“More than a cookie-cutter American rock festival, Outside Lands takes advantage of its setting in Golden Gate Park by pointedly celebrating all that is the Bay Area. It’s a strategy that really makes the event, now in its fifth year, stand apart from any other festival in its class…Outside Lands featured an expanded palette of food and beverage options that made eating and drinking at the festival just as much fun as listening and dancing.” -Rolling Stone
If you can survive walking some 22 miles back and forth between fields and stages — we commend you. On the other hand, if you’re someone who cannot survive without legitimate cell phone reception 24/7 to Instagram your experience every 10 seconds — we’re not sorry. I promise you it’s so much more memorable if you stay in the present moment. The scene is all too familiar. Those people in the crowd that are so caught up capturing moments to enjoy later, that they forget to be fully aware of what’s right in front of them.
Experiencing the Golden Gate Park for three days of what I’d like to call the epitome of The Summer of Love is priceless. And you don’t need your cell phone to find that out for yourself. This social phenomenon is unlike any other festival, particularly if you adore San Francisco.
The 6th annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, which takes place August 9th through the 11th, isn’t a weekend you’ll want to miss.
Outside Lands is not the place to think about how many molly’s you can drop in one day or how many people you can hook up with, while determining how cute your outfit will be on day three. It’s about being in the right state of mind, while you enjoy the quintessential San Francisco experience. Plus, a hoodie and a pair of shorts is all you need while you celebrate the best the Bay Area has to offer.
It’s an annual tradition for San Francisco and the Bay Area community and has become one of the most popular summer events in the country, featuring 100 artists on five stages.
Placing an emphasis on local music culture, 20 percent of the festival’s lineup hails from the San Francisco area. The delicious locally grown food and drinks are worth mentioning, too! Ticket holders will have access to Northern California’s culinary delights through “A Taste of the Bay Area,” “Beer Lands” and “Wine Lands,” which showcases 45 of the best local eateries, breweries and over 30 of the top regional wineries.
The festival is also a success in regards to environmental movements, as one of the most sustainable large-scale music festivals in the world. It prides itself on having a 75 percent waste diversion rate, a fully-powered solar stage, an eco-village working with non-profit partners, bike valet, recycling store, bio-diesel generators and locally sourced food.
Since 2008, Outside Lands has contributed over $4.3 million to the City by the Bay’s Recreation & Parks Department.
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