On May 7, 2017, a unique gathering of the tribes will occur in downtown San Francisco for a Celebration of Peace. It will be a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, and a modern manifestation of the next generation of creative countercultures. Turn on, tune in, and be weird.
be dancing in the streets at 11 stages of world-class electronic music, spectacular performances, fantastic foods, unique vendors, visionary art, inspiring creativity, and peace technology exhibits.
We join together to celebrate peace, affirm our unity, generate waves of joy, and expand our consciousness.
Bring flowers, bring costumes, bring love, bring peace to the
18th annual How Weird Street Faire!
HOW WEIRD 2017
The faire will take place from Noon to 8pm, come early to catch all of the fun. How Weird is centered at Howard and 2nd Streets in San Francisco, Earth. The theme for 2017 is “Summer of Weird”, paying tribute to the cultural pioneers that inspired us and paved the way forward.
There are lots of exciting additions to the faire this year!
New this year is Green Alley, an exhibition of cannabis related products with a dub music stage on Tehama Street, opposite Art Alley. There will also be a new aerial performance area on Minna Street.
The stages are being mixed around this year, so expect the unexpected.
For 2017, there will be a special new item, the Magic Button!
The Magic Button is a collectible metal pin button available for $20 at the faire entrances, or for less in advance online. Get them early to avoid the lines and save money. It will come with lots of discounts and free things, and more magic. Visit the How Weird website for more information - http://HowWeird.org/
Art Alley will be overflowing with sensational delights this year, filling Tehama Street from 2nd to 1st Streets. There will be a new interactive craft area from San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Design, next to the new Cirque du Soleil lounge. Surrounding that will be live and exhibited artwork and local art vendors.
At either end of Art Alley will be music stages from historic San Francisco cultural institutions. At 2nd Street there is ambient music from SomaFM, online radio pioneers who will broadcast their music during the day. At 1st Street there is downtempo to psytrance music from the CCC, the artist collective which gave birth to the How Weird Street Faire and the World Peace Through Technology Organization. Otherwise known as the Consortium of Collective Consciousness. At the CCC stage, there will be a historical exhibition showcasing the story of one of San Francisco’s great counterculture moments, from 1994 to 2001, and now continuing at How Weird 2017.
A REVOLUTION YOU CAN DANCE TO!
The legendary soundtrack to the Summer of Weird will be provided by the CCC, SomaFM, Temple Nightclub, Opel, Opulent Temple, Mountain Lion Hi-Fi, Symbiosis, Muti Music, Enchanted Forest, Northern Nights, Pulse SF, Underground Nomads, Hookahdome, Come-Unity, Santa Cruz Cypher Sessions, the Beer Circus, and more.
Barbara Wohl, a member of the SF Mime Troupe, described the Summer of Love in a way that could equally apply to How Weird, “Suddenly thousands of young people were dancing to this electric music in events that became rites of passage for a new community. Everybody was dancing, the world had a need to dance and everybody was a participant in it."
The How Weird Street Faire features some of the top stage producers, DJs, and sound systems on the planet. All of the different genres of electronic music are represented on the various stages, creating a very diverse music festival. How Weird is an annual reunion of the tribes for electronic music dancers of all sorts. United in the love of dance. Electronic dance music culture is the first truly global counterculture, reaching it’s own moment of growth during what is now called the “Second Summer of Love” in 1988-1989, first centered in the UK and Europe, and then spread around the world.
This year will feature an old school house music stage by some of the pioneers that first brought electronic dance music culture to San Francisco in the early to mid-1990s. Featuring Come-Unity and some legendary names from the early days of raves.
The Human Be-In on January 14, 1967 became the template for a new type of conscious event, inspiring the evolution of music and art festivals leading us directly to the How Weird Street Faire.
The SF Oracle proclaimed in 1967, “A new concept of celebrations must emerge, become conscious, and be shared, so a revolution can be formed with a renaissance of compassion, awareness, and love, and the revelation of unity for all mankind.” How Weird is proud to continue the great San Francisco tradition of taking celebrations further.
THE HIPPIES OF 1967 WERE WEIRD TOO.
Being weird leads to discoveries, exploring new thoughts and ideas, going where no one has gone before. Weird are the inventors and visionaries, who have expanded our minds and our potential, and showed us a new world is possible. Being weird is dissolving boundaries. Being weird is alternative.
Weird is the ultimate counterculture.
These days, it is essential that we find creative solutions to our global problems. As Charles Darwin observed, it is not the strongest or most intelligent species that survives, it is the one that is the most adaptable to change. In order to improve our ability to change, we must always experiment and be weird.
The How Weird Street Faire is a project of the nonprofit World Peace Through Technology Organization, showing the world that peace is possible. After half a century, peace is needed more than ever.
SUMMER OF WEIRD
The 18th annual How Weird Street Faire
Sunday May 7, 2017
Noon to 8pm
Centered at Howard and 2nd Streets
Downtown San Francisco, Earth
$20 for a Magic Button
For more information visit http://HowWeird.org/