Golden Gate Park is certainly the place to be this weekend, as an assortment of musical acts come to town for the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, held Friday, October 3rd to Sunday, October 5th. Rain or shine – various stages will accommodate the likes of Robert Plant, Bonnie Prince, Asleep at the Wheel, and MC Hammer. Additionally, this is a free event – so no worrying about scrambling to get a ticket in order to enjoy the festivities.

Stretched across the Speedway, Marx, and Lindley meadows, people from near and far come to take in the sights and treat their ears to something special. Throughout the park, vendors will set up shop selling food and non-alcoholic drinks, making sure you don’t wilt from dehydration or starvation. In order to maximize the experience, you are allowed to bring blankets, short-back chairs, and coolers.

If you’ve enjoyed the festival in the past, then you may have taken a shuttle to reach the park; however this particular service is not offered this year. Since many streets will be closed – planning a carpool, dusting off the roller skates, or getting familiar with the bus schedule is suggested.

A sample of acts invading Golden Gate Park this weekend, includes:

Friday: (10:30am – noon; 2:30pm – 6:45pm) – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss (featuring T Bone Burnett) at 5:15pm on the Banjo Stage.

Saturday: (10:45am – 7:15pm) – Carlene Carter (11:15am) on the Rooster Stage, 12:00pm Los Cenzontles featuring Santiago Jimenez (12:00pm) on the Arrow Stage; Odetta (4:40pm) and Steve Earle & The Bluegrass Dukes (6:00pm) on the Banjo Stage

Sunday: (11am – 7pm) – The Opera Dukes (3:20pm) on the Porch Stage and Loudon Wainwright III (4:40pm) on the Rooster Stage.

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