Test your hiking mettle at Purisima Creek Redwoods 

click to enlarge ‘Gold Mettle’: With the Olympics in full force, test your mettle and reach for glory on an epic hike. The Purisima Creek Redwoods preserve offers the best elements of Bay Area hiking: great ocean views, towering redwoods, fern-filled canyons and almost no people. - WEEKENDSHERPA.COM
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  • ‘Gold Mettle’: With the Olympics in full force, test your mettle and reach for glory on an epic hike. The Purisima Creek Redwoods preserve offers the best elements of Bay Area hiking: great ocean views, towering redwoods, fern-filled canyons and almost no people.

FRIDAY

Women dancing:
Imagery presents “Sketch 2: The Women Choreographers,” a concert of world premiere dances created by Amy Seiwert, Julia Adam and Gina Patterson. [8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

SATURDAY

A great hike

‘Gold Mettle’:
With the Olympics in full force, test your mettle and reach for glory on an epic hike. The Purisima Creek Redwoods preserve offers the best elements of Bay Area hiking: great ocean views, towering redwoods, fern-filled canyons and almost no people. Go the distance on a 10-mile, round-trip journey that touches the highlights of this northern Santa Cruz Mountain preserve. Enjoy views of Half Moon Bay, wind down to the canyon creek, and end with the hardest part, a 1.4-mile ridge climb. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to sign up for email about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

  • Bintje potatoes
  • Ambrosia melons
  • Blue cheese
  • Dapple Fire pluots
  • Golden beets
  • Gypsy peppers
  • Haricots verts
  • Okra

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Music

Outdoor jazz:
The AfroSolo Arts Festival presents its 2012 “Jazz in the Gardens” concert. Kash Killion and the Killion Trillions perform. [1 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, 770 Mission St., S.F.]

Bluegrass band: The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience performs at the Independent. [8 p.m., 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Opera company: Verismo Opera, a company that makes opera accessible to the public in an intimate setting, presents “Madama Butterfly,” Puccini’s popular tragic opera. [7:30 p.m., Mildred Owen Hall, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica]

Food and drink

Wine tasting:
At Second Glass’ Wine Riot, more than 300 wines from around the globe will be served. [1 to 5 p.m., 7 to 11 p.m., Concourse Exhibition Center, 620 Seventh St., S.F.]

Fairs and bazaars

Gardening fair:
The San Francisco Botanical Garden Society hosts its 2012 Summer Gardening Fair. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., SFBG, 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

SUNDAY

A great bike ride

Mission Sunday Streets:
The last of four car-free street events in the area offers up one more great opportunity to pedal through the most popular route in The City. Explore Valencia Street’s many parklets, bring your little one to the Freedom From Training Wheels class, or just enjoy the vibrant Mission from the seat of your bike. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Valencia and 24th streets, S.F., www.sundaystreetssf.com]

Marketplaces

Craft show:
More than 200 artists take part in the 2012 American Craft Council Show, a juried marketplace. Fare includes jewelry, clothing, furniture and home decor. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Music

Stern Grove:
Ozomatli performs at the festival. The band’s sound blends hip-hop, rock, and Latin ingredients. SMOD, from Mali, opens the show. [2 p.m., Sigmund Stern Grove, Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue, S.F.]

Fundraisers

AIDS benefit:
Help Is on the Way XVIII, a star-packed gala and concert, benefits AIDS charities. Performers include Jason Brock, Loretta Devine and Paula West, to name a few. [5 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Fashion show:
Fashion on the Square, the largest fashion show on the West Coast, presents its 2012 edition. Charity beneficiary: the San Francisco Arts Commission. [5 p.m., International Continental Hotel, 888 Howard St., S.F.]

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