August 22 - 24: Weekend events in SF 

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North Beach reading series: Prick up your ears and hoist a glass at “Under the Influence,” in which artists read works that have influenced them and present new pieces. [9:30 p.m., The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St., S.F.]

A great hike

Get your buzzard on: The hardest thing about Buzzard’s Roost in Big Basin Redwoods State Park is leaving it. Views stretch to Mount Umunhum and Loma Prieta, and as far as the Pacific. But the summit is only half the fun. The 2.2-mile one-way hike to reach it has its own special touches. Pass Blooms Creek Campground and over its namesake creek to begin Pine Mountain Trail’s 1,000-foot ascent beneath a redwood canopy. Scramble over a few rocks near the top and spot the roost, a 10-foot-tall sandstone knob rising like a medieval relic. [Visit to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Farmer's market

August Lady peaches

Green onions

Shishito peppers

Arrowhead cabbage


Flavor Queen pluots

Dragon’s Tongue beans

Pine and rose petal syrup

Street festivals

Peace out: The free Peace in the Park festival includes music and activities along with alcohol-free and vegetarian refreshments for a truly tranquil time. [11 a.m.-6 p.m., Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Block party: The second annual 20th Street Block Party showcases live bands on multiple stages and food from top Mission district restaurants such as Flour + Water and Salumeria. [Noon-6 p.m., 20th and Bryant streets, S.F.;]


Outdoor activities

Tour de Menlo: Cyclists can choose 35-, 45- or 65-mile routes in the Tour de Menlo, which includes scenic routes through the southern part of San Mateo County. [8 a.m., Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton]

5K for a cause: The 10th annual Faith Fancher Breast Cancer Challenge, a 5K around Lake Merritt, raises money for uninsured and underinsured women fighting breast cancer. [10 a.m., Lakeside Park, 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland]



Celebrate Korea: The fourth annual Korea Day festival includes tastings, tours, arts activities and performances that show there’s more to Korea than addictive soap operas and K-pop music. [10 a.m.-5 p.m., Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Author talk: Los Angeles chef Therese Wahl pairs punk-rock playlists with morning eats in “The Auntie Em’s Cookbook: A Musician’s Guide to Breakfast & Brunch.” [3 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

ODC family day: ODC offers families free dance and Pilates classes, refreshments and access to faculty for information about placement classes. [9 a.m., ODC Dance Commons, 351 Shotwell St., S.F.]


AIDS benefit: A fundraiser for the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation includes performances by Richard Chamberlain, Florence Henderson and more as well as a silent auction and gala reception. [5 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.;]

A great bike ride

Car-free streets: Bike on over to the Mission for this month’s Sunday Streets. Valencia and 18th streets will be jam-packed with arts and crafts, dancing, music and other free activities. Take advantage of the free bike tune-ups, free bike rentals and, for kids, the Freedom from Training Wheels classes. [11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, 18th Street between Guerrero and Harrison streets, and Valencia Street from McCoppin Hub to 25th Street;]


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