It makes sense that the 1960s home to flower children, rock concerts, and the summer of love is home to Outside Lands, a multi-stage music and arts festival in Golden Gate Park. The 3-day event—which started in 2007—fills the park’s meadows and glades with a platinum-album lineup of diverse artists. Past headliners have run the musical gamut—from The Who and Metallica to Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, and Radiohead.
Choose between general admission passes or 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.