During the first weekend in October, San Francisco enjoys one its premiere entertainment venues, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Usually with the benefit of our warm, sunny weather, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival has entertained since it origins back in 2001.  This FREE three-day event has becomes one of the city’s must-attend music festivals, featuring 80+ world class artists and typically drawing more than half a million people to Golden Gate Park.

Taking place from October 3-5, attendees will be entertained by a host of performers all made possible by the generous efforts of philanthropist, Warren Hellman who called the bluegrass festival a “selfish gift,” one that he, the musicians and the community could all enjoy.

Info, details and the 2014 lineup for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass can be found here.

Below are a few YELP reviews for the free bluegrass festival:

Truly one of the best free jazz/blues festivals in the USA. I would recommend it to all even despite its growing crowd size! Thank you Warren.Paul T.

I decided to check this festival out, due to a friend saying that she will be going to it.  Otherwise, I would have never went and would have never heard about it.  I'm glad I did go and this music festival was very nice and huge!   Surrounded by green nature, live music and hundreds of people roaming throughout the park, this event was festive indeed! Bring your own drinks, a fleece mat for lounging on the ground, some picnic food items and enjoy yourself with timeless chit chat, laughter and music. The biggest perk about this music festival - it is F R E E!Tiffany D.

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