What to Do in the Bay Area This Weekend: May 17-19, 2013

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Does any other metropolitan area have a weekend lineup like the Bay Area's? On top of the 102nd Bay to Breakers, we're hosting the Tour of California, the nation's largest cycling race. Plus a comic fest, a state-of-the-art maker faire, free boating, free theater, three sidewalk shopping strolls, an old-fashioned parade, the finals of a national a cappella contest, and more for the weekend of May 17-19.

8th Annual Amgen Tour of California

Stages from San Jose to Santa Rosa all weekend

Free to spectators

America's biggest international cycling race of 16 pro teams benefiting Breakaway From Cancer has reversed itself in 2013, traveling south to north in an even more grueling course. Cheer on the racers starting the Stage 6 time trial in San Jose at 1 p.m. at Bailey Avenue on Friday, May 17; Stage 7 in Livermore at 11:35 a.m. at Livermore Avenue and Portola Avenue on Saturday, May 18; Stage 8 in San Francisco at 8:15 a.m. at Marina Green on Sunday, May 19, to the finish in downtown Santa Rosa. On Sunday morning, the Golden Gate Bridge will make an extremely rare closure to normal traffic. Live coverage on NBC.

ArtPadSF

Friday-Saturday, May 17-18, 12 p.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, May 19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Phoenix Hotel

601 Eddy St., San Francisco

$15 per day ($5 off students and Muni riders), three-day ticket $35 in advance

It's a 21st-century boutique art fair focusing on emerging local artists, in-residence happenings, exhibits, interviews, events at the Phoenix Hotel, and dance parties around the outdoor pool.

The Fantasticks

Friday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 18, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 19, 3 p.m.

Mission Dolores Academy Auditorium

3371 16th St., San Francisco

Free, donations welcome

A blast from the past. Enjoy a free performance of the 1960 off-Broadway smash hit, the world's longest-running musical (42 years!) with lyrics by Tom Jones. The 16th Street Players are produced in association with Mission Dolores Basilica Choir.

Big Wow! ComicFest

Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, May 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

San Jose Convention Center

150 W. San Carlos St., San Jose

From $15

Two great days of comic books, anime/manga, art, sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, and cosplay for all things collectible and cool for geeks, fans, and true collectors; the only major comic fest in the Bay Area this year. Comic legend Stan Lee is attending on Sunday.

The Outdoor Market

Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sacramento Street, San Francisco

Free

The Merchants of Sacramento Street enjoy a pretty, tree-lined shopping corridor from Broderick to Spruce, 12 blocks where you'll find a strolling magician, French mime, live jazz guitarist, face painting, sidewalk sales, and lots on offer from all the independent shops.

Saturday Sidewalk Stroll

Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Clement Street, San Francisco

Free

The Clement Street Association invites everyone to Inner Richmond's main shopping drag for food, fun, drinks, art, sales, raffles, giveaways, festivities, free T-shirt screening, and more. From Arguello to Park Presidio, this street's a treat.

Fillmore Sidewalk Sale

Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Fillmore Street, San Francisco

Free

The Fillmore Merchants Association has it together with live jazz and raffle prizes, with proceeds going to the Women's Community Clinic. The raffle takes place 3 p.m.-6 p.m., featuring prizes from $50 to $800 in value. Raffle tickets ($20 for 20) include a complimentary copy of Teresa Rodriguez's "Body, Mind & Soul," with book signing and winners announced at Kiehl's at 6 p.m.

8th Annual Maker Faire

Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, May 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

San Mateo County Event Center

1346 Saratoga Drive, Saratoga

$35 per day, $65 both days, discounted tickets at Whole Foods or online through midnight on May 17

They describe it best when they call it the greatest show and tell on earth. It's "a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement."

119th Annual Luther Burbank Rose Parade & Festival

Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Start at Sonoma Avenue and E Street, Sonoma

Free

A good, old-fashioned parade and one of Sonoma's beloved, time-honored traditions. Some 3,500 people, bands, floats, equestrian teams, veterans, and clowns wind up in Juilliard Park for music, food, and fun. Definitely not to be missed: the precision marching team, The Santa Rosa Campions (since 1949).

Free Boating Day on Lake Merritt

Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Lake Merritt Boathouse

568 Bellevue Ave., Oakland

Free

To celebrate National Safe Boating Week, you get a half-hour of free floating time on Lake Merritt. Choose a kayak, rowboat, paddleboat, canoe, or a sailboat (bring certificate or pass a short test).

29th Annual Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival National Finals

Saturday, May 18, 8 p.m.

Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium

10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael

From $32.50

The premier American showcase for vocal harmony music, drawing competitors nationwide to regional finals in eight cities before reaching the finals in San Rafael.

The Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra Concert

Saturday, May 18, 8 p.m.

California Theatre

345 S. First St., San Jose

From $25

Performing on traditional Chinese instruments, a group of 120 professional artists and students, grown from just 13 members when founded in 2000, is the only Western group invited to perform in China.

Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks

Saturday, May 18, 8 p.m.

HP Pavilion, San Jose

The Sharks take on the Kings at home in Game 3 of the conference semifinals. Cheer on the home team and hope they take another step down the road to the Stanley Cup.

102nd Bay to Breakers

Sunday, May 19, 7 a.m.

Start at Howard and Beale streets, San Francisco

Free to spectators

It's a San Francisco original since 1912, created to boost the spirits of a city devastated following the events of 1906. Both serious and silly, the race crosses our city from the bay to the breaking waves at the Pacific shore. If you don't have a bib, there's a last-minute chance to register if it's not sold-out at Volkswagen Greater Body Expo. Otherwise, spectators are reminded to arrive early, leave the car at home, watch for street closures, stand clear, and bring no backpacks.

The Gospel of Mary Magdalene

Sunday, May 19, 7 p.m.

Jewish Community Center

3200 California St., San Francisco

$25, $22 for members

A San Francisco Opera world premiere unveiled and discussed by Mark Adamo, composer and librettist. The panel will include opera stars Sasha Cooke and Nathan Gunn with moderator Dr. Clifford Cranna.

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