Perhaps no art form more exemplifies San Francisco's Summer of Love than the music of the era. It led an explosion of culture and expression in the balmy summer months of 1967, and a counterculture revolution swept through the city by the bay. Tens of thousands of young folks swarmed to the Haight-Ashbury and Golden Gate Park, and they brought with them the sounds of change.
Celebrate San Francisco’s 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, which unleashed a cultural revolution that prominently included queer liberation. But don’t just celebrate it–live the summer like the original free-lovin’ hippies, with these amazing events.
Just who do you think you are? Thanks to San Francisco’s long history of cherishing outrageous self-expression, you can dress up as just about anyone you like. There’s no surer sign of a typical day in the City by the Bay than people-watching in a sidewalk cafe and seeing someone stroll down the street in a strange, gorgeous and/or sexy outfit.
What could possibly be more radical than a faerie? Especially when that faerie is part of a worldwide movement to elevate queer consciousness and liberation through spiritual exploration, which was the whole message of San Francisco's Summer of Love. For decades, San Francisco has been home to a life-changing movement known as the Radical Faeries, a loosely-organized group of free spirits who prize creativity, freedom and spirituality.
From gay liberation to non-monogamy and same-sex marriage, America’s sexual revolution came to the forefront in the 1960s, with much of it taking place within San Francisco. Since then, the city has solidified its standing as the world’s freedom pioneer, showing the power in simply getting naked and being unashamed.
How did paisley, bell bottoms, and flower-headbands become the uniform of the sixties hippie? Well, you can thank San Francisco and the Summer of Love for that. To this day, the look is endlessly recreated everywhere from fashion runways to Hollywood films. How did that look emerge, evolve and influence the hipsters of today? Check out this list of inspirations that helped define an era. See if you can capture the spirit on your next visit to San Francisco.