Postponed to April 9th - Sunset Season Opener Celebration

Postponed to April 9th - Sunset Season Opener Celebration

  • April 09, 2017 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Monarch
    101 6th St., San Francisco, US
  • Ages 21 and over
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Unfortunately, we just got word from the rangers that the grass lawn and dirt parking lots will not be dry enough for us to have our gathering without significant issues in parking and potential damage to sensitive areas of the park. Combined with the cool temperatures and a forecast for rain on Sunday we are forced to postpone. When we plan this event we must secure a date 6 months in advance and with climate change creating more erratic weather patterns we have chosen to bring back the Spring Equinox celebration as we’ve had more rain outs in April then in March so far. In our first 15 years of doing outdoor Sunset parties we didn’t have a single rain out. It’s only been in the recent past that this has become an issue. Thank You for being flexible with us and look forward to a sunny day in 2 weeks.

This year, Marin County is taking it’s no smoking in public places law a step further and we are no longer allowed to create a smoking section at the park. This means no smoking at all so please be prepared with anything you may need to keep your cravings satisfied during our day without the smoke. We’ve been dealt all kinds of new rules and regulations over our 18 year history there and we have always prevailed to keep the event going strong. This is our latest challenge to see if it’s still possible to keep us going at Stafford Lake Park. We ask you do everything you can to help us. More details below…
Sunset Sound System Spring Picnic Opener + After-Party!
In Celebration of the Spring Equinox

Sunday – April 9th, 2017 (rained-out from March 23rd)
Stafford Lake Park, Novato – California
11am – 7pm, all welcome


Opening Set By:
CLE’ (Soundproof Music, Hazy Daze Collective)

Altar by: Living Fae
Florals by: Intrinsic
Sound by: Opus
Food Trucks by: Curry Up Now & Savourie Streets Food Truck
Gate Fee & Donation:
$5 – per motorcycle/drop-off (Cash Only! – Exact Change Please)

$25 – per car/truck (Cash Only! – Exact Change Please) or purchase limited, pre-sale passes (guaranteed parking before 4pm, then subject to capacity)

No Charge – Large Vans and Buses (9 passenger minimum) – MUST Register https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdps5Giw2Dfi8LBkV5VsDbVRsJKnWrOHvgeeBlKmmeEi8Ih8A/viewform
Important Rules of the Park – SPREAD THE WORD!!!

-NO DOGS/PETS Allowed! (No Exceptions)
-Do Not Pee in the Bushes. (Seriously, it’s a resevoir out there)
-No underage drinking.
-Keep lit BBQ’s off grass.
-No Smoking allowed! (No more smoking section, please be prepared)
-No unauthorized vending.

As stated above, Marin as well as San Francisco (although rarely enforced) have a no smoking ordinance for public parks. Though it was not technically allowed the rangers have let us create a smoking section the last few years to help mitigate enforcing this challenging law in an event such as ours. However, the Marin Supervisors have said those days are over and we must abide these rules. We need everyone’s support to help us make this a reality or we may not be able to come to Stafford Lake in the future. Please come prepared with nicotine gum, edibles, or anytying else you might need to keep yourself comfortable yet smoke free throughout the day. Feel free to message us with any questions, comments, or suggestions.

We urge you to COME EARLY & CARPOOL!
Carpool to share the gate fee. Carpool to save gas. Carpool to help fellow Sunsetter with rides! Once the main Stafford Lake parking lot is full we cannot park any more vehicles. Drivers and Riders, set up Carpools here: https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/xc4bks

Parking Lot Status:
We will be updating the current status of the parking lot capacity at the top of this event page on the event day. Please check it before you head out to the Lake. It’s very possible we will reach capacity at some point. If it show’s more then 90% full before you leave your origination then we recommend arranging a drop-off or you could be turned away.

Zero Waste:
We are making great efforts to reduce waste going to the landfill at our events. Marin has a goal to be zero waste by 2025. Let’s help them out! Please use the compost and recycling bins in the park. Please refrain from using any disposable plastic items in your picnic.

Be Patient and Kind:
Respect your fellow Sunseter… We will be doing our best getting everyone into the park efficiently.

We have worked very hard to preserve the culture of this event.
Please designate a SOBER driver. DO NOT DRINK & DRIVE!
After The Park…in San Francisco
SUNSET After-Party


Monarch. 101 6th St., San Francisco
8pm – 2am | 21+
dancing – lounging – mingling
How did we get here…
On March 20th, 1994 The first Sunset party happened in celebration of the Spring Equinox in Berkeley Marina, California. Overlooking the Golden Gate and the San Francisco skyline we danced into the evening. It’s this transformative time when the sun sets and we move from light to dark that has fueled 2 decades of friends and family coming together to bring close to the weekend and positivity to the week ahead. Drawing from the the spirit of sound system culture from Jamaica and UK, Sunset has produced over 150 free outdoor dance parties from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Whether it be a renegade beach party or a permitted event in the park the communal vibe has remained unchanged.


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