• Flowers power the night this summer as the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park becomes the canvas for a spectacular light art installation nightly to honor San Francisco’s city-wide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love.

    June 21 – October 21, 2017
    Conservatory of Flowers

  • The Asian Art Museum presents Flower Power, an original exhibition of pan-Asian artworks that reveals the powerful language of flowers across times and cultures.

    June 23 – October 1, 2017
    Asian Art Museum

  • 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. 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

     

    June 7, 2017 – July 9, 2017
    A.C.T. Geary Theater

  • 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.

    May 12 – September 24, 2017
    California Historical Society

  • 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

  • The 50th anniversary is here, 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

Rock N' Roll Billboards on Sunset Strip

Mar 1 to Jan 1, 2018
Weho Arts

Revisit a time when hand-painted temporary billboards on West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip depicted the world’s greatest Classic Rock Stars. The Sunset Strip, circa 1967. Stephen Stills of Buffalo Springfield called it right: “There’s something happening here…what it is ain’t exactly clear.” What was happening then is now absolutely clear. Rock and Roll and the kids who lived it were... Learn More →

A Pivotal Decade: The 1970s in Bolinas

Apr 8 to Sep 9
Bolinas Museum

Bolinas was a quiet, close-knit little town before events in 1971 triggered a flood of young people, mostly coming from cities and universities, who brought the anti-establishment hippie counter-culture with them. Marijuana and psychedelics, long hair and experimental lifestyles were offensive to the older town residents. But the new people also brought an extraordinarily irrepressible “can... Learn More →

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 →

Latest News

Grand Lighting and Surrealistic Summer Solstice Concert to Celebrate Summer of Love 50th

A special City-sponsored Summer of Love tribute kicks off on June 21, the summer solstice, in Golden Gate Park. The free concert features members of Jefferson Airplane, The Chambers Brothers, Moonalice, and others who will perform hits of the late 60s. The City will illuminate San Francisco’s landmark Conservatory of Flowers with a special Summer of Love light installation. Learn More →

Organizing Partners

  • California Historical Society
  • San Francisco Travel