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March 30, 2017

MUSIC FESTIVALS AROUND SAN FRANCISCO

It’s that time of year again where your friends are eagerly discussing which festival lineup has just dropped and which ones they want to attend. While there are nationally known festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo, luckily living in SOMA means you are in a very close proximity to some of the year’s best events. This week’s blog is all about which ones we’re most excited about in our area!:

Outside Lands Music Festival- The Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival is a music festival held annually in San Francisco, California, at Golden Gate Park. The festival is made to utilize numerous tactics of being eco-friendly, as well as to educate the public about eco-friendly initiatives. There are solar power stages, a refillable water program, a waste diversion program, a recycling program, and bike valet parking station. Outside Lands also has attractions that focus around food, wine, and art. There is even a wine lands area of the festival that allows people to purchase tickets and sample wine from many different vendors! Finally, the festival also boasts areas that offer separate entertainment, including a sports lounge, an arcade/bar, and various food and art vendors.

Burning Man- Burning Man is an annual gathering that takes place at Black Rock City—a temporary city erected in the area of Black Rock Desert in Nevada. The festival is described as an experimental part in a tribe of art, influenced by 10 main principles, that includes inclusion, self-reliance and self-expression, as well as community cooperation, civic responsibility, gifting, decommodification, participation, immediacy and leaving no trace. Participation is a portion of the tribe that attends this festival – it is expected to utilize your own talents with no expectations of payment. Some of these generous outpourings of creativity can mean sharing experiential and interactive sculpture, building, performance, and art cars among other artistic expressions, often inspired by the yearly theme, which is chosen by organizers. The event takes its name from its sharing society and the symbolic ritual burning of a large wooden figure that traditionally occurs on the Saturday evening of the event!

Carnaval San Francisco- Carnaval San Francisco, a free 2–day annual family festival in San Francisco’s Mission District over Memorial Day weekend. The event takes place on Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Streets, and it is a place where guests can taste global cuisine and enjoy international music, dance, arts & crafts. Carnaval San Francisco is the largest multicultural celebration on the West Coast!

Music festivals are a great way to not only let loose, but to also experience different cultures and traditions that are unfamiliar. This festival season is gearing up to be a great one, so we are excited to see everyone’s pictures of their great times and experiences!

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