Outside Lands returns to Golden Gate Park this weekend to celebrate year 10 as San Francisco’s gold standard music, arts, and food festival. A cursory look at the schedule can be overwhelming, so we’re here to help you navigate. Three-day tickets are sold out.

Update August 10 8:46 a.m.: Friday and Saturday GAs are sold out. Sunday tickets and VIPs for all days still remain. 

1) First and foremost: Buy tickets

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Of course, you can’t go if you don’t buy tickets. Outside Lands has a habit of selling out and three-day tickets are, sadly, all gone. Lucky for you, a small handful of single day passes still remain. Get those tickets here.

2) Outside Lands technically starts Thursday.

The main event kicks off on Friday, but Outside Lands is also hosting a series of night shows around the city over the weekend. Tonight you can see Belle and Sebastian at the Independent (sold out), Kali Uchis at Rickshaw Shop (sold out), and (our personal choice) Electric Guest at the Cal Academy (not sold out, get your tickets here!).

3) The lineup has something for everyone.

Outside Lands has a handy tool for mapping out your schedule and seeing what conflicts.

4) Food glorious food.

You could technically go to Outside Lands and just eat all day. We made what we’re fairly certain is the most comprehensive guide you’ll ever read on how to fill your face at Outside Lands.

5) Dranks.


Cocktail Magic combines magicians and some of SF’s finest bartenders. Check out Outside Lands inspired cocktails by bars like Whitechapel and Horsefeathers.

7) Funny AF.

Outside Lands is brought to you by part of the team who brought San Francisco’s Colossal Clusterfest to start the summer. Of course, they’ll have a funny AF lineup in the comedy tent (a.k.a The Barbary). Check out this killer lineup.

6) Wait…what about those night shows?

Yeah, Outside Lands doesn’t end after the headliners. You can go to a venue at night and see bands like Sleigh Bells and Porches.

7) Oh no, doesn’t Outside Lands mean the summer music festival season is over?

Trust us, we all feel the gaping void left by the absence of Treasure Island Music Festival.


Thankfully, the California summer festival season practically goes on forever (and TIMF will be back in 2018). There are still festival opportunities remaining in Northern California and, if you’re up for a drive, Southern California (plus Vegas, baby). Check out our comprehensive guides below.




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