August 15 - 17: Weekend events in SF 

click to enlarge Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
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  • Camp in Wine Country: Just an hour away from The City, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park shows campers a good time.

Exploitation films: Director William Lustig attends a “Midnites for Maniacs” triple screening of his slasher films “Maniac” (7 p.m.), “Vigilante” (9 p.m.) and “Hit List” (10:45 p.m.). [Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Bike ride

Camp in Wine Country: Just an hour away from The City, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park shows campers a good time. Its 47 campsites are ideal for newbies and those who insist on luxuries such as a new shower facility (check), numerous restrooms (check), a campfire area (check) and a visitor center that offers free Wi-Fi (sir, put down the cellphone!). There are 25 miles of trails, including a hike to the 2,729-foot summit of Bald Mountain. [Visit to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Farmers market

Bell peppers

French prune plums

Sun Gold cherry tomatoes

Rabbit sausage

Grape leaves

Pink Pearl apples

Fresh shallots

Sweet Henry peaches


Street festivals

Street Food Festival: Dig into delicious street treats from around the globe at the sixth annual San Francisco Street Food Festival. The event raises funds for budding culinary entrepreneurs. [11 a.m.-7 p.m., Folsom Street between 20th and 26th streets, S.F.;]

Chinatown Music Festival: The fifth annual festival brings everything from traditional Chinese music to psychedelic rock to Portsmouth Square. The free event includes a screening of “Shaolin Soccer,” Stephen Chow’s comedy about a loser soccer team that discovers kung fu. [11 a.m.-5 p.m., Kearny Street between Washington and Clay streets, S.F.; film screens at 2 p.m., Chinatown Culture Center auditorium, 750 Kearny St., S.F.]

Drag night

Fit for a king: Drag kings flaunt their masculine sides at the 19th annual San Francisco Drag King Contest. The event benefits Pets Are Wonderful Support. [9 p.m., SOMArts, 934 Brannan St., S.F.;]


Sight and sound

Rock show: Built to Spill is back with a new drummer and bassist after shaking up its long-standing lineup. Slam Dunk and The Warm Hair open the show. [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Wallach onscreen: A double feature featuring late actor Eli Wallach includes the police film “The Lineup” (noon), filmed in San Francisco, and the quintessential spaghetti Western, Sergio Leone’s “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly” (1:40 p.m.). [Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]


Hit the road: The San Francisco Road Runners Club is holding the third annual Catch the Road Runner race, including a 5K and a 1K for kids. [8:30 a.m., Little Marina Green, Marina Boulevard and Yacht Road, S.F.]

Walking tour: A free “North Beach by Night” City Guides walking tour sneaks a peek at North Beach’s secret history, including bars, bordellos and beatniks. [7 p.m., meet in front of Specs Cafe, 12 Saroyan Place, S.F.]

A great bike ride

Go west: San Francisco is the West’s West, but when was the last time you pedaled all the way out to the Pacific Plate? This ride, led by the fun-fact-filled Andy Thornley, will take a loping look at The City’s western edge, stopping to explore curiosities and celebrities, ruins and relics and remarkable riches. It’s a two-hour ride; have a big lunch beforehand and enjoy a snack stop. Rain cancels rides, no RSVP required. [1:30-4:30 p.m., meet at Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.;]


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