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Vancouver music festivals for the whole family

Vancouver folk festival kids
Picture courtesy of Vancouver Folk Festival

Family-friendly Vancouver music festivals welcome kids of all ages, so everybody can get in on the fun. These fests range from intimate community affairs to massive, week-long festivals with hundreds of bands. Here are some local choices:

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Khatsahlano Street Party

July 9, 2016
West 4th Ave & Trafalgar (Kids Zone)

Check out the Kids Zone at this huge street party on W 4th Ave. There’s the world’s biggest bean bag chair will be there to clamber over, plus performances by Will Stroet, and Rockin’ Robin and the Musical Tree. Story times, birdhouse painting, and the Vancouver Public Library, Canucks and Whitecaps tents will be there too.

Vancouver Folk Fest 

July 15-17, 2016
Jericho Beach

This three-day fest is casual, fun, and features big names in folk, roots and world music. There’s a Little Folks Village for the kids, and the best part? Vancouver Folk Music Festival passes are free for kids 12 years and younger.

Vancouver International Jazz Festival
Vancouver International Jazz Festival courtesy of TD Music

Vancouver International Jazz Festival 

June 24-July 3
Misc locations

Kids and adults always love the exciting and free live indoor and outdoor concerts at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Family activities include viewing screens, craft markets, a community fair, and more. There’s even a KidZone with easy access to food trucks, a sitting area, and fun activities.

Vancouver Island Music Festival kids
Picture courtesy of Vancouver Island MusicFest

Vancouver Island MusicFest 
July 8-10, 2016
Courtenay, BC

Hop on a ferry and head over for a weekend of roots and world music fun at the Vancouver Island MusicFest. There’s on-site camping, food vendors, kids activities, crafts, and eco-education areas. Kids 12 and under get in free!

Music Festival kids
Picture courtesy of Surrey Fusion Festival

Fusion Festival
July 23-24, 2016
Surrey, BC

This vibrant two-day festival celebrates the Lower Mainland’s rich multicultural diversity with over 50 recording artists and performers from around the world. Families will love the live entertainment, food pavilions, bouncy castles, and more. Admission is free.

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