Summer of Love

Summer of Love50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love Events and Celebrations
The spring and summer of 1967 brought nearly 100,000 outsiders, activists, and dreamers to San Francisco. These young people traveled far and wide to join a community of artists, musicians, poets, and radicals who would change the world–influencing popular culture through music and art; launching the natural and organic foods movement; protesting war with peace and love; and ushering in an era of greater connectivity.

This summer, groups from across San Francisco have joined forces to commemorate and celebrate this complicated, influential period while exploring its relevance to our current world.

You can read about Summer of Love history on the official website here.

And for a full event calendar including concerts, exhibitions, lectures, performances, and readings, visit this page.

Here are some of our top picks:

Wednesday Night!
Surrealistic Summer Solstice Concert and Grand Lighting
The Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
The Grand Lighting takes place at approximately 9:15 PM
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love on the first evening of summer with the first public display of the light art installation that will transform the Conservatory into a canvas of elegant illuminated scenes every night through October. The evening includes a free Surrealistic Summer Solstice jam revisiting the iconic songs of the late 1960s with over forty legendary musicians including members of ALO, Ratdog, The Chambers Brothers, The Jefferson Airplane, Motherhips, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Tarnation, Katdelic, Terrapin Family Band, New Monsoon, Moonalice, and more.

The flower-powered celebration is free and open to all ages. A variety of food trucks from Off the Grid will be available as well, and the Conservatory is encouraging attendees to wear tie-dye to evoke the late 60s.

The art installation will remain up through the summer.

And here is the SF Gate article about it.

The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll
At the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, SF
Jun 21st, 2017 through August 20th, 2017
The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll will be an exhilarating exhibition of iconic rock posters, photographs, interactive music and light shows, costumes and textiles, ephemera, and avant-garde films. A 50th anniversary celebration of the adventurous and colorful counterculture that blossomed in the years surrounding the legendary San Francisco summer of 1967, the exhibition will present more than 300 significant cultural artifacts of the time, including almost 150 objects from the Fine Arts Museums’ extensive permanent holdings, supplemented by key, iconic loans.

Summer of Love: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll commemorates an “only in San Francisco” social and aesthetic movement, and will remind museum visitors that in a time of international upheaval, the city played a vital role in changing society and amplifying the pulse of the nation.

On the Road to the Summer of Love
California Historical Society
678 Mission Street, San Francisco
Jun 8, 2017 through September 10, 2017

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Summer of Love, we look back at the cultural movements and events that led up to this transformative moment in California history. Tens of thousands of disaffected young people converged in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district in the summer of 1967 and captured the attention of the world. The exhibition explores the cultural context—from the Beat poets to the experimental art scene—that made San Francisco a magnet for hippies and the center of a social revolution that rippled across the country. Guest Curator Dennis McNally brings together rarely seen photographs and ephemera to tell the story of how the Summer of Love came to be.

A Night with Janis Joplin
American Conservatory Theater
405 Geary Street, San Francisco
Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock ’n’ roll. The unmistakable voice, laced with raw emotion and Southern Comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock.

A.C.T. invites you to share an evening with the woman and her influences in the Bay Area premiere of the hit Broadway musical A Night With Janis Joplin. A Night With Janis Joplin is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences—icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone, and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of rock ’n’ roll’s greatest legends.

And if you have any out-of-town visitors, you might want to take them on this tour.

San Francisco Treasures Tour – Summer of Love Edition
Through September 4th, 2017
Organized by Extranomical Tours
It’s the Summer of Love, baby! This San Francisco tour takes you on a magic carpet ride through the city that launched a cultural revolution. A 2 ½ hour guided day tour of San Francisco landmarks, including: The Embarcadero, Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, Coit Tower, Palace of Fine Arts, China Town, Golden Gate Bridge and more. For a limited time only, the tour features exclusive sites and sounds from the Summer of Love—1967.
Departures at 7:40 AM, 1:40 PM and 7:10 PM daily.


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