Spend time this summer, with the family, and take in a few festivals during the 50th Anniversary Summer of Love. The Summer of Love was a social phenomenon that occurred during the summer of 1967, when as many as 100,000 people, mostly young people sporting hippie fashions of dress and behavior, converged in San Francisco’s neighborhood Haight-Ashbury.
Summer of Love & Festivals
This summer, take advantage of one of our special offers, and explore all of the great things to do during a weekend in San Francisco, including the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love events and festivals.
The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll, April 8-Aug. 20 – The Summer of Love Experience: 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. A 50th anniversary celebration of the adventurous and colorful counterculture that blossomed in the years surrounding the legendary San Francisco summer of 1967, the exhibition will present more than 300 significant cultural artifacts of the time,
Concerts in the park, July 2 to Aug. 27 – Golden Gate Park Band plays a variety of music (classical, marches, opera, swing, and show tunes) at Spreckels Temple of Music in Golden Gate Park. Free.
Salsa dance party, July 14-15— Join hundreds dancing to live music at Salsa Festival on the Fillmore under the stars on Fillmore Street from Eddy to Geary. Free.
Union Square Live August 2 – Sept. 20 – is a series of summer concerts and dances, and even a circus act in Union Square. Free.
Classical Music August 4 – 13 – Celebrate Baroque music and culture at the American Bach Soloists Festival, which offers concerts, classes, and lectures at San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Free museum day – Aug 1 – You can visit these museums free on the first Tuesday of every month.
- Conservatory of Flowers (greenhouse)
- Contemporary Jewish Museum (culture)
- Museum of Craft and Design (crafts)
- Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (art)
Outside Lands Festival (Golden Gate Park), Aug .11-13 – The highly anticipated Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco this year will take place August 11 – 13, on the western side of the city in Golden Gate Park. The 2017 lineup has not yet been announced, but it is sure to include big names. Headliners for 2016 included LCD Soundsystem, Radiohead, and Lionel Richie. Other top performers included J. Cole, Duran Duran, Zedd, and Lana Del Rey.
Wine Walk August 17 (4 to 8 p.m.) – Get a ticket to taste wine in shops along 24th Street during Noe Valley Wine Walk. Repeats in Dec.
Festival of the Sea August 19 – Hear traditional sea music, watch demonstrations, and do kids’ crafts at the free Festival of the Sea. You also can board historic ships and take part in onboard activities for $10 (free for age 1 to 15) at Hyde Street Pier. This year’s theme is “High Tech on the High Seas: The Evolution of Maritime Culture and Technology.”
Eat Drink SF August 24 – 27 – is a food, wine, and spirits festival that features 200 local restaurants, bars, distilleries, breweries, and wineries, with tastings, classes, demonstrations, and parties at Fort Mason Center.
Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival, Sept. 9-10 – During this two-day festival, you can sample Ghirardelli chocolates, sip wine from premium wineries, and watch local chefs perform their magic. You can also join in on the ice cream eating contest and participate in the silent auction that benefits Project Open Hand. All the activities will be held in Ghirardelli Square and the entire block of Beach Street. It lasts from 12pm to 5pm both days.
Fringe Festival (EXIT Theatreplex), Sept. 8-23 – The San Francisco Fringe Festival is the largest grassroots theater festival in SF. It’s held every September and offers dozens of unique performances. The 2017 festival will be held from September 8-23. This year’s festival will present 150 performances by 35 Indie theater companies in the EXIT Theatreplex in downtown San Francisco, which consists of three intimate venues.
Film Night in the Park September 9 & 23 (dusk) – presents hit films “on a giant outdoor screen in beautiful park settings.” You are encouraged to bring a picnic and a blanket. Free.
- Sept. 9 – The Graduate at Union Square
- Sept. 23 – The Breakfast Club at Dolores Park
Brews on the Bay – Beer tasting on a ship; September 16 (1 to 5 p.m.) – Sample 70 beers from local breweries with live music, food vendors, and spectacular views at aboard the historic ship S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien at Pier 45 for age 21+
San Francisco Chinatown Autumn Moon Festival September 30 – Oct. 1 – Popular parades, dancers, arts and crafts, food and drink, and live music on historic Grant Avenue at Washington Street. Free.
CMSF Latino Film Festival October 1 (begins Sept. 15) – San Francisco Bay Area, screens films by emerging and established filmmakers from the United States, Latin America, Spain, and Portugal.
Bridge to Bridge Run October 1 – The 5K or 12K follows a scenic waterfront route from Justin Herman Plaza to an after party with food and music at Marina Green.
Fleet Week October 2 – 9 – includes tours of Navy ships at Marina Green, band concerts, a Friday parade of ships under the Golden Gate Bridge, weekend air shows with the Blue Angels, and fireworks Saturday. Free except reserved seats. Pier 39 has a Fleet Week Celebration.
Pumpkin festival – Half Moon Bay October 14 – 15 – Expect crowds at Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, plus giant pumpkins, pumpkin carving, 250 art & craft booths, 3 stages of entertainment, wine, beer, food vendors, and a parade on Main Street. Free.
Boo at the Zoo October 28 – 29 – Children can enjoy treats, watch animals play with pumpkins, dance to music, bounce, walk on a haunted trail, make crafts, and join the 11 a.m. costume parade.