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Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco 2017

One of the Most Popular Music Events in SF

The highly anticipated Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco this year will take place August 11 - 13, on the western side of the city in Golden Gate Park.

The 2017 lineup has not yet been announced, but it is sure to include big names.

Headliners for 2016 included LCD Soundsystem, Radiohead, and Lionel Richie. Other top performers included J. Cole, Duran Duran, Zedd, and Lana Del Rey.

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A view of Golden Gate Park from above - the location of the Outside Lands Festival

2017 Performers

Note: The 2017 schedule will be updated as soon as possible. See below for information from last year's festival. Around 70 bands will perform again this year. Here is the list by day:

Friday, August 5, 2016

LCD Soundsystem | J. Cole | Duran Duran | Beach House

Grimes | Miike Snow | Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Thomas Jack | Foals | the Claypool Lennon Delirium

St. Lucia | Polica | Hiatus Kaiyote | Ra Ra Riot

Tokimonstra | Wet | Jidenna | Lapsley | Marian Hill

Caveman | Vulfpeck | Moon Taxi | Lany | Whitney

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Radiohead | Zedd | Air | Sufjan Stevens | Halsey

Big Grams (Big Boi + Phantogram) | The Last Shadow Puppets

Lord Huron | Jauz | Vince Staples | Years & Years

Ibeyi | Peaches | Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals

The Wombats | The Knocks | Rogue Wave | Con Brio

Kevin Morby | Fantastic Negrito | Lewis Del Mar

Julien Baker | Declan McKenna | Methyl Ethel

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Lionel Richie | Lana Del Rey | Major Lazer

Ryan Adams and The Shining | Chance the Rapper | Miguel

Jason Isbell | Third Eye Blind | Kehlani | Griz | Brandi Carlile

Snakehips | Lettuce | Oh Wonder | Kamasi Washington

Jack Garratt | Rufus Du Sol | Diiv | Natalia Lafourcade

The Oh Hellos | Frances | Haelos | Cloves | Heron Oblivion

Dates & Times

  • Friday, August 5:
    • Gates open at 11am
    • Music lasts from 12pm to 10pm

  • Saturday, August 6:
    • Gates open at 11am
    • Music from 12pm to 10pm

  • Sunday, August 7:
    • Gates open at 11am
    • Music from 12pm to 9:40pm

Tickets are on sale now. You can buy individual tickets for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. You can also buy a three-day pass for admission all three days.

Other Festival Details

In addition to the music, Outside Lands is also one of the most talked-about food, wine, and beer festivals in the country.

Food Vendors, Trucks + Choco Lands & Cheese Lands

The Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco draws several high-end restaurants and food trucks to the park. You can find everything from classic grilled cheese sandwiches to Malaysian nachos.

This year, there are more than 50 restaurants and 10 food trucks signed up. Each one offers their two to three most popular dishes.

In addition, this year also features areas dedicated to chocolate (Choco Lands) and cheese (Cheese Lands).

Here are just some of the vendors you will find at the Outside Lands Festival.

  • 4505 Meats: Cheeseburgers and garlic chimichurri fries
  • Bacon Bacon: BBQ bacon burritos, chocolate-covered bacon
  • Curry Up Now: Sexy fries and deconstructed samosas
  • Escape from New York Pizza: Pesto, potato, and garlic pizza
  • Freshroll Vietnamese Rolls & Bowls: Vietnamese sandwiches, taro chips
  • Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream: Secret Breakfast ice cream, bourbon coke floats
  • La Urbana: Chorizo bacon dogs, esquites
  • Lucca Foods: BBQ pulled pork, rice krispy treats
  • Proposition Chicken: Fried chicken sandwiches with spicy slaw
  • Rich Table: Porcini doughnuts with raclette cheese
  • Rosamunde Sausage Grill: Beer sausage, nuernberger bratwurst
  • The Little Chihuahua: Fried plantain & black bean burritos

Wine Lands

This year's Wine Lands area will include almost 150 wines from more than 30 producers. The list includes local California wines from producers such as Hess Collection, Ridge, and AP Vin. Other wineries this year include Hobo Wine Company, Ghost Pines, and Tin Barn.

Beer Lands

You will also find some of the best craft beers on the west coast. In total, more than a dozen breweries are already signed up to serve their frosty concoctions.

Local breweries such as 21st Amendment Brewery, Anchor Brewing Company, and Magnolia Brewery will have their beers for sale. You can also find others from Lost Coast Brewery, North Coast Brewing, and Social Kitchen & Brewery.

Outsider Art

It wouldn't be a true festival in San Francisco without pieces from local artists on display. This year, you can see live painting, three dimensional installations, and visuals from other surprise guests.

More Tips to Enjoy the Festival

With thousands of people attending, you will want to either grab a hotel near the park or find a good route via public transit. Here are a few details to help you decide.

Hotel Options

There are very few hotel options right next to the park. If you want to stay close by, you will find a few in the Haight Ashbury District or near Ocean Beach.

Your next best option is to stay near the city center, where you can easily catch public transit to the festival. Click the links below to find very centrally located recommendations.

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Getting Here

The festival is in three areas of the park: Polo Field, Hellman Hollow, and Lindley Meadow. Here is a map showing its location.

outside lands map

  • Driving: There is VERY limited parking in the area during this event. If you need to bring a car into the city, I'd find a parking garage in another neighborhood (Union Square or Civic Center) and use public transit to get to the event. This will save you a lot of time and hassle (unless you arrive hours before the gates open or don't mind walking a mile or more to the park).

  • Public Transit: Your two best public transit options are the N-Judah and the 5-Fulton.
    • N-Judah Light Rail: The N-Judah is the fastest way to get here from Union Square or downtown San Francisco. Take it all the way to the 25th Avenue & Judah stop. If you aren't sure which stop you are at, just get off the train with the rest of the crowd.

    • 5-Fulton: The 5-Fulton will take a little more time, but drops you closer to the gates. Take it all the way to the 30th or 36th Avenue stops. Both stops offer access to the park and are near the gates.

    • Special Trains & Buses: Each year, MUNI also offers express (called "X" or "L") trains and buses. Look for special NX Judah Express or 5L Fulton Limited buses. Both offer fewer stops to get people to and from the festival faster.

More About Golden Gate Park

If you decide you need to take a break from the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, you can check out some of the other great attractions and activities in Golden Gate Park. These include everything from the California Academy of Sciences to Ocean Beach. Discover more things to see and do here.

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