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Five Great Ways to Celebrate the Summer of Love in the Presidio

Thursday, Apr 20, 2017 Category Entertainment and Culture; History; Kids and Family; Food and Drink

In 1967, the San Francisco Bay Area was ground-zero for the countercultural movement that drew 100,000 young people from around the country to the Haight-Ashbury to step out of the mainstream and question everything from sexuality, dress, and hairstyles to music, art, and race relations. The Bay was also home to a collection of military bases, including the U.S. Army post at the Presidio, which played an active role in the United States' controversial involvement in the Vietnam War.

This summer, the Presidio, now a national park, explores this complex Bay Area history as we take part in the city-wide Summer of Love 50th Anniversary Celebration. The park is offering events that celebrate the art, music, and fashion of the times as well as opportunities to examine San Francisco's history with help from Bay Area authors who know it best. And we're also coming together in two big ways – at a special 1960s edition of Presidio Picnic and through a groovy dance party. Join us!

1. 1960s Takeover of Presidio Picnic

On Sunday, May 14, 2017 and Sunday, June 4, 2017, each day from 11 am to 4 pm, come out to the park to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love at special 1960s editions of Presidio Picnic. Deck yourself out in tie-dyed t-shirts, enjoy cocktails inspired by the era, make free flower crowns (May 14) or take a photo with a historic backdrop from 1967 (June 4) in the Presidio Adventure Zone tent, and enjoy a healthy dose of classic sixties rock. Stay tuned for more opportunities to don your favorite Summer of Love duds, celebrate flower power, and enjoy a family picnic on a Sunday in the park. Presidio Picnic is sponsored by the Presidio Trust and Off the Grid Markets.

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2. Craft-Making: Flower Power Pendants

Bring the kids out to the Presidio Officers' Club on Saturday, July 15 or Sunday, July 16, 2017, from 11 am to 4 pm, for the free Creative Family Fun Craft Making: Flower Power Pendants. Your tykes can learn about the spirit of the 1960s by making colorful necklaces with super groovy pendants.

Register for Creative Family Fun Craft Making: Flower Power Pendants >>

3. Summer of Love Dance at the Officers’ Club

On Saturday, July 15, 2017, from 7 to 10 pm at the Presidio Officers' Club , put on your grooviest threads and rock-out to the music of Electric Headband at the Summer of Love Dance. They'll play your favorite psychedelic 1960s tunes from bands like The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother & the Holding Company, Carlos Santana, and more. Get your groove on with a henna tattoo by Yogis Henna and Face Painting, choose 1960s-themed props and get your photo snapped in a classic Glass Coat Photo Booth, and partake in mind-blowing food and drink for purchase from Arguello restaurant.

Register for the FREE Summer of Love Dance >>

4. Presidio Book Club: David Talbot’s Season of the Witch

On Saturday, July 22, 2017, from 1 to 3 pm, Presidio Trust historian Barbara Berglund will lead a discussion of David Talbot's, Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love at the Presidio Officers' Club. Explore the aftermath of the Summer of Love through a vivid and sweeping history of San Francisco events. From the diggers and the hippies, to Patty Hearst and Jim Jones, to the Milk-Moscone murders and the AIDS epidemic, the book explores all that shook and reshaped the city from 1967 to the 1982. Season of the Witch is available for purchase at the Presidio Visitor Center.

Register for Presidio Book Club: David Talbot's Season of the Witch >>

5. Explore the Summer of Love with Music Critic Joel Selvin

On Thursday, August 3, 2017, from 6 to 7 pm, renowned music critic and author Joel Selvin, whose weekly column ran in the San Francisco Chronicle from 1972 to 2009, comes to the Presidio Officers' Club to share first-hand reflections on the music, politics, and wild times of a magical chapter in San Francisco history. To open the evening, Presidio Trust historian Barbara Berglund shares a presentation on the Presidio during the Summer of Love and discusses how the military post met the epicenter of the counterculture movement in the 1960s.

Register to attend Joel Selvin and the Summer of Love talk >>  ​