Outside Lands is three-day music festival held in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. In 2018, it was named the Top Festival at the Billboard Live Music Awards. It is a fairly new event but has quickly become one of the most beloved gatherings of some of the top names in music.
Outside Lands is currently working on the lineup for 2020. That being said, you can be sure that the roster of musical stars will be just as hot as it was in 2019. Some of the musical guests last year included Leon Bridges, Lil Wayne, Hozier, Childish Gambino, Counting Crows, Paul Simon and dozens more. In addition to musical guests, there will also be a lineup of some of the funniest comics in the business. Having comedians entertain at a music festival is something unique to Outside Lands and has proven to be a hit since the festival started featuring comics.
Also at Outside Lands is the popular D.A.V.E. event, which stands for Discussions About Virtually Everything. During D.A.V.E., well-known speakers give their takes on important issues that face the world today. In 2019, Jaron Lander spoke of virtual reality and artificial intelligence, and NPR's popular Audie Cornish and Aparna Nancherla gave a talk as well.
Another attraction at Outside Lands is Grass Lands, which is a section of the festival dedicated to all things cannabis. It was introduced into the festival back in 2018 and was the first officially curated marijuana and hemp experience to be held at a major music festival in the U.S. It is touted as the cannabis version of Wine Lands, which celebrates the wine industry from Napa and Sonoma counties.
Additionally, there will be an explosion of gastronomic delights. As with past years, festivalgoers will have a seemingly endless variety of foods to chow down on from various food truck classics to clams. Beer Lands will also be there, which is a beer garden dedicated to the Bay Area's microbrew community. There's also Cocktail Magic where some of the area's best mixologists will be crafting delicious cocktails. On top of all that, chefs and restaurateurs from all around will be preparing some of their favorite dishes in front of crowds.
The 2020 Outside Lands festival will be held in Golden Gate Park.
There's no camping allowed at Outside Lands, but you can stay at a nearby campground to reap the many benefits that come from attending the event in an RV. One of them is the access to the amenities you'll have with an RV, such as your own bathroom, space to relax away from the excitement and a place to cook and store food. The festival lasts three days, so having your own little nook close by is definitely beneficial, especially if you don't like standing in long lines or you want to take a quick shower or change your clothes. With an RV, you can do all of that.
If you don't own an RV or can't borrow one from a friend, then you can still show up in one thanks to RVshare. Just head on over to the site's rental page, and you'll find many styles of recreational vehicles available for rent.
While RV camping is not permitted at the festival, there are a few campsites in and near the city, such as Candlestick RV Park, which has lots of sites, laundry facilities and a grocery store. There's also Treasure Island RV Park, which is a basic campground right off the Bay Bridge.
If you're looking for a hotel, you'll find quite a few of them in the city, many of which are near the park. At the west end of the park, there's a Rodeway Inn and Suites and the Beach Motel, both of which are great choices thanks to their parking lots. It's important to note that some hotels have garage parking and may not be able to accommodate an RV.
It's easy getting to Golden Gate Park. If you're coming in from the east, you'll take Interstate 80 west across the Bay Bridge over the San Francisco Bay. Then, you'll take the Ninth Street/Civic Center exit and bear left onto Harrison Street. Turn right on Ninth Street and then merge left onto Hayes Street. Make a left on Gough Street and then make a right on Fell. Fell takes you to the entrance of the park.
From the north, you'll come into the city on Highway 101 heading south and cross the Golden Gate Bridge. There's a $5 toll, after which you'll bear to the right and exit onto Park Presidio Boulevard. Take this all the way through Golden Gate Park.
If you're coming in from the south, you'll want to eventually get on I-280 heading north. As San Francisco approaches, keep to the left and follow the 19th Ave split. Get onto 19th Avenue and take it into the park.
The festival does not have a dedicated parking lot for cars or RVs. However, there is street parking available. If you want to park on the street, make sure to get to the festival early each day, or you may not find any spaces. Additionally, most street parking will only be able to accommodate RVs that can fit in normal-size spaces. Some nearby schools south of the event open their lots for parking at a cost, and you may also find locals advertising parking in their driveways.
Tickets to Outside Lands can be purchased on the Outside Lands website and will be available in late spring. You'll be able to buy general admission tickets as well as VIP and Golden Gate passes.
If you decide to go VIP, you'll get to use a special VIP-only entrance and VIP lines at every entrance. There are also special VIP viewing and hospitality areas. Plus, VIPs get access to specialized merchandise, a commemorative festival poster and access to VIP lockers.
If you decide to procure a Golden Gate Pass, then you'll get everything that the VIP ticket comes with plus access to the new Golden Gate Club, which has elevated views of the main stage, Lands End. You'll also get a complimentary bag and an all-inclusive premium beer, wine and cocktail bar with specialty snacks.
Currently, you can pay for tickets on various retail outlets, such as StubHub and Ticketmaster. However, these retailers don't own the tickets at the moment but guarantee to procure them for you when they become available.
Outside Lands is one of the top festivals in the U.S., and showing up to the event in an RV is a great idea. Having the conveniences of home when you're partying for three days is sure to make your stay more comfortable. Don't forget to pack your camera or to free up enough space on your phone for photos, and please send a few snapshots from the event to [email protected] RVshare will put them up on its ever-growing blog of RV adventures from around the country.
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