It makes sense that the 1960s home to flower children, rock concerts, and the summer of love is home to Outside Lands Music & Arts Fest, a multi-stage extravaganza in Golden Gate Park. The 3-day event—celebrating its 10th anniversary with its 2017 festivities, happening August 11-13—fills the park’s meadows and glades with a platinum-album roster of rock (and other music) royalty. This year’s lineup includes classic rockers The Who and Metallica, as well as an eclectic mix of acts, such as A Tribe Called Quest, Solange, Vance Joy, and virtual band Gorillaz.
Choose between single-day or three-day passes, and upgrade to VIP status for special lounge access, exclusive viewing areas, and entry to special options for food, beer, wine, and spirits. And ditch your preconceived idea that your dining options extend only to corn dogs: Outside Lands is known for surprisingly swanky food and wine options for all attendees, so come hungry. Look for local flavors such as bacon-wrapped sausages from Mexican cantina Tres, gourmet pies from Little Star Pizza, lamb burgers from Black Cat, and frozen treats by Smitten Ice Cream. There are even chef demos, wine-tasting events, and a pop-up bar Cocktail Magic, featuring a magician and bartenders from local bars such as Horsefeather and Pacific Cocktail Haven.
Insider tip: Buy Outside Lands shuttle passes and ditch the car—pick-up and drop-off spots are located citywide.