Hardly Strictly Bluegrass – your neighborhood survival guide
This weekend marks the 11th performance of the extremely popular Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Music Festival in Golden Gate Park. The festival’s six stages offer up a packed line-up with acts as diverse as the legendary Earl Scruggs to the modern sound of UK-based Elbow. Best of all, as in all previous 10 years, the festival is free and open to the public.
The music runs from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Friday Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 2, and is based in Lindley Meadow, Speedway Meadow and Marx Meadow. For the duration of the festival, JFK Drive, Transverse Drive and Middle West Drive will all be closed to car traffic. No Muni lines will be closed as a result of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, but 5-Fulton bus line will have supplemental service starting at 2 p.m. each day in an effort to encourage people to take Muni to the event.
Shuttles operated throughout the park during the concert in previous years, but as of this writing there was no confirmation that the shuttles would continue this year.
A common problem for neighborhood residents during festivals of this size is cars blocking residential driveways. While the Outside Lands Festival in August offered a dedicated phone hotline to address these concerns, any parking issues during Hardly Strictly Bluegrass should be reported to the Department of Parking and Traffic at (415) 701-4500.
The Ocean Beach Bulletin wants to hear from you about Hardly Strictly Bluegrass! Did you go? What was your favorite performance? Was your driveway blocked? Was it too noisy? Send us a tweet, post on our Facebook wall, or email us with your reactions to the festival.
Hope to see you out there!