Road Trip: Outside Lands in San Francisco

August 14, 2012

This past weekend, the Boyfriend and I drove up to San Francisco for the Outside Lands music and art festival in Golden Gate Park.  It was a blast!  It was also a bit of a whirlwind weekend because we drove up early Friday morning and came home late Sunday night / early Monday morning, but it was definitely worth it!  There were so many great bands to see, cool art to experience and sooooo much good food.  I think the highlights of the weekend for me were all of the amazing foods we tried and discovering a new band – The California Honeydrops – who put on a really great show.

Because we were at the festival working one of the booths (tater tots by Q Restaurant), we were able to barter food with the other booths, and let me tell you, it was amazing.  We literally had a little bit of everything including: stone fire pizza, fried mac’n’cheese, grilled veggie and cheese sandwich, fried egg, bacon and grilled cheese sandwich, garlic and alfredo mac’n’cheese, tacos, pulled pork sandwich, and of course tater tots!  As for music, some of the artists we saw this weekend include: Neil Young, Yacht, Die Antwoord, Regina Spektor, Beck, fun., Passion Pit, Foo Fighters, Jack White, Franz Ferdinand, The Kills, Skrillex and Stevie Wonder.

It was such an amazing trip, I already can’t wait to go back next year!  Here are some photos, as promised, starting with our bags packed and ready to go at 5:30 am Friday morning:

We stopped for breakfast at this great farmer’s market type place called Casa de Fruta – it had all kinds of neat little “attractions.”

After almost 7 hours in the car, we finally arrived in the city and made our way to Golden Gate Park.  The festival was absolutely huge, with six stages, 60 food booths, 12 food trucks, live graffiti art demonstrations and what felt like a million people (although I think it was closer to 200,000)!

Did I mention that there was an area of the festival dedicated to dessert… and chocolate?!  The Chocolands area was filled with booths and food trucks selling chocolate bars, s’mores, cupcakes and pretty much everything else chocolate.  And with the candy-themed skulls and lights floating overhead, it was pretty magical.  Sadly, it was also freezing cold.  Maybe I am just a wimp from southern California, but the entire park felt like it was shrouded in mist almost non-stop all weekend.  I layered up to the best of my ability, but I still froze every night.  Still, it was worth it!

While I honestly don’t think I could do one of these festivals more than once a year, I do think everyone should experience a festival like Outside Lands at least once in their lives.  It’s such an amazing adventure to see so many different people come together to celebrate and just have a great time enjoying good music, great food, art and the best people-watching you’ll ever find!  I may be exhausted from the three days of standing, working, walking, dancing, eating and driving, but I would do it all over again in a heartbeat!

Thanks for reading :)

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