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Below is a list of our Favorite Family Friendly Festivals!


June 29th- July 2nd, HIGH SIERRA MUSIC FESTIVAL , Quincy, California - 4 day Festival Pass: $185 adults / $50 kids - Price includes camping The High Sierra Music Festival is a great place to bring children. Our KidZone offers a wide variety of activities for kids of all ages. Arts and crafts such as mask-making workshops, assorted games such as slip-n-slide, special musical performances and parades are just some of the fun activities featured in our KidZone. Babysitting service is provided by Rockin' Nannies - check them out for a great way to enjoy some alone adult time! High Sierra Music has been producing world-class music festivals since 1991. Celebrating its 20th festival, High Sierra launched as a roots-oriented festival with 20 artists on one main stage and has since evolved into to a 10,000 person event with more than 50 performers on four day-time stages and in four late-night venues. The Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds in Quincy provide on-site infrastructure with opportunities to swim, bike, fish, golf and hike in the vicinity of a quaint mountain town.

June 23- August 5th, CRESTED BUTTE MUSIC FESTIVAL Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado - 2 day pass - $110 adults / FREE for kids 12 and under Kids Camp - $225 per child Hosted by the "Master of Strings," Drew Emmitt, Bluegrass In Paradise will start off with a kids camp, followed by two full days of workshops and performances on July 14th and 15th, 2012. Bluegrass bands from across the country will gather in Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado for a week of fun hosted on the Red Lady Stage at Crested Butte Mountain Resort Base Area. A fun and amazing music experience for kids ages 7-17. This five-day program offers classes in strings, percussion, vocals and movement and will expose kids to a variety of instruments and musical styles in a fun supportive atmosphere. Campers will be divided into four groups with a maximum of 15 students, and will rotate through four classes per camp day. All campers will attend two camp sessions together as a group to focus on the camp song and other group activities. Classes will be offered in Strings, Percussion, Guitar, and Vocals. Students will be assigned to three class types depending on experience level: beginning, intermediate, and advanced. In addition to the Bluegrass Kids Camp, kids under 12 are admitted free to the concerts with the purchase of an adult ticket. Bluegrass In Paradise is partnering with Trailhead Children's Discovery Museum, located near the concert venue at the ski base, to offer children's activities. A tented area will include activities such as bubble wands, face painting, hoola hoops and other fun games. The museum also will be open daily from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Crested Butte Mountain Resort's Adventure Park, adjacent to festival grounds, also will be open and features miniature golf and a climbing wall. Admission cost to the museum and park are extra

7- 9, BLISSFEST Harbor Springs, Michigan - Weekend Pass: $125 adults / Camping $50 The 32nd Annual Blissfest Music Festival will be a celebration of music, culture, art and community featuring a world of diverse and innovative folk, world and roots music and dance at the Festival Farm in picturesque rural northern Michigan. It is truly a blissful musical weekend to be shared with families, friends and music-lovers of all ages. The annual event is a showcase of the many musical styles that define American roots and world music. Bluegrass, Blues, Zydeco, Celtic, Folk, Jazz, Latin, Ethnic, World music and dance all share the stage. Innovators of these roots styles are on hand to dazzle nd amaze. There is something for everyone.

20- 23, GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL OF MUSIC Trumansburg, NY - 4 day admission pass: $110 adults / 12 and under FREE / RV Camping: $170 The GrassRoots Festival is fun for the whole family! The Festival welcomes children of all ages, and children 12 & under have free admission with a parent or guardian. We strive to create a relaxed, family-friendly environment and have a large kids' activities area in a central location. In the Kids' Area, children make crafts, enjoy performances and play games. It has its own schedule of daily activities and performances. In addition to the Kids' Area, there is the GrassRoots Art Barn. The Art Barn is host to Parade headquarters, where kids can make masks and dress-up to participate in the annual Happiness Parade which takes place at 3:00pm on Saturday afternoon. There is also face-painting, an ice-cream stand, food and craft booths, stilt walkers, jugglers, and a general family-welcoming atmosphere. Bring the whole family and enjoy! The festival is presented over a four day period (Thursday-Sunday) on four stages which run ridiculously long hours to accommodate the 60 some bands that play the festival. The band selection reflects the eclectic tastes of our 'amorphous committee', a difficult to nail down group of musicians and artists who lean toward roots related & world music.

