Outside Lands Survival Guide

When Outside Lands debuted in San Francisco two years ago, it was revolutionary: the first nighttime concert in Golden Gate Park's history. On August 14-15, the park will again be transformed into a world-class concert venue with a lineup that includes Kings of Leon, Phoenix and My Morning Jacket. The convenience of a city-based music festival can't be beat, but the transit chaos and ballpark-level beer prices can sure take their toll. Because we've been there--standing like limp soldiers, broke and blistered by Sunday afternoon--we've assembled this survival guide to get you through the weekend.

Updated: August 12, 2010

About the Outside Lands Lineup

Amoeba Music

1855 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

With a lineup of 40+ bands, you'll have a lot of decisions to make about what to see and when. Map out the must-sees and then figure out how to best spend those uncommitted hours by educating yourself on the unknowns at this temple of recorded music.

How to Get to Outside Lands

Bauer's Intelligent Transportation

Don't even think about trying to park your car anywhere near the park for Outside Lands. MUNI (packed) and taxis (scarce) are only slightly better alternatives. The best option is buying a shuttle pass from Bauer for $19/day. Stops are Moscone Park in the Marina, Daly City BART and the Caltrain station. www.bauersit.com

Outside Lands Survival: Where to Pre-Drink

Durty Nelly's

2328 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

The food selection at Outside Lands may be stellar, but the beer choice is limited (Heineken is a major sponsor). And, at $7 a pop, you'll be broke before you even catch a buzz. The solution: Get to the Sunset early enough for pre-show pints at this cheap pub.

Food at the Outside Lands Festival

Rosamunde Sausage Grill

545 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

When you can't decide between the slew of top-notch food vendors, consider convenience. Rosamunde's sausages are incredible and, almost as importantly, they can be eaten while standing with a beer in the other hand.

Where to Hear Even More Great Music

The Independent

628 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Can't get enough? Outside Lands Festival organizers have put together a handful of Night Shows leading up to and during the festival weekend at concert venues around SF. Scoop up your tickets asap. http://www.sfoutsidelands.com/night-shows/ (BONUS: You can also buy no-service-fee tickets for the festival here and at Oakland's Fox Theater, but it's cash only.)

Hotel for Out-of-Towners Going to Outside Lands

Hotel Tomo

1800 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94115

The rates at this J-pop-themed hotel are already pretty good, but enter promo code "LANDS" when you book and you'll get an extra 20 percent off. (That code applies for any Joie de Vivre property.)