• On this day 50 years ago, the words “Summer of Love” first appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle carrying the term into the “mainstream media” in San Francisco and around the country (“Good Hippies’ Summer Plans” was the headline for the article on page 3 of the paper).

    April 6, 2017
    California Historical Society

  • Summer of Love: 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.

    Opening April 8, 2017
    de Young Museum

  • In the summer of 1967, the perfect storm of the Sixties revolution was beginning to rumble. The escalation of the Vietnam War and the resistance to the draft, combined with the black power movement and the psychedelic-fueled counterculture, would soon cause a nation-wide spontaneous combustion.

    April 15, 2017
    By Clara Bingham

  • The California Historical Society is pleased to launch this new public history website dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love! Bookmark this site for events, news, and essays all about the Summer of Love.

    January 14, 2017
    California Historical Society

  • People of like mind came together and began living communally, as this was the best way to focus on what was important, creating an Alternate Reality. A reality based on that particular long view, the landscape of Cosmic Consciousness perceived ever so clearly, through mind-expansion psychic energizers – organic, of course.

    February 7, 2017
    By Fayette Hauser

  • The 50th anniversary is coming, and we can’t wait to see you. We’ll be waiting with flowers in our hair.

    San Francisco Travel Association

2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, when nearly 100,000 young people travelled to San Francisco and changed the world.

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Upcoming Events

Lavender-Tinted Glasses: A Groovy Gay Look at the Summer of Love

Apr 8 to Sep 29
GLBT History Museum

Curated by community-based historian Joey Cain, the exhibition highlights the roles of four queers in San Francisco’s 1967 Summer of Love: poet Allen Ginsberg, filmmaker Kenneth Anger, philosopher Gavin Arthur and singer Janis Joplin. All of them brought their perspectives as artists, visionaries and sexual outsiders to the uprising; all made a lasting impact on American culture. In... Learn More →

San Francisco Treasures Tour – Summer of Love Edition

Apr 19 to Sep 4

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... Learn More →

San Francisco Parks and Coast Tour – Summer of Love Edition

Apr 19 to Sep 4

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. This 2 ½ hour guided day tour of San Francisco’s neighborhoods, coastline and parks, includes: the districts of Haight-Ashbury, Mission and Castro, Presidio, Golden Gate Park, the Golden Gate Bridge and more. For a limited time, the tour features... Learn More →

Victor Moscoso, 'Incredible Poetry Reading', Ferlinghetti, Wieners, Meltzer, Whalen, Welch, McClure, Ginsberg, June 8, Nourse Auditorium, 1968. Color offset lithograph poster. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Gary Westford, L16.32.28. © Victor Moscoso

Summer of Love: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll

Apr 23 to Aug 20
de Young Museum

Summer of Love: 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... Learn More →

Latest News

Monterey Pop, the Rock Festival That Sparked It All, Returns

The New York Times reports on plans for a 50th Anniversary celebration of the Monterey International Pop Festival on the same exact days the three day festival was held in 1967 (June 16-18th). Learn More →

Organizing Partners

  • California Historical Society
  • San Francisco Travel