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Summer of Love

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.

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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, including almost 150 objects from the Fine Arts Museums’ extensive permanent holdings, supplemented by key, iconic loans.

Uncorked Wine Festival (City View Metreon), May 25 – Uncorked Wine Festivals is coming back to SF for its Spring Champagne and Wine Festival. Enjoy over 100 wines, Champagne bar, International wine selection, Local favorite wines, Artisanal food vendors, custom photo booth, DJ and stunning views overlooking the city while sipping and savoring with friends. The first session has a VIP admission ($70) at 1pm which includes an extra hour to taste and special pours. General admission ($60) is at 2pm and this session ends at 5pm. The second session is all general admission ($60) from 6-9pm. Both admission prices include all your wine tastings with food sold separately. You must be 21 or over to enter the event.

Mission Carnaval Celebration, May 27 – Carnaval San Francisco is a large, two-day celebration in the colorful Mission District. This year’s event is on Memorial Day Weekend, May 27 – 28, 2017. This SF festival celebrates Latin American and Caribbean arts and traditions. It runs from 10am to 6pm both days. The highlight of the weekend is the Grand Parade on Sunday, May 28. It starts at 9:30am and lasts until around 2pm. During the parade, you will have the chance to see more than 30 music and dance groups.

Union Street Festival , June 3 – The Union Street Festival is one of the largest outdoor neighborhood fairs in SF every summer. The 2017 fair is on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4 in SF’s Marina District. From 10am to 6pm both days, you can listen to live music, sample goodies from local restaurants, and try new craft beers and wines (three dedicated pavilions). You can also view and buy art, photography, and other unique items from the more than 100 boutique vendors. This year will once again feature special areas including Fashion, Technology, Local Exhibits, Crafts, and Health and Fitness. Although it is free to enter, there is an additional cost to taste the beer and wines in these pavilions. All activities are on Union Street between Gough and Fillmore Streets.

Pinot Days (Bespoke at Westfield Mall), June 3 – Pinot Days San Francisco is a popular wine tasting event that features Pinot Noir wine from around the US and beyond. In 2017, you will once again find almost 70 producers pouring their wines during this event. This one-day tasting is on Saturday June 3, 2017 from 2pm to 5pm. It will be held at the Bespoke at the Westfield Shopping Centre at 835 Market Street.

Rhone Rangers Wine Festival (Golden Gate Club at the Presidio), June 9 – The Rhone Rangers is an organization that focuses on promoting and supporting the American Rhone variety of wine. They have a number of events throughout the US every year.

SF Free Folk Festival (Everett Middle School), June 10 – This one-day event features several rooms with live music. They include performers such as Mike Simpson (Too Many Chords – for a guitar), Janet Lenore (Ukulele Jam), and Art Peterson (Contra Band Dance). You will also have fun during the Classic Waltz Mixers, Sean Nos: Low Impact Irish Step, and the Argentine Tango. There is also a large dance party at the end of the day.

Soy & Tofu Festival (Japantown), June 17 – The mission of the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival is to educate the public about the health benefits and various uses of soy and tofu  — an annual fundraiser for the Nichi Bei Foundation — strives to be a vehicle for community-building and leadership development while adhering to the Foundation’s mission of keeping the community connected, informed and empowered. This exciting culinary and cultural event showcases soy and tofu vendors, provides an educational forum on the various uses and benefits of soy and tofu, offers live music and cultural entertainment, interactive games and tofu eating contests, and culminates with the Soy and Tofu Dessert Competition.

Juneteenth Festival (Fillmore), June 17 – There you’ll find dozens of fun activities, including a parade that starts at 11am.  Other highlights of this event include a job fair, car show, and a health and wellness fair. You can also watch the fashion show, learn more in the beauty fair, or find out about local programs at the community information booths. If you love live music, then head over to the four stages of entertainment including motown, soul, jazz, rhythm & blues, and gospel. You will also find performances of Caribbean soul, neo soul, zumba, and reggae. Bring the kids along too! This year they can enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting and carnival rides. Also, don’t miss out on the food and beverage booths serving up some of SF’s finest grub. All events are on Fillmore Street between Post and Turk Streets from 10am to 6pm.

Summer of Love Dance Party (Pier 40) June 23 – Make sure you wear a flower in your hair in the spirit of the Summer of 1967 at PIER 39’s free Summer of Love Dance Party, in collaboration with the official Summer of Love 50th Anniversary Celebration. Dance the night away with music from Mania! The Live Beatles Experience from 6-8pm and DJ Bart from 8-10pm on PIER 39’s Entrance Plaza.

40th Anniversary Haight-Ashbury Street Festival (Haight-Asbury)  June – 40th Anniversary Haight-Ashbury Street Festival: Celebrate Haight-Ashbury’s diversity as you listen to live music, nosh on local specialties and dance in the same streets where the Summer of Love started.

Gay Pride Parade & Festival (Castro), June 24 – The SF Gay Pride Parade and Celebration is June 24 and 25, 2017. This weekend-long festival includes music, gourmet food, and more than 300 exhibitors. Pride in SF is one of the largest LGBT gatherings in the world. This year’s theme is “A Celebration of Diversity.” The popular and colorful Pride Parade is on Sunday, June 25. It starts at 10:30am at Market Street and Beale.

Fillmore Jazz Festival, July 1 – The Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free jazz event on the west coast. This year’s event is on Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2, 2017. This street fair covers more than twelve blocks in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood. In addition to live jazz music, you can sample gourmet food and enjoy cool beverages. Dozens of artists will also showcase their work.

Salsa Festival on the Fillmore, July – During this two-day event, you can brush up on your dancing skills, watch dance performances, listen to live music, and dance outside at the Fillmore Center Plaza. Heading into its sixth year, this SF festival is one of California’s biggest Latin music dance parties. Every year, it draws more than 7,000 people. In addition to dancing on the plaza, you will find three blocks of Salsa Bands, DJs, and dance instructors. All are on Fillmore Street between Eddy and Geary.

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.

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.

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.