Outside Lands 2012 neighborhood survival guide
The Outside Lands Music and Art Festival comes to western Golden Gate Park this weekend, bringing tens of thousands of people every day for three days. Here’s what you need to know about how Outside Lands will affect neighborhood life in the Outer Richmond and Outer Sunset.
The festival runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-12. Music starts at noon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and is scheduled to end at about 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, the last acts are scheduled to wrap up by 9:30 p.m.
Substantial areas of Golden Gate Park near the Polo Fields and Lindley Meadow have been fenced off since last week, and starting Thursday night, many park entrances have been closed to auto traffic.
Lincoln Way and Fulton Street, both adjacent to the park, are likely to experience significant traffic from the music festival. Some parking near Golden Gate Park has been restricted, including parts of Lower Great Highway and parts of the Ocean Beach parking lot across the Great Highway from Golden Gate Park.
While the high demand for parking near Golden Gate Park can create a weekend-long headache for residents who need to drive but don’t have a private parking space, some neighborhood residents are using the situation to make a little money, using services such as Park Please or just curbside negotiation to rent out their parking spaces.
In addition to the closed roads, parking restrictions and other impacts on car drivers, Outside Lands will have a significant impact on Muni service.
Muni expects impacts on the N-Judah rail line as well as bus lines 5, 28, 29, 44, 71 and 71L starting at 10 a.m. Friday and continuing through Sunday. In past years, other Muni lines including the 38-Geary have seen a crush of concert-goers as well.
Muni also will offer extra service on the 5-Fulton and NX-Judah Express lines before and after festival hours:
North of the park
Muni will provide extra service on the 5 Fulton Route to the Outside Lands Music Festival on Aug. 10, 11 and 12. Special 5L coaches will operate from McAllister Street at Brenham/7th Street North (near the Civic Center BART/Muni Metro Station) to Fulton Street and 25th Avenue. This service will begin operating at 10 a.m.
After the event, special 5L coaches will operate from Fulton Street between 30th and 25th avenues, until 11:30 p.m. to the Civic Center BART/Muni Metro station. 5L coaches will only stop at major transfer points along the 5 Fulton Route.
The 5 Route provides all-night service.
South of the park
On Friday, Aug. 10, Muni will operate the NX Judah Express motor coach route after the event from Judah Street and 48th Avenue to the Financial District (Bush and Montgomery streets) near the Montgomery BART/Muni Metro Station. These coaches will supplement regular N Judah rail service.
Additional N Judah rail service will be provided on Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sunday, Aug. 12.
N Owl bus service will be available all night after N Judah streetcar service ends.
Neighbors with issues of any kind with Outside Lands, whether it’s a vehicle blocking a driveway or a complaint about excessive noise, can call the festival organizers’ hotline number: (415) 422-0964. The hotline will operate from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There’s also a general email address for Outside Lands: email@example.com. Alternatively, neighbors can call the City at 311.
If you want to experience the music of Outside Lands but don’t have a ticket, there are two options.
First, there are some opportunities to volunteer at recycling stations or even with vendors at the festival. In exchange for a few hours of your labor, you get into the show.
But if all you want is the music and don’t care about getting into the festival itself, the best option may be a live audio stream provided by Outside Lands, available on the web and via a smartphone app.