Summer is FINALLY (almost officially) here, and one of my favourite things about summer is music festivals. It's kind of a no-brainer for me: I love music, my husband is a professional photographer with almost 20 years of experience shooting DJs, musicians, concerts, festivals and more, and our wedding was partially planned around attending a huge festival in Barcelona known as Sonar (and yes, it was amazing). We are lifelong music lovers. And now, we are also parents, and one of the things that makes us the happiest is watching our three year old's love of music grow. There are few things that make me smile more than seeing him spontaneously start dancing along to a song he likes. So keeping him around music is a big priority, and it's a priority for ourselves as well.
The problem is, sometimes, with music festivals is that they aren't the most kid-friendly environment. Often they aren't really the most relaxing place to be for big kids, either. (Sometimes you want to listen to music that is a little more chill, a little less rager.) For this and so many reasons, Field Trip had been on my radar for a while, and I finally got the chance to attend in 2017 with my son and some friends. The verdict: totally fun, whether you have tots in tow or not, and this will definitely be the case for 2018 as well.
With headliners like Metric and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and a ton of other great acts, this festival at Garrison Common, Fort York in Toronto promises to pack tons of musical talent into two days and two stages (June 2nd & 3rd). But it's not just about the music. I don't know about you, but I often find festival food to be MEHHHH at best. So not the case at Field Trip, with a great array of eats and drinks curated by For The Love of Food. Because nobody wants to eat those terrible nachos I had at Lollapalooza in the 90s. TRUST. This is a culinary experience that is elevated beyond what you can normally find at a music festival. And then there is Day Camp, which provides a separate line up of family-focused acts and activities to keep everyone entertained. Not to mention, you are allowed to bring in sealed snacks and drinks for yourselves and the kids, plus reentry is allowed, in the event that you have to vacate due to forgotten teddy bears leading to toddler meltdowns. WHEN DO THOSE THINGS EVER HAPPEN AT MUSIC FESTIVALS?!?! Exactly. Oh and kids under 12 are FREE (up to 2 per adult).
Here I am hanging out with my then two-year old at Field Trip 2017. He was in awe of the bands on stage.
Let me reiterate, if you don't have kids - don't worry, you can have an entirely grown up music festival experience, unencumbered by little ones, should you choose. So don't think you will be overrun by kiddies if you don't want to be. Between checking out the music stages, eating, drinking, napping, and all the cultural activities, there is a ton for everyone to do.
Field Trip 2018 is happening SOON - and by that I mean next Saturday June 2 and Sunday June 3, so if you're wanting in on tickets, now is the time. Head to fieldtriplife.com to get yours!