• This major exhibition is the first comprehensive exploration of the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s and its impact on global art, architecture, and design.

    February 8 – May 21, 2017
    Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

  • 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

  • What would it have been like to be an ambitious music photographer in San Francisco in 1967? Follow iconic photographer Jim Marshall as he captured some of the most important cultural and social events of the year that defined an everlasting identity for San Francisco.

    January 26 – June 17, 2017
    San Francisco City Hall

  • On February 1, 1967, Jefferson Airplane released its second album, Surrealistic Pillow.  The rock music world, particularly in San Francisco, would never be the same.

    February 1, 2017

  • 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

  • Love on Haight is an independent clothing shop dedicated to the revitalization of Haight Street bringing back the color, creativity & consciousness that the street is historically known for.

    January 13, 2017
    By Sunshine Powers

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

Jim Marshall’s 1967

Jan 26 to Jun 17
San Francisco City Hall

What would it have been like to be an ambitious music photographer in San Francisco in 1967? Follow iconic photographer Jim Marshall as he captured some of the most important cultural and social events of the year that defined an everlasting identity for San Francisco. Marshall had an all-access pass to documenting history in the making. He stood next to Allen Ginsberg at the Human Be-In in... Learn More →

Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia

Feb 23 to May 21
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

This major exhibition is the first comprehensive exploration of the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s and its impact on global art, architecture, and design. It presents an extraordinary array of works—many of which have been added for the Berkeley presentation—including experimental furniture, immersive environments, media installations, alternative magazines and books, printed ephemera,... Learn More →

The Beat Goes On: Peace, Love and Rock & Roll in the North Bay

Feb 23 to Apr 2
Museums of Sonoma County

The late 1960s was as volatile a time in music as it was in the rest of society.  Music of the counterculture, psychedelic rock and hippie anthems, grabbed headlines across the country.  Music became part of the national conversation about youth, free love, drugs, and rebellion. The Beat Goes On features rock posters, artifacts and images that trace the influences of music, counterculture and... Learn More →

The Hippies

Feb 23 to Mar 31
West County Museum

The curators of the Western Sonoma County Historical Society have collected memorabilia from the Hippie elders in our midst to recreate the environment that these rebels against consumerism and conformity built in the forests of Graton and Occidental 1966-1973. Morning Star Ranch in Graton was owned by Lou Gottlieb, the bassist of The Limeliters a hit folk group of the 60’s. He opened his... Learn More →

Latest News

“Free the Love” App from BAMPFA and Adobe Fills the Air with Messages of Love

“Free the Love” AR App from BAMPFA and Adobe Fills the Air with Messages of Love Augmented-reality app compliments BAMPFA’s new exhibition Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia with a Bay Area “Love Tour” Users can release personalized messages of love into the air Courtesy of Goodby Silverstein & Partners (Berkeley, CA) February 8, 2017—To celebrate the 50th... Learn More →

Organizing Partners

  • California Historical Society
  • San Francisco Travel