charity walks

Fido op: Bark for Life, a noncompetitive walk for dogs and their owners, followed by festivities, honors canine caregivers. It benefits the American Cancer Society. [9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hellman Hollow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Public libraries

Japan earthquake: Japanese college students, visiting as part of Japan's Kizuna project, share experiences relating to Japan's 2011 earthquake and tsunami. [2 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

SUNDAY

A great brew

New beer on the block: There's something brewing among the rolling vineyards of Wine Country — beer! The new Carneros Brewing Company has a large outdoor lawn and beer garden, a center pond, and the indoor tasting room is a likely place to catch the latest baseball or football game. Started by five brothers, the brewery features Cerveza Pilsner, Jefeweizen, Morena Ale and Carneros IPA. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Dance

Dance makers: ODC Theater's annual "Unplugged" event features work-in-progress dance-making and a chance to see the artistic process close up. This year's dance makers: Pearl Marill and Hope Mohr. [6 p.m., 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Music

Disco band: Escort, a "disco orchestra" from New York, brings its tour to The City. The band performs in a variety of party lineups, from a core five-piece to a 17-member extravaganza. [8 p.m., Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., S.F.]

Movies

Bad Movie Night: At this week's event, hosts Jim Fourniadis Mikl-Em and John Hell ninjassinate (that's a word now!) at a screening of "Ninja Assassin." [8 p.m., Dark Room Theater, 2263 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary arts

Poetry reading: City Lights Books hosts a reading by Joyland Magazine writers. Helene Wecker, Peg Alford Pursell and others celebrate narratives of place, however we may define it. [2 p.m., Kerouac Alley, near 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

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