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2014 Neighbor’s Guide to Outside Lands Music Festival, August 8-10

Paul McCartney performs at Outside Lands 2013. Photo by Josh Withers

Ready to rock and roll, Richmond District? Outside Lands 2014, the seventh year for the large music festival, kicks off this Friday in Golden Gate Park.

The lineup is eclectic as always, ranging from rock to electronic dance music to hip hop to country. Headliners include Kanye West, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, The Flaming Lips, Tiesto, Death Cab for Cutie and Ray LaMontagne. View the lineup by day or view the daily schedule.

There is also an official iPhone app for Outside Lands 2014, and an unofficial one called FestFriend for Outside Lands 2014. iTunes Radio also has an Outside Lands 2014 station.

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 65,000 concertgoers that will be visiting the festival every day this weekend.

The festival runs for three days, beginning Friday, August 8 through Sunday, August 10. 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 (PDF)

Download the festival map (PDF)

Most Richmond District residents that live past 25th Avenue already have a “front row” seat to the amplification of the Outside Lands stages. ;)

But if you want to get closer and really hear some of the performances, SF Funcheap has guides on where to position yourself outside the festival fences to catch the bands performing each day – Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Last year, they streamed some of the performances on TuneIn and UStream, but we haven’t been able to confirm if that is the case for 2014. If we find any information on that, we’ll update it here.

UPDATE: According to the Outside Lands website, they will be streaming some performances on their iTunes Radio station: “Check back on August 9th and August 10th to catch shows from performers like Duck Sauce, Chvrches, Tycho, Phosphorescent, Deer Tick, Lucius, Dum Dum Girls and more being broadcast live from Golden Gate Park. Check back for the weekend schedule!”

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: Wednesday 7/30 6am – Thursday 8/14 8pm
Hellman Hollow: Sunday 8/3 6am – Wednesday 8/13 8pm
Lindley Meadow (East End): Monday 8/4 8am – Tuesday 8/12 8pm
Lindley Meadow (West End): Tuesday 8/5 8am – Tuesday 8/12 8pm
Marx Meadow: Monday 8/4 6am – Monday 8/11 8pm

There is no official car parking for the Outside Lands Festival, so expect parking to be really tight in the outer Richmond 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!).

Again this year, schools in the neighborhood will open up their lots and raise money by charging for parking. Below is the list of school lots that will be open; except where noted, this information is from 2013 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

3) Presidio Middle School – 450 30th Avenue @ Geary Blvd.
Hours: 10:30am-10:30pm, all 3 Days

4) Washington High School- Enter on 30th Ave between Geary & Anza
Hours: Friday through Sunday, 11am – 10:30pm
$30 [this info was confirmed for 2014]

5) Jefferson Elementary – 1725 Irving Street @ 19th Avenue (SUNSET DISTRICT)
Hours: Friday & Saturday – 10am-10:30pm, Sunday 10am-10:15pm

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 415-390-2737. 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 the Park to quickly respond to any blocked driveways or any other parking issues related to the Festival. You can also call SFMTA Parking Enforcement at 415-553-1237 or 415-553-1200 if you need to have a car towed.

Want to really get your point across about your driveway? Stop by The Richmond District SFPD station at 461 6th Avenue through Friday afternoon to pick up a SFMTA printed sign alerting concertgoers to not block your driveway.

Neighborhood 311
Information Guide (festival hours etc.)
View the daily schedule
Download the festival map (PDF)

Rock on Richmond District!

Sarah B.

Photo by Josh Withers

The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at Outside Lands 2013

Photo by Josh Withers

4:30 am | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park, Live Music | 87 comments

National Night Out at the Richmond District Police Station, August 5

A SFPD officer introduces a police K9 to some kids (2012)

Next Tuesday night, the Richmond District station is inviting the neighborhood to stop by as part of National Night Out. The nationwide event is designed to develop partnerships between the police and fire departments, and the community.

The free event will be held at the SFPD station at 461 6th Avenue between Geary and Anza, from 5pm until 8pm.

There will be plenty of fun for all ages including a talking police car, a SFFD fire truck, a Golden Gate Park Police horse and K-9 patrol dog, a bouncy house and officers cooking up burgers on the grill. Hamburgers and drinks are free (until they run out!).

The one and only McGruff the crime dog has also been there the last couple of years.

This is a great chance to meet your neighborhood police officers and firemen, and enjoy some family fun. No RSVP is needed – just come by the station house between 5 and 8pm.

Sarah B.

SFPD police horses at National Night Out, 2012.

A tiny tot checks out a SFPD motorcyle at National Night Out, 2012.

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Jog in the Fog 5k is back on September 14. Sign up today!

We’re thrilled to bring back the Richmond District Jog in the Fog 5k family fun run for its second year on Sunday, September 14.

This event is ALL about the Richmond District. The course runs through the Richmond District, local businesses are sponsoring it, and proceeds from the race benefit a neighborhood charity, the Richmond District Neighborhood Center (RDNC).

The course begins in Mt. Lake Park and finishes out at Lands End, showing off our beautiful parks and coastal scenery along the way. Both runners and walkers are welcome!

Registration for adults (13 & over) is $35, and that includes a race bib and t-shirt featuring the race logo designed by neighborhood artist Andy George.

Kids 12 & under can participate for FREE – just bring them along on race day and we’ll give them a free, souvenir race number (no advance registration required). Check out photos from last year’s inaugural race.

This is a great chance to come out and enjoy a fun run through our beautiful neighborhood with your fellow neighbors and support the RDNC, a non-profit that provides free and low-cost resources, support, and activities to children, teens, adults and seniors in the neighborhood.

Get all the details on the race and register at joginthefog.com, or start your registration below. We can’t wait to see you out there!

