San Francisco Turns Down Permit for Summer of Love’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 1967, file photo, Timothy Leary addresses a crowd of hippies at the "Human Be-In" that he helped organize in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, Calif. Leary 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. City officials have rejected a permit for a planned free concert intended to mark the 50th anniversary of the famed Summer of Love in Golden Gate Park that had been planned for June. (AP Photo/Bob Klein, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 14, 1967, file photo, Timothy Leary addresses a crowd of hippies at the "Human Be-In" that he helped organize in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, Calif. Leary 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. City officials have rejected a permit for a planned free concert intended to mark the 50th anniversary of the famed Summer of Love in Golden Gate Park that had been planned for June. (AP Photo/Bob Klein, File)
This year, San Francisco’s Summer of Love celebrates its 50th Anniversary. Organizers of the concert commemorating the event want to hold a big event in the city this summer, but their permit has been turned down. They’ll go before the San Francisco Parks and Rec Department today to appeal that ruling. Country Joe McDonald, who was at the original event in 1967, and comedian Will Durst will be on hand to try to get that event back on track.