by Gina Goff - 6741 Reviews - 27 List
When Outside Lands debuted in San Francisco two years ago, it was revolutionary: the first nighttime concert in Golden Gate Park's history. On August 14-15, the park will again be transformed into a world-class concert venue with a lineup that includes Kings of Leon, Phoenix and My Morning Jacket. The convenience of a city-based music festival can't be beat, but the transit chaos and ballpark-level beer prices can sure take their toll. Because we've been there--standing like limp soldiers, broke and blistered by Sunday afternoon--we've assembled this survival guide to get you through the weekend.
Updated: August 12, 2010
With a lineup of 40+ bands, you'll have a lot of decisions to make about what to see and when. Map out the must-sees and then figure out how to best spend those uncommitted hours by educating yourself on the unknowns at this temple of recorded music.
Don't even think about trying to park your car anywhere near the park for Outside Lands. MUNI (packed) and taxis (scarce) are only slightly better alternatives. The best option is buying a shuttle pass from Bauer for $19/day. Stops are Moscone Park in the Marina, Daly City BART and the Caltrain station. www.bauersit.com
The food selection at Outside Lands may be stellar, but the beer choice is limited (Heineken is a major sponsor). And, at $7 a pop, you'll be broke before you even catch a buzz. The solution: Get to the Sunset early enough for pre-show pints at this cheap pub.
Can't get enough? Outside Lands Festival organizers have put together a handful of Night Shows leading up to and during the festival weekend at concert venues around SF. Scoop up your tickets asap. http://www.sfoutsidelands.com/night-shows/ (BONUS: You can also buy no-service-fee tickets for the festival here and at Oakland's Fox Theater, but it's cash only.)