Fun Music Festivals for Families

Our Favorite Music Festivals

Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF)

Strawberry Music Festival

Black Mountain, NC

May 9-12; October 17-20

This biannual frolic is kid heaven, a world of puppets, parades, circus arts, storytellers, roving magicians, unicyclers, and face paint, just 20 minutes from downtown Asheville, North Carolina. When families aren't canoeing, zip-lining, or browsing the kid-made craft marketplace, they can dance and listen to music on seven stages. $184 for a 3 1/2-day adult camping pass; free for kids under 10; $47 to $57 for an adult day ticket.

Strawberry Music Festival

Groveland, CA

May 23-27; August 29-September 2

Held in the fragrant pines bordering Yosemite National Park, Strawberry is legendary for its community spirit and its kid and teen programs, which include a music stage, swimming and boating on Birch Lake, arts and crafts, storytelling, and nature hikes. Top-tier acts are drawn from many genres, including bluegrass, folk, blues, and alt-country; and Hog Ranch Radio broadcasts it all to your campsite. $200 for a 4-day adult camping pass; discounts for youth; free for kids under 5.

Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival

Croton-on-Hudson, NY

June 15-16

Pete Seeger launched this ecofestival more than 40 years ago to celebrate the Hudson River, and it's still going strong, drawing crowds of up to 10,000 a day. It boasts a diversity of music and more river activities than you can shake a paddle at, including river seining, kayaking, and canoeing. Proceeds support the educational sloop Clearwater. $200 for a 2-day adult camping pass; free for kids under 12; $90 for an adult day ticket.

Blissfest

Harbor Springs, MI

July 12-14

Five miles (and a short shuttle ride) from one of Michigan's most beautiful beaches, Blissfest's vibe is true to its happy, hippy name. Three stages blend blues, zydeco, and more; musicians give acoustic workshop performances in the campground. The kids' area overlooks the main stage (for easy listening) and overflows with homegrown, crafty fun. $115 for a 3-day adult camping pass; free for kids under 12; $32 to $51 for an adult day ticket.

Rocky Mountain Folks Festival

Lyons, CO

August 16-18

In August, this Rocky Mountain meadow hosts a parade of top songwriters and their bands. Kids can spend all day in the St. Vrain River's shallow, sandy pools; drier activities include slack-lining, knot-tying, wilderness skills, and a chance to record your own MP3. $195 for a 3-day adult camping pass; free for kids under 12; $55 for an adult day ticket.

Riverhawk Music Fest

Brooksville, FL

November 7-10

Tucked next to an orange grove an hour and a half from Orlando, Riverhawk is an intimate, family-run operation. Overhung with Spanish moss, the main stage rings with bluegrass, folk, and rootsy Americana acts both national and local. For kids, there are games (tug-of-war and a piñata hung from a live oak tree), crafts, a sand pit, and a trapeze rig. $125 for a 4-day adult camping pass; free for kids under 12; $40 to $50 for an adult day ticket.

Old Settler's Music Festival

Driftwood, TX

April 19-21

When bluebonnets bloom, it's time for Old Settler's, held just outside of Austin. Kids can indulge in the inflatable playground, rock-climbing wall, crafts, petting zoo, and swimming and wading in Onion Creek. For everyone else, there are heaping servings of great Americana music and barbecue. $239 for a 4-day adult camping pass; free for kids under 12; $69 for an adult day ticket.

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