Outside Lands keeps the scene clean

Gloomy skies couldn’t dampen my weekend at Outside Lands, a two-day music and arts festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Big acts like Phoenix, Al Green and The Strokes cranked out the hits, while Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, My Morning Jacket and Gogol Bordello delivered solid sets to smaller crowds.

In addition to the talented lineup, Outside Lands managed to keep the grounds greener than the grass with a plethora of eco-friendly details. There was a solar-powered stage, complimentary valet bike parking, and a seesaw that generated enough kinetic energy to make snow cones. SF Environment “trash talkers” also stood next to waste receptacles, politely advising the proper disposal of garbage.

An organized schedule left time to explore the festival’s booths, which featured delicious fare from local restaurants and wineries, urban farming workshops, and a variety of unique artisan goods. Wandering around, I met Silvi from the poetry store who quickly became a favorite after volunteering to write me a poem about creativity on her vintage typewriter.

With so many annual summer concerts, it’s great to know there are sustainable options, and rocking out while reducing my carbon footprint in a gorgeous SF park is not an experience I will soon forget.

For more highlights from the weekend, check out the Flickr set here.