Take It Outside

San Francisco’s Outside Lands is a music-lover’s magnet for Paly students


Photo by Victoria Eberle


Hopping off the CalTrain, Outsidelands attendees walk to their next bus stop. To get to the festival, many people use public transportation for its efficiency and affordability.

After a short walk from the train station to the park, hundreds of thousands of music lovers are seen crowding the entrance to Golden Gate Park on a hot August afternoon, preparing themselves for the long event ahead. 

The Bay Area festival established in 2008, known for the fantastic food, art and music variety suited for everyone, has become a popular event among Paly students. 

For Palo Alto citizens, what makes Outsidelands especially alluring is its proximity, making it trouble-free to book tickets. From August 5th to 7th, artists ranging from headliners SZA to Post Malone to Green Day and many more take the stage, attracting people of all ages through its inclusion of both old and new artists.

The festival’s grassy, scenic location in Golden Gate includes stages located in Lands End, Twins Peaks and Mark Meadow, creating a unique and attractive environment. 

Aside from Outsidelands’ appeal to the general public, it is also a charitable organization that gives back to the community by funding regional music and arts programs accumulating over 1 million dollars in donations.

For example, Outside Lands partners with Eco Lands whose message promotes sustainability; local community organizations, national NGOs, a farmer’s market, and hydration stations for reusable water bottles. With the help of Outsideland’s partners, the festival has diverted 90% of their landfill with about 385,000 lbs of waste redirected. 

Overall, this environment-friendly, beautiful and accessible annual occasion is a must for any music lovers in the Bay Area. 

Many Paly kids attend because of the good vibes. It’s different from rap festivals, and overall feels very safe.

— Mateo Diaz, senior

It’s like a little party that has music for everyone that the Bay Area doesn’t have consistently.

— Trey Collins, junior

They tend to always have classic rock or older artists that I would never see just by themselves.

— DJ Shelton, history teacher

Seeing Green Day live was fun because they were super interactive and I’ve been a fan since I was in preschool.

— Pheobe Kim, Stanford freshman

There were a ton of art installations, like murals and sculptures, and delicious diverse food selections.

— Victoria Eberle, junior

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