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. And lots of them are either totally free or free for kids! Here are some local choices:
Music festivals in Vancouver and beyond for the whole family
Vancouver International Jazz Festival
June 22 – July 1, 2018, downtown Vancouver
Come on baby, let’s go downtown! Free stages of free music, kids’ activities, food trucks, licensed bars, bike parking, at the Georiga and Robson stages on weekend #1. Then the easier for running around Free World Music weekend follows at David Lam Park on June 30th and July 1st at this great all-ages event for families and kids.
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.
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Khatsahlano Street Party
July 7, 2018
West 4th Ave from Burrard to MacDonald, (Kids Zone at Trafalgar)
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 Drama Bigs, and Rockin’ Robin and the Musical Tree. Story times, birdhouse painting, and the Vancouver Public Library, Canucks and Whitecaps tents will be there too. FREE admission!
Vancouver Folk Fest
July 13 – 15 2018, 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. Plus Neko Case!
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Vancouver Island MusicFest
July 13- 15 2018, Courtenay
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! Plus Ry Cooder and Walk off the Earth!
July 21, 22, 2018, Surrey
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.