Sept. 7: Haight Street music festival and more 

click to enlarge fire and water A firefighter perches atop a ladder while battling a five-alarm blaze in the Mission on Thursday. More than 100 firefighters responded to the blaze, which apparently started inside retail store Big House Inc. in the 2000 block of Mission Street. No one was seriously hurt, but one firefighter and two others suffered injuries. - MIKE KOOZMIN/THE S.F. EXAMINER
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  • fire and water A firefighter perches atop a ladder while battling a five-alarm blaze in the Mission on Thursday. More than 100 firefighters responded to the blaze, which apparently started inside retail store Big House Inc. in the 2000 block of Mission Street. No one was seriously hurt, but one firefighter and two others suffered injuries.

Something to read

Brown Sugar Kitchen: New-Style, Down-Home Recipes: By Tanya Holland ($29.95) The executive chef and owner of Oakland's Brown Sugar Kitchen, who appears at Omnivore Books on Food in The City on Wednesday, shares luscious recipes from the restaurant's fresh take on soul food.

Volunteer

San Francisco Food Bank: Volunteers are needed to help sort donations, assemble grocery boxes for seniors and more. [9-11 a.m. and 12:30-2:30 p.m., 900 Pennsylvania Ave., S.F.; register online at www.sfmfoodbank.org]

Get outdoors

The Giant Race: A half-marathon and 10K, 5K, shorter races and more raise money for Project Open Hand. Runners will receive a special Buster Posey bobblehead and Giants-orange race T-shirt. [7 a.m., 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.; www.race-sfgiants.com]

Zumba in the Park: Get up and get moving to Latin beats in a free workout at several San Francisco parks. [10 a.m., 320 Bowling Green Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; 10:30 a.m., Crocker Amazon Playground, Moscow Street and Italy Avenue, S.F.; 11 a.m., Sunset Recreation Center, 2201 Lawton St., S.F.]

Neptune festival: The third annual Neptune Beach Community Celebration features live music, food, arts and crafts, and more with a seaside twist. Today's performances include Bear Lincoln and the disco-powered Shake Your Booty Band. [10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Webster Street and Central Avenue, Alameda; http://neptunebeachcc.com]

Music

Haight festival: The inaugural Haight Street Music & Merchants Street Fair turns the street into one big block party with art displays, restaurant and bar specials, and three music stages including performances by DJ Low Down Loretta Brown (aka Erykah Badu). Admission is free. [Noon-6 p.m., Haight Street between Masonic Avenue and Stanyan Street, S.F.]

Free opera show: The San Francisco Opera's annual Golden Gate Park concert includes stars from the upcoming 92nd season singing songs from "Don Giovanni," "Otello" and more. [1:30 p.m., Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Pop concert: Tropical-salsa singer Marc Anthony brings his "Cambio de Piel" ("Change of Skin") tour to the Concord Pavilion. [7 p.m., 2000 Kirker Pass Road, Concord]

Museum

Art appreciation: Admission is free at the Asian Art Museum for the first Sunday of the month. [10 a.m.- 5 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Film

Baseball documentary: "No No: A Dockumentary" shares the story of Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis, who threw a no-hitter in 1970 while high on acid. [2:30, 7 and 9:15 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Hot dogs

Free food: Frankenart Mart -- an interactive space for art, writing, lectures and more -- is handing out free all-beef and veggie hot dogs. [1 p.m., 515 Balboa St., S.F.]

The Front Porch: The Bernal Heights restaurant, which touts its "Southern Mission hospitality," is featuring New Orleans-style beignets; chicken-fried steak; and a "Hangover Helper" of macaroni and cheese, spicy beef chili and a sunny-side-up egg. [10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 65 29th St., S.F.; (415) 695-7800, thefrontporchsf.com]

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