5 Music Festivals for the Entire Family

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Attending music festivals no longer means finding a babysitter to leave the little ones at home. These five top music festivals in the U.S. are family-friendly with designated kids areas, creative crafts, activities, and diverse selections of musical artists for anyone in the family to enjoy.

1. Summerfest

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Beyond hosting hundreds of amazing artists this year, Summerfest is also bringing back Family Day and Captivation Station, making this festival ideal for the whole family. Family Day will take place on Sunday, July 2 from 12-3pm and Captivation Station will be open all eleven days with lots of kid friendly experiences. The Captivation Station contains an art-making experience with the Milwaukee Art Museum, Kohl’s Design It! Mobile Lab which features hands-on projects with design, and Kohl’s Building Blocks Program that promotes the health and positive development of children.

Enjoy eleven days of entertainment at Summerfest, where stars across all musical genres guarantee tunes for everyone in the family to enjoy. Here’s your Summerfest event guide.

Tickets: $8 for children ages 3-10 and FREE for infants ages 2 & under. Get your Summerfest tickets.

Where to Stay: Explore all accommodations for Summerfest


2. Austin City Limits

Austin, Texas

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In the live music capital of the world you’ll find music for any taste, and with eight stages and 140 bands, Austin City Limits does not disappoint. Artists like Willie Nelson, Major Lazer, Cage the Elephant and more will perform at the festival in 2017. Austin Kiddie Limits makes this festival family-friendly by providing creative and informative activities as well as those family necessities like baby changing stations. This mini-fest for kids is also a nice way to get out of the crowd with your children.

Check out the fun accessories at the Art Market to get the whole family in the spirit with things like head gear and cowboy boots. Here’s your Austin City Limits guide.

Tickets: FREE for children ages 10 & under. Get your ACL tickets.

Where to Stay: Explore all accommodations for Austin City Limits


3. New Orleans Jazz Fest

New Orleans, Louisiana

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Celebrating Louisiana culture, New Orleans Jazz Fest pays tribute to musical traditions of the city through a diverse line-up of hundreds of musical artists. Performers include Stevie Wonder, Maroon 5, John Legend and more. The best family feature of this festival is the Kids Tent. The Kids Tent is a great place to take your kids when they’re feeling tuckered out. Relax on grass in the shade and watch local acts perform, fresh from the big stages and tailoring their acts to a more intimate venue.

Boogie on over to the Economy Hall Tent, where you’ll find an all-ages dance crowd, or check out the local crafts and food to give the family a real taste of New Orleans. Here’s your New Orleans Jazz Fest guide.

Tickets: $5 for children ages 2-10. Get tickets to NOLA Jazz Fest.

Where to Stay: Discover all accommodations near New Orleans Jazz Fest


4. Outside Lands

San Francisco, California

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Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Outside Lands is attracting more artists and crowds than ever. The 2017  lineup includes The Who, Gorillaz, Lorde, and more. Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival is all about having fun, with activities like live painting, as well as performances for younger crowds. Outside Lands also presents an element of education that will benefit children with the green festival experience, Eco Lands. Here’s your Outside Lands guide.

Tickets: FREE for children ages 2 & under. Get your Outside Lands tickets.

Where to Stay: Explore all accommodations close to Outside Lands


5. Bonnaroo

Manchester, Tennessee

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Head to Manchester with the fam to live the Bonnaroo experience together. Bonnaroo brings 150 performers including artists like Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Chance The Rapper, and The Weeknd, as well as top comedy acts across 10+ stages. Enjoy family-friendly perks such as The Kidz Jam area which allows kids to make their own music on provided instruments, as well as interactive games, sports, and recycled art projects. To keep children safe, fresh water, sunblock, and earplugs are free. Here’s your Bonnaroo Festival guide.

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Where to Stay: Discover all accommodations near Bonnaroo


Sharon is a well-traveled latin culture enthusiast and Content Writer for AllTheRooms. Native to the Boston area, she is slowly earning her title as honorary paisa in the land of eternal spring. In city life she’s a salsa dancing socialite, while on weekends you’ll find her adventuring throughout Colombia.

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