One of the West Coast’s premiere summertime events—Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival—kicked off on a high note on the sprawling greenery at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park last weekend, August 9-11.
The annual Bay Area-based event—dubbed by Rolling Stone as a cultural Shangri-La, and rated “supreme in the world of music festivals” by Huff Post—marked the first time that attendees could buy and consume cannabis on-site, albeit only in the authorized area, Grass Lands.
Grass Lands, according to Rolling Stone, was first introduced to festival go-ers last year. However, it strictly operated as a “curated cannabis experience,” which allowed visitors to smell terpenes and try “weed-less edibles.”
According to SFGate, there was hella weed available for purchase; vendors stocked up on more than a million dollars in cannabis products. The area also featured a stage with demos powered by Flow Kana; confections by Kiva; and THC and CBD infused beverages by Lagunitas and Absolute Xtracts’ at the HI-FI Dration Station. Concentrates vendor Moxie had live resin in the top-selling flavors and a dab bar ready to roll.
The festival’s 2019 line-up included A-list acts, such as Childish Gambino, Paul Simon, Kacey Musgraves, Little Wayne, Blink 182 and a diversity of performances that showcased a spectrum of genres.
Other than its headlining acts and notably luscious location, the festival is known as one of the best in the West because it highlights the distinctive Bay Area culture and the companies that make the region so renowned. The three-day experience included a “Taste of the Bay Area,” and included: Wine Lands, Cocktail Magic, Bubble Tea Party, Cheese Lands, Outside Clams, and Beer Lands—which celebrated the Northern California craft beer industry.
Photos: Christopher Guerra