Get over your fear of crowds, packed public transportation, port-a-potties and get to one or both of October’s music festivals this year!
San Franciscans are used to seeing large numbers of people flocking to the city, whether for standard tourist fare or to the many technology events hosted here each month. But it’s not only the tech events that bring out crowds to SF. Massive music festivals draw the crowds, including Hardly Strictly Bluegrass October 2, 3 and 4, and Treasure Island Music Festival October 17-18.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is a big, three-day festival in the Golden Gate Park and it’s FREE! The festival is a love child of philanthropist Warren Hellman who founded the festival in 2001.
Just be prepared for a lot of people. The crowd is eclectic: locals, tourists, old hippies, nomads, hipsters, children, etc.
Treasure Island Music Festival is considered the smallest and one of the best music festivals by many. You get to enjoy a great line-up, sweeping views of San Francisco with both bridges and amazing sunsets. Don’t forget to take layers as it can get pretty cold and windy on the island in the evenings.
Parking is tough for both festivals, so your best bet would be the public transportation. You could also bike to the Golden Gate Park. For Treasure Island event there are plenty of free shuttles from Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Getting in and out of Treasure Island can take longer than planned, however, as there is only one exit.
Festivals are always fun with friends. So spread the word and go check out the exceptional music and great vibes at the festivals.
Photo by Astghik Piliposyan