Recreation and Park

Outside Lands Success Should Extend Beyond Golden Gate Park

Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival held its seventh annual event this year in Golden Gate Park, and there’s no doubt its organizers have been looking at ways to expand. May we suggest San Francisco’s second largest park?

McLaren Park may not be as well known as its big brother on the opposite side of the city, but it’s home to the successful, and even longer running event, known as Jerry Day. For the past decade, neighborhood organizers have built a strong Grateful Dead following with the annual celebration of Jerry Garcia’s birthday.

The gathering takes place every year atthe Jerry Garcia amphitheater, so named due to the neighborhood being the birthplace of its namesake. McLaren Park has also hosted events like the Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival, and the currently running Saturday in the Park – McLaren Free Concert Series.

Now in its second year, Saturday in the Park also takes place at Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, and though the venue doesn’t hold as many people as Golden Gate Park, Outside Lands organizers ought to adopt it as a second location for its wildly successful festival.

This could be accomplished by either hosting a second event at McLaren Park, or by splitting up Outside Lands itself into multiple venues. We’d wager this conversation has come up before with Outside Lands organizers, even if McLaren Park was never mentioned.

Neighborhood organizers have already paved the path for Another Planet Entertainment, organizers of Outside Lands. Even the weather is better at McLaren Park, compared to Golden Gate Park. Outside Lands has year in and year out been a can’t miss event, and McLaren Park deserves the audience it organizers could bring to the working class neighborhoods surrounding it.

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