March 14 - 16: Weekend events in SF 

click to enlarge March Midnight Mystery Ride
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  • Every third Saturday, adventurous riders meet at a San Francisco bar, then travel to an undisclosed location within five miles of the starting point.
FRIDAY

On the town

Author appearance: British novelist Helen Oyeyemi talks about her new book, “Boy, Snow, Bird.” Her story recasts the Snow White fairy tale as a story of family secrets, race and vanity. [7:30 p.m., The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

SATURDAY

A great bike ride

March Midnight Mystery Ride: Every third Saturday, adventurous riders meet at a San Francisco bar, then travel to an undisclosed location within five miles of the starting point. Only the leader knows the end destination. The ride also offers provides a great opportunity for participants to turn their bikes into dazzling shows with creative lights — while also making their journey much safer. [11:59 p.m. Saturday; location posted Saturday at www.midnightmystery.org]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

Kumquats

Arugula blossoms

Freesia

Golden beets

Hass avocados

Oyster mushrooms

Calçot onions

Mizuna

Romaine lettuce

— www.cuesa.org

Cultural celebrations

Irish parade: St. Patrick’s Day events include the big parade. More than 100 Irish-themed floats, dance troupes and bands proceed from downtown to Civic Center Plaza. [11:30 a.m.; starts at Second and Market streets, S.F.; www.uissf.org]

French festival: The French Fair features French arts and styles in the form of food, music, fashion and more. Sponsors include Alliance Française de Silicon Valley. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Lucie Stern Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

Food and drink

Choco-mania: The San Francisco International Chocolate Salon features artisan and premium chocolates. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Comedy

That’s the ticket: Comedian Jon Lovitz performs at Cobb’s. Master Thespian and pathological liar Tommy Flanagan are two of his well-known “Saturday Night Live” characters. [7:30 and 9:45 p.m., 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

SUNDAY

A great bike ride and hike

Point Reyes National Seashore: Combine a bike ride and a hike to an iconic rock formation and a banner vista of the coastline. Bear Valley Trail allows bikers to roll along a fire road among towering Douglas firs for the first three mellow miles. Lock your bike at the rack and continue on foot trail for another mile; near the end, the canopy thins and the destination pops into sight — Arch Rock (pictured). Walk to the rock’s edge for huge views up and down the coast. [Visit weekendsherpa.com to learn more about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Music

Punk rock: The Queens-based punk-rock band Bayside performs at Slim’s. The group is promoting its new album “Cult.” [7:30 p.m., 333 11th St., S.F.]

Visual arts

South African art: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art present “Public Intimacy,” an exhibit of work by 25 artists and collectives based in South Africa. [Noon to 6 p.m., YBCA, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Museums

Maritime bash: It’s “Maritime Day” at the San Mateo County History Museum. Festivities include nautical entertainment and the reopened “Charles Parsons’ Ships of the World” gallery. [Noon to 3 p.m., 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Literary arts

Two authors: Edith Maxwell (“A Tine to Live, a Tine to Die”) and Bruce DeSilva (“Providence Rag”) read from their mystery novels. [1 p.m. (Maxwell) and 3 p.m. (DeSilva), Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia St.. S.F.]

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