Music festivals are often considered adult playgrounds where festival-goers aged 18+ can immerse themselves in music and creative energy. Thankfully there are festival organizers that welcome children and recognize that appreciation of the arts need not be limited to adults. Before a ticket is purchased, read the FAQ section of the festival’s website to see what will be allowed and to determine if the festival is a good fit for your child. Essentials to bring are hearing protection such as headphones, sunscreen, a wagon or stroller that can traverse rough terrain, appropriate clothing for the weather, waterproof garments, and blankets. Now that you have safety and wellbeing in mind, learn about festivals where children are welcome to engage and explore.
Coachella in Indio, California (April 14th–16 and April 21–23rd, 2017)
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is on many bucket lists. It draws the everyman, everywoman, and celebrities to Indio, California for two consecutive weekends of music and incredible art installations. There are different activities arranged for the enjoyment of parents and their children. Some of them include ferris wheel rides, foosball tournaments, a hula hooping competition, and a pie eating contest. Last but not least are the live music acts that will be sure to give your child an education in music.
Volt Festival in Sopron, Hungary (June 27 – July 1, 2017)
Sopron, Hungary is where you and your family will find a musical adventure of a lifetime. Drawing over 100,000 fans each year to listen to music at over approximately ten stages, the festival is known for the lush, green backdrop of the forest. This year Ellie Goulding, Martin Garrix, Lost Frequencies, and Sigala are some of the names that will bless your ears in 2017.
Astral Harvest in Alberta, Canada (July 14 – July 17 2017)
Astral Harvest, one of Canada’s most popular festivals, is held at the North Country Fair festival grounds every summer. Astral Harvest describes itself as “a celebration of music, art, knowledge, community, and the human experience.” Workshops, a bustling marketplace, art galleries, and a Fire Jam space for fire spinners are just a few highlights of the festival. Another hallmark of Astral Harvest is the Playground, a space and refuge for parents where activities for kids are planned and children can play games, do crafts, and rest. Children 12 and under are admitted for free.
Camp Bestival (July 27-30, 2017 at Lulworth Castle, Dorset)
Camp Bestival is one of the few festivals that offers an area for mothers. The Bestival Mother and Baby Chill out area allows moms to change diapers, feed their children, and relax. Camp Bestival is truly a family affair, with a wide array of activities for all ages. Bikes, go karts, circus acts, fairground rides, face painting, a 10×10 sand pit, and two play areas where children can explore will keep kids occupied. There is also live music acts slated for children, but children can be found everywhere on the festival grounds.
Lollapalooza Chicago, Illinois – (August 3-6, 2017)
Lollapalooza is for music fans of all ages! Kidzapalooza, presented by Lifeway Kefir, is a festival within a festival for parents who want to teach their kids what it’s like to experience one of the most special events in the world. Located in its own enclosed area of Grant Park, Kidzapalooza offers parents and kids the opportunity to catch family-friendly music on its own stage plus various activities including creating their own music, arts & crafts and much more.