During the 1968 Summer of Love, San Francisco became a mecca for the counterculture, hippy-dippy movement of free love and free thinking, and Haight Street was Ground Zero, a place where Jack Keroac, Jerry Garcia, Janis Joplin and Timothy Leary mixed and mingled, with legendary home-grown bands like Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Quicksilver Messenger Service providing the soundtrack. The Sixties are long gone, and so is that peace-love-dove vibe, but the ol’ street tries its best to keep that spirit alive (or, some might say, flog a long-dead horse).
So every year on the second Sunday in June San Francisco parties like it’s 1968 all over again as Haight Street plays host to one of the city’s more fun and eclectic block parties, and this year I went with camera blazing! Here’s a photo essay of the day’s events. Hope you enjoy the sights of the 35th annual Haight Street Fair. Breathe deeply and you just might detect the delectable aroma of incense, patchouli and wacky tabacky!