BART Back to 1967: Summer of Love 50th Anniversary

Take BART to go back in time to that seminal Summer of Love. It’s been 50 years since the protest-era moment when the Bay Area was the hotbed for counter-culture revelry and reactivity, and the city is now beckoning memories of its iconic past through various art exhibits, performances and festivals celebrating the half-century anniversary. With the summer of 1967 a trademark of San Francisco’s history — back when a resistance to longheld social and political paradigms filled the Haight-Ashbury streets with an influx of flowers, face paint and public psychedelia, you can check out these current homage-paying events.

How Weird Street Faire, Summer of Weird

The How Weird Street Faire in downtown San Francisco is centered around Howard and 2nd streets, a 5-minute walk from Montgomery Station.

A project of the nonprofit World Peace Through Technology Organization, this year’s How Weird Street Fair’s Summer of Love theme suits the spirited event to a (tie-dyed) T. On Sunday, May 7, Visual spectacles (with circus acts and art exhibits abound), a live soundtrack (with 11 stages of DJ’d tunes) and plenty of costumes will keep you guessing from noon to 8pm.

Hippie Modernism

BAMPFA, Hippie Modernism: The Struggle of Utopia

The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is located at 2155 Center St., Berkeley, a 2-minute walk from Downtown Berkeley Station.

UC Berkeley’s Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is currently running a Summer of Love-related exhibit through May 21. Hippie Modernism presents works exploring the intersection of radical art, architecture and design with an intent “to highlight the key role the Bay Area — and especially Berkeley — played in the counterculture movement.”


Museum of the African Diaspora, Love or Confusion: Jimi Hendrix in 1967

The Museum of the African Diaspora is located at 685 Mission St., San Francisco, a 4-minute walk from Montgomery Station.

An image of Jimi Hendrix onstage with his screaming guitar pretty much finds its way into most books and movies reflecting back on the 60s. This year the Museum of the African Diaspora is lining its walls with photos of the rock icon, yes, all taken in 1967. The Love or Confusion exhibit runs through Aug. 27.

On the Road

California Historical Society, On the Road to the Summer of Love

The California Historical Society is located at 678 Mission St., San Francisco, a 4-minute walk from Montgomery Station.

Running May 12 through Sept. 10, the California Historical Society’s latest exhibit donning photos and donated memorabilia probes the experimental art scene that fueled the social revolution of the 60s — from Beat poets to The Diggers performance group.

Flower Power\

Asian Art Museum, Flower Power

The Asian Art Museum is located at 200 Larkin St., San Francisco, a 4-minute walk from Civic Center Station.

OK, so this exhibit isn’t directly celebrating the hippie movement even though its title does; take “flower power” more literally. Think lotuses, cherry blossoms and roses. From June 24 through Oct.1, the Asian Art Museum is hosting “sensory-igniting multimedia” pan-Asian artworks celebrating the history and symbolism of flowers across countries and cultures. 

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