Sept. 5 - 7: Washington Square Park movie night and other weekend events in SF 

click to enlarge This Saturday, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” will be playing at Washington Square Park. Pack a picnic, bring warm blankets and watch the stars under the stars.
  • This Saturday, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” will be playing at Washington Square Park. Pack a picnic, bring warm blankets and watch the stars under the stars.
FRIDAY

Evening market: The UN Plaza Friday Night Market kicks off with food, cocktails, vendors and live entertainment. The series runs through Oct. 24. [4-9 p.m., UN Plaza, Eighth and Market streets, S.F.]

A great night out

Forget Cannes: Now’s the best time to see the stars right in San Francisco by kicking back under the big sky for Film Night in the Park’s (free) outdoor film series, with donations benefiting the San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation’s work preserving historic movie theaters. This Saturday, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” will be playing at Washington Square Park. Pack a picnic, bring warm blankets and watch the stars under the stars. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Farmers market

Basil

Fantasy seedless grapes

Raspberries

Goat cheese

Juliet tomatoes

Golden beets

Marble potatoes

Walnut oil

SATURDAY

Rhythm and motion

Dance like everybody’s watching: Shimmy your way onto local television screens with three tapings of KOFY’s (Ch. 20) “Dance Party.” Halloween costumes are a must at the noon taping of “Monster Mash Halloween Bash,” while 1980s attire is required for the 2 and 4 p.m. tapings. [2500 Marin St., S.F.; kofytv.com/whats-on/dance-party]

Free dance show: “Checkbox,” “Hiding in the Spaces Between” and “After 5:00” are part of a free performance by RAWdance. [1 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, 773 Mission St., S.F.]

Footraces

Big Gay 10K: The Big Gay 10K, which also has a 5K option, raises money for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. [8 a.m., Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; http://biggay10k.com]

Testing minds, bodies: The CitySolve Urban Race sends participants on a wild chase guided only by nine clues. [11:30 a.m., Pedro’s Cantina, 128 King St., S.F.; www.citysolveurbanrace.com/cities/san_francisco_ca]

SUNDAY

Festivals

Chinatown festival: The two-day Autumn Moon Festival, which marks the tradtional end of the summer harvest, concludes with another day of free live entertainment, hundreds of art and food booths, parades and more. [11 a.m.-6 p.m., Grant Avenue, S.F.; sanfranciscochinatown.com]

Jewish holiday: The Rosh Hashanah Expo features demonstrations of Jewish cooking, gourmet kosher tastings and a chance to make traditional shofar horns. Rabbi Shmulik Friedman leads a tutorial on the deeper meaning of the holiday. [1-4 p.m., Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Performances

‘Wait Until Dark’: Circle of Life Theatre, which casts actors with disabilities and fully abled performers in its productions, is presenting “Wait Until Dark,” an update of Federick Knott’s 1960s thriller. [2 p.m., Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., S.F.]

Tango in the Square: Orquesta Z plays sultry tango music as part of the “Union Square Live” series. [2-4 p.m., 33 Post St., S.F.]

A great bike ride

Haight festival: Bike over to the inaugural Music and Merchants Street Fair on Haight Street, where there will be three music stages as well as art installations and murals from acclaimed artists. Check out the skate demo area and a block dedicated to families with a children’s stage, bounce house and book bus. Free valet bike parking is provided by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. [Noon-6:30 p.m., Shrader and Page streets, S.F.]

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