Because preparation is key.
The ticket lowdown
Tickets to Outside Lands aren’t sold out (yet), but it will cost you a pretty penny if you want to attend all three days -- $375 to be exact. Can’t spring for that? Single-day tickets are also available and cost $149.50/day.
If you were feeling fancy, you’ll be bummed to hear that the 3-Day VIP ($795) is sold out. Single-day VIP tickets ($345) are still available and will get you exclusive Polo Club seating (with shade and special activities), admittance to special viewing areas, special restroom facilities, and access to VIP food, wine, beer, and spirits.
Like most festivals these days, you get one wristband for the entire weekend and it can’t be removed once it’s on. Wristbands that have been tampered with will be void and if you try to enter, you’ll be denied -- and that would seriously stink.
What to bring
If you want to get inside as fast as possible, put all of your stuff in one of those cool clear backpacks. Anyone who brings a backpack or purse will be subject to delayed entrance and longer lines, meaning you could miss your favorite band.
As far as what can go inside that bag? Bring a blanket, empty water bottle, binoculars, and sunscreen. But leave your booze, skateboard, professional camera equipment, tents, spray paint, and dog (sorry, Rocky) at home.
And though it will pain many a Silicon Valley resident, both drones AND selfie sticks are strictly prohibited. (Life can be so cruel.)
Listen up, out-of-towners
If you live in SF, you know this already, but this town gets cold in August. Like, really, really cold. And when the fog rolls in, it gets even colder. It might be sunny and warm when you leave the house at 11am, but it definitely won’t be by late afternoon, so leave your “festival outfit” in the closet and bust out those strategic layers instead.
And at the risk of sounding like your mom: Wear sensible shoes. Or, hey, go ahead and wear your Reefs, just know you’ll resent the sound of every flip and flop when you’re making the long trek out of the park at 10pm.
Don’t feel like crashing on a friend’s couch? We feel you. The Phoenix Hotel is where all of the musicians stay when they’re in town (and it has a cool bar and a pool). Hotel Kabuki in Japantown is the a tranquil place to get a good night’s sleep (and it’s close to some of SF’s best karaoke bars if you want to play rockstar after hours). Hotel Carlton in Nob Hill has an eclectic, laid back vibe and awesome city views.