The Summer of Love launched an worldwide cultural and social phenomenon that was centered in San Francisco, and hedonistically celebrated across Golden Gate Park. On Saturday, August 26th join Stuart Watts, of SF Native Tours, as he leads a nearly three-mile exploration of the 60’s counter-culture movement’s ‘ground zero.’
Take a trip back in time as you enjoy a mostly flat walk, though some stairs and trails are included. Get highlights of the history of the surrounding neighborhoods before, during, and after the Summer of Love.
As you walk from the Panhandle, west towards Haight-Ashbury, see points of interest during, and stories behind, the arrival of the flower children. Stop by famous and lesser-known sites before you make your way back east to the hills of Buena Vista and Corona Heights. Take in beautiful city skylines, then descend from these peaks to wander the neighborhood streets of The Castro, for some history on the neighborhood’s LGBTQ activism.
From The Castro, wind your way south to the newly-renovated Dolores Park. Finally, end your walk at Mission High School on 18th street, between Church and Dolores Street. Walk attendees may enjoy an optional local beer at Cerveceria, or local ice cream at Bi-Rite.
About Stuart Watts: A 5th generation San Franciscan, born and raised in the Richmond District, Stuart is a strong supporter of the community and an active member of local neighborhood and citywide efforts to promote a more walkable urban environment. Stuart loves exploring, enjoys BBQs, local pubs, camping, snacks, and lives with his cat, “Killer.”
Walk SF’s monthly members walk begins on Saturday, August 26th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – walk will proceed rain or shine, barring high winds or dangerous weather.
- Wear closed-toe, comfortable shoes
- Carry rain gear and sunhat as needed
- Stock sunblock, water, and personal snacks