For those who don’t know about this FREE music festival in Golden Gate park…
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival is a beloved San Francisco tradition, bringing together hundreds of thousands of people to enjoy three days of live music throughout Golden Gate Park on the first weekend of October. Best of all, the festival is and always has been 100% free, funded by the late great Warren Hellman.
Hellman lived with his family in San Francisco until 2011, until being treated for leukemia, medical complications led to his death. Even after Hellman’s death, it is his wealth that continues to sponsor Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, with his funding leading for years to come. The festival’s noncommercial status lends something wonderful to its character, drawing massive crowds to the park every year.
Here we hand picked some select goods to get prepped and ready for the weekend: