2017 Folks Festival Family Area

Family tent
Arts & crafts tent

As with all Planet Bluegrass festivals, kids 12 and under are free -- quite the deal, considering the youngest Festivarians might have the best time of anyone at the Festival.

Bring along the whole family for an unforgettable day or weekend on Planet Bluegrass. Tube the St. Vrain River through Planet Bluegrass. Paint, sculpt and assemble in the arts & crafts tent. Build sand castles on the beach. And join the variety of fun, planet-minded activities throughout the day presented by our family area partners (below) including slacklining, tree climbing, nature studies, an instrument petting zoo, a special kids performance by Peter Himmelman in the Wildflower Pavilion on Sunday at 11:45am, and much more. Oh, and there's epic music on the main stage, too...

Colorado Mountain Club

Colorado Mountain Club

Visit the CMC's Youth Education Program (YEP) booth for their daily schedule of youth-oriented outdoor adventure activities. Try out the slackline, hula hoops, and discover 10 essentials to help you survive in the Colorado Wilderness. Take your knot-tying skills to new heights, while safely ascending a tree!

Serving the community since 1912, the Colorado Mountain Club is the state's leading organization dedicated to adventure, recreation, conservation, and education. The YEP program provides opportunities for active learning through experiential and adventure education, to ignite a connection to the outdoors in Colorado youth. Visit www.cmc.org/youth.

Wild Bear Nature Center

Wild Bear Mountain Ecology CenterStop by Wild Bear's booth and meet the Wild Bear! Learn about the local ecosystem and how we can help the earth. Complete the "Bingo Discovery Game" and come back to the booth for your special prize. Create an Earth Flag out of natural dyes to take home and make your special wood cookie necklace with your very own nature name. Remember, if the bear is sleeping, you should come back at another time...!

Wild Bear Nature Center is a special nature center located in the mountains of Nederland, Colorado. Open to the public on most days, we offer workshops for people of all ages, including when school is not in session. www.wildbear.org

Instrument Petting Zoo from Swallow Hill Music

Swallow Hill Music's Instrument Petting ZooStrum, beat, and play your way through the Swallow Hill Music Instrument Petting Zoo! We provide a hands-on a set-up of instruments for kids and adults led by our knowledgeable staff of instrument petting zookeepers. The entire family can try out ukuleles, hand drums, guitars, mandolins, banjos, fiddles, mini-pianos and more. We provide the instruments and you provide the curiosity.

Swallow Hill Music's Instrument Petting Zoo has traveled around Colorado for the past three years, bringing musical fun more than 10,000 people across the state. Serving the community since 1979, Swallow Hill promotes the joy of learning and listening to roots music through classes and concerts throughout the year. swallowhillmusic.org

A Folks Fest Family Album

Whether building sandcastles on the beach, swimming in the St. Vrain, making crafts and painting faces in the arts & crafts tent, or just trampsing through the woods with new friends, kids are among the happiest Festivarians at the Folks Festival. Be sure to bring them along - they'll be talking about it all year long...

Family areaSt. Vrain River thru Planet Bluegrass

Family TentTubing the St. Vrain