Photos and words by Pedro Paredes Haz
For the uninitiated, Outside Lands is a three-day must festival held in the heart of San Francisco, at Golden Gate Park.
Golden Gate Park is 20% larger and 100% more rad than Central Park, thanks to its two museums, 10 lakes, one bison paddock, countless coyotes, occasional mountain lion, and an uncertain number of hippies foraging for magic mushrooms. For the 14th edition of Outside Lands, acts like Kali Uchis, Mac DeMarco, Sampa the Great, Faye Webster, Pusha T and more headed to the festival’s four main stages, set between eucalyptus and cypress trees.
Walking from one stage to another, you pass through beautiful pockets of nature alongside lounge areas with mini-stages where, if you’re lucky enough, you might just see one of your favourite acts pop up for an intimate and impromptu gig away from the bustle of the main stage areas. I was lucky to walk by and catch Cassandra Jenkins playing one of these mini-stages after I’d missed her main set. See? Timing.
Besides music, the festival is big on food—they partner with many SF vendors to serve up tacos, spicy noodles, empanadas, and ceviche (plus the vegan versions of all of the above). They’re also big on wine (Napa, duh) and weed—there is a whole section of the festival called Grass Lands, with multiple vendors selling their products and people getting high. Great for the vibe, perhaps not so great for sticking to a strict viewing schedule for the day.