With Outside Lands soon upon us, time is running out to get all your ducks together and plan your festival experience. Here’s how to save a few headaches (and some hard-earned cash) before heading down to Golden Gate Park for OSL this Halloween weekend.
One in person Outside Lands is back starting tomorrow. While last year’s Inside Lands was surprisingly sufficient – especially given the state of the pandemic at the time – it just doesn’t compare to getting lost in a sea of hot bodies, pampering your little cup of $ 11 wine like a newborn baby while getting closer and closer to center stage.
Make your trip to the Outer Lands easier! Take bicycles, scooters and public transport as much as possible this weekend. Don’t miss Lizzo while trying to find parking or sitting in traffic.
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Well, such a familiar reality could be in your future this Halloween weekend inside Golden Gate Park. But it’s not like you can just strap on your OSL bracelet and hope for the best; it’s a sure-fire way to rack up a $ 100 Uber trip by trying to leave festival grounds in a traffic jam.
In an effort to save you the hassle of transportation and vaccination check failures (and all the other inconveniences in between) for OSL, we’ve compiled a handy list of Manual and what’s new for your pragmatic pleasure.
Before you go: Gather proof of vaccination and know which bags are allowed
In order to get inside Golden Gate Park for OSL, you will either need to show proof of having completed a full set of COVID-19 vaccination – your last dose must have been received at least 14 days prior to attending the festival – or tested negative for disease within the past 72 hours, using either PCR or an antiviral test. Festival-goers can expect to present their COVID-19 test results or proof of vaccination at one of the three main entrances, as well as at the VIP entrance.
To make things easier – and TBH, to help reduce congestion in the lines – OSL officials recommend that all festival-goers download the CLEAR app to show proof of their vaccination status. The mobile program allows users to create profiles and take a picture of their vaccination record to use in advance; the profiles also require certain verifications to validate the account and ensure that the photos of the vaccination cards have been given to the correct person.
Once it’s in place, don’t forget to open your “Health Pass” to fill out “Health Inquiry Day” before you leave your house and head to the park. If your pass is “green” it means you’re good to go.
If you do not opt for the CLEAR app verification process, you will be required to present a government issued photo ID along with a digital CA vaccine card; a physical immunization card from CDC that shows you have completed the series of vaccines; a photo on a phone that shows your CDC vaccination record; or a physical or digital document showing your negative COVID-19 test in order to enter the festival. Unlike the festival itself, the SOMA tent – where house music will be played non-stop – will require everyone to be vaccinated before entering.
Regardless of the results of vaccination or COVID-19 tests, wearing the mask in the midst of large, dense crowds outdoors is always recommended by the San Francisco Department of Public Health and OSL organizers.
Much like the IRL OSL of 2019, only transparent backpacks, fanny packs / small shoulder bags / handbags (which do not need to be transparent) and empty dehydration bags will be allowed inside the festival. However, if you plan to bring a specific type of bag for a job that does not meet these criteria – for example a camera bag – these should first be checked by the press agency in charge of the festival.
Click here for more information on COVID-19 vaccination and testing policies; visit this link to find additional details on baggage policies, including specific dimensions of permitted and unauthorized bags.
Go to the outer lands (and come home): festival shuttles, public transport services and reservation of carpools
Getting to Golden Gate Park for OSL can be a logistical pain, and getting out of the park and coming back to downtown can be worse. Lyft or Uber trips of $ 100 and more are not unheard of. Corn! With frugal forethought and planning, you can absolutely avoid spending a Benjamin to return to your apartment / hotel.
For 2021, Outside Lands will offer a prepaid shuttle service from the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, taking passengers to the southern entrance to Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park. The shuttles – which will run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. and run continuously throughout the day, with limited coverage from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. – are described as “coach-style buses” which provide a “comfortable ride. to and from the festival each day.
SFist has contacted Outside Lands to inquire about how the shuttles will be cleaned and operated to provide safe COVID-19 transportation for guests, but has yet to hear a comment from a spokesperson. We can only infer that these practices must at least comply with the City’s COVID-19 safety regulations, and masks will of course be mandatory.
Nonetheless: be sure to pick up your pass soon, as most levels are already sold out before this weekend’s festival.
When it comes to public transportation, SFMTA is providing additional service for the 5R Fulton bus and the N-Judah line, which will place OSL participants within walking distance of either the north or south entrances, respectively. BART will also operate after midnight Friday and Saturday from the Civic Center Bart station. The same station’s “special hourly service” has also been approved for Sunday, extending the service time beyond midnight (but the last train to SFO Airport will still run at 10:18 PM).
If you’re planning on taking Uber and Lyft, choose to book your trip to the festival well in advance. Not only will you be able to lock in a much cheaper fare, but you won’t find yourself waiting half an hour to be picked up. And remember: push comes with push… you can still walk to the park, but it can be a long walk.
When you are actually at OSL: have fun doing and eating all the things
Once you’ve gotten over the initial shock of finding yourself among thousands of hot bodies – after spending much of the past two years alone or with your pod – you’ll need to find your bearings. But the very act of being in the middle of the festival isn’t exactly easy.
For one thing, try to avoid going through the main entrance. If the previous years of participation in the festival have proven anything, it is that the south entrance and the VIP entrances are generally much less crowded; we would expect this problem to be compounded only by this year’s vaccination checks. But even before you leave your home, don’t forget to download the OSL app for 2021. Besides being just a handy tool in and of itself, you can plan your viewing schedule; users can see specific food and beverage offerings from onsite vendors; OSL-specific merchandise is also for sale on the app, if that’s what you think – the festival layout map included in the app is incredibly useful.
As SFist wrote earlier this week: The rest of the festival setup is the same as in 2019, with the GastroMagic tent now at Lindley Meadow opposite the Sutro stage. And the Bubble Tea Party is back in the wooded area along McLaren Pass, on the way between Cocktail Magic and the stairs to the Panhandle stage.
For 2021, GrassLands will feature a stage; Cannabis enthusiasts can look forward to live music, on-site vendor demonstrations, and the occasional comedy in front of this scene. Speaking of comedy: OSL’s sit-down comedy tent, the Barbary Stage, will be gone this year – marking its first absence since its introduction in 2014. Feel free to fill that void with all of the must-see festival tracks from this year. year.
No matter how you choose to get to OSL, show off your vaccine status, or stumble upon Hellman Hollow, have fun. Be careful; Have fun. Just watch out for the occasional slippery mud stains caused by last weekend’s weather event.
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Photo: OSL photo circa 2019 via OSL Press / JN Silvia