June 20 - 22: Alice's Summerthing and other weekend events in SF 

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  • Alice’s Summerthing: Ride down to the annual free concert and festivities in Sharon Meadow. This year’s show features Ingrid Michaelson, MAGIC! and Kodaline.

On the town

Poetry fundraiser: The Squaw Valley Community of Writers hosts its “Benefit Poetry Reading 2014.” Don Mee Choi, Robert Hass and other poets take part. [7 p.m., First Unitarian Universalist Center, 1187 Franklin St., S.F.]


A great challenge

Adventure Challenge: It’s summer and you live in California ... as if you need more inspiration to get outside, here comes the 2014 Weekend Sherpa Adventure Challenge. It’s free to participate. Complete any three adventure stories from Weekend Sherpa, take a photo of yourself doing your adventures, and you’ll get a free T-shirt from Marine Layer. One lucky participant will win a grand prize trip for two to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, courtesy of Alaska Airlines! Visit WeekendSherpa.com for details.

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

Zephyr squash

Amaranth greens

Brooks cherries

CandyCot apricots

Chocolate mint

Elephant garlic

Ivory Princess peaches

Lemon cucumbers

Romaine lettuce

— www.cuesa.org

Literary arts

Crime fiction: Laurie R. King, Barry Eisler and Cara Black are some of the novelists appearing at “Mystery-Thriller Saturday.” [1 p.m., Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park; RSVP required: www.keplers.com]


LGBT cinema: “Frameline38,” the 2014 Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, runs through June 29. Saturday’s films include the Swiss docudrama “The Circle” at 4:15 p.m. and the comedy “Helicopter Mom” at 7 p.m., both at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F. [All day, various venues, S.F.; www.frameline.org]


Folk festival: The two-day San Francisco Free Folk Festival begins. The celebration includes music and dance workshops. [Noon to 10 p.m., Presidio Middle School, 450 30th Ave, S.F.]

Classical sounds: The Redwood Symphony, directed by Eric Kujawsky, plays a program of movie music, kicking off a four-concert classical series. [6 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]


A great bike event

Alice’s Summerthing: Ride down to the annual free concert and festivities in Sharon Meadow. This year’s show features Ingrid Michaelson, MAGIC! and Kodaline. Complimentary valet bicycle parking will be provided by the SF Bicycle Coalition, so won’t have to worry about your wheels while you enjoy the music. [Noon to 4:30 p.m., Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; www.sfbike.org/events]


World dance: The Ethnic Dance Festival’s “Program 3” features a diverse nine-performance lineup. Featured acts include Suciawani Balinese Dance and Nlolo Kongo. [2 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St, S.F.]

Food and drink

Summer crops: Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture hosts its Summer Celebration. Chefs and bartenders create fare from six food families, including berries, grains and alliums. [6 to 9 p.m., 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]


Stern Grove: The Stern Grove Festival’s “Big Picnic” features a benefit party (11:30 a.m.) an free concert (2 p.m.). R&B notables Smokey Robinson and Patti Austin perform. [Sigmund Stern Grove, Sloat Boulevard and 19th Avenue, S.F.]

Bach concert: The California Bach Society presents a program of chorales and chorale preludes by J.S. Bach. [4 p.m., All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto]

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