Family-Friendly Music Festivals

Family sitting on grassLooking for a new way to travel with your family this summer? A family-friendly music festival might be just what your clan needs to mix things up! In fact, some of the festival season’s hottest tickets cater to little guests with outstanding kid-friendly entertainment. Check out our top picks to find a festival that fits your music and travelling style.

Musik Fest

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (August 5-14, 2016)

A 10-day festival featuring a mix of A-list music stars and local performers, comedy shows and dance performances, Musik Fest has something for everyone. Host to many free, non-gated admission events, it’s the perfect event for a budget-friendly break. Family activities are scheduled throughout the festival in the kids’ area and include games, music and kid-approved foods.


Seattle, Washington (September 2-4, 2016)

This is Seattle’s premier cultural event and brings the best in music, comedy, theatre, dance and visual arts to the city. Families looking to get in on the action can bring their little ones to the Youngershoot Kid Zone. The Seattle Children’s Museum curates the activities for this massive space, delivering child-friendly performances, interactive programming and arts to little ones under 10. A schedule for this year is forthcoming and will include programs that the whole family can enjoy.

Austin City Limits Music Festival

Austin, Texas (September 30-October 2 and October 7-9, 2016)

One of the South’s greatest music events has a mini festival just for families (children 10 and under get in for free). Austin Kiddie Limits has everything from fun and informative activities to quiet spaces and baby-changing stations. Activities for this year have yet to be announced, but kids and parents can look forward to painting at Café Monet, rocking in the Interactive DrumZone or chilling at the Little Yoga House. Kiddies can even get festival ready at temporary hair dyeing and tattoo stations.

Joshua Tree Fall Music Festival

Joshua Tree, California (October 6-9, 2016)

Located 140 miles east of Los Angeles is the supremely family-friendly Joshua Tree Music Festival. This year’s fall festival features the return of Kidsville and a three-day activity-filled schedule including face painting, kids yoga, improv and puppet making. Even better, kids 10 and under get into the festival for free.

If you’re planning to hit the road for a festival or a family adventure, check out our Frugal Family Getaways to learn how you can maximize family fun on a budget.

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