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.
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Here is a list of the most frequently asked questions.
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When/where is it?
When: Fri Oct 5 (Noon – 7pm), Sat Oct 6 (11am – 7pm), and Sun Oct 7, 2018 (11am – 7pm).
Where: Hellman Hollow (formerly Speedway Meadows), Lindley & Marx meadows in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA. Read below for a map.
What is the schedule?
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/hsb18app
Sign up for HSB Emergency Text Alerts!
Sign up for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass emergency text alerts from AlertSF. Simply text HSBlue to 888-777. AlertSF will send alerts and instructions following a natural disaster, major police, fire, or health emergencies, or significant transportation disruptions to your mobile device. AlertSF is a service provided by the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management. Visit www.AlertSF.org to learn more.
Is there a Live Webcast?
Yes, we will be streaming live selected performances from Banjo, Rooster, Swan and Towers of Gold stages. To tune in, visit hardlystrictlybluegrass.com/2018/webcast
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 taking 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.
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 Stowe Lake Circle 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 Middle Drive West
Metson Drive between Middle Drive West and MLK
Parking area at Polo Fields at North Stables and on Metson drive (south side of Polo fields)
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).
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.
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.
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)).
Transportation around the park?
This year we expect the park service to run their shuttle service. Here is a map.
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; the 29 Sunset runs through the park on Crossover Drive.
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. Purchase the new $5 Day Pass on MuniMobile for unlimited rides. With MuniMobile, your phone is your fare. Customers may also use a preloaded Clipper card, or purchase tickets at Muni Metro Embarcadero station.
Taxi & Ride-Sharing Drop-off / Pickup Locations?
Taxi stands will be located at:
Fulton from 29th to 28th
Fulton from 36th to 35th
Ride-sharing drop-off and pick-up locations:
Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 2pm-8pm
Balboa Street, between 30th Ave & 31st Ave, north side
30th Ave, between Balboa & Anza west side
Balboa Street, @ 31st Ave & 100 feet westward, north side
32nd Ave between Balboa & Anza, east side
Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 4:30pm-7:30pm (Additional locations)
Balboa Street @ 36th Ave, 100 feet eastward, south side @ Richmond Serenity Spa;
Balboa Street @ 26th Ave, 100 feet eastward, south side @ Balboa BiRite Market;
Irving Street @ 26th Ave, 100 feet eastward, north side
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 the drop-off/pick-up location before calling for your ride.
Will bike parking be available?
Yes, we have bike parking available. See this bike map.
What time are we allowed in?
10AM entry to the meadows.
There will be port-a-potties on site.
Free water will be available between Banjo Stage & Arrow Meadow.
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
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!.
Yes, there will be a special section reserved at each stage. Disabled persons can be dropped off at JFK and Transverse. See this ADA map for details. 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.
* 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 parking map (above).
Can I sell food?
HSB accepts applications for food vendors. Fill out this application form to apply.
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.
** NOTE CHANGE ** This year no ATMs will be provided on site. You can use cards or cash at all concession and merchandise stands.
Lost & Found
Lost and found is located at all three Info booths (see map)
We do not issue press passes. Photography is fine, but no professional video shooting is allowed due to artist request.
Can I bring my drone to take video / pictures?
Sorry, Golden Gate Park is a No Drone Zone, as per official park rules & regulations.
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.
Can you give me more information about Golden Gate Park?
More info is here: http://sfrecpark.org/parks-open-spaces/golden-gate-park-guide/
I heard something about a School Program?
We are continuing our efforts to bring music to the classrooms across the city, focused on middle schoolers.
This year at HSB, we will integrate music from schools into our program. Stay tuned for further details.
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.