• While a growing body of historical literature has enlarged our understanding of the sixties counterculture, few studies have documented the experience and contributions of its female participants. Professor Gretchen Lemke-Santangelo offers a corrective to these stereotypes by examining their actual lived experience.

    May 24, 2017
    San Francisco Public Library

  • 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 2, 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 10, 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.

    Opening April 8, 2017
    de Young Museum

  • 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 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

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 →

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 →

Latest News

Flowers in Your Hair Day in San Francisco

On Saturday May 13th the California Historical Society and San Francisco Travel celebrated Flowers in Your Hair Day in San Francisco marking the 50th anniversary of the release of the song San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair). Learn More →

Organizing Partners

  • California Historical Society
  • San Francisco Travel