FestPop’s Travel Guide to Treasure Island Music Festival


With no overlapping sets, Bay Area cuisine, and the gorgeous, panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay serving as the festival’s backdrop, Treasure Island Music Festival is a must-attend event for any festival goer. This smaller two-day festival hosts Outkast, TV on the Radio, Massive Attack, and Zedd among others on a venue surrounded by water in the cool Bay Area breeze. The festival’s treasure chest hides an array of interactive art installations and roaming performers only seen and experienced by TIMF goers. A 60-foot Century Ferris Wheel is the event’s beacon and is the perfect opportunity to enjoy music amassed the wondrous scenery.

Tickets for this two-day adventure cost $160 and daily tickets cost $89.50. The 8th annual TIMF sets sail this weekend, October 18-19, and FestPop’s travel guide will help you with any last-minute preparation.

TIMF - Paige K Parsons

[Photo Credit: Paige Parsons http://parsons.org/]


  • Clothing: Partying on an island calls for beachwear, bright festival attire, and water-themed clothing but don’t forget to bring a jack because night times are cold, very cold. And if Karl the Fog plans on partying with festival goers this weekend, you can expect temperatures in the upper 60s in the afternoon.
  • App and Schedule: One highlight about TIMF is that they are no overlapping sets. You can easily stroll between the three stages to catch each and every artist’s set without the worry of missing your favorite performance. To view the lineup and daily schedule, visit http://lineup.treasureislandfestival.com/events/2014/10/18/?alldays=1. TIMF also has an app available for download on iPhones and Android phones. We recommend downloading the app to save paper and to have an easily-accessible point of information right in the palms of your hands. To download the app, visit http://www.oneevent-oneapp.com/treasureisland-2014/.



  • Transportation: There are several ways to get to Treasure Island. You can board complimentary shuttles, drive yourselves, or boat to the Treasure Island Marina (awesome!). All general admission and VIP tickets include complimentary bus pick-up and drop-off at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. While this feature is highly delightful, we encourage you to show up early to avoid long lines. The festival will provide limited numbers of parking passes for drivers and carpoolers. Two-day parking passes are $70, and daily passes $40. For those who plan on boating to the festival, visit http://www.treasure-isle.com/ for detailed information.
  • Migration: Review the map (when it is published) with your friends and detail your action plan. Wear comfortable shoes, even boat shoes are stylish and practical, to easily bounce from one stage to another.


  • The Art: Experience large-scale art on the grounds. The Dancing Lady will most likely make her appearance at the festival, as Treasure Island has been her home for the past few years. There will be other art installations, some of which have been to other festivals like Burning Man or Coachella, but it has yet to be announced; you’ll just have to witness them at the festival. Experience theatrical performers as they dance on stage, through the crowd, and throughout the venue. The party gets crazy, so be prepared to lose your mind with the performers and each other.

Treasure Island Music Festival 2013

[Photo Credit: Josh Withers http://www.joshwithers.com/]

  • Century Ferris Wheel: A beacon of the island and the festival, the Century Ferris Wheel is a highly-recommended activity for festival goers. Although we recommend riding it during the sunset to take in the beautiful Bay Area scenery, it may not be the best idea; thousands of people are likely to ride the wheel during this time. But if you are up for it, the reward and experience is well-worth it.
  • Silent Disco: Take a break from reality at the Silent Disco, presented by Silent Frisco. Laura Lisbona, DJ M3, Anthony Mansfield, Motion Potion, Luxxury and others are slated to perform at the festival.


  • Hotels: With Air BnB centrally-located in the city, it shouldn’t be difficult in finding last-minute lodging. FestPop’s travel concierge is a quick and convenient way to book your stay (http://travel.festpop.com/). Hotels for 3 nights range from $200-$300 in San Francisco, so book now before prices increase.

Partying on an island can be a breath-taking experience. The cool, fresh breeze will cool you down as you dance your heart out to the festival’s top artists. Remember to stay hydrated and try not to jump in the ocean- that’s not a good idea.

[Cover Photo: Treasure Island Music Festival]


Written by FestPop Sr. Staff Writer
Chris Hong
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