50th Anniversary of the 

Summer of Love 

May - September 2017

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love in Monterey! Several musical performances, art exhibitions and special events are scheduled throughout summer 2017 all aiming to honor the 50th anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival that changed music history forever. The 1967 Pop Festival is credited as one of the beginnings of the “Summer of Love” and the festival served as a template for future outdoor concerts. Click here to see a video from the iconic original Pop Festival.

Join in on the celebration and mark your calendar for the main event, June 16-18, 2017! The 50th Anniversary Monterey International Pop Festival event will be held during the same exact weekend and at the same exact venue as the original. The Monterey County Fair & Event Center will be full of retro and modern day artists throughout the three-day music festival. Headliners include Norah Jones, Jack Jackson, Leon Bridges, Father John Misty and many more!


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The 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival

The Monterey International Pop Festival was the first commercial American rock festival held on June 16-18, 1967, at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California. The Pop Festival would later become the inspiration and model for subsequent music festivals including the iconic Woodstock Music Festival two years later.

The idea for the Pop Festival started with promoters Alan Pariser, who attended the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1966, and Ben Shapiro. The two men approached John Phillips and Lou Adler to inquire about hiring The Mamas and the Papas to headline the concert. Phillips and Adler ended up stepping in and organized a board of directors that included famous music makers and producers Paul Simon, Donovan, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Johnny Rivers, Terry Melcher, Andrew Loog Oldham, Smokey Robinson, Brian Wilson, Roger McGuinn and Paul Simon.

Within 7 weeks, they produced the non-profit festival with an eclectic lineup of nearly three dozen groups and artists from up-and-coming acts to established stars. It was at this festival that a number of legendary careers were made including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who and the Grateful Dead. Approximately 200,000 people attended the three-day groundbreaking festival, traveling from San Francisco, Los Angeles and across the country.

The 1967 Musical Line Up

Friday, June 16: The Association; The Paupers; Lou Rawls; Beverley; Johnny Rivers; Eric Burdon and The Animals; Simon and Garfunkel

Saturday, June 17: Canned Heat; Big Brother and the Holding Company (with Janis Joplin); Country Joe and the Fish; Al Kooper; The Butterfield Blues Band; Quicksilver Messenger Service; Steve Miller Band; The Electric Flag; Moby Grape; Hugh Masekela; The Byrds; Laura Nyro; Jefferson Airplane; Booker T. & the MGs; Otis Redding

Sunday, June 18: Ravi Shankar; Blues Project; Big Brother and the Holding Company; The Group With No Name; Buffalo Springfield; The Who; Grateful Dead; The Jimi Hendrix Experience; Scott McKenzie; The Mamas and the Papas