Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
What: Catch everyone from greats like Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, and Les Claypool to young guns like Conor Oberst, Jenny Lewis, and Glen Hansard at this year’s festival.
Why: A parade of food vendors (4505 Meats, Pop Nation) keeps you fueled for the next act.
When: Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Hellman Hollow, Lindley and Marx Meadows, in Golden Gate Park. Admission is free.
What: With 164 events and 850-plus authors, the annual city literary fest covers genres from fiction to food to sci-fi.
Why: Kick off the festivities at the politically themed Ballot Box Bash and plan for next weekend’s Lit Crawl, which transforms the Mission’s shops, bars, and galleries into a giant reading space.
When: Thru Oct. 13. Ballot Box Bash, Fri., 8:30 p.m.
Where: Schedule and locations online. Tickets ($10-$15) at litquake.org.
What: More than 45 wineries from the Lodi region pour some 200 wines, alongside artisan cheese, chocolates, and olive oils.
Why: It’s the best place to catch the Fleet Week air show.
When: Sat., 1-5 p.m.
Where: Treasure Island, 291 Ave. of the Palms, at 3rd St. Tickets ($55) at locauncorked.com.
Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio
What: Spend a lazy day snacking on the lawn with bites from restaurants (Nopalito, Dixie, Chotto, and Bar Crudo) that don’t normally get into the street food game.
Why: Rent a bocce or croquet kit, grab a newspaper from a roving vendor, or have mimosas delivered direct to your blanket.
When: Thru Oct. 28. Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Main Post Lawn, Owens St., at Anza Ave., Presidio.
Cheeses of France
What: Sample more than twenty types of fromage, wines, and special cheese hors d’oeuvres. The best part? It’s free.
Why: Watch Commonwealth chef Jason Fox demonstrate recipes, then take home your favorite curds for a little kitchen experimentation.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna St., at 2nd St. (415-974-1719).
Photo: Jay Blakesberg / Courtesy of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass