San Francisco's second Summer of Love

It's 50 years since San Francisco's Summer of Love and the city is celebrating the Swinging Sixties with events throughout the summer.

By Amelia Duggan
Published 8 May 2017, 09:00 BST, Updated 8 Jul 2021, 14:58 BST
San Francisco

San Francisco.

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Come together
Embrace your inner flower child and relive the summer of '67 with Haight-Ashbury's annual Street Fair on 11 June. The area was the epicentre of the famous summer-long celebration of love and rock 'n' roll.

Flower power
Follow in the footsteps of Janice Joplin and the Grateful Dead on a Flower Power Walking Tour, three-times weekly year-round.

Monterey, baby
The Monterey Pop Festival launched the music icons that would define a generation: Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin. On the same stage 50 years later, a host of funky acts will pay tribute to the festival and its legacy (16-18 June).

Snap happy
Photographs taken during the legendary '67 festival are on display at the Monterey Museum of Art until September this year.

Psychedelic science
Feeling groovy? On 1 June, learn about the mind-bending chemistry of psychedelics and the science behind love with an evening of talks, music, cocktails and crafts at the California Academy of Sciences, set in the historic Golden Gate Park.

Take it to the streets
Over 100 Madonnari artists will transform the pavements of downtown San Rafael into a trippy patchwork of '60s-themed murals for the Italian Street Painting Marin, 24-25 June.

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Published in the June 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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