Download the festival app
It’s truly useful, allowing you to easily map your show itinerary so you can plan the, sometimes, long distances between stages.
Rent a locker well ahead of time
You can reserve a locker, but the number of available units is finite. If you’re biking, you’ll appreciate having a space to drop off your backpack that holds an extra layer of clothes for when the fog inevitably rolls in at night.
It’s a food festival, too
Dare to branch out with some of the more exotic fare offered here. SF is a global crossroads of culture, and the different culinary styles of the city’s subcultures are well-represented here.
Consider a VIP pass
For less than twice the price of a three-day pass, you get fast-tracked entrance, separate viewing areas for the two main stages, an expanded menu of food and drink, and—most importantly, a series of air-conditioned bathrooms that rarely have a line longer than 5 people.
Out of towners can arrive via air into either San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Oakland International Airport (OAK) and either cab it or take public transportation (BART).
Tours of San Francisco
If you want to go green, consider riding a bike to and from GGP to get a more local experience. There are hundreds of free bike racks set up for the event, or you can take advantage of the Bike Valet, which will secure your bike for you. If you’re coming from out of town, multiday bike rentals are available from many places in the city.