Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

Festival costs got you down? Well, have we got a show for you. Since 2001, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park has played host to the FREE music festival Hardly Strictly Bluegrass every October and will continue to run free of charge for at least another 13 years. But don’t let the name deter you, the “hardly” was added a few years in to offer a more diverse event including country, folk, and rock artists. If the frugal price and Indian summer weather isn’t enough to clear your schedule for the 3-day event, perhaps the lineup will. Conor Oberst hosts his Friday Friends set, jamming with the new generation of folksters. But make sure to stay until Sunday and catch festival staples like Emmylou Harris. And keep your eyes out for music legends like Patti Smith and Dolly Parton playing headliner. Remember to grab a blanket, leash your pups, and BYOB. Make yourself at home in our backyard. Just let the warmth of fiddles enliven your gypsy spirit and twist and shout until the sun goes down.

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