Thousands flocking to San Francisco for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Thousands of people are heading to San Francisco for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, a free music festival in Golden Gate Park.

There are more than 100 acts over three days, including Chris Isaak, Wynona Judd an Cyndi Lauper.

If years past are any indication, there will be a sea of music lovers flooding into the park. They're expecting more than 750,000 people over the weekend.

This is all thanks to the late philanthropist Warren Hellman.

A short time ago, ABC7 News caught up with his sister, Nancy Bechtle. When asked if she believed there was 16 years of this, she responded, "I don't know. He probably wanted it to go on for eternity. Forever and ever."

Wayne Freedman: Will it?

Nancy Bechtle: Probably not, but it will go on a long time.

Freedman: What's a long time?

Bechtle: Until the money runs out.

Meantime, if you plan on coming, plan accordingly. Street parking will be in short supply.

Festival organizers encourage walking, public transportation and biking.

Some people will still be driving in and potentially blocking driveways. Organizers are asking everyone to be respectful.

Click here for the full festival lineup.
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