December 6 - 8: weekend events in San Francisco 

click to enlarge Biking the Bay Trail South: Begin this leisurely 2- to 3-hour ride by taking BART to Millbrae.
  • Biking the Bay Trail South: Begin this leisurely 2- to 3-hour ride by taking BART to Millbrae.

On the town

Holiday voices: The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus presents its holiday show at the War Memorial Opera House for the first time. The concert, “Shine,” features seasonal favorites. [8 p.m., 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


A great bike ride

Biking the Bay Trail South: Begin this leisurely 2- to 3-hour ride by taking BART to Millbrae. Head east toward the Bay on Millbrae Avenue. Make a right on Bayshore Highway. Follow the Bay Trail signs and ride for as long as you like following the trail; double back when you’re ready to return. On the way, check out the bird and plant sanctuary, Coyote Point Park and Tidelands Park. []

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks



Bok choy

Holiday wreaths



Pea shoots

Walnut oil

Waltham butternut squash


Fairs and festivals

Street celebration: Union Street’s “Fantasy of Lights” celebration kicks off with family festivities. Donations of toys, for kids in need, are requested. [3 to 7 p.m., Union Street from Van Ness Avenue to Steiner Street, S.F.]

Swedish fair: Scandinavian culture sets the tone at the Swedish Christmas Fair. Festivities include Swedish food and drink, crafts, games, music and dancing. [9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saint Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., S.F.]

Bands and brews: The Bay Bridged presents “The Bay Brewed,” a day of indie rock and local beer. Featured music acts include Mikal Cronin and Shannon and the Clams. [12:30 to 6 p.m., Public Works, 161 Erie St., S.F.]


Food marketplace: Entrepreneurs sell fare ranging from olives to nuts to jams at the New Taste Marketplace. It benefits the Potrero Hill-based Food Pantry. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, 500 DeHaro St., S.F.]


A great hike

Big Burdell: Some hikes go big for fall — as in 10 miles (round-trip), seasonal colors and a gorgeous summit view. The trail up to Mount Burdell from little Olompali State Park is an autumn classic. Deciduous trees show off tawny tones as they prepare to shed more leaves. After gradually climbing 1,500 feet, you’ll top out at nearby picnic tables with views overlooking San Pablo Bay from Carquinez Strait all the way to Mount Diablo and Mount Tam. [Visit to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]


Symphony party: The San Francisco Symphony hosts “Deck the Hall,” a family holiday event featuring a concert followed by a festive party. [11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Fatherhood today: Scott Wells and Dancers present “Father On,” a dance work about 21st-century fatherhood, performed by an all-male ensemble. [7 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Visual arts

Art sale: Sharon Art Studio’s holiday sale features student-created pottery, glasswork and jewelry. Partial proceeds benefit the studio. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 300 Bowling Green Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]


Storytelling show: “The Vent,” a storytelling series, presents its latest edition. Featured tale spinners include magician Christian Cagigal, comic Sandy Stec, monologist Jeff Greenwald and others. [7 p.m., Stage Werx, 446 Valencia St., S.F.]


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