Hot tunes, cold weather in store for Outside Lands 

Jason McHugh, a Southern California music fan returning from North Carolina for this weekend’s Outside Lands music festival, didn’t plan far enough ahead to pack an extra layer of clothing.

“I am on the road sludging through heat and humidity and didn’t pack well for my next stop,” McHugh wrote from somewhere on the way back to his Bay Area birthplace. “But I just scored a flight jacket at a local thrift shop — and it’s orange and black to boot, so I am now ready to rock.”

It’s a good thing McHugh layered up, because the weather forecast suggests he will need it. The National Weather Service says it is going to be cooler than usual during the three-day music festival at Golden Gate Park.

The cooler weather is definitely a concern to Derek Parham, who will be attending the festival all three days with his girlfriend. Parham says he will be bringing along extra coats and jackets.

“Liquid encouragement never hurts; the weather won’t keep us away,” he said. “Maybe this will change the spirit of it all. We will be there as long as the music is playing.”

The pre-festival tweets have already begun warning concertgoers of the cooler weather.

At about 4:45 p.m. Thursday, Outside Lands mascot Ranger Dave tweeted, “Ranger Dave is a little chilly out here in the park. Wear layers. It is San Francisco for pete’s sake.”

The weather service says the normal temperature for this time of year is a high of 72 and low of 56, the high being several degrees warmer than those bundled up this weekend will endure. The highs for this weekend will be in the mid-60s with lows in the mid-50s, said Christine Riley, spokeswoman for the National Weather Service in Monterey.

Riley said there will be low clouds in the evenings, but only a slight chance of rain in the early morning.


Weekend forecast

High Low
Friday 65 55
Saturday 65 55
Sunday 66 55
Normal 72 56


Painless passage

With extremely limited parking availability at the Outside Lands music festival, taking public transit or alternate means of transportation is encouraged in order to reduce congestion.

Private shuttle

The festival is operating private shuttle buses from Bill Graham Civic Auditorium at 99 Grove St. to the entrance of Outside Lands. Tickets are $4.90 per trip or $29.50 for a three-day shuttle. Shuttle operates from 11 a.m. to midnight each day, with limited coverage between 5 and 8 p.m.

Public transit

Muni buses No. 5 (to 25th Avenue and Fulton Street), No. 28 (19th Avenue to Golden Gate Park) and No. 29 (Sunset to Golden Gate Park) access the area. After the concert until 11 p.m., extra buses will be in service. The boarding locations will be either Fulton Street at 30th Avenue or Fulton Street at 36th Avenue (to McAllister and Seventh streets).

Or take the N-Judah (to 19th Avenue and Judah Street), then walk north on 19th Avenue to the park. After the concert until 11 p.m., extra trains will be in service. The boarding location will be at Judah at Sunset Boulevard.

By bike

Enter the park at the 30th Avenue and Fulton Street entrance. Make a left and head for Marks Meadow, where bikes may be parked at the Outside Lands Bike Valet.

By foot

  • Entering Golden Gate Park from the south, at 25th and Lincoln avenues; go left and then bear right onto Middle Drive to get to the festival’s south gate.
  • Entering the park from the north, go to 30th Avenue and Fulton Street and enter straight into Lindley Meadow.
  • Another option is to enter the north gate at 36th Avenue and Fulton Street.

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