If you’ve never been brave enough to tackle Outside Lands with your kids and shudder at the thought of navigating a stroller through Golden Gate Park for Hardly Strictly, WinterWonderGrass Tahoe is for you. Happening at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, this music festival on April 6-8, 2018 is made for families. We’ve been attending every year since its debut and discovered first-hand why this is no ordinary music festival. Read on for the scoop:

1. For kids ages 12 and under, admission to WinterWonderGrass Tahoe is totally FREE. As of publication, single-day adult tickets were still available starting at $79. Click here to buy.

2. The most kid-friendly times to visit and least crowded is during the day right when the doors open and the music starts. Head in early and enjoy all the stages before the crowds arrive. We love how small this venue is—there is one main stage and a couple of tents with music as well. It’s a highly approachable and doable music festival with kids, which you’ll notice right off the bat given how many littles are running around with their music-loving parents.

3. Need a break from the music? Enchant your kids at the festival’s designated Kid Zone, which will be packed with action for the pint-sized set. You’ll find a heated tent, face painting station, hula hooping, acro yoga, and arts and crafts stations.


4. Unlike some music festivals this one has a flex in-and-out policy so if you need to skidaddle for a little bit or need a breather, feel free to go and come as you please.

5. The bathroom situation isn’t ideal for those potty-training because the facility only has port-a-pottys and you might have to wait during peak hours. We suggest bringing your own hand sanitizer. The good news is that you’ll find 50+ handicap accessible stations so you likely won’t have to squeeze your clan into the normal sized ones.


6. Strollers are welcome but the folks welcoming concertgoers will check your backpack for security. Feel free to bring in snacks and water/juice, but full picnic-style meals are not recommended.

7. Let’s talk music! The three-day fest will showcase a variety of bluegrass and acoustic roots performances from around 2-10 p.m. Head there when the sets begin to catch music before bedtime. New this year, the music festival is increasing its “experiential element” with pop-up jam band sessions throughout the venue. For a full line-up click here but really, you can’t go wrong with any set time.


8. For the parents into brews, the Festival will feature samples from over 20 craft breweries and a few local cider houses. Sampling happens between 2-5 p.m. Not into brews? Each tent will feature whiskey barrels and other tasty beverages. For a full rundown of the beer hall selections this year click here.

9. There will be free water so bring an empty water bottle to stay hydrated. The festival will not have plastic water bottles on site.

10. The majority of the Festival is outdoors so bring layers! Hats, gloves and a winter coat are all necessary. As of publication, the forecast calls for rain and snow so plan accordingly!

Ticket info.: Ticket prices begin at $79 for a single day ticket and $189 for a three day pass. Kids 12 and under get in free to this family-friendly event.

Squaw Valley
1960 Squaw Valley Road
Olympic Valley, CA

Have you visited Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows? Will you make the trip for WinterWonderGrass?

—Erin Lem

photos: Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows



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