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Best Music Festival San Francisco 2011 - Treasure Island

Readers' Choice: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

San Francisco has enough music festivals that arguing about the best one is kind of like arguing over sexual positions: You're entitled to your preference, but it's hard to go really wrong with any of them. Sure, Outside Lands is bigger, and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is more, uh, free. But the annual Treasure Island Music Festival is uniquely, romantically San Francisco: held on a small lawn that directly borders the bay, it lets festivalgoers spend an entire weekend bordered by a dramatic panorama of the city's waterfront. Views are just the beginning. Treasure Island also boasts some of the best-curated lineups of any similarly sized festival anywhere, with a great mix of top-tier national artists and well-picked locals representing the music scenes on both sides of the bay. Last year's festival featured an electronic-focused day and a more rock-focused one, both of which offered an astounding array of solid artists. And with only two stages, attendees aren't forced into making the endlessly difficult decisions that larger festivals require. Couple that with reasonable prices, smaller crowds, and even a giant Ferris wheel overlooking the bay, and Treasure Island's annual music party is pretty much impossible to beat.

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