Long stamped a literary bohemia and attracting nonconformists like the Beat Generation writers of the Fifties to musicians and artists and social rebels in the mid-to-late Sixties, it was logical that free-thinking San Francisco would give birth to a radical new movement eventually embraced by the rest of the world.
In 1967, nearly 100,000 free-spirited adventurers congregated in the Haight-Ashbury neighbourhood near Golden Gate Park to join a cultural revolution that created some of the era’s most memorable music, art, fashion and literature. Wearing flowers in their hair, people danced through the streets, promoting peace in a war-ravaged world.
Their legacy remains, and five decades later San Francisco will pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love with a yearlong celebration that will include a 1960s throwback of exhibitions, performances, literary events, tribute concerts and recognition of significant moments in time.
Feb. 8-May 21, 2017—Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Examines the art, architecture and design of the 1960s and early ‘70s counterculture. bampfa.org/program
April 8-August 20, 2017—Summer of Love: Art, Fashion and Rock & Roll at the de Young fine arts museum. Featuring more than 400 items, including a wide array of psychedelic art, iconic rock posters, interactive music and light shows, and out-of-this-world clothing produced by print studios, boutiques and workshops in the years surrounding the Summer of Love. deyoung.famsf.org
April 26-Aug. 27, 2017—Summer of Love: Jimi Hendrix at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD). Composed of photographs taken of Jimi Hendrix in 1967, this exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the famous Summer of Love and the entrance of Jimi Hendrix as one the greatest instrumentalists of all time. moadsf.org
June 24-Oct. 1, 2017—Flower Power at the Asian Art Museum. The Summer of Love in San Francisco conjures images of hippies frolicking in the park and rallying with daisies in their hair. To reveal the hidden histories and multi-layered meanings of florals across cultures, the Asian Art Museum presents an original exhibition of pan-Asian artworks and botanical imagery. “Flower Power” features gloriously gilded folding screens, unusually-modern lacquers, rare porcelains, religious sculptures, and contemporary installations of living plants and sensory-igniting multimedia. asianart.org/exhibitions
For an updated list of activities, visit sftravel.com/summer-love-2017.