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AUGUST

Outside Lands Music & Arts Fest

It makes sense that the 1960s home to flower children, rock concerts, and the summer of love is home to this a multi-stage extravaganza in Golden Gate Park. The 3-day event fills the park’s meadows and glades with a platinum-album lineup of rock (and other music) royalty. Grammy winners including Phish, Arcade Fire, and Kings of Leon have all rocked the stages here, along with impressive up-and-comers. 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, so come hungry. There are even chef demos and wine-tasting events.

Insider tip: Buy Outside Lands shuttle passes and ditch the car—pick-up and drop-off spots are located citywide.