Living in Austin, Texas, the “Live Music Capital of the World” means my kids have experienced their fair share of music festivals. I brought my daughter to see some of my favorite musicians before she could even walk. I propped her in a baby carrier and we jammed out at the Urban Music Festival and Austin City Limits.
The great thing about living in a city with a rich music heritage is there are plenty of fun places to go to enjoy live music and even bring your kids.
The Austin City Limits Music Festival recently added the Austin Kiddie Limits festival, which features kid-friendly bands and, often, fun snacks and extra shade.
The festival takes place every fall, but if you know Texas, it still feels like summer.
Here are three other great cities to visit for some family-friendly, music festival fun.
Hunter, New York
If country music is your thing, saddle up for the Taste of Country Music Festival in Hunter, New York. Dust off your cowboy hats and boots; fly to Albany International Airport and drive your rental car about 70 miles southwest to Hunter. The festival touts the best of country music lineups, and there’s space for families to camp near the concert stages. From the meet and greets with some of your family’s favorite musicians to the great food, and a petting zoo, there’s something for everyone in your group. The festival takes place in early summer, which is a great time to enjoy the warm weather before it gets too hot.
Lollapalooza takes place every summer in the heart of Chicago and kids 10 and under get in free with their parents. What started as an alternative rock festival has since turned into a family-friendly event featuring lots of food, a farmers market and shopping on Green Street. Not only that, but kids get their very own section to enjoy all the fun. Kidzapalooza offers its own stage with kid-friendly acts and activities like karaoke, photo shoots, arts and crafts and more. Fly into the Chicago O’Hare Airport and drive about 15 miles southeast into the city.
Grass Valley, California
Every summer, California plays host to the WorldFest, which features seven stages of music and dance from around the world. Camp with family and friends; try international foods; and experience workshops and crafts while your kids take part in the renowned children’s program. Games on the Green offers a space to hula hoop, and participate in a folkloric beanbag toss. There are also parades and workshops for all ages and this music festival takes place mid-summer under the cool tall pines in the Sierra foothills. To get there, drive about 64 miles northeast of Sacramento International Airport.
So whether you travel to one of these locations, or to my stomping grounds in Austin, you’re bound to have a lot of fun making memories rocking out and introducing your kids to some of your favorite musicians.