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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.

Jeff September 28, 2011 at 09:43 PM
If you expect your kids to ask to go home, get a babysitter. It's OK to leave them at home.
Elijah H September 28, 2011 at 09:50 PM
I'd suggest skipping the food trucks, and spending your money at local restaurants along Colorado. Our family ate at Corner Pizzeria last year without any long wait, seated comfortably, away from the noise. There's a "Family stage" where the kids are encouraged to join the crowd up front and dance around. Meltdowns shouldn't be a problem as long as your expectations aren't unreasonable: Don't expect to be there late, and don't expect them to cooperate with you running from one stage to the other to catch the acts you want to see. Settle down in one location, keep them well fed and watered, and you should be fine.
Peter Choi September 28, 2011 at 11:49 PM
I agree with Elijah - the music festival is a great opportunity to support our local businesses who are around the other 364 days of the year. Pizza-wise I also love Brownstone and, of course, Casa Bianca (if you have a reservation!) Dave's Chillin & Grillin' has tasty sandwiches as well. Not to forget Taco Spot and a good old fashioned gut bomb from Tommy's. Last year I noshed at The Oinkster & enjoyed the view from the outdoor patio. Both kids and adults may enjoy sitting down at a table versus squatting on a sidewalk balancing a paper plate. That said, it is a very family friendly night out and the kids I have seen were having a fun time, especially the tweens and pre-tweens for whom this seemed an opportunity to hang with the adults at a proper rock show.
Meagan Kadish September 29, 2011 at 01:01 AM
Center for the Arts Eagle Rock will also have a craft area with a sneak peek at their Fall Workshops. Comic book making, learning to play ukulele, clay projects, and more!
traci green September 29, 2011 at 03:06 PM
Take a break in any of the local kid hangs. Most places like Purple Twig, The Green Bean, Bloom School all have crafts, music or activites going on. Might even find some tumbling From Jack's Gym happening. Just take it slow and be conscience and aware when the kids have hit their limit of overstimulation with all the people, lights and sounds!
Amanda Millett September 29, 2011 at 03:29 PM
Bloom School is offering free 20 minute classes in Dance and Music from 4pm-6:30pm and family lobby concerts after 7pm. Purple Twig will offer refuge from 4-8pm. You can stop by and make a band button, read a story with your child or join them in other crafts
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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