Drumroll please… This weekend is the eighth annual Outside Lands Music Festival in Golden Gate Park, when 75,000 concertgoers visit the park every day to see an eclectic lineup of rock, country, electronic and hip hop artists.
This year’s headliners include The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, Elton John, Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Billy Idol, Wilco and Tame Impala. All three days of the festival are sold out. View the lineup by day or view the daily schedule.
If you live near the park and will be welcoming people to the neighborhood each day, here are some tips to help you negotiate the crowds and traffic – and give the best advice to the 75,000 concertgoers that will be visiting the festival every day this weekend.
WHEN & WHERE
The festival runs for three days, beginning Friday, August 7 through Sunday, August 9. Venues in Golden Gate Park include the Polo Fields (main stage), Hellman Hollow, Marx Meadow and Lindley Meadow. On all three days, gates open at 11am, music begins at 12noon, and music ends at 10pm (9:40pm on Sunday). The festival is officially sold out for all three days.
The festival box office will be located in Marx Meadow, off of JFK Drive in between 25th and 30th Avenue. Concertgoers can drive into the park at Fulton St. and 30th Avenue and park along JFK until Thursday at 8pm to pick up your tickets. After that they must access the Box Office on foot.
Entrances into the festival are located at 30th Avenue and Fulton on the north side of the park, and near 36th Avenue and Lincoln Way on the south side of the park. Download the festival map
TUNE IN VIA WEBCAST
If the booming sonics of the concert reaching your window whet your appetite for more, tune into the Outside Lands Livestream, available at sfoutsidelands.com from 3:30pm until 10pm each day of the festival. 3 channels will broadcast “performances, a hosted live show featuring artist and celebrity cameos, and plenty of surprises”.
TRAFFIC & VENUE CLOSURES
During the festival, the venues and roads around them are closed to the general public and all car traffic due to cyclone fencing which has already started going up. If you want to get through or around the park this weekend, plan on using Park Presidio / 19th Avenue, Stanyan, or the Great Highway (and don’t expect it to be quick).
Here’s a map of the entrances to the park that will be closed to car traffic during the festival:
Several areas of the park will be closed prior to the start of the festival and afterwards for festival setup and teardown:
Polo Field Complex: Monday 7/27 6am – Friday 8/14 6pm
Middle Drive between MLK and Polo Field: Monday 7/27 6am – Friday 8/14 6pm
McLaren Path: Tuesday 7/28 7am – Wednesday 8/12 8pm
Hellman Hollow: Saturday 8/1 7pm – Wednesday 8/12 8pm
Lindley Meadow: Sunday 8/2 8pm – Tuesday 8/11 8pm
Marx Meadow: Monday 8/3 6am – Monday 8/10 8pm
PARKING & TRANSPORTATION
There is no official car parking for the Outside Lands Festival, so expect parking to be really tight in the Richmond District this weekend. Concertgoers will also be arriving by festival shuttle, by foot, MUNI, taxi, or bike. The festival offers free valet bike parking beginning at 10am every day (if you drop off between 10am and 8pm, you get a free bike wash!).
Schools in the neighborhood also open up their lots and raise money by charging for parking. Below is the list of school lots that should be open; except where noted, this information is from 2013/2014 so fees and hours may vary once you’re at the lot:
1) Argonne Elementary – 680 18th Avenue @ Cabrillo Street
Hours: Friday – 4pm-11pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-11pm
2) Lafayette Elementary – 4545 Anza Street @ 36th Avenue
Hours: 10am-11pm, all 3 Days
$40 Friday, $50 Saturday & Sunday
3) Washington High School- Enter on 30th Ave between Geary & Anza
Hours: Friday through Sunday, 11am – 10:30pm
$30 [this info was confirmed for 2014]
4) Jefferson Elementary – 1725 Irving Street @ 19th Avenue (SUNSET DISTRICT)
Hours: Friday & Saturday – 10am-10:30pm, Sunday 10am-10:15pm
5) Lawton School – enter on 30th Avenue between Lawton & Kirkham (SUNSET DISTRICT)
Hours: 10am-11pm Friday through Sunday.
$40 per car. Credit cards or paypal accepted.
COMPLAINTS? QUESTIONS? BLOCKED DRIVEWAY?
The festival has set up a community hotline again this year to take calls from neighbors – “to respond to any issues that may affect you during the festival”. The number is 415-872-1650. It is open from 10am until 11pm Friday through Sunday.
In addition to hotline staff, the city will add 2 dedicated tow trucks and 1 Parking Control Officer on each side of Golden Gate Park to quickly respond to any blocked driveways or any other parking issues related to the Festival. You can also call SFMTA Parking Enforcement directly at 415-553-1237 or 415-553-1200 if you need to have a car towed.
BEWARE COUNTERFEIT TICKETS
In years past, more than a few concertgoers were disappointed to find they had been sold counterfeit tickets to the festival, only finding the truth once they arrived at the festival’s entrance and were turned away.
Organizers have stepped up their game this year by implementing a wristband system that includes an embedded RFID chip. According to the website, “Do NOT put on your wristband until the morning of the festival – once you put it on, you won’t be able to remove it, as it locks instantly!” They’re also giving concertgoers the option to register their wristband in case it gets lost. So if someone offers you a cheap ticket to the concert or a paper ticket in any form, just remember what my mother always says – “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”.
Rock on, Richmond District!