Pull up a blanket or put on your dancing shoes for one of the most popular San Francisco music festivals. Held in the lush, expansive Golden Gate Park, this bluegrass extravaganza features both famous relics and up-and-coming talent on five different stages. Some of the past performers have included Joan Baez, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Gillian Welch and a local to the area, Etienne de Rocher. Expect to find banjos, overalls, beer and plenty of friendly, eclectic people to share a fun-filled, relaxing day. See website for yearly particulars.
- Type: Festivals & Fairs
- Nearest Train: Carl Street and Stanyan Street
- Venue Description:
In the late 1800s, a Scotsman named John McLaren transformed more than 1000 acres (405 hectares) of sand dunes into a wondrous haven in the midst of busy city life. Stretching over 50 blocks from Stanyan Street to the Pacific Ocean, the lush landscaping features ever-changing settings at every turn. There are trails for walking, jogging, biking, horseback riding, as well as a golf course, lawn bowling greens, a lake with paddle boats, soccer fields and a baseball diamond. For those seeking a less strenuous diversion, check out the California Academy of Sciences and an authentic Japanese Tea Garden. For families with children, there are playgrounds, a live buffalo reserve and a carousel.