As July ends, there are a number of things to do and places to go before summer ends. For my part, the number one priority on my list is visiting San Francisco. But not for the Golden Gate Bridge or Fisherman’s Wharf, which on their own are good enough reasons to visit. No, I’m going to San Francisco to visit Golden Gate Park. Specifically on August 10th, 11th, and 12th. You guessed it, I’m going to the Outside Lands Music Festival 2018! Actually, it’s more than a music festival. It is an experience to be remembered.
A Brief History of Outside Lands
Outside Lands is a music and art festival held every year at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California. The first festival took place August 22nd to 24th in 2008. It included more than sixty music acts from around the globe as well as several art-focused installations. It attracted forty to sixty thousand attendees per day. Since then, Outside Lands has been happening at Golden Gate Park every year and now is in its 10th edition. Outside Lands tries to be an eco-friendly event, with the organizers taking precautions to reduce the impact on the surroundings. Other than music and art, there is often a wide, curated selection of beers, wines, and food for visitors. The festival itself offers a lot more, especially in terms of comedy. Outside Lands has a vibrant comedy and improvisation line-up each year, giving festival goers plenty of light-hearted moments.
Outside Lines 2018 Lineup
The 10th edition of the Outside Lands Festival is setting the stage for a star-studded lineup in Golden Gate Park. The headliners for this year are The Weeknd, Florence and the Machine and Janet Jackson. These established mainstream musicians are supported by more than seventy other class acts. They include the likes of Future, Beck, Odesza, Bon Iver, Tash Sultana, N.E.R.D, Tycho, Chromeo, LP, Claptone, Kelala, and others. It’s shaping up to be the perfect musical escape from the dreariness of mundane life.
The House, The Barbary and Dave
Every year, Outside Lands is the most anticipated festival in California, and this year promises to be no different. There’s The House by Heineken featuring performances by Wolfgang Gartner, Makj, Hannah Wants, Little Boots, Viceroy, Luxury and more. That’s not to mention The Barbary Comedy and Improv lineup, co-curated by SF Sketchfest. It features performances by Chelsea Peretti, Phoebe Robinson, Jonathan Van Ness, Paul Scheer and an improv Super Jam featuring special guests. The Red Room Orchestra will be playing music from the movies of Wes Anderson. And that’s still not all! I have to mention D.A.V.E. or Discussions About Virtually Anything. This educationalist section will feature Bill Nye, Gavin Newsom, Mickey Hart and Josh Clark of “Stuff You Should Know”. There’s also a session by the Global Climate Action Summit about impending climate change and how to counter it. But that’s still not the best part.
This year, there’s a new addition other than Wine Lands and Beer Lands. To be specific, it is a brand new curated cannabis experience called Grass Lands. Now before you people get unnecessarily hyped, there will be no buying, selling or consumption of cannabis or cannabis products. But there’s still plenty to gain from the experience. The 21+ town square will focus on celebrating and integrating cannabis products in daily life, educating people on the realities. Grass Lands comes as a consequence of the recent legalization of recreational cannabis in California. As a result, cannabis has emerged on the scene as a proper industry with specific nuances. Grass Lands will feature The Confectionery where you can sample some sweet treats and learn the art of growing in The Greenhouse. There’s also the Smell Wall where your olfactory senses will go haywire. You can also explore activities at the Lemonade Stand, Farmers Market, and the Flower Shop.
Outside Lands is a great festival to sample music, art, comedy, beers, wine, and different people. As someone who has attended the last three festivals, I would recommend it to anyone who can get there. Opportunities to escape mundane life, if even for a weekend, are very rare to come by. A festival such as this with curated selections and family-friendly events is almost impossible to find. I hope to see you at Outside Lands Music Festival 2018 at the Golden Gate Park from August 10th to 12th. A weekend full of fun and games awaits us in San Francisco, California.