Celebrating the Summer of Love

Jim Marshall/ Courtesy of SF Arts Comission

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, when the hippies descended upon San Francisco and a counterculture was born. 

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    Jim Marshall's 1967

    Jim Marshall/ Courtesy of SF Arts Comission

    City Hall
    Neighborhood: Civic Center
    Jan. 26, 2017-June 17, 2017

    Jim Marshall was the photographer who was always in the right place at the right time during the hippie era, snapping shots of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, and more. Over 80 images will be on display on the walls of City Hall. 

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    Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
    Neighborhood: Berkeley
    Feb. 8-May 21, 2017

    Loosely assembled around Timothy Leary’s famous mantra, “Turn on, tune in, drop out,” this exhibit explores art, architecture and design intersected with the 1960s counterculture, which happened to be one of the most fertile periods of recent cultural history. 


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    Luther Burbank Center for the Arts & Fox Theater
    Neighborhood: Santa Rosa & Oakland
    Feb. 23-24, 2017  


    Celebrate the musical of genius of Jimi Hendrix on this tour that brings together a diverse array of musical greats for a once-in-a-lifetime musical tribute to one of the world's greatest guitarists.

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    GBLT History Museum
    Neighborhood: Castro
    April 7-Sept. 27 

    The 60s were a big era for gay rights too. And this exhibition highlights just that, including the LGBTQ community’s own revolution that was taking shape in the Tenderloin.

    The stories of queer poets, philosophers, filmmakers and musicians integral to the era will be celebrated through historic photographs, artwork, film and documents from the archives of the GLBT Historical Society and private collections.

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    Summer of Love: Art, Fashion and Rock & Roll

    de Young Museum
    Neighborhood: Golden Gate Park
    April 8-Aug. 20

    In the 1960s there was a music poster for nearly every concert. And now there’s a bunch of them on display at the de Young along with clothing from designers like Brigitta Bjerke, K. Lee Manuel and Jeanne Rose. 

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    Summer of Love: Jimi Hendrix

    Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD)
    Neighborhood: SoMA
    April 26-Aug. 27          

    When Jimi Hendrix took the stage at Monterey Pop he changed rock n’ roll culture forever. This exhibit celebrates just that with photographs taken by Hendrix himself in 1967. 

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    On the Road to the Summer of Love

    California Historical Society
    Neighborhood: SoMA
    May 12-Sept. 10    

    Guest-curated by Grateful Dead historian Dennis McNally, this photographic exhibition will start in the 1950's with “HOWL” and the Beat Generation and move through the free speech movement to LSD, rock and roll and the Haight in the 60's.

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    Dead & Company Concert

    Shoreline Ampitheatre
    Neighborhood: Mountain View
    June 3 and 4       

    This all-star concert features Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, John Mayer and Bob Weir with Oteill Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti to celebrate the band’s famous albums.

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    A Night with Janis Joplin

    American Conservatory Theater
    Neighborhood: Civic Center
    June 7-July 2         

    A whole show dedicated to the songs of the songstress. Though no one can replicate her unmistakable voice, laced with raw emotion and Southern Comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. 

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    Flower Power

    Asian Art Museum
    Neighborhood: Civic Center
    June 24–Oct. 1       

    While not directly correlated with the Summer of Love, the Asian Art Museum is showcasing an exhibit about the symbolic history of flowers in Asian art. 

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    San Francisco Botanical Garden
    Neighborhood: Golden Gate Park
    July 21 

    San Francisco Botanical Garden will partner with Community Music Center to celebrate the Summer of Love in song. During the Garden's signature summer event, Flower Piano (July 13-24, 2017), CMC's Billy Philadelphia will lead a lively sing-along featuring some of the greatest hits of 1967, include”ing Happy Together” (The Turtles), “Respect” (Aretha Franklin),” Somebody To Love” (Jefferson Airplane) and “All You Need Is Love” (The Beatles). 4-6 p.m. Free with admission.

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    San Francisco Public Library
    Neighborhood: Civic Center

    In this exhibit, historical photographs, grass roots newspapers, posters and flyers, record albums and manuscript materials from community groups and City of San Francisco collections will document the social and political upheaval of the summer of 1967 and how the city responded.