For the Best in Bay Area Food, Drink and Music, Check out San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival
Each August, the verdant meadows and tranquil grounds of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park come alive with great food, beer and wine and multiple stages featuring some of the best touring bands in the country. The Outside Lands Festival takes its name from the part of then-unincorporated San Francisco that now comprises Golden Gate Park and the Sunset and Richmond districts of the city. Locals referred to the area as the “outside lands,” as it was regarded as an uninhabitable part of town with sand dunes, few roads and no infrastructure.
Today, Outside Lands is one of the hottest urban festivals in the country, featuring a three-day lineup of national, international and local bands playing a near-endless variety of musical styles to the delight of the tens of thousands in attendance each year. In addition to the live music, attendees also enjoy:
- Great food –
More than 70 Bay Area restaurants, bakeries, cafes, bistros, food trucks and other eating establishments set up booths to feed the hungry masses. Everything from superb ethnic foods to ice cream to burgers to beignets and many other kinds of festival fare are available.
- Great beer –
If you’re thirsty for a fermented grain beverage of any kind, then you should definitely head to Beer Lands. This very effervescent zone features booths from some of the best brewers in the city, the Bay Area and California pouring a heady variety of drafts to quench the thirst of parched festivalgoers.
- Great wines –
Oenophiles will note the location of Wine Lands on the map long before they walk into Golden Gate Park. The booths in this zone offer generous pours of some of California’s best wineries. It’s a marvelous opportunity to sample and discover new favorites, as well as revisit and savor some old ones.
- Cool art –
The Outsider Art zone features cool art installations, artists making art on-site, theatrical performances, photography and much more, all taking place amid different stages, where musical artists hold forth.
If you’re lucky enough to score tickets for the Outside Lands festival, here are some helpful tips:
- Forget about parking. San Francisco’s already tight supply of free parking dwindles down to nothing within anything resembling easy walking distance. If you must drive, you can shell out $225 for a three-day parking pass but you’re much better off walking, taking public transportation or spending $45 for a three-day shuttle pass from Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
- Forget about camping. No overnight camping is allowed in Golden Gate Park. Unless you have friends or family in the city or Bay Area, your best bet is to make hotel reservations as early as possible.
- Dress in layers. You may not need them when you’re dancing but you’ll be glad you brought them when the fog rolls in.
- Drink lots of water. Although some of the world’s best wines and beers are available, you’re going to be doing a lot of walking, dancing and generally having a wonderful time, so hydration is far more important than inebriation.
- Once you’re in, stay in. There are no in-and-out privileges at the festival, so if you walk out, you will not be allowed to come back in.
- Pre-order a locker. Having a secure place to stash your phone, wallet and other valuables is very, very convenient and a good way to prevent a lost item ruining a perfectly great time.
If the Outside Lands Festival sounds like your idea of a good time, then contact Nationwide Limousine Service at 800-339-8936 to reserve one of our incredible SUV limos, party vans, or stretch limousines! For more information about the festival, this year’s lineup of bands, participating restaurants, wineries, breweries and other useful info, check out the official site at http://www.sfoutsidelands.com/.