A lot of music festivals give lip service to the idea of sustainability; maybe they compost or have a small solar-powered stage. Outside Lands, a yearly San Francisco summer music festival, takes it about 10 steps further.
In addition to the basics–recycling and composting facilities and yes, a solar powered stage–Outside Lands has a green streak that runs through the entire festival. Features include free water refills if you bring your own water bottle (or purchase a reusable one there), 100% compostable silverware, a bike valet, urban gardening workshops, a recycling store that lets you turn in recyclables littered on the festival grounds in exchange for prizes, and a farmer’s market selling peaches, tomatoes, corn, green beans, and more.
Don’t expect to find traditional, boring festival fare outside of the farmer’s market, either. Outside Lands is all about local food, so expect to find over 50 Bay Area restaurants, coffee shops, and food carts selling their wares. Want local gourmet cupcakes? No problem. Vegan nachos? They’ve got those too.
And of course, there’s also the music. This year’s lineup includes Stevie Wonder, Beck, Andrew Bird, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Regina Spektor, Santigold, and Sigur Ros. The festival runs from August 10th to 12th. Stay tuned–we’ll be on site to bring you more live from Outside Lands.