Lessons learned from last year’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass:

Do not try to park anywhere near Golden Gate Park. Either take the bus, or drive to a bus stop far, far away from the park and take the bus from there.

Don’t just bring a picnic–bring all the food and drink you’re going to want.

Don’t try to meet a friend there. It’s hard enough to find the family members you dropped off half an hour earlier. But do expect to run into someone you know.

Bring toilet paper.

Even if one of you says she hates bluegrass, and another says she hates country, and the band you particularly went to see was disappointing, you’re going to love it.