Sept. 26-28: Steamrollers, music festivals and more 

click to enlarge Yurt so good:  "You get what you pay for" doesn't apply to the yurts at Land of the Medicine Buddha outside Santa Cruz. For just $80 a night you get your own private yurt nestled in a grove of ancient redwoods. It's like a giant, semi-permanent tent with cupboards, hardwood floors and real-deal beds. Not to mention you're next to 10,000 acres of redwoods at the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California] - WEEKENDSHERPA.COM
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  • Yurt so good: "You get what you pay for" doesn't apply to the yurts at Land of the Medicine Buddha outside Santa Cruz. For just $80 a night you get your own private yurt nestled in a grove of ancient redwoods. It's like a giant, semi-permanent tent with cupboards, hardwood floors and real-deal beds. Not to mention you're next to 10,000 acres of redwoods at the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Friday

Latino film fest: Teens fleeing Guatemala and an indigenous Mexican boy try to find a better life across the border in "La Jaula De Oro" ("The Golden Cage"), screening in the Cine + Mas Festival. [7 p.m., YBCA Screening Room, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

A great hike

Yurt so good: "You get what you pay for" doesn't apply to the yurts at Land of the Medicine Buddha outside Santa Cruz. For just $80 a night you get your own private yurt nestled in a grove of ancient redwoods. It's like a giant, semi-permanent tent with cupboards, hardwood floors and real-deal beds. Not to mention you're next to 10,000 acres of redwoods at the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]

At the Ferry Building farmer's market

Tomatillos, Yukon Gold potatoes, arugula, Honey Concord grapes, pastrami, Hawaiian apples, sweet frying peppers

Festivals

Pandemic Family Festival: Learn more about pandemics around the world and how scientists are fighting the threats with talks, demonstrations, hands-on activities and more. [10 a.m.-4 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Bacon & Brew: The Bacon & Brew Festival brings together beer, live music, art and plenty of food, especially bacon. [11 a.m.-5 p.m., 50 E. Fifth Ave., San Mateo; www.sanmateochamber.org/bbf]

Bay Area Record Fair: Fans can buy music from dozens of local record labels and check out live music and DJs at the free event. [Noon-5 p.m., Thee Parkside, 1600 17th St., S.F.]

SuperHero Street Fair: Don a costume for an afternoon of music, dancing and heroics. [11 a.m.-5 p.m., Third and Cesar Chavez streets, S.F.]

Music

Rap pioneers: Hip-hop supergroup Wu-Tang Clan is marking more than 20 years together. [9 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Special events

Book sale: The annual Big Book Sale, which benefits the San Francisco Public Library, concludes with an everything-must-go blowout where everything costs just $1. [10 a.m-6 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Sunday Beats: The BBoy Connection is livening up this edition of Sunday Streets, which closes streets to auto traffic, with music, dancing and even dance lessons. [11 a.m.-4 p.m., Mission and Geneva streets, S.F.; www.sundaystreetssf.com]

On a roll: The Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival is a print-making showcase featuring a 7-ton steamroller, arts and crafts vendors, demonstrations, activities and more. [11 a.m.-4 p.m., Rhode Island Street between 16th and 17th streets, S.F.]

Music

Teen idol: Your imaginary sixth-grade boyfriend Aaron Carter -- whose hits include "Aaron's Party" and "That's How I Beat Shaq" -- is back, and he's been keeping busy on Broadway and in the recording studio. [8 p.m., Slim's, 333 11th St., S.F.]

A great bike ride

Bike & Zen: On a weekend flanked by the Folsom Street Fair and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass comes another wonderfully fun, free festival. The Radio Alice@97.3 Now & Zen Fest brings Neon Trees, Matt Nathanson, American Authors and Lindsey Stirling to Golden Gate Park, while the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is bringing free valet bicycle parking. [10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park; sfbike.org/event/alice-radios-now-zen-fest]

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