San Francisco's Summer of Love events help you recall a pivotal time in American history
By April Orcutt
May 14, 2017 | 6:00 AM
If you’re going to San Francisco, put some flowers in your hair, grab your John Lennon wire-rim glasses and gently wear some love beads — with the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love this year, it’s time to chill, man.
Here are places in San Francisco and the Bay Area to celebrate the Summer of Love:
Festivals, music and dance
Haight Ashbury Street Fair
If you need ’60s attire, find it at the Haight Ashbury Street Fair with booths of tie-dye, leather, arts, crafts and food. Bands play on two stages — one for headliners and one for alternative music — and kids can cavort in their own play area.
When, where: June 11. Haight and Ashbury streets, San Francisco
The 50th anniversary of the Monterey International Pop Festival inspires another Monterey International Pop Festival on the same dates as in 1967. Eric Burdon & the Animals, Phil Lesh & the Terrapin Family Band, and contemporary musicians are scheduled to stir it up onstage.
When, where: June 16-18, Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey
Cost: One day, $105; from $295 for three days. No strollers. You are discouraged from bringing babies in arms and infants.
Do the Twist, Mashed Potato, Swim, Frug, Chicken, Dog, Shake and Watusi while the Beatles tribute band, Mania! The Live Beatles Experience, belts out Beatle songs at Pier 39's Summer of Love Dance Party. Non-dancing revelers can make crowns out of flowers — free, of course.
When, where: June 23, Beach Street and the Embarcadero, San Francisco.
Sure, the Marin County Fair rejoices in bunnies, chickens, cows and carnival rides, but this year the theme is “Let the Funshine In!” with tie-dye and macramé contests, “Flower Power horticulture,” kaleidoscope creation and ’60s fashion shows. The fair’s evening concerts are all-out ’60s, spotlighting the Fifth Dimension, the Commodores, Sons of Champlin, UB40, Ann Wilson of Heart, Willie K (“the Hawaiian Jimi Hendrix”) and Happy Together with musicians from the Turtles, Three Dog Night and others.
When, where: June 30-July 4, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael
Cost: Adults, 13-64, from $12 online and $20 at the gate; seniors, 65 and older, and children, 4-12, from $10 online and $15 at the gate. Children younger than 4 are admitted free. Reserved evening concert tickets, including fair admission, $50.Advance purchase of tickets is recommended.
Experience a live psychedelic light and music show like those that visually rocked the ’60s at the Analog Light Show Festival put on by the Berkeley Arts Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Light-show artists use liquids, reflective items and hand-painted slides to create the non-digital trip.
When, where: May 18-20, 2155 Center St., Berkeley
Cost: Adults, 19-64, $12; seniors 65 and older, students and children, 18 and younger, $8.
As part of a series titled “Music, Art and Politics of 1967,” the Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics will hold a panel discussion about Summer of Love or Vietnam Summer? looking at the counterculture in relation to the politics of the time.
American Conservatory Theater’s A Night With Janis Joplin honors both the rock ’n’ roll singer with the powerful voice and those who influenced her: Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Bessie Smith, Nina Simone and Odetta.
Where, when: June 7-July 2, Geary Theater, 405 Geary St., San Francisco.
Curated by the former publicist of the Grateful Dead, Dennis McNally, and counterculture historian Alisa Leslie, the California Historical Society’s “On the Road to the Summer of Love” examines cultural influences luring tens of thousands of young people to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district and its focus on social revolution.
When, where: May 12-Sept. 10, 678 Mission St., San Francisco.
Cost: Adults, $5. Children younger than 18 admitted free.
The Berkeley Arts Museum and Pacific Film Archive’s “Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia” explores the continuing influence of that counterculture on design, architecture and art. As seen through magazines, furniture and films, activists strove to create positive political, technological and ecological impact.
When, where: Through May 21. 2155 Center St., Berkeley.
Cost: Adults, 19 and older, $12; children 18 and younger admitted free. Adults with a child admitted free.
The San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries have an exhibition by a photographer who was intimately involved in covering the iconic counterculture bands of the ’60s and the Summer of Love: “Jim Marshall’s 1967.”
When, where: Through June 23. City Hall, 1 Drive, Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco.
The De Young Museum features interactive music-and-light shows, psychedelic rock ’n’ roll posters, colorful period clothing and photographs plus avant-garde films at its exhibit “Summer of Love: Art, Fashion and Rock & Roll.”
When, where: Through Aug. 20. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.
Cost: Adults, 18-64, $25, seniors, 65 and older, $20; students, $16, and youths, 6-17, $10. Children younger than 5 admitted free.
The Museum of the African Diaspora offers “Summer of Love: Jimi Hendrix,” with photos of the wild and legendary rock ’n’ roll guitarist in 1967, reminding viewers of the impact of black people on the counterculture.
When, where: Through Aug. 27. 685 Mission St., San Francisco.
Cost: Adults, 12-61, $10; seniors, 62 and older, and students and educators (with ID), $5; children younger than 12 and veterans are admitted free.
The West Sonoma County Museum tells the tale of “The Hippies” and the “voluntary primitivism” of young people who escaped 1950s “consumerism and conformity” and came to two communes in the woods between 1966-73.
When, where: Through Sept. 4. 261 S. Main St., Sebastopol
Stroll through the epicenter, the Haight-Ashbury District, to Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park on a Summer of Peace, Love & Anti-War walking tour while hearing about the antiwar movement and cultural changes from 1966-68.
When, where: June 10. Meet at McKinley Statue in Golden Gate Park’s Panhandle (at Baker), San Francisco.
Ride in a psychedelically painted Volkswagen love bus with beaded curtains and orange shag carpeting on San Francisco Love Tours, and discover the continuing influence of hippie culture on San Francisco.
Between stops, Magic Bus Tours’ vividly hued buses show videos of the Summer of Love and the Human Be-In in Golden Gate Park. Passengers hear interviews with Jerry Garcia, Alan Watts and Allen Ginsberg, along with ’60s songs.
When, where: Through Sept. 30. Geary and Powell streets at Union Square, San Francisco.
Cost: Adults, 18 and older,$70; children, 5-17, $65; children younger than 5, free.