cyndiStrictly a Good Time in San Francisco: With more than 100 artists performing over seven stages, San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival is one of California’s largest multi-day gatherings. And, amazingly, it’s all free. The legacy of late entrepreneur Warren Hellman, the festival takes place this weekend in Golden Gate Park and will showcase legendary musicians like Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson and Roseanne Cash, alongside scores of up-and-coming and local acts. The festivities kick off at 10:30 a.m. on Friday and last through the evening on Sunday. Music fans coming from the Peninsula can take Caltrain to the San Francisco station and transfer to Muni’s N-Judah light-rail line for a direct trip to the festival.

Golden Gate Ferry Changes Take Effect: Starting today, passengers travelling between the North Bay and San Francisco will notice a series of scheduling changes to the Golden Gate Ferry service. As part of the agency’s regular Fall adjustments, one midday trip on the Larkspur Ferry line will be eliminated and several midday trips on the Sausalito line will be cut. Much like SamTrans, Golden Gate Ferry frequently adjusts its scheduling and service levels to reflect changing commute patterns and ridership demands.

Cycle Through Palo Alto: On Sunday, hundreds of cyclist are expected to turn out for the 7th annual Bike Palo Alto event. The gathering, hosted by the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, gives residents an opportunity to check out Palo Alto’s numerous bike routes and pathways. Taking place between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., the Bike Palo Alto event will also feature free safety check and basic maintenance examinations, helmet fitting tutorials, information on how to map the best bike route from home to work, and opportunities to win free prizes. The event starts at El Carmelo Elementary School, which is just a quick bike ride from the California Avenue Caltrain Station.

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