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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love - Making everything "Groovy".

San Francisco Sky Line

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Although huge in terms of offerings, San Francisco is physically quite compact. It is located on a seven-by-seven mile (11 x 11km) square of land at the tip of a peninsula between the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific coast. It has a population of 812,000 which represents a small fraction of the entire Bay Area population of 7.1 million.

With a mild climate including cool, wet winters and dry summers, for the most part you can expect the high’s in the upper 50s, 60s or low 70s. It’s almost never warmer than 73, never colder than 50. The nights are chilly so carry a light jacket.

Just like the Summer of Love did in 1967, its 50th anniversary is gaining momentum. More than 60 festivals, performances, exhibitions and activities have already been planned to celebrate the time that changed San Francisco and the world forever. At, the California Historical Society provides the detailed factual and cultural context for this seminal summer through its own exhibition and work with cultural partners.

Some events this summer are unique to this golden anniversary year.  Others happen annually but will have a Summer of Love flavor, either intentionally or by virtue of the fact that they are happening in the birthplace of peace, love and rock and roll.  Here are some highlights:

Summer of Love Music

May 5-June 3 / Smuin Debuts Trey McIntyre’s Summer of Love-Inspired “Be Here Now”
June 3- 4 / Dead & Company at Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 7-July 2 /  “A Night with Janis Joplin” at American Conservatory Theatre

June 10/  Magic Mountain Play Music Festival: “HAIR!” In Concert
June 16-18/ 50th Anniversary Monterey International Pop Festival
June 17/ San Francisco Boys Chorus’ “Summer of Song”
June 23/ Pier 39’s 60’s Dance Party
July 21 / Flower Piano “Summer of Love” Sing-along at San Francisco Botanical Garden
July 22 / “The San Francisco Sound” with Joan Baez
August 6 / 15th Annual Jerry Day

Summer Festivals and Fairs

April 29 / Telegraph Avenue (Berkeley) Summer of Love Street Fair

May 7/  18th Annual How Weird Street Faire: “Summer of Weird

May 7-Oct 29 /  Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

May 27-28 / Carnaval San Francisco: “El Corazon de San Pancho — The Heart of San Francisco”

June 1/ Summer of Love NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences

June 2-Aug. 27/ 80th Annual Stern Grove Festival
June 3-4 /  41st Annual Union Street Music Festival

June 11 / 40th Anniversary Haight Ashbury Street Fair

June 24 & 25/ “The Summer of Love: An Art & Music Experience,” the 2017 Italian Street Painting Marin

June 24 & 25/  San Francisco Pride, “A Celebration of Diversity”

June 30-July 4 / The Marin County Fair: “Let the Funshine In!

July 1-2/  The 33rd Annual Fillmore Jazz Festival

Aug 11-13/ Outside Lands Festival

Oct. 6-8 / Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

Thru Oct. 1 /  2017 Summer of Love Street Celebrations with It’s Your District and Sunday Streets

Summer of Love Exhibitions

Jan. 26, 2017-June /
“Jim Marshall’s 1967,” at San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries at City Hall

Feb. 8-May 21 /
“Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for  Utopia” at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

April 7-Sept. 27 /
Lavender-Tinted Glasses: A Groovy Gay Look at the Summer of Love” at the GLBT History Museum

April 8-Aug. 20 /
“The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion and Rock & Roll” at the de Young Museum

April 26-Aug. 27 /
“Summer of Love: Jimi Hendrix” at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)

May 12-Sept. 10 /
“On the Road to the Summer of Love” at the California Historical Society

June 23-Oct. 1 /
“Flower Power” at the Asian Art Museum

June-Sept. /
“Comix from the Summer of Love” at the Cartoon Art Museum

July 15-Oct. 29 /
San Francisco Public Library: 50th Anniversary of Love and Haight

Summer of Tours 

San Francisco has dozens of tours that cover topics as diverse as the city itself.  Several companies have always specialized in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood and the Summer of Love while others have added new itineraries this year to help visitors understand and enjoy the spirit of 1967.   All of them promise a good “trip.”

To help visitors plan their “trip,” San Francisco Travel has launched, which provides an ever-expanding guide to the whole groovy scene. For more information on reservations, activities and more,, read the Visitors Planning Guide or call 415-391-2000.



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