21- 23, HIAWATHA FESTIVAL Marquette, Michigan - Weekend Pass: Adults $60 / Kids $5; Camping:$5 Each year's event features traditional-music styles that include bluegrass, old-time, Cajun, Celtic, acoustic blues and folk - including singer/songwriters - and dance. Mainstage acts include nationally known performers as well as regional and local favorites. The Festival also has special areas for children and with organized activities and performances designed for those age groups

26- 30, FLOYD FEST Floyd, Virginia - 4 day admission: $175 adults / $30 kids; Camping included Online Application Available for Volunteers Featuring Alison Kraus, Jackson Browne, Michael Franti, Bruce Hornsby, Ricky Skaggs The community of Floyd hosts FloydFest, a 4-day celebration of music and art from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. each day. Attendees have the opportunity to camp-out along the Blue Ridge Parkways, while enjoying live music, workshops and demonstration in the 'Global Village', and browse the offerings of over 100 artisans and crafters. For the kids, the 'Children's Universe' offers children-oriented performances, puppetry, workshops, playgrounds and babysitting. The festival offers something for everyone with 8 stages of over 50 live acts performing a variety of music genres ranging from rock, reggae, folk, bluegrass, jazz, and hip-hop. Camping accommodations consist of designated areas that include a wooded area and large camping field, with portable toilets, hand-washing stations and 8 warm-water stalls located nearby. A "Quiet Camping" area is available for families with children who wish to get away from the music scene at night.

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The WEAVER BELIEVER family band sings and plays in a unique mixture of bluegrass, southern gospel and country music. This has been helpful in bridging the gaps between all three different genres. Their banjos, guitars, fiddle, mandolin, upright bass and acoustic bass instruments allow them to move in the different circles with a high energy, fast tempo, toe tapping type of sound. With their tight harmony and one of a kind family group, it's sure to be a performance not easily forgotten. They travel all over the country ministering in churches and other venues.
Over the past 10 years of their music career, the children's youthful appeal has turned into genuine talent, with several national awards to their credit ~ continually receiving return invitations wherever they go. Having been playfully called "the modern day Partridge Family" or the "von Trapps of southern gospel/bluegrass/country music," they continue to enjoy traveling and spending quality time together encouraging audiences of all ages by "Spreading God's Word ~ Family Style."


Paul and Becky Kortman with their 4 kids became location independent when they sold 90% of their possessions at the beginning of 2014. Together they unschool the kids and run multiple business from the road. One is a Digital Marketing Agency, the other is a community of Location Independent Families.

The Kortmans improve their life through travel and a broader worldview by living in the US, Mexico, Canada, The Philippines, Thailand, South Africa, Bulgaria, Portugal and elsewhere.


Fulltime family of 7, second generation nomad touring the US, roadschooling our 5 kids.

Our goal is to sleep and paddle board in all 50 states!


Pursuing an education while traveling provides some unique opportunities and challenges. The Roadschooling Section provides tips, links, resources and advice about homeschooling on the Road.

Homeschooling requirements should be a factor that fulltiming families consider when choosing a home base state. Some states, such as Texas, have minimal requirements, while others may require supervised testing, record-keeping and more. Parents can obtain information about these requirements by contacting the state Department of Education. Often, a homeschooling group in that state will have helpful information as well.

Looking for some help with cirriculum on the road? FOTR provides information by subject (History, Language Arts, Science, Math and Miscellaneous) to help parents in educating their children.


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The RV Lifestyle

Are you considering hitting the road? Want to learn more about living in a motorhome fulltime? If you are new to the idea of living on the road the lifestyle section is where you will learn about downsizing and job options for families on the go. Find information about budget, insurance and safety issues. Learn about technology that makes your mobile life a breeze. Plus answers to questions about how to stay in shape, take books along, get mail, take pets and more.


You will find books and movies recommended by families who are on the road in the resource portion of the FOTR site. Tips on how to buy an RV for family living, general information about RVs, travel and links to many articles.

"I think poor is more a state of mind than a state of finance. We are amazed at how little we actually need, and how much more happy we are now that we don't have to keep up with the Joneses. When you really start thinking about what is essential, you realize that it's only a handful of things, don't you? And there's no need to have all that wasted space in a big house. And when you're not stressed out trying to work for all the "toys", life becomes a joyful discovery of all the things we missed along the way."

~Vickie Swindling (FOTR