7 amazing Bay Area things to do this weekend, April 9-11

Spring weather and scads of fun things to do and eat await us, so let’s get right to it: Here are seven ways to have an awesome weekend, from tide-pool adventures to an explosion of cool movies to mouthwatering empanadas.

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1 SEE: A beloved film festival returns

It’s got movies you can stream at home. It’s got movies screening at the Fort Mason Drive-In. It’s got Fantastic Negrito doing Fantastic things. The San Francisco International Film Festival (rebranded as SFFILM Fest) is back, and here’s what you need to know and see.

From left, Christian Sandoval, Esmeralda Sandoval and Kayleah Cervantes observe sea life Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group) 

2 PLAY: Amid the anemones

If you’re craving a little beach time, pack up a picnic and head for one of these four spectacular Bay Area shores, where tide pools brim with sea creatures and fun eating spots await nearby.

3 EAT: Flaky, savory empanadas

These meat-, cheese- or veggie-filled South American pastries have made a major splash in the Bay Area, with empanaderias popping up from San Jose to Lafayette. Here are seven of our favorite spots.

4: WATCH: A live comedy show with ‘America’s favorite husband’

Up-and-coming comedian Steve Trevino has earned a major following cracking wise about his marriage and other topics. And this weekend, he’s performing live shows in Pleasanton. Here’s the scoop.

5 SIP & PLAY: Wine tastings and board games

NorCal wineries are hosting vineyard tours, winemaker dinners, virtual tastings — and real ones, too — this spring. Here’s just a sampling of possibilities, plus two wine-themed games to play — with a glass in hand, of course — once you get back home.

“Minari,” starring Steven Yeun, is in the running for a best-picture Oscar. (A24 Films) 

6 WATCH: Movies to help you get ready for the Oscars

The Academy Awards are April 25 and, unlike some years, most of the nominated movies  are available to watch! Here’s where you can find them.

7 HEAR: Toni Morrison’s powerful first novel

Toni Morrison’s 1970 book “The Bluest Eye” delivered such an unsparing account of a girl’s life exposed to racism, abuse and shame that some wanted to ban it. Berkeley’s Aurora Theatre is presenting an audio-play version of the novel; here are the details.

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