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Rocking Out at the Music Festival

What advice do parents have for families that want to enjoy the festival—with kids?

I have heard from several Eagle Rock families—some new to the area—that they’re excited to hit the Eagle Rock Music Festival this Saturday.

Of course they are! It’s an iconic neighborhood event that Eagle Rockers look forward to every year. Last year the festival attracted some 60,000 music lovers.

But the question I’m getting from parents is what about families that have young kids? Can they enjoy the festival together? How do kids deal with the crowds and noise?

I’d love to hear from all you Eagle Rock parents who manage to have a great time with your kids at this event each year. What advice do you have for families who want to experience the festival? What bands do you and your family plan to see together— and why? Any other fun things to do with the kids?

While we’re at it, let’s talk hunger issues. Is it a good idea to eat at home first or wait to sample gourmet food truck fare? Some parents have heard that although there’s always great food at the festival, the lines at food trucks tend to be huge as well. What’s been your experience?

How we can make the most of this festival in our own backyard without facing major kid meltdowns and endless choruses of "I want to go home!?” Thanks for your insights, Eagle Rock Moms and Dads—and see you at the festival.

Lominj September 29, 2011 at 04:38 PM
We always bring the kids early and do a few rounds of the boulevard. Then about 7 or 8 we drop them off with a babysitter and go back out to enjoy the more music. It has worked with us for the last few years.
Tony September 29, 2011 at 08:04 PM
Music Festival has a dedicated stage just for families! It's located across from the Food Court at Merton and Caspar. Here are the times for the artists performing at the Family Stage: 4pm - Pio Pico 5pm - Magic Show with Mica Cover 6pm - Ellen and Matt 7pm - NINE 8pm - Ukelele Orchestra of the Western Hemisphere 9pm - Hot August Nights: A Neil Diamond Tribute Band Have a great time!
kenneth scalir September 30, 2011 at 01:24 AM
Who has the best hamburgers in Eagle Rock?
Little Lebowski September 30, 2011 at 01:36 AM
Oinkster is not bad for burgers, but they are inconsistent. Burgers at The Bucket are charred beyond recognition. Pete's Blue Chip is OK, with a red relish reminiscent of Bob's Big Boy, but very much a "fast food" burger. In my opinion, the best burger in Eagle Rock is Pie n Burger in Pasadena. Maybe their truck will be at the fest? And there is always In n Out.....
OriginalGeek October 02, 2011 at 03:56 AM
I have to totally disagree with Little Lebowski. The Bucket is the #3 best burger in the world IMO, behind The Broome Street Bar in NYC and Houstons. Don't get the "round cut" fries, opt for the regular ones. I've never been disappointed by the Oinkster's grass-fed burgers. But their choice to fry in beef tallow isn't good for anyone's cholesterol, ask for "veggie" fries, which are fried in vegetable oil. Pete's is pretty goo for a fast-food type of burger, I agree with LL's assessment there. If you go to Pete's, have the dude with long hair make you a pineapple shake - his self-admitted OCD makes for a superb shake. And Pie and Burger, while a decent burger, is totally overrated. Who wants to spend $40 on burgers and pie for two? The sleeper burger joint around here though, is Patra's #2 at Eagle Rock Blvd & San Fernando in Glassell Park. They switched to all grass-fed beef after being featured on Jaime Oliver's Food Revolution earlier this year. Burgers are good, juicy and flavorful, reasonably priced ($3 for a 1/4-lb), and come in around 400-450 calories instead of the typical 700-900 and are just as satisfying. I really like the $5 "Revolution Burger", which is unconventionally made with both refried bean and sweet potato spreads, and comes with a flavorful "shred salad". It sounds odd, but the flavors interact with the char broiled meat in a delightful way, and the minimal extra carbs from the spreads make for a filling burger and you can skip the fries.

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