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Outside Lands encouraged concertgoers to go green by either biking or taking public transportation to Golden Gate Park where they offer a bike valet in San Francisco, Calif., Saturday, August 23, 2008. Outside Lands is the Bay Area's largest music festival. (Alison Yin/The Oakland Tribune)

Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your Outside Lands experience.

1. Do NOT drive to the festival, unless sitting in traffic and thinking about all the fun you're missing is your idea of a good time. Traffic will be a mess and parking will be worse. And taking a taxi can be a pricey proposition. Your best option is public transit, and there's good rundown of options on the festival site -- www.sfoutsidelands.com. Or go to Muni's website -- www.sfmta.com -- and search for Outside Lands for travel tips and updates. Or you can employ pedal power -- there will be valet and self-parking options for bikers.

2. Use the festival's refillable water program, which is intended to help cut down on the waste that comes from purchasing plastic bottles. There are two options. First is to purchase a stainless steel water bottle on-site and then receive free refills of spring water during the festival. The second is to bring your own container and purchase the refills.

3. Get "A Taste of the Bay Area" and "Outside Lambs." The culinary offerings at the festival are amazing. Head to these two food areas and pick from an amazing selection of offerings from local restaurants.

4. Need to get out of the sun for a while? Go hang out in the DJ Dome and enjoy the shade (plus some electronic music). If you're going all day, remember San Francisco can get chilly in a hurry. Bring layers of clothes.

5. Have a game plan going into the festival. Figure out your must-see acts and then draw up a daily schedule. Note, shows overlap and some stages can be as far apart as a 10-20 minute walk. Another thing to consider is that lines for food and the portable restrooms tend to be smaller during sets rather than between them.

Here's the scheduled band lineup

AUG. 10:

Futurebirds, noon

White Denim, 12:05 p.m.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band, 12:30 p.m.

PAPA, 12:45 p.m.

Sharon Van Etten, 1:15 p.m.

Tanlines, 1:30 p.m.

Two Gallants, 1:50 p.m.

Wallpaper., 2:15 p.m.

Reggie Watts, 2:35 p.m.

Jukebox the Ghost, 3:05 p.m.

Fitz And The Tantrums, 3:10 p.m.

Yacht, 3:50 p.m.

The Walkmen, 3:55 p.m.

Beck, 4:30 p.m.

Tennis, 4:40 p.m.

Die Antwoord, 5:25 p.m.

Of Monsters And Men, 5:25 p.m.

Foo Fighters, 6:10 p.m.

Antibalas, 6:15 p.m.

Andrew Bird, 6:55 p.m.

MSTRKRFT, 7 p.m.

Washed Out, 7:30 p.m.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse, 8:10 p.m.

Justice, 8:40 p.m.

AUG. 11

Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons, noon

Honey Island Swamp Band, noon

Zola Jesus, 12:30 p.m.

Yellow Ostrich, 12:45 p.m.

Sean Hayes, 1:15 p.m.

Animal Kingdom, 1:25 p.m.

Tame Impala, 1:50 p.m.

Geographer, 2:10 p.m.

The Be Good Tanyas, 2:30 p.m.

Father John Misty, 2:55 p.m.

Portugal. The Man, 3:10 p.m.

MiMOSA, 3:40 p.m.

Alabama Shakes, 3:50 p.m.

Michael Kiwanuka, 4:30 p.m.

Explosions in the Sky, 4:40 p.m.

Grandaddy 5:10 p.m.

Big Boi, 5:15 p.m.

Thee Oh Sees, 6:05 p.m.

The Kills, 6:10 p.m.

Norah Jones, 6:40 p.m.

Passion Pit, 6:50 p.m.

Dr. Dog, 7:50 p.m.

Metallica, 7:55 p.m.

Sigur Ros, 8:40 p.m.

AUG. 12

Infantree, noon

Jovanotti, noon

Allen Stone, 12:15 p.m.

The M Machine, 12:40 p.m.

Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman, 1:10 p.m.

Birdy, 1:20 p.m.

Fun., 1:30 p.m.

Big Gigantic, 2:05 p.m.

Trampled by Turtles, 2:25 p.m.

Franz Ferdinand, 2:40 p.m.

Caveman, 2:50 p.m.

Amadou & Mariam, 3:35 p.m.

City and Colour, 3:45 p.m.

Regina Spektor, 4 p.m.

Electric Guest, 4:25 p.m.

Rebelution, 5:05 p.m.

Santigold, 5:10 p.m.

Jack White, 5:25 p.m.

Bomba Estereo, 6 p.m.

Dispatch, 6:35 p.m.

Bloc Party, 6:45 p.m.

Stevie Wonder, 7:20 p.m.

Wolfgang Gartner, 7:45 p.m.

Skrillex, 8:30 p.m.

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