When I started planning my trip to California in 2009, all I knew was that I wanted to go somewhere that had a lot going on. I usually don’t like destinations that involve nothing but sitting on the beach, unless I’ve just finished up a major work event or something like that.
After looking over the upcoming events in San Francisco, I knew I’d hit the jackpot. The Power to the Peaceful Festival and the Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival were happening the same weekend. Peace, love and chocolate- sign me up!
The Power to the Peaceful Festival, which was a free event that ran for I believe 12 years straight, is no more. *sniffle* The city costs became too high and they didn’t want to charge for the event. Michael Franti was the light behind this event, and his band played every year. The year I attended, Alanis Morissette also played. Anyway, all mourning aside, I still want to share some of my favorite photos from the festival. If you’re wondering why they’re so grainy, you can read that story here, along with my review of the Fisherman’s Wharf hostel.
Those are some of my favorite shots from the day. It was nice to spend my first day in San Francisco out in Golden Gate Park, surrounded by people dancing and having a good time. It definitely had the hippie/love vibe I was expecting- a lot of hmm…pro-herb feel and anti-war signs. Agree or disagree, I could sit outside and listen to Franti & Spearhead all day long, and that’s just what I did.