Stern Grove is usually a local hang-out for music lovers. Walking down the steep path, you are usually approached by petitioners and political fliers. Dove Company handed out free chocolate so not too bad. I got there one hour early and there was no place to sit! It was colder than usual, quite a drizzle coming down. The hillsides have places to sit but unless you have reserved a picnic table way in advance, good luck. The aisles have rocks where one could sit. However, you are usually warned by a volunteer that if you're blocking the way of a person who reserved a picnic table, you're out of there. This day, security guards were rudely telling people they could not sit in the aisleways -- which is dumb considering the aisleways are not being blocked and there were no other spaces.
Pros: Music under the eucalyptus trees & fog
Cons: Overcrowding not properly policed; too many vendors.