It’s not too late (as of press time) to get your tickets ($149.50 and $375) for Outside Lands (Friday–Sunday, Aug. 11-13, sfoutsidelands.com). This eco-friendly music-comedy-variety festival with gourmet food, wine pours/pairings, brews, and cocktails, usually sells out, so you’ll need to act soon. Metallica, The Who, Gorillaz, and Lourde headline the music performers along with comedy acts and more.
For a different kind of Golden Gate park experience, celebrate San Francisco’s official flower in the Dahlia Dell near the Conservatory of Flowers. The magnificent flowers are in full bloom this month into October, providing a beautiful backdrop for photos or picnicking. For an added treat, visit the Annual Dahlia Show (Saturday–Sunday, Aug. 12–13, sfdahlias.org).