The Portola Music Festival is San Francisco’s newest live music festival happening on September 24-25 from 12pm-11pm at Pier 80. The festival is headlined by Flume and The Chemical Brothers, in addition to a huge list of talented pop, hip hop, and electronic artists from around the globe.
The festival is also throwing special Portola Week parties and concerts in SF before, during, and after the festival. Even if you don’t want to shell out the money for Portola Festival tickets, there are still a ton of opportunities to hear some great music around SF.
Portola Music Festival
The festival features legendary ’90s and ’00s electronic, hip-hop, and pop legends like The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, M.I.A, DJ Shadow, The Avalanches, and Caribou, but also offers a healthy dose of 2010s and 2020s hitmakers so as not to rely on millennial nostalgia alone.
The packed festival also features food from some of the hippest SF restaurants like Hawker Fare, Gracias Madre, Radio Africa Kitchen, Vegan Mob, Shuggies Trash Pie, and many others.
The Portola Festival is presented by Goldenvoice, the promoter behind popular festivals like Coachella and Stagecoach as well as SF venues The Warfield and Great American Music Hall. The festival will be cash-free, opting for major credit cards and other contactless payment options like Apple Pay. Tickets are still available with single-day tickets costing around $200 and two-day tickets costing nearly $400.
There are a lot of opportunities for a good pre-party or after-party this week, many of which are sponsored by the Portola Festival. We omitted sold-out events from this list but you can see the full Portola Week schedule for more info.
Wednesday, Sept 21
- The Avalanches @ The Warfield
Thursday, Sept 22
- Cannons @ The Warfield
Friday, Sept 23
- Gorgon City w/ Prospa & Godford @ The Midway
- Neil Frances (DJ Set) @ Audio
- Daphni, Chaos In The CBD, Elkka & More @ 1015 Folsom
Sunday, Sept 25
- James Blake CMYK Party @ The Midway
- Room 1: James Blake, Channel Tres, Mr. Assister, AirHead, Goddollars
- Room 2: S.O.S. Music Takeover w/ HAAi, DJ Holographic, Maddy Maia & Tottie
- Shygirl (DJ Set) @ Public Works
Monday, Sept 26
- Chet Faker @ The Warfield
The Portola Music Festival will be held on September 25th and 26th at Pier 80, 401 Cesar Chavez, San Francisco. The Festival goes from 12pm-11pm on Saturday and Sunday.