Your Guide to San Francisco's Outside Lands Music Festival | San Francisco Travel
Green Day at Outside Lands
Outside Lands is the premier three-day music festival in San Francisco that happens during August every year. Credit: Scott Chernis

Your Guide to
San Francisco's Outside Lands Music Festival

Experience the Outside Lands Music Festival this summer in San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Park.

Get ready to rock out at one of the best music festivals in San Francisco: Outside Lands, August 9-11! Held annually in Golden Gate Park, this iconic event brings together music lovers from near and far for a weekend of unforgettable performances, delicious local food, and all the uniquely San Francisco vibes.

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Where Is Outside Lands?

Since its inception in 2008, this celebrated event has made its home in Golden Gate Park, transforming its lush green spaces into a vibrant playground for music enthusiasts from around the world. Nestled among towering eucalyptus trees, Outside Lands offers a one-of-a-kind festival experience that blends nature with music and art. You’ll almost forget you’re in the middle of San Francisco!

Performances are held on the Golden Gate Park Polo Field and in Hellman Hollow, which is located between Sunset Blvd. and 19th Avenue in Golden Gate Park.

How to Get There

Located on the western side of Golden Gate Park, the festival is easily accessible by numerous Muni bus and metro lines. However, driving and parking are not advised, as there is no on-site parking and little to no parking in the local neighborhoods surrounding the park.

To get to Golden Gate Park from downtown SF, take the westbound N Muni train. You can use your Clipper card or buy a ticket at the ticket booths in the stations.

A shuttle is also available from Civic Center for an additional fee. Purchase one of these tickets for a guaranteed ride back downtown to avoid busy trains and long wait times for ride-shares.

Food and Drink

Come hungry and get ready for delicious eats all weekend long! The culinary offerings at Outside Lands are as local as it gets. Find SF favorites all over the festival.

If you’re looking for a chance to try out some of the local breweries and wineries from the area, be sure to check out Wine Lands and Beer Lands. And if you’re in the mood for something a little stronger, Cocktail Magic is the perfect place to unwind with friends over a refreshing cocktail.

Grass Lands

Did you know that Outside Lands was the first major music festival in the US to legally sell cannabis?

Step into Grass Lands, the unique cannabis marketplace at Outside Lands! Since its debut in 2018, Grass Lands has been all about celebrating California's finest cannabis scene. Get ready for a showcase of industry innovation, products, and culture. This highly anticipated space will once again feature the return of sales and consumption of cannabis at the festival. Of course, this experience is for 21+ only. 

What to Know Before You Go

  • San Francisco’s evenings can be chilly, so it’s always a good idea to bring a jacket and wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Keep in mind that it can become very crowded during festival days.
  • To avoid any delays, allocate extra time for your journey using public transit. Driving and parking are strongly discouraged.

Where to Stay

There are not many hotels near Golden Gate Park, so staying downtown or in Union Square is the most convenient option. Numerous public transit connections are near hotels in those neighborhoods, making it easy for you to travel to the festival.

Book a hotel

The Z Hotel Group is partnering with Outside Lands and offering a 15% discount to concert-goers at its three San Francisco properties.

Save 15% at Hotel Zelos

Save 15% at Hotel Zetta

Save 15% at Hotel Zeppelin

If you really want the neighborhood feel, you can book a short-term rental in the Richmond or the Sunset through Airbnb or Vrbo.

Getting Tickets

Tickets will be available for purchase starting April 24. Many different tickets are available, from one-day passes to full weekend tickets and even ultra-luxe VIP experiences. Buy yours in advance, as they sell out almost immediately.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience the iconic music scene of San Francisco!

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Aaron Danzig
Aaron Danzig

Aaron is the Manager of Digital & Social Media Marketing at San Francisco Travel. He has lived in San Francisco for over 9 years and has worked in Travel & Tourism for over 7 of those. He is usually exploring the Bay Area hunting for that new and unique experience and good food too!