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June 7: Secret beaches and other San Francisco activities

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FRIDAY

On the town

Sci-fi author: Award-winning South African science-fiction author Lauren Beukes talks about her new novel, "The Shining Girls." [7 p.m., Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia St., S.F.]

SATURDAY

A great hike

Light at the end of the tunnel: Since the new Devil's Slide tunnel opened a few months ago, the San Mateo County coast has stayed the same: It's a glorious golden coastline packed with pocket beaches. One of the best is Gray Whale Cove State Beach at the southern end of the new tunnel. The short-and-steep trail and stairs leading down to the cove are part of the adventure. Bring a picnic, stake a section and take in the scenery. This is pure beach-blanket bliss. [Visit WeekendSherpa.com to find out more about getting outdoors in Northern California]

Comedy

Stand-up show: Comedian and actress Aisha Tyler, seen on "Ghost Whisperer," "Talk Soup" and, currently, "The Talk," performs a stand-up show. [7:30 and 9:45 p.m., Cobb's Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Music

Folk celebration: The two-day San Francisco Free Folk Festival begins. Attendees can enjoy music and dance performances, workshops, dance parties, jams and more. [Noon to 10 p.m., Presidio Middle School, 450 30th Ave, S.F.]

Dance

World dance: The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival presents its opening night show. Featured act: Charya Burt Cambodian Dance. [8 p.m., Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

Conversations

Actress-playwright: Award-winning actress-playwright Anna Deavere Smith appears in conversation with Lorraine Hansberry Theatre's Steven Anthony Jones. [8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

SUNDAY

Festivals

Haight love affair: The Haight-Ashbury Street Fair celebrates peace, love and the spirit of the legendary neighborhood. Festivities include music, crafts and food. [11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Haight and Ashbury streets and thereabouts, S.F.]

Music

Wainwright at Davies: Pop and opera singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright performs a solo concert, the opening show in the "Summer and the Symphony" series. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Environment

Ocean protection: The Aquarium of the Bay is hosting World Oceans Day events. Special attractions look at how we are affecting the ocean and what we can do to help protect it. [9 a.m. to 8 p.m., The Embarcadero at Beach Street, S.F.]

Comedy

Comedy chat: Natasha Muse and sidekick Ryan Cronin ask comics strange questions during "A Funny Night for Comedy." June's headliner: Red Scott ("Boars, Gore, and Swords"). [7 p.m., Actors Theatre, 855 Bush St., S.F.]

A great bike ride

Adaptive cycling event: Youths and adults with physical disabilities will be able to test and ride bicycles at Sunday Streets this week in the Dogpatch. An array of adaptive bicycles will be available to get participants rolling down the car-free Sunday Streets route. Free. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Indiana and 19th streets, S.F.; www.sfbike.org/accessibility]