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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: The Best of Friday, Saturday and Sunday

It's as if the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass gods knew they were scheduling their free concert chock full of world-class acts the same weekend many of us have to begrudgingly hand over our rent checks. But obviously that's not the real reason we're excited for the festival. Here's a day-by-day look at the best of the festival.

Friday, October 1

If you're an early bird, head to Golden Gate Park to catch MC Hammer on the Star Stage at 11:30 am. Question is: will he be sporting his magical hammer pants?

Magical Muppets & More @ YBCA In October

Don't ever let something silly like Katy Perry's cleavage distract you from the magic of Sesame Street. The wacky, educational, and sometimes psychedelic kid's show, which debuted in 1969, is getting big props from YBCA during the entire month of October (Halloween costume ideas!), celebrating the making and legacy of Jim Henson's Sesame Street with four film screenings.

5 Outdoor Happy Hours To Soak In the Sun After Work

No one should head straight home on any 80 degree San Francisco day. Brace yourself for this heat wave with a few choice happy hours to celebrate the end of the work day.

La Mar Cebicheria Peruana's got a sweeping view of the sunny bay and a happy hour to match. For a day like this, sip a cold $5 Pisco Sour or Caipirinha after work, where their specials on food and drinks last from 3 pm to 6 pm every weekday. Pier 1 1/2, (415) 397-8880

Free Movie Nights in Duboce & Dolores Parks This Saturday

Everyone loves free stuff, right? You've got two chances for free movie nights this sure-to-be-beautiful Saturday.

Brave the crowds who will undoubtedly show up, White Russians and joints in hand, for a showing of The Big Lebowski in Dolores Park at 8 pm. Dress up like The Dude or Jesus Quintana, just do whatever you have to do to pledge your allegiance to this movie, because you'll have a lot of competition.

If warm and fuzzy films are more your speed, head down to Duboce Park in the heart of the city for a free screening of The Pursuit of Happyness, that Will Smith flick about hard times in the Bay Area filmed in, well, the Bay Area.

Bay Area Power Couples: Gayle Pirie & John Clark of Foreign Cinema & Showdogs

It's hard to start a business in the Bay Area. And even harder to make it successful. We're inspired by the couples who have done it together and have decided to highlight them every week in our "Bay Area Power Couples" blog series.

Leather Daddies Unite @ Folsom Street Fair This Sunday

A flood of leather daddies will venture into SOMA for the world's largest leather party and unofficial gay holiday, the Folsom Street Fair this weekend Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm, and as always there will quite a lot to see.

Stretching down Folsom Street from 7th to 12th Streets, almost 400,000 people will crowd the streets dressed in leather dog masks, collars, latex and not much else. Leading up to the fair are loads of events crammed into SF Leather Week (full schedule here) which will really get you in the mood for Sunday.

Oktoberfest Around the Bay: Where to Drink, Eat Brats and Polka

Germany has given us many things (killer sausages, the pretzel, Heidi Klum), but few have rivaled our intense love affair with beer and its annual worship, Oktoberfest, which is 200 years old this year. If you missed Toronado's festivities last week, hit up one of these beer-soaked spots for a taste of Oktoberfest in the Bay:

The Mission Bicycle Festival & Tour De Fat Take Over the Mission & Golden Gate Park This Weekend

If you've got a bike and a free day this weekend, get pedaling to the Mission Bicycle Festival. It's a two-day celebration of all things two-wheeled that kicks off on Saturday with a three-mile ride from Mission Bicycles at 776 Valencia to Golden Gate Park's Tour De Fat.

Transported: Muni's Most Scenic Bus Routes

Welcome to "Transported," our new weekly series about getting places in San Francisco, whether you take the bus or the BART, bike or drive. Come here to find the skinny on secret parking spots, the new bike lanes and how to get across town on MUNI without losing your mind.

A lot of us see Muni only as a means to an end, and that's mostly what it is. But that isn't to say you can't enjoy yourself for $2: let Muni take you on some scenic SF tours (sans parking hassles). Below are some of our favorite bus routes. Tell us some of your favorites in the comments.

Band We Love: The Fresh N Onlys

One of the bands many of us here at 7x7 agree on is San Francisco's very own Fresh N Onlys. If you've seen them, you know that they're multifarious, loud and psychedelic.  And if you haven't, definitely check out their multitude of albums and EPs (these guys churn them out like they're nothing) - each one is a journey of the band's collective music-obsessed mind. And speak of the devil, they've got a new one hot off the presses - Play It Strange (In the Red) will be out October 12th.

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