Sarah B.


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Sunday Streets comes to Arguello Boulevard – this weekend!

This Sunday is the second annual Richmond District Sunday Streets. From 11am until 4pm on Sunday, Arguello Boulevard from Fulton to Lake Street will be closed to car traffic. This is your chance to roam the streets with total abandon!

Along the Sunday Streets route, you’ll find tons of fun vendors and activities. Last year’s inaugural Sunday Streets was full of interesting stuff including a sighting of llamas, several live bands along the route, dance demonstrations and games for kids. It’s a great chance to come out and meet your neighbors and enjoy the streets without worrying about cars.

Also going on will be the usual Sunday Farmer’s Market on Clement from Arguello to 4th Avenue (9am – 2pm).

You can download the full list of Sunday Streets activities here or watch the video of last year’s event to see what’s in store.

Want to keep your kids or family taskmaster busy during the event? Get them started with Sunday Streets bingo, where participants visit stations along the route and share their activities on social media for a chance to win prizes. Download the bingo board here

And if you want to continue onto some good eating, jump on the free shuttle at Arguello and Lake Street to the Off the Grid Picnic in the Presidio, which also runs from 11am until 4pm.

Note that pets are welcome along the Sunday Streets route but not in the Farmer’s Market area.

The Sunday Streets route will be closed to traffic from 11am until 4pm but also to any parking along the route. Cars that are parked along the Arguello route (both sides of the street) will be towed if not moved prior to 7am on Sunday morning.

If you have questions about the event or need to arrange vehicle access during the event times, contact Liza@livablecity.org or (415) 344-0489 x2.

If you have to drive to Sunday Streets (or want to invite friends from other neighborhoods to come visit!), Roosevelt Middle School will provide parking for $5 per car. They will have their schoolyard available for parking from 8:30am – 3:30pm; enter on Palm Avenue between Euclid and Geary. Note: They open their lot every Sunday for parking during the Farmer’s Market.
Sorry – we’ve been informed that the Roosevelt School lot is under construction and will not be available for parking.

Enjoy your streets this Sunday!

Sarah B.

5:02 am | Posted under Events | 13 comments

Happy 4th of July! Here’s hoping we don’t have fogworks

We hope everyone has a most excellent long weekend AND that @karlthefog stays away at least until 10pm tomorrow night :)

If you’re looking for ideas on where to watch the fireworks show, which are shot off in sync from the foot of the Municipal Pier and from barges north of Pier 39, check out the guide on CurbedSF.

Here in the hood, we’re fans of walking up and over to Crissy Field to catch the who, or standing at Inspiration Point in the Presidio to see them (though some of them get cut off by the hills). Where do you like to watch from?

The show should start just shortly before 9:30pm. And if we do get fogged in, you can always watch the spectacular video above of the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th Anniversary fireworks show.


Sarah B.

12:28 pm | Posted under Events | 3 comments

Laugh your a** off at the YMCA Comedy for a Cause event, June 26

The Richmond District YMCA is back with their annual Comedy for a Cause fundraiser this Thursday night, where local comedians come out to donate their time (and make you laugh). The event takes place at Neck of the Woods at 406 Clement Street from 7pm until 10pm.

This year’s comic lineup includes:

Sammy Obeid (as seen on the Conan O’Brien show)
Ronn Vigh
Matt Morales (as seen on the Late Late Show)
Lydia Popovich
Trevor Hill (atheist comedy)

Check out videos of each comedian below. Tickets to the fundraiser are $20 and are available online. Proceeds from the event benefit community programs of the Richmond District YMCA through their Annual Giving Campaign.

Sarah B.

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Urban Family Farm Day at the Richmond Library, Saturday June 21

This Saturday from 12noon until 4pm, the Richmond District Branch Library will host an Urban Family Farm Day, featuring animal shows, raffles, and gardening activities.

Stop by the library to learn more about creating your own urban farm, including bee keeping and gardening tips.

Tracy the Animal Show Guy will also give a show at 2:30pm, presumably featuring farm animals like goats, chickens etc. Judging from his video, he looks like he puts on a fun show.

Saturday’s event schedule is:

12:00 – 1:00 Irish jigs and reels with Celtic Sands Trio
1:00 – 2:00 Plant exchange and raffle sign-up
2:00 – 3:00 Bee keeping presentation with Paul Koski
2:30 – 3:30 Animal show & petting with “Tracy, the Animal Guy”
3:30 – 4:00 Raffle and much more!

Admission is free! The Richmond District Branch Library is located at 351 9th Avenue.

Sarah B.

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SF Free Folk Festival at Presidio Middle School this weekend

On Saturday and Sunday, the San Francisco Free Folk Festival returns to Presidio Middle School for its 38th year of music and dance workshops, concerts, dance parties, crafts, vendors, formal and informal music-making, and fun activities for all ages.

This year’s schedule includes workshops like “Flash Mob Choir“, “East Coast Swing“, “Israel Dances Old and New“, “Songs of Simon and Garfunkel” and “African Dance and Drumming“. Needless to say, something for everyone.

Both days are packed with live music performances across five stages from artists like The Rowan Brothers, Windy Hill, Wronglers (once fronted by Warren Hellman), The Littlest Birds, Stringquake and many more.

The festival is very family friendly, and features a lineup of family-focused programming like a Children’s Music Network Song Swap, Kids’ Open Mic, and Songwriting for Kids and Wacky Adults.

Admission is free and the festival runs from 12noon to 10pm on both Saturday and Sunday. On-site parking is available in the Presidio Middle School (450 30th Avenue) lot for $8.

Sarah B.

5:01 am | Posted under Events, Kids, Live Music | 1 comment