Info & FAQ
Since this is a FREE EVENT (NO TICKETS NEEDED), we do not have the resources to answer all of your questions… here is a list of the most frequently asked questions:
Please help us keep the Park clean– please pack out with you what you bring in! If you have neighborhood comments or complaints, please use the Hotline number 415-406-9014.
Here is a list of the most frequently asked questions. Click on each question to view the answer.
Q: When/where is it?
When: Fri Oct 6 (Noon – 7pm), Sat Oct 7 (11am – 7pm), and Sun Oct 8, 2017 (11am – 7pm).
Where: Hellman Hollow (formerly Speedway Meadows), Lindley & Marx meadows in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA. Read below for a map.
Q: What is the schedule?
The schedule will be announced closer to the event.
Q: Is there a mobile app?
Yes, we have an app available for iOS (iPhone/iPad) and Android that can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/hsb17app
Sorry, there is no camping allowed in Golden Gate Park. There is a campground in The Presidio – Rob Hill Campground: http://www.presidio.gov/explore/Pages/rob-hill-campground.aspx and an RV park by Candlestick park: http://sanfranciscorvpark.com/
If you park on the street, please respect the neighborhood and DO NOT block driveaways! Parking in the neighborhoods surrounding Golden Gate Park is EXTREMELY limited. We highly encourage xixking public transport, ride-sharing, biking or walking instead of driving. It is very important that we all respect the neighbors around the park – do NOT block driveways, clean up after yourselves, and keep noise levels down. Remember that people live here and do not use yards as toilets or trash cans.
Similar to last year, we expect paid parking to be available on a first come first serve basis at a few lots. Last year those lots included:
- George Washington High School – 600 32nd Ave. [enter at 30th Ave. between Geary & Anza]
- Argonne 680 18th Ave. [enter at Cabrillo between 17th Ave. and 18th Ave.]
- Lafayette (Sat & Sun ONLY) – 4545 Anza Street @ 36th Avenue [enter on 36th between Anza and Balboa]
- Jefferson Elementary School (Sat & Sun ONLY) – 1725 Irving St. [Enter on 18th Ave. between Irving and Judah]
- Lawton Alternative School (Sat & Sun ONLY) – 1570 31st Ave. [Enter 30th Ave. between Kirkham and Lawton]
Please note: the above lots are independently owned and operated – HSB cannot guarantee access to parking on the dates / times specified.
Q: What streets are closed in the park?
You can expect the following streets to be closed in the lead up to and during the event.
JFK Dr. between Transverse and Spreckels Lake
JFK Dr. between Stowe Lake Circle and 36th Ave.
JFK Dr. between 36th Ave. and Chain of Lakes Dr.
36th Ave. between Fulton and JFK Dr.
30th Ave. between Fulton and JFK Dr.
Transverse Dr. between Crossover Dr. (25th Ave.) and MLK Dr.
Overlook Dr. between Transverse and middle drive west
Middle Drive West between Transverse and Metson
Metson Drive between Middle Drive West and MLK
Polo Fields parking area at North Stables and on Metson drive (south side of Polo fields)
Q: What are we allowed to bring?
Coolers, blankets, and short-back chairs are all allowed. Cameras are ok (no tripods or intrusive equipment please). There will also be vendors on-site selling food and non-alcoholic beverages. No alcohol will be for sale in the park, however, alcohol is allowed as per park rules: no hard alcohol or glass is allowed; beer and wine in non-glass containers ONLY. Any hard alcohol brought to the gathering will be confiscated by SFPD and violators may be subject to fine. PLEASE respect the park and pick up and take everything with you that you bring in. There will be a sweep of the park by waste management each evening (which means no saving spaces for the following day).
Q: Will there be food available?
Yes, there will be over 50 purveyors of food and drink featuring the best event food the Bay Area has to offer. We do not have a complete list of all vendors, but there will be a very wide variety of food. Patrons are welcome to bring their own picnics. Alcohol will not be sold.
Trash and recycling containers are located throughout the Grove. Be a good neighbor and dispose of your trash!
There are also many nearby food options – take a look at the Balboa Village SF Dining Guide.
Q: Is smoking allowed?
A City-wide ordinance (Health Code Section 1009.81) went into effect in 2005, prohibiting smoking in all public parks. Smoking is not allowed in any area in Golden Gate Park.
Dogs are allowed as per park rules (on leash, etc.) Dogs should be comfortable with large crowds and loud music. Please clean up after your dogs!
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is family-friendly. Make sure you have the appropriate earplugs for very young children. There will be large crowds and loud music, so be prepared for that.
Q: Hotels in area?
Please call the Chamber of Commerce, use a travel site such as Orbitz or Yahoo Travel, or contact the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau for assistance. Visitors can book rooms directly on www.sfvisitor.org or request assistance from the Visitor Information Center – 415-391-2000 (tollfree at 888-782-9673 (STAY-N-SF)).
Q: Transportation around the park?
This year we expect the park service to run their shuttle service. Here is a map.
Q: Getting to the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Concert by Public Transit?
Muni serves the north side of Golden Gate Park with the 5 Fulton, 5R Fulton Rapid, 31 Balboa, 38 Geary and 38R Geary Rapid buses; the south side of the park is served by the N Judah train and the 7 Haight/Noriega bus.
