August 11-13, 2023
Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival is one of San Franciscoʼs most coveted tickets of the year, often selling out in a matter of hours. In previous years, the festival has welcomed talents such as Lizzo, Boys Noize, Tame Impala, Tyler the Creator, Angel Olsen, and lesser-known indie acts who are more than ready to be added to your next playlist. This year’s festival lineup is packed, featuring performances by Kendrick Lamar, Lana Del Rey, Janelle Monáe, Maggie Rogers, Trixie Mattel, Megan Thee Stallion, and many more.
Since 2008, Outside Lands has grown into one of the largest and most popular music festivals in the U.S., attracting tens of thousands of music lovers to Golden Gate Park each year. The festival centers on Hellman Hollow in the western part of the park, between the Outer Richmond and Sunset districts. Luckily, there are plenty of Muni buses that will take you from the center of the city directly to the festival entrance.
The festival’s name refers to an old nickname for the area west of Van Ness Avenue. Back in the day, that region had very few roads, was covered by sand dunes, and was considered to be outside the habitable part of the city. The area would be unrecognizable to a time traveler from 150 years ago, with its lush greenery carefully cultivated by the park’s legions of horticulturalists.
In addition to Outside Lands, the park houses year-round attractions, including the de Young Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, the SkyStar Observation Wheel, an outdoor auditorium, a paddle boat lake, a polo field, and a family of bison. There’s never a dull moment inside this beloved San Francisco park.