It is not the Summer of Love, but it is one of the most colorful summer street fairs The City has to offer. There is lots to ... More
Haight-Ashbury Street Fair
It is not the Summer of Love, but it is one of the most colorful summer street fairs The City has to offer. There is lots to see and do, but the most interesting sight of all may be the Deadheads, punks, grunge-meisters, and yuppies all mingling to the sounds of music and the aroma of the organic and not-so organic treats offered up by the street merchants. The fair, which takes place in June, is always crowded, so public transportation is definitely the way to get there. The event is free; some vendors may take credit cards. See website for complete yearly particulars.
I was very disappointed by this tour. The tour is no longer a brother and sister team but a new woman who took over the bussiness. She is reliving her past about the Grateful Dead and the Summer of Love and we only walked probably 4 or 5 blocks while she rambled about her personal stories. This is NOT a tour of the neighborhood. I would only recommend going if you are also a Dead Head. Many of the other tour members felt disappointed as well (a few of us were talking about it).
We drove down from Vancouver, BC for the Haight-Ashbury street fair and were not disappointed. We're an early forties couple with no kids. The street fair was everything we expected and more. Lots of craft booths, food, tie-die, music and ganga. We scored some pot ( great quality, even by BC standards) but the highlight were the ganga cookies. Like big squares cut from a greenish cake. Somewhat dry to swallow but a body stone that lasted for hours. Lots of interesting people to watch and interesting shops and bars. No violence or crime to speak of, at least not on that day. A good time was had by all.
I didn't understand the big attraction. The hippy shop on the corner of was overpriced. We did however, walk down aways down Ashbury to find the most awesome little french place some where on the left side of the street. In the back are staggered patios. We were there for brunch & everyone was drinking mimosa's. The eggs benedict was out of this world. Made it worth the hike! C&R From Texas.
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