SF Music Festivals Overview

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Several music festivals in San Francisco may still be in their infancy, but they are growing exponentially and beginning to draw wow-inducing, boogy-down names. The venues highlight some of the city’s best spots, from the Pacific shore to Treasure Island.

The warming weather woos music revelers outdoors, where most alfresco music lovers attend Outside Lands at Golden Gate Park, an annual 3-day festival featuring huge names and equally huge (and rowdy) crowds. Other outdoor events run the gamut from a late-May electronic rave in McCovey Cove parking lot called “I Love This City” to the unplugged, pedal-powered Bicycle Music Festival on the summer solstice.

Now fear not, you hungry hippos of the music scene – there’s also a few SF music festivals that’ll quench your thirst for tremendous tunes year-round. NoisePop features up-and-coming rockers at venues all over the city, while Sea of Dreams is the place to get your freak on and expand your world-music horizons on New Year’s Eve. And if you’re looking for a thigh-slapping good time, you can head over to the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, an October staple.

San Francisco music festivals are also some of the best places to taste the local offerings of cuisine, libations, and mind-bending art. So be sure to take a break from your ass-shaking center stage to check it out.

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