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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Guide 2018

Everything you need to know about the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music festival in San Francisco

Written by
Sarah Medina

Gifted to the city by the late, great Warren Hellman and held in a corner of Golden Gate Park that now bears his name, this free three-day music fest returns every October with an eye-crossing number of acts. Food vendors will be on-hand to keep you nourished, but note that the event is strictly BYOB.    

When is Hardly Strictly Bluegrass? 

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2018 takes place October 5–7, 2018 

Where is Hardly Strictly Bluegrass? 

Hellman Hollow, Lindley Meadow and Marx Meadow in Golden Gate Park

What time is Hardly Strictly Bluegrass? 

Friday noon–7pm and Saturday–Sunday 11am–7pm 

How much is Hardly Strictly Bluegrass?

Admission is totally and completeley free! 

Who is headlining Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2018? 

Alison Krauss, Ani DiFranco, Jeff Tweedy, Emmylou Harris & the Red Dirt Boys and Ween


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