Take a ride along San Francisco’s waterfront 

click to enlarge ‘Connecting The City’: As America’s Cup races begin this summer, visitors and locals will be scrambling to The City’s waterfront. Learn the best bike routes along the Bay — before the boats arrive. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • ‘Connecting The City’: As America’s Cup races begin this summer, visitors and locals will be scrambling to The City’s waterfront. Learn the best bike routes along the Bay — before the boats arrive.

Dance concert: The Natasha Carlitz Dance Ensemble presents “A Little Help From My Friends,” a dance concert featuring several premieres. [8 p.m., Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

A great bike ride

‘Connecting The City’:
As America’s Cup races begin this summer, visitors and locals will be scrambling to The City’s waterfront. Learn the best bike routes along the Bay — before the boats arrive. Andy Thornley of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition leads the fun and informative ride; $5 suggested donation, free for S.F. Bicycle Coalition members. Rain cancels. [10 a.m. to noon, meet at Pier 14, The Embarcadero at Mission Street, S.F., www.sfbike.org]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

  • Amethyst radishes
  • Erbette chard
  • Fava beans
  • Golden beets
  • Hot cross buns
  • Leeks
  • Purple asparagus
  • Snow peas

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Festivities

Japanese celebration:
The 2012 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, celebrating Japanese culture, begins. Food, crafts and performances fill the Japantown Peace Plaza. [10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Post and Buchanan streets, S.F.]

Museums

Victorian party:
The San Mateo County History Museum hosts a Victorian Afternoon. Educational activities for kids and a 19th-century-style tea party are on the slate. [1 to 4 p.m., 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Music

Jazz trio:
The Michel Camilo Trio performs a concert. Jazz pianist Camilo, one of the first Caribbean musicians to transform American jazz, is a virtuoso known for his joyous and fiery style. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Dance

Rite-of-passage story:
Danza Floricanto/USA presents “Alma Llanera Spirit of the Plains,” a dance inspired by “Bless Me, Ultima,” Chicano author Rudolfo Anaya’s coming-of-age novel. [8 p.m., CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Dance

Balanchine tribute:
The San Francisco Ballet presents Program 7, an all-Balanchine program marking the ballet’s 60th year of performing the works of the master choreographer. [2 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Music

Spin city:
Rock notables Elvis Costello and the Imposters present their “Spectacular Spinning Songbook” tour. Select audience members spin the wheel and help create a set list. [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Japanese music:
Abeya, a group from Japan that plays the tsugaru-shamisen, a traditional instrument producing a deep sound, performs folk and modern Japanese music. [4:30 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Community

Car-free streets:
Sunday Streets, offering car-free space where people can enjoy camaraderie and activities on San Francisco thoroughfares, takes place on Great Highway and in Golden Gate Park. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; www.sundaystreetssf.com]

A great hike

Wow factor:
The Peninsula’s Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve elicits lots of “wows” for its wildflowers. For a moderate five-mile hike that pairs wildflowers and amazing views, start on the Ridge Trail, where yellow Johnny-jump-ups leap for attention. From 2,500 feet, Half Moon Bay beckons and Silicon Valley and the Bay shine beneath cascading hills. It all adds up to: wow. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to sign up for email about getting outdoors in Northern California]

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