August 16 - 18: Swimmable beaches and other S.F. activities 



On the town

Andean music: Hojarasca Andina, a Colombian trio that plays contemporary music on traditional Andean instruments, performs at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. [7:30 p.m., 2868 Mission St., S.F.]


A great bike ride

Bike-to-school practice: Brush up on your bike-to-school riding skills by taking an on-road practice with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Families with kids on bikes are encouraged to join one of two great group rides — one leaves from Noe Valley, the other, Golden Gate Park. [10 a.m., RSVP required:]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

• emon cucumers

• Elberta peaches

• Jade green beans

• Pink Pearl apples

• Pluots

• Poblano peppers

• Red Zebra tomatoes

• Watermelon

• Zante currants —


Street food: La Cocina's San Francisco Street Food Festival, celebrating food and entrepreneurship, features more than 80 vendors. All food items cost $8 or less. [11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Folsom Street between 20th and 26th streets, S.F.]

Italian festival: The San Francisco Italian Athletic Club hosts its 2013 Festa Coloniale Italiana. Festivities include Italian food, music, heritage displays, wine tasting, dancers and a piazza. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 1630 Stockton St. S.F.]


Jokers wild: Wild 94.9's Comedy Jam returns to Shoreline Amphitheatre. Russell Peters, Anjelah Johnson, Mike Epps and Gary Owen are a few of those supplying the humor. [7 p.m., 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View]


Tap dance: Stepology presents the "Bay Area Rhythm Exchange," the Bay Area Tap Festival's concert. Tap stars from stage and screen perform to live music. [8 p.m., Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Health and wellness

Yoga celebration: Yoga for Hope, for yoga beginners and experts alike, features mind-body-spirit activities, including a yoga master class. The event benefits City of Hope. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Union Square, 333 Post St., S.F.]


A great swim

Chicken smoothie: Chicken Ranch Beach is for folks who want to spend a mellow afternoon at a lesser-known, totally swimmable beach on the bank of Tomales Bay in Point Reyes. There are no signs pointing the way, but you'll find its access point just north of Inverness. Tomales Bay water is warmer and calmer than the Pacific, making it ideal for a wade-in or a gentle swim. [Visit to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]


Stern Grove: The Stern Grove Festival closes the season with a visit from the San Francisco Opera. Featured soloists: soprano Ailyn Perez and tenor Stephen Costello. [2 p.m., Sigmund Stern Grove, Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue, S.F.]

Literary arts

Literary salon: Readings, panels and revelry happen at the "Litquake Palo Alto" literary salon. Featured authors include Jane Smiley, Ann Packer, Dan Leeson and Frederica Postman. The latter two speakers live at Moldaw Residences, a senior community which is adjacent to the JCC. [2 to 8 p.m., Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]


AIDS benefit: "Help Is on the Way XIX," a star-packed gala and concert, benefits AIDS charities. Performers include Alex Newell, Loretta Devine and Donna McKechnie, to name a few. [5 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]


Car-free streets: Sunday Streets comes to the Tenderloin neighborhood. People can enjoy activities and camaraderie on car-free San Francisco thoroughfares at this community event. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m.;]


Stand-up show: Comedian Arj Barker performs. "Premium Blend," "The Glass House" and "Flight of the Conchords" are some of his credits. [7:30 p.m., Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

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