A love-in is a peaceful public gathering focused on meditation, love, music, sex and/or use of psychedelic drugs. The term was coined by Los Angeles radio comedian Peter Bergman, who also hosted the first one on March 26, 1967 in Elysian Park[1] It has been interpreted in different ways by different organizations, but is often connected to protesting local, social or environmental issues.[2][3] Such protests were held in opposition to the Vietnam War.[4]

Love-ins are largely considered a staple of the 1960s hippie counterculture.

More recently it has sometimes come to be defined as a form of sycophancy:

a situation where two or more people praise each other a lot, especially when the praise is more than they deserve


  1. ^ "Rare Elysian Park Love-In Poster". Lofty Marketplace.
  2. ^ Book of Life Archived 2017-01-03 at the Wayback Machine reference to early love-ins
  3. ^ A Houston-area "Love In Archived 2011-03-12 at the Wayback Machine" -- a flash mob gathering to save Love Elementary School from being shut down, in March 2011.
  4. ^ "Newsreel". Retrieved 2010-09-01.
  5. ^ "Meaning of "love-in" in English". Cambridge English Dictionary: Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus. Cambridge University Press. Retrieved September 10, 2019.