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East Aurora Music Festival - kids or no kids?

There are many amazing events in the area all summer long. So many things to do, but as a mom, I always wonder which ones are kid friendly. I'm assuming other parents wonder the same thing when they hear about a cool event; kids or no kids?

The East Aurora Music Festival is coming up from 2 p.m. to midnight on June 10. I made some calls and did some research and here's what I learned about bringing kids.

Yes. Do it. There are 40 bands, 14 venues. One amazing community.

The day starts out at 2:30 p.m.  at the Healthy Zone Rink (41 Riley St., East Aurora) where the Color Guard will sing the National Anthem followed by music from The Leftovers - which is a big hit with kids. They'll have plenty of food trucks, including some with kid-friendly options.

Tracy Gavin is a festival board member and said the kids will have a ball. "We are a stroller-friendly community and there are many options. From shopping to restaurants there is so much to do. We have easy-listening and family-friendly music in many of the venues." Gavin recommends walking because the shuttles get very full and you can't bring strollers on them.

The festival pretty much takes over the shopping/dining district of East Aurora. If you are bringing kids, you might want to stay in the east end of the festival where venues like The Roycroft Inn, Taste Coffee Shop, EA Co-Op Market and Elm Street Bakery are more family-oriented.

The festival is raising funds for some great causes this year which is always a great lesson for kids. Here's a list of the organizations that will benefit.

  • People & Places
  • The Aurora Ice Association
  • WNY Heroes
  • East Aurora Schools Music Boosters.

Cost: $10 advance at, $15 at the door. Veterans and kids 12 and younger are admitted free.

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