Three for the kids: Music Festivals

Your raving days don’t need to be behind you just because your family has expanded. Here are some ideas the whole brood will enjoy, writes Grace Ellis.

1 Austin City Limits Austin, Texas

October 5-7 and October 12-14

With legendary musicians Paul McCartney and Metallica headlining the

Austin City Limits

festival, this three-day event is the performance of the decade you seriously cannot risk missing. Can’t find a babysitter? No worries — this annual music festival held in Zilker Park is a kid-friendly event, even providing an Austin Kiddie Limits area for your little ones to escape the crowds and enjoy various music and art activities. Whether you’re wanting to headbang to Metallica or dance like you’re an American Teen again with Khalid, there are more than 130 acts sure to entertain the whole family.

2 Woodford Folk Festival Woodford, Queensland

December 27-January 1

Managing to secure the most artists of any music festival in Australia,

Woodford Folk Festival

is an annual event focused on delivering an environment of music and performance, with culture at its heart. Held an hour’s drive north of Brisbane, this festival is one of the biggest cultural events that Australia has to offer, with more than 400 events, performances, music genres and nationalities. The event also lets kids create, learn and use their imagination with a separate children’s festival full of workshops, arts and crafts and performances.

3 Soundsplash Raglan, New Zealand

January 18-20

Held at Wainui Reserve in the small surf town of Raglan, the popular event


is an “eco reggae” music festival bursting with local artists like Homebrew, Kings and SACHI, as well as Australian indie-rock band, Sticky Fingers. If going to a festival with your little one is a stressful thought, don’t worry — Soundsplash is committed to creating a safe environment for kids as well as delivering a Ragga Rats kid zone, where children wear name tags with contact information so staff can contact parents in case the kids get lost. Final release tickets are now on sale.

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