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Outside Lands 2023: Expect chilly weather in Golden Gate Park

Festivalgoers gather at the main stage for Oliver Tree at Outside Lands Music Festival in Golden Gate Park on Aug. 5, 2022. | Source: Camille Cohen/The Standard

It’s not an Outside Lands experience without seeing a shivering out-of-towner who’s never experienced San Francisco’s infamous Fogust before.

And this year will likely be no different, as festivalgoers should anticipate some classic San Francisco weather for all three days of Outside Lands this weekend, National Weather Service meteorologist Cynthia Palmer said. 

Outside Lands attendees should expect temperatures around the mid-to-high 60s during the daytime, which will drop to the mid-50s at night. 

The mornings are likely to be foggy, but the sun is expected to come out around noon, when the first acts take the stage, Palmer said. 

Dial Hoang, another meteorologist with the weather service, says to expect gusty winds to pick up after 2 p.m. and to anticipate fog to return around 7 to 8 p.m., about when the evening headliners take the stage.

070 Shake performs at Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on Oct. 29, 2021. | Source: Courtesy Outside Lands

Palmer recommends festivalgoers wear removable layers and long sleeves, and to apply sunscreen. 

Longtime Bay Area meteorologist Jan Null said to expect the typical “sweatshirts in the summertime” weather at Golden Gate Park. In his nearly 40 years surveying the region, Null said he’s never seen unseasonably warm weather grace Outside Lands, which began in 2008.

Selena Price sits near the Sutro Stage as Josh Goldberg, left, Steve O’Connell and Meghan O’Connell dance to Washed Out at Outside Lands Music Festival on Aug. 5, 2022. | Source: Camille Cohen/The Standard

Outside Lands is being held for the 15th year at Golden Gate Park from Aug. 11 to 13. Attendees have abundant options to get to and from the festival grounds, but should beware of limited parking options and long ride-share wait times if traveling by car.

Aside from the all-star lineup of music, Outside Lands will feature nearly 100 food stalls and an array of choices for booze. If food and drinks aren’t enough, the festival will also have a queer outdoor dance space, comedy performances and a “curated cannabis experience.”

For those inclined to keep the night going after a day of festivities, Outside Lands’ Night Shows promise some 13 acts at various local venues around the city, all of which start after 10 p.m.