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Are you feeling Groovy?

Gabriella Calicchio

The Marin County Fair: Let the Funshine In celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love emphasizing Marin’s dedication to the things we value most in our community, Family, Art, Agriculture and the Environment and I look forward to another summer celebration with you all.

In 1967, the Summer of Love kicked-off with a two-day concert on Mt. Tamalpais called the Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival. Nearly 100,000 young people converged on the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, turning the Bay Area into the epicenter of a cultural phenomenon known as the Summer of Love. During this transformative time, music, fashion, art and new ideas flourished and there was a feeling that everything and anything was possible.

Marin County is, and continues to be, a nexus of creativity and innovation. Our Fair draws together, celebrates and inspires creativity and imagination across the county, regardless of socioeconomic and cultural differences. This year to celebrate the Summer of Love we’ll feature events such as tie-dye and macramé competitions, zen gardens, pop and abstract art competitions, Flower Power horticulture, a daily 60s fashion parade and more. We’ll also showcase Antenna Theater’s Magic Bus alongside a special exhibition showcasing photographs and objects from that historic Fantasy Fair and Magic Music Festival. We’re also bringing back our virtual reality experience where you’ll be able to take a “trip” to exotic lands and psychedelic spaces.

And as always, we pride ourselves on being The Greenest County Fair on Earth with the solar-powered carousel and stage, our commitment to water conservation and a new record of 94% waste diversion to compost and recycling.

Put on your tie-dye and bell bottoms and we’ll see you at the Fair!

Gabriella C. Calicchio
Director of Cultural Services