Sept. 12 - 14: Weekend events in S.F. 

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  • If you like wacky outfits, riding bikes, listening to bands, drinking beer AND supporting bike advocacy, don’t miss New Belgium Brewery’s Tour de Fat in Golden Gate Park.
FRIDAY

Swinging sounds: The Incidentals, who play deconstructed covers of retro tunes (Carpenters, The Cure, Burt Bacharach), open for Erin Brazill and the Brazillionaires [7 p.m., Amnesia, 853 Valencia St., S.F.; (415) 970-0012, www.amnesiathebar.com]

SATURDAY

A great bike event

Tour de Fat: If you like wacky outfits, riding bikes, listening to bands, drinking beer AND supporting bike advocacy, don’t miss New Belgium Brewery’s Tour de Fat in Golden Gate Park. There is a bike parade, dance party, slow race, fire-jumping bike acts, music and comedy. Valet bike parking is free. Proceeds benefit the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and Bay Area Ridge Trail Council. [11 a.m.-5 p.m., Lindley Meadow, 1000 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; www.sfbike.org ]

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market top picks

San Marzano tomatoes

Bronx grapes

Spigarello kale

Cucumbers

Tokyo turnips

Rose Finn potatoes

Butter lettuce

Pattypan squash

Fresh air

North Beach festival: The S.F. Italian Athletic Club’s Festa Coloniale Italiana celebrates Italian culture with live music, food vendors, competitions and more. [11 a.m.-6 p.m., Stockton Street between Union and Filbert streets, S.F.]

Yacht races: The St. Francis Yacht Club’s Rolex Big Boat Series continues with racers from New Zealand, Turkey, Japan, Mexico and more competing for the IRC North American Championship. [11 a.m., Crissy Field, S.F.]

Mystery race: The Urban Dare race is a madcap chase where runners become sleuths. [Noon, 128 King St., S.F.; urbandare.ticketsocket.com]

Nightlife

Honoring Chinatown: The Harmony & Bliss gala celebrates leaders in arts, education, business and politics. [6 p.m., Chinese Culture Center, 750 Kearny St., S.F.]

Country show: Country singer Blake Shelton is headlining. [7 p.m., Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View]

SUNDAY

Festivals

Chocolate celebration: The 19th annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival concludes with chocolate tastings, chocolate and wine pairings, chocolate classes and more. A silent auction benefits Project Open Hand. [Noon-5 p.m., Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point St., S.F.; www.ghirardelli.com/chocolatefestival]

Mexican independence: The Mexican Museum is celebrating Mexican Independence Day with free arts-and-crafts workshops for families. The “Dialogos Grafico” exhibit, which tells the story of Mexican and Mexican-American printmaking, is entering its final week. [Workshop noon-3 p.m., museum open noon-4 p.m., Mexican Museum, 2 Marina Blvd., S.F.]

Stage

Dance performance: Liss Fain Dance presents the world premiere weekend of “The Imperfect is Our Paradise,” an immersive installation that welcomes the audience to enter its world. [2 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

A great hike

Sweeney vista: There are several ways to hike up to Sweeney Ridge, but the 5-mile (round-trip) trail from Pacifica’s Shelldance Orchid Nursery has nonstop ocean views. Starting from Mori Ridge Trail, ascend a path with unobstructed ocean views. After a mile and a half, head right onto the Sweeney Ridge Trail for views of Bay Area peaks: Montara, Diablo, Tam and even the Farallones, 30 miles offshore. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]

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