Grand Lighting and Surrealistic Summer Solstice Concert to Celebrate Summer of Love 50th on Wednesday June 21, 2017,
Surrealistic Summer Solstice 6-10pm
Grand Lighting at approx. 9:15pm
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love on the first evening of summer with the first public display of the light art installation that will transform the Conservatory into a canvas of elegant illuminated scenes every night through October and a free Surrealistic Summer Solstice jam revisiting the iconic songs of the late 1960s with over forty legendary musicians including members of ALO, Ratdog, The Chambers Brothers, The Jefferson Airplane, Motherhips, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Tarnation, Katdelic, Terrapin Family Band, New Monsoon, Moonalice, and more.
The flower-powered celebration is free and open to all ages. A variety of food trucks from Off the Grid will be available as well, and the Conservatory is encouraging attendees to wear tie-dye to evoke the late 60s.
At approximately 9:15pm, all eyes will be on the Conservatory for the Grand Lighting.
The following items are not allowed at the event:
No Tents, Canopies, Tables, or other structures
No Unpermitted Vendors
No Coolers larger than 9”x12”
No Barbecues or cooking equipment
No Amplified Sound Equipment
No Backpacks larger than 9 x 12
We encourage event goers to take the public transportation to the event if possible:
The closest MUNI bus is 5 Fulton bus which runs until the event ends and beyond. You can catch the bus at Fulton Street and 6th Ave, and it is also the closest bus stop to the event.
For Bus Schedule: https://511.org/transit/schedules-agency-info/agency/363/schedules/route/5
Or Plan Your Travel with Public Transit: https://www.511.org
However, if event goers must drive, paid parking is available at Golden Gate Park’s Music Concourse Parking Lot, entrance at Fulton Street and 10th Ave:
Parking will available at the Music Concourse Parking Lot as it will be open late until 11 pm to accommodate parking for the event.
Cars can enter at Fulton Street and 10th or at Lincoln near the Academy of Science. Please note JFK Drive will be closed from 8th to Kezar Drive staring 5AM on Wednesday, June 21st, it will be one of the closest locations for parking.
For maps how to enter – please go to: http://goldengateparking.com/. Cost is a flat $17.
Street Closures -- starting 5AM Wednesday, June 21st until 9AM Thursday, June 22nd the following streets will be closed to vehicles traffic:
• JFK Drive between Kezar Drive and 8th Ave
• Nancy Pelosi Drive between JFK Drive and Bowling Green Drive
• Arguello Street at Fulton Street (entrance into Golden Gate Park)
San Francisco’s Conservatory of Flowers is Golden Gate Park’s undisputed architectural crown jewel by day. By night, however, this cherished 138-year old historical landmark that is home to a trove of tropical, horticultural riches beneath its massive redwood beams and whitewashed windows goes dark, goes quiet.
This summer, flowers power the night as the Conservatory becomes the canvas for an elegant light art installation to honor San Francisco’s city-wide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love. Developed in partnership with San Francisco Recreation and Parks by Illuminate, the nonprofit arts group behind The Bay Lights, and Obscura Digital, a world-renowned creative studio specializing in large scale light-based art, the installation uses gobo projectors to transform the all-white landmark with a series of exquisitely illuminated scenes inspired by the rare tropical flowers within and the legacy of San Francisco’s flower children.
Visitors should check back often for updates on opening events, nightly schedules, and opportunities to share images on their favorite social media channels.