An Inside Guide to Outside Lands

October 28, 2021

Located only seven miles from The Harrison, Outside Lands is undoubtedly one of San Francisco’s most iconic music festivals. Read on to learn everything you need to know about this popular three-day event.

History of the Festival

The origins of Outside Lands can be traced back to 2008, when the British alternative rock band Radiohead performed the first-ever after-dark concert in Golden Gate Park. Over the past 13 years, it has become one of the most anticipated music festivals in the Bay Area. Nearly 210,000 people from across the country attend this vibrant annual three-day concert. An array of artists have performed on the main stage under the century old canopy of trees on the Polo Field. This includes notable figures, such as Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Lorde and many more talented artists.

When and Where 

Outside Lands takes place at the iconic Golden Gate Park. Due to the sheer size of the festival, the event spans across Polo Field, Hellman Hollow and Speedway Meadow. Although Outside Lands typically occurs in early August, this year it will take place from October 29-31. 

This Year’s Talent 

Every year, Outside Lands draws people from all over the country to see a talented array of artists, and this year’s lineup is one to impress. Headliners include The Strokes, Lizzo and Tame Impala. Other musical talents include Glass Animals, Kehlani, Tyler the Creator and many more. Check out the Outside Lands 2021 lineup to see who is performing on what days.

Festival Food and Drinks 

Get ready to experience the best of Bay Area food without ever leaving the festival. Over 85 Bay Area restaurants and vendors are represented here, including plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. From  award-winning Cambodian cuisine to mouthwatering delicious tacos, there’s something to satisfy your every craving. If you’re looking for a drink to accompany your meal, be sure to swing by Wine Lands (featuring some of the best wineries from NorCal) or Beer Lands (a celebration of the Bay Area’s always-evolving craft brewing company). 

What Else You Need to Know

Keep in mind that parking in and around the festival is extremely limited, which means that it’s a good idea to leave your car at home. Instead, most festival attendees rely on walking, riding a bike, or public transportation. Since you’ll be walking a lot, comfortable shoes should be a priority. Don’t forget to wear layers or pack some extra blankets to keep you warm in the cool breeze and fog. You also might want to download the official Outside Lands app, where you can find the latest festival updates, a detailed map of the grounds and a friend-finder location. This app is especially helpful for first time attendees.

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