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.

  • Time / Place / Schedule

  • When/where is it?

    When: Fri Sep 30 (1pm – 7pm), Sat Oct 1 (11am – 7pm), and Sun Oct 2, 2022 (11am – 7pm).
    Where: Hellman Hollow, Lindley & Marx meadows in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA. Read below for a map.

  • What time are we allowed in?

    11AM entry to the meadows on Friday Morning. 9AM entry on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Entry Protocol

    Important things to know:

    • We have added fence lines. Enter only at these four locations. Click here for a map.
      1. 1) JFK Drive and Transverse Drive
      2. 2) Fulton Street and 30th Avenue
      3. 3) JFK Drive and 36th Avenue
      4. 4) South Polo Field
    • Do not bring coolers, they are no longer allowed. We have updated our concessions in anticipation of increased public need.
    • Prescribed medication, or infant care can be brought in a small soft side cooler.
    • Any bags/backpacks must be clear plastic, measuring less than 16”x16”x8”.
    • Entrances will not open until 11am on Friday, 9am Saturday and Sunday. 
    • Increased security measures will be in place including walk through body scanners.
    • There will be increased SFPD, K9 and Tactical Unit presence inside and outside the venue.
    • Blankets and short backed chairs are allowed, but will be subject to search. Those requiring taller chairs, be considerate of your neighbors. Collapsible wagons will be allowed.
    • Any restricted or oversized items will be turned away at all entry points.
    • No bicycles, scooters, regular skateboards, electric skateboards, Segways, Onewheels, or other types of motorized devices are allowed inside HSB

    Be aware that the side paths that have been used for years will be closed off with fencing for the protection of everyone involved. People who arrive early to lay down blankets will have to wait until doors have opened. This was a difficult but necessary decision. Please be courteous and patient with fellow music lovers as we make this significant change. As usual, fans are asked to respect the park, to clean up after themselves, and to take everything out that’s been brought in.

  • Please Do / Please Don't

  • Covid Protocol

    We strongly encourage our attendees to be vaccinated

    Testing within 24 hours of entry also strongly recommended

    Due to the crowded nature of our event we highly recommend masks be worn when not actively eating or drinking

  • What about cameras and alcohol?

    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.

  • Download the HSB mobile app!

    We have an app available for iOS (iPhone/iPad) and Android that can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/hsb22app

  • 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.

    * It is ok to bring more than one bag, please be reasonable to keep lines moving at entries.

    * 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. Self bike parking will be available – see the bike parking map (above).

    * There will be a sweep of the park by waste management each evening (which means no saving spaces for the following day).

  • 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.

  • 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?

    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!

  • Children?

    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.

  • Can I bring my drone to take video / pictures?

    Sorry, Golden Gate Park is a No Drone Zone, as per official park rules & regulations.

  • Maps?

    Click here for the entry map. The map is also available in our mobile app.

  • Restroom facilities?

    There will be port-a-potties on site.

  • Venue Info

  • Free Water

    Free water refills will be available between Banjo Stage & Arrow Meadow.

  • Medical Attention (Nearest Hospital)

    There will be an onsite medical team. 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 Recycling be available?

    Yes – HSB composts and recycles all waste generated over the weekend. We encourage you to help us move closer to being a Zero Waste event by disposing your items in the designated receptacles or pack out what you brought in!

  • Merchandise?

    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.

  • ADA Accessibility

    Please check back for a full guide to ADA access at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass.

  • Lost & Found

    Lost and found is located at all three Info booths (see map)

  • ATMs?

    ** NOTE CHANGE ** This year no ATMs will be provided on site. You can use cards or cash at all concession and merchandise stands.

  • Transportation around the park?

    This year we expect the park service to run their shuttle service. Here is a map.

  • Transportation

  • Will bike parking be available?

    Yes, we have bike parking available – please note the new location of our bike parking on this bike map. Note that we are no longer providing our bike valet service and bike parking is at your own risk. HSB is not responsible for missing or stolen property.

  • Getting to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 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.

    Please check back closer to the event for information about which routes are running extra buses.

    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.

    Here are some additional resources:
    511.org – website
    Caltrain – website
    BART – website
    Muni – website

  • Hotels in the area?

    Please call the Chamber of Commerce, use a travel site such as Orbitz or Kayak.com, 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)).

  • Camping?

    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/

  • 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 Dr. 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 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
    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)

  • Can you give me more information about Golden Gate Park?
  • Neighborhood Info

  • Is there a Live Webcast?

    Yes, we have plans to live stream selected performances. More details will be announced closer to the event.

  • Can I sell food?

    Are you a local restaurant or food vendor interested in serving delicious food and drinks at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2022? If so, please apply via the link here by August 12th!

  • I have more questions - who can I contact?