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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2023

Service Affected
Weekend Traffic and Transit Advisory

Event Summary

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is a free, annual music festival that takes place in Golden Gate Park (Hellman Hollow, Marx & Lindley Meadows). Festival hours are from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The SFMTA is working to minimize the transportation impacts around this event by providing attendees a variety of transportation options, including enhanced Muni service, taxi stands and passenger loading zones.

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Muni Service

The following Muni lines and routes may be affected during the event: N Judah; 5 Fulton; 5R Fulton Rapid; 7 Haight/Noriega; 18 46th Avenue; 28 19th Avenue; 29 Sunset; and 44 O’ShaughnessyDue to increased ridership for the event, riders should allow extra travel time on the N Judah line and all bus routes serving Golden Gate Park. Traffic in the area will also be heavy.

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Extra Service

Muni will provide extra service to Golden Gate Park in addition to the regular scheduled serviceExtra service may not serve the entire route. See below for the detailed information.

Event Extra Service

Route and
Times Stops
N Judah Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Use N Judah Stops
  • Extra trains will service the entire N Judah route
5 Fulton Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Use 5 Fulton Stops
  • Extra buses will service the entire 5 Fulton route
5R Fulton Rapid
to The Richmond
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
28 19th Avenue
to Van Ness & North Point
Saturday & Sunday: 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Use 28 19th Avenue Stops
  • Extra buses will service the entire 28 19th Ave. route
28 19th Avenue
to Daly City BART
Saturday & Sunday: 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Use 28 19th Avenue Stops
  • Extra buses will service the entire 28 19th Ave. route

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Note: Each night of the festival, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Muni will provide 5R Fulton Rapid service from Fulton & 30th Ave to UN Plaza/Civic Center Station.

Post-Event Extra Service
Route Times Destination Sign Stops
5R Fulton Rapid
to Civic Center
6 to 8:30 p.m. 5R IB-CIVIC CTR STA
  • All regular 5R stops to McAllister & Leavenworth, last stop midblock on Market between 6th and 7th streets (UN Plaza/Civic Center Station)

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Muni Passes

Save time and money by taking Muni. Buy your Muni ticket now with MuniMobile®.

Muni is your best way to and from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Save time and money by purchasing your ticket ahead of time with the MuniMobile® app, available on iOS and Android. Purchase tickets in advance, then activate them when you’re ready to ride. You can even buy tickets for your friends on a single phone. With MuniMobile®, your phone is your fare.

Customers may also use a preloaded Clipper card, purchase tickets at any Muni Metro station, or download the Clipper Mobile app.

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Passenger Loading Zones

To avoid congestion, there will be established, temporary passenger loading zones for taxis and for others, including ride-hail vehicles (Lyft, Uber, etc.) and private charter buses, and blackout zones where pick-ups and drop-offs will be strictly prohibited.

Taxi Stands

Don't feel like waiting or searching for a ride-hail vehicle? Take a taxi!

Temporary taxi stands for the event will be in place at the following locations Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 1 to 9 p.m.:

  • South side of Fulton,  between 24th and 26th avenues

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Other Loading Zones

The pick-up and drop-off areas for other vehicles, including ride-hail vehicles and private charter buses, are:

  • North of Golden Gate Park, from 2 p.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Sunday:
    • North side of Balboa, between 30th and 31st avenues
    • West side of 30th Ave, between Anza and Balboa
  • South of Golden Gate Park, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. each day:
    • North side of Irving, between 25th and 27th avenues

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Street Closures Impacting Vehicle & Bicycle Traffic

The following roads and bike paths will be closed during the festival. Consult the maps below for details.

  • JFK Dr. between Transverse Dr. and Chain of Lakes Dr.
  • 36th Ave. between Fulton and JFK Dr.
  • 30th Ave. between Fulton and JFK Dr.
  • Transverse Dr. between Crossover Dr. (25th Ave.) and MLK Dr.
  • Overlook Dr. between Transverse and Middle Drive West
  • Middle Drive West between Transverse and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
  • Metson Drive between Middle Drive West and MLK
  • Parking area at Polo Fields at North Stables and on Metson drive (south side of Polo fields)

Accessibility map for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2023Bicycle parking map for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2023

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Event Service Map

Map of street closures, extra Muni service, taxi zones and other passenger loading zones for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2018

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