Your Guide to San Francisco's Portola Festival | San Francisco Travel
Festival attendees dance at the Portola Music Festival

Your Guide to
San Francisco's Portola Festival

Get ready for one of newest, biggest, and most popular music festivals to ever hit San Francisco.

The highly popular Portola Festival will return to San Francisco's Pier 80 in 2024. The two-day music festival will take place on Saturday, September 28, and Sunday, September 29.

Tickets are now on sale, ranging from general admission to luxe VIP passes. Experience the best of Portola at this year's festival with newly redesigned VIP areas. Enjoy more comfort and better amenities, and get even closer to your favorite artists! 

Lineup

This year's lineup is sure to get the crowd moving and grooving. Popular acts like Rufus du Sol, Jessie Ware, Franc Moody, and Neil Frances will surely draw crowds on day one. 

Day two will continue the energy with huge names in music, including Disclosure, Justice, M.I.A, Fisher, and even including throwbacks like Rebecca Black. 

Portola's 2024 lineup is chock-full of incredibly talented artists, making it a must-see festival. Set times will be available in advance on the Portola website, social media, and the Portola app.

Portola Festival lineup 2024

Important Event Information

Portola is a 21+ Event.

To enter the festival, you must be 21 years or older and present a valid government-issued photo ID. Entry will not be permitted to those with expired ID. Even if accompanied by a person 21 years or older, minors will not be allowed entry.

Doors will open at 1 p.m. PT on both days of the festival. 

Portola will take place within warehouse spaces and outdoor spaces on Pier 80. The event will go on rain or shine, so make sure to dress appropriately for San Francisco's unpredictable weather. Bringing layers is a must! 

Portola's payment system is entirely cashless.

The event will accept major credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. Additionally, contactless payment options such as Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay, Google Pay, and contactless cards will also be accepted. For those who prefer to use prepaid cards, there will be locations at the event where you can exchange cash for them.

A list of allowed and prohibited festival items can be found here. Check out Portola's FAQs here.

people enjoying a live music concert

How To Get There

Public Transportation from Downtown San Francisco

If you're coming from downtown, the 15 Bayview Hunters Point Express will get you there. Check the schedule here.

The T Muni Metro is also a fantastic option. It connects Chinatown, Union Square, and SoMa to the festival location. Check out the schedule here.

Driving

If you're driving your own vehicle, SpotHero is an excellent option for reserving parking ahead of time in the area. 

San Francisco Information

Guests visiting San Francisco for Portola Music Festival will discover that The City is home to a little bit of everything: world-class culinary and arts scenes, strikingly beautiful natural surroundings, and a famously diverse population.

Iconic experiences include riding the cable cars, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, strolling Fisherman’s Wharf and PIER 39, and visiting Alcatraz Island. Don’t miss shopping in Union Square, finding dim sum in Chinatown, grabbing an Italian meal in North Beach, exploring the city’s Latino heritage in the Mission, and celebrating Pride in the Castro District. 

Check out tips to plan your tripget around while you're here, and where to go next.

Fog spilling down San Francisco hills behind stage for music festival at sunset.

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