10 Tips: An Insider’s Guide to Outside Lands Music Festival
August 10 weekend marks Outside Lands’ 11th year in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. From Karl the Fog to Cheese Lands, we’ve got all the insider tips you need for the Bay Area’s golden music festival. (Did we mention we have the tickets, too?)
1. Clean & Clear
Ranger Dave, the festival’s lovable cartoon park ranger mascot, wants attendees not only to have fun but to be safe. That’s why this year any bags you bring bigger than 4.5″ x 5.5″ (hand-sized) need to be clear. Hey, less time through security! Clear backpacks are as cheap as 10 bucks on Amazon.
2. Ranger Dave
Speaking of Ranger Dave, you can’t leave the festival without a pic with the man, the myth, the legend! His giant statue greets attendees as they enter through the Outside Lands windmill arch. Both iconic OSL landmarks are necessary photo ops.
3. No Laughing Matter
With legendary lineups, getting into OSL’s Barbary comedy show is no joke. Head to the reservation booth within an hour of the festival starting to grab tickets, or risk waiting in the standby line. Get pumped for this upcoming lineup announcement with past performers including Tiffany Haddish, Fred Armisen, and fittingly, the cast of Silicon Valley.
4. Outsider Art
OSL’s Outsider Art features artists painting live, along with past years’ murals in place of fencing throughout the festival. Admire the unique art and take advantage of endless photo ops for the ‘Gram.
5. Karl the Fog
“The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco.” Mark Twain famously said. While likely exaggerated (it’s California), there’s some truth. Daytime highs of 60°F drops to nighttime highs of 50°, but don’t just dress for temperatures. The park is close to the bay, so expect the cool ocean breeze and fog the city is known for (fun fact: San Franciscans call it Karl the Fog).
Layers are key for SF weather — chilly and unpredictable, but always pleasant. Bring blankets to lounge on and bundle up in.
6. Step Up
On the topic of weather, go for closed-toed shoes for warmth plus protection from being stepped on. Comfier is better with all the walking through the park’s lush green meadows and hopefully the city. Be warned — SF streets have some serious hills. The dream-like views are always worth it, though.
7. I ♥ SF
Land’s End, Panhandle, Presidio, Sutro and Twin Peaks are the OSL stages, named after iconic parts of San Francisco. Take the opportunity to explore one of the world’s greatest cities and experience those stage names’ origins IRL. The stages will be easier to remember at the festival that way. Tip: just don’t call the city Frisco…ever.
8. Food Lands
The Bay Area is known for its varied cuisine, and OSL is no different. Save your appetite for Beer Lands, Cheese Lands, Wine Lands, and Outside Clams for all the local drinks, cheese, and seafood you can imagine. OSL promises “a place where all your cheese fantasies come to life.” Who can turn that down? Savor the festival’s dozens of other local food options, too.
9. In the Night
Music at the festival ends at 10 every night, but the party doesn’t stop there. It just moves to other venues in the city. Buy tickets to OSL’s official night shows ASAP. Mac DeMarco and Carly Rae Jepsen already sold out, but you can still enter to win tickets.
10. Vroom Vroom
With limited parking spots around Golden Gate Park, don’t bring your car unless buying a 3-day parking pass for $255. Uber and Lyft prices soar during the fest. Luckily, OSL offers way cheaper shuttles. For just $48, buy a 3-day pass for shuttles running from SF’s central Bill Graham Civic Auditorium to the park. Calling all Bay Area locals! Get excited because OSL is introducing regional shuttle passes to and from Mill Valley, Oakland, Palo Alto, Sacramento, and San Jose. You can buy transportation passes on the OSL site.
Saving the best for last, here’s a totally free transportation option: bring or rent a bike! OSL offers free bike valet throughout the day. Join the festival’s major sustainability efforts by biking the picturesque city.
OK–you’re now officially ready for the festival! Get your tickets on SeatGeek now to get inside Outside Lands. We promise it’ll be out(side) of this world.