There will be extra Muni service on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Regular fares apply.
Extra N Judah trains will be operating each day from 12:30 to 8 p.m., connecting the park to Caltrain.
On Friday, from 12:30 to 6 p.m., extra 5R buses will operate from Downtown to 30th Avenue. From 6 to 8 p.m., extra 5R buses will operate from 30th and 25th avenues to Downtown.
On Saturday and Sunday, from 12:30 to 6 p.m., extra 5 and 5R buses will operate from Downtown to 30th Avenue. From 6 to 8 p.m., extra 5R buses will operate from 30th and 25th avenues to Downtown.
For detailed, up-to-date information, visit www.sfmta.com/bluegrass.
Save time and avoid crowds by purchasing your fare before boarding Muni. MuniMobile is the easiest way buy your tickets for any Muni services instantly before you ride. Skip the lines and buy tickets ahead of time or on the go, then activate when you are ready to ride. With MuniMobile, your phone is your fare. Customers may also use a preloaded Clipper card, or purchase tickets at Muni Metro Embarcadero station.
Q: Taxi & Ride-Sharing Drop-off / Pickup Locations?
Taxi stands will be located at:
Fulton from 29th to 28th
Fulton from 36th to 35th
Lincoln from Sunset to 25th
Ride-sharing drop-off and pick-up location: 37th & Fulton
Please note: Due to the large amounts of traffic coming to and from the park, Ride-Sharing apps will only allow pin drops from the designated pick-up area, so you should make your way to Balboa & 30th before calling for your ride.
Q: Will bike parking be available?
Yes, we have both self bike parking and valet bike parking. It will likely be similar to last year and you can review that PDF map for locations. A new map will be posted prior to this year’s event.
Q: What time are we allowed in?
10AM entry to the meadows.
Q: Restroom facilities?
There will be port-a-potties on site.
Q: Free Water
Free water will be available between Banjo Sage & Arrow Meadow.
Q: Medical Attention (Nearest Hospital)
The nearest hospital is Health Connection St Mary’s Hospital & Medical Center at 450 Stanyan St, San Francisco, CA – (415) 750-5785
Q: Will compost and Recyling be available?
Yes compost and recycling is both available and we encourage you to use to help us move closer to being a Zero waste event. Please also remember to pack out what you bring in!.
Q: Disabled accessibility?
Yes, there will be a special section reserved at each stage. Disabled persons can be dropped off at JFK and Transverse. Click here for a map. Shuttle Service: Round-trip, wheelchair accessible shuttle service is provided beginning at 11:30AM on Friday and 10:30AM on Saturday and Sunday. The shuttle stops are located along JFK Drive at each stage location. The shuttle begins at JFK and Transverse Avenue.
Q: HSB Etiquette!
* You may bring blankets and low chairs. Blanket/ground cover size is limited to 8 x 10 feet due to space restrictions. Blankets and ground covers left unoccupied for more than an hour will be subject to removal.
* Please respect the people around you by keeping your talking volume reasonable so that everyone can hear the music.
* Unauthorized sales, solicitation, and distribution are prohibited.
* Please respect our neighbors in the Richmond and Sunset districts – don’t block driveways, don’t litter, don’t use front or backyards as bathrooms, etc. The happiness of our neighbors is VITAL to the continued success of HSB!
* Please do not sell alcohol, drugs, or any sort of wares – only HSB-approved vendors will be allowed.
* Only officially scheduled performers will be allowed, please no busking.
* Please pack out anything you bring in to the park. Recycling and composting will be available – please make sure to use these services!
* Please do not lock bikes to trees or fences. Valet and self bike parking will be available – see the bike map
Q: Can I sell food?
HSB accepts applications for food venders – fill out this form
We will be selling T-shirts and CDs of most artists. Merch booths will be located only at Arrow Meadow & at the Foggy Bottom Cafe.
ATMs will be provided and can be located on the map.
Q: Lost & Found
Lost and found is located at all three Info booths (see map)
This year’s map is already in the mobile app and will be part of the print-at-home kit that will appear on the schedule page the week of Oct 1.
Q: Press inquiries?
We do not issue press passes. Photography is fine, but no professional video shooting is allowed due to artist request.
Q: Can I bring my drone to take video / pictures?
Sorry, Golden Gate Park is a No Drone Zone, as per official park rules & regulations.
Q: What else do I need to know?
* Aisles and walkways must be kept clear at all times.
* Dress comfortable and remember to be prepared for sun or fog!
* Please be aware of personal items. HSB cannot assume responsibility for lost or stolen items.
Q: Can you give me more information about Golden Gate Park?
More info is here: http://sfrecpark.org/parks-open-spaces/golden-gate-park-guide/
Q: I heard something about a School Program?
A new San Francisco Public Schools 2017-2018 Bluegrass Program will be rolled out this year in classrooms across the city, focused on eighth graders who spend the year learning about American history.
This year at HSB, students from Ruth Asawa School of the Arts World Music + Dance department will perform selections from their diverse repertoire on Sunday at 4:25pm on the Bandwagon stage, an ideal inspiration to kick start this program
Q: I have more questions - who can I contact?
If you have neighborhood comments or complaints during the festival, please contact our Community Hotline –415-406-9014