The Weekend Guide

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Eat Real Festival

What: A celebration with dozens of the Bay’s best street-food vendors, a take-home market, plus a beer and wine garden.
Why: Learn to make bread, sausages, and cheese, or enter your prize-winning jam, pickles, or condiments into one of many contests.
When: Fri., 1-9 p.m.; Sat., 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Jack London Square, Broadway, at Embarcadero W., Oakland.

The Melt Grilled Cheese Buses
What: Tasty sandwiches and soups at the recently launched chain transcend brick-and-mortar with a fleet of school buses.
Why: Order online or via your smartphone for a QR code that allows you to jump the line.
When: The brown bag won’t do.
Where: Follow @the_melt on Twitter for locations.

SF Cocktail Week

What: Toast the city’s top slingers at a multitude of events, from the Cocktail Melee at the Cigar Bar & Grill to seminars on gin and single-malt whiskey.
Why: Don’t miss the Manhattan sno-cones, saltwater taffy old-fashioneds, and midway games at Saturday night’s Altered State Fair.
When: Today-Sun.
Where: Various locations. Tickets ($20-$85) at sfcocktailweek.com.

Tour de Fat

What: Hop on your two-wheeled steed and pedal down to the park for New Belgium Brewing’s annual celebration of brews and bikes.
Why: A bike parade, storytelling from The Moth, and music by Los Amigos Invisibles.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Lindley Meadow, Golden Gate Park, Fulton St., at 25th Ave.

Penguins & Pajamas Sleepover
What: Get up close and personal with the animals at a slumber party for grown-ups.
Why: Check out all three planetarium shows in one night, sip cocktails, and bed down next to Claude, the albino alligator. Wake up to breakfast.
When: Fri., 6 p.m.-Sat., 8 a.m.
Where: California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr., Golden Gate Park (415-379-8000). Tickets ($99) at calacademy.org.


What: A three-ton steamroller brings a whole new meaning to letterpress, as local artists create giant prints and sell them on the spot.
Why: Take a mini workshop in printing and bookbinding or snack on grub from a vendor.
When: Sat., noon-5 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Center for the Book, 300 De Haro St., b/t 16th & 17th Sts. (415-565-0545).

Photos: Courtesy of Eat Real Festival

Golden Gate Park
Transverse Dr
@ John F Kennedy Dr
San Francisco, CA 94121
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118
@ Embarcadero W
Oakland, CA 94607
300 De Haro St
bt 16th & 17th Sts
San Francisco, CA 94103