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San Francisco Brings Back Flower Power with Free Summer of Love Concert

The event will take place June 21 in Golden Gate Park.

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    Timothy Leary, center, leads some 15,000 persons in a song at a "happening" in San Francisco in January 1967. Leary, a proponent of psychodelic drugs, told the crowd to "Turn on, tune in and drop out." The event was a prelude to the "Summer of Love," which brought the hippie experience into the American mainstream. (AP Photo)

    On June 21, the City of San Francisco will be hosting a free 50th anniversary Summer of Love Concert. 7x7 reported that the event will take place in Golden Gate Park and host a show packed with groovy music and psychedelic lights.

    The road to this celebration hasn’t been easy though. Permits have previously blocked the 1967 commemoration. Aspiring sponsor Boots Hughston had been denied twice by Rec and Park, being told that the concert failed to meet park protection expectations, according to SF Gate.

    Now though, the San Francisco Rec and Park are hosting their own event called Surrealistic Summer Solstice. Listed on Eventbrite, it has been announced that individuals from Jefferson Airplane, ALO, and The Chamber Brothers will assist in reviving the summer of 1967.

    Along with these artists, the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park will unveil a seasonal light installation. This art piece will run through October and create a spectacle overflowing with flowers and dancing lights. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that this piece was put together by Ben Davis of the company Illuminate. This business works to highlight the best of the San Francisco with surreal light projections. Guests will be able to enjoy the colorful creation for the first time when attending Surrealistic Summer Solstice.

    While jamming out to some counterculture tunes, attendees will also have the chance to grab dinner from Off the Grid food trucks. With a variety of flavors to choose from, all guests are sure to find inner peace after chowing down.

    Anticipation for a Summer of Love festival has been rumbling through the Bay for months now, leaving Surrealistic Summer Solstice already sold out. If unable to reserve a spot, take a look at the array of other events the Bay is hosting. More options to celebrate the summer’s 50th anniversary can be found on San Francisco Travel.

    For more information on Surrealistic Summer Solstice, visit Eventbrite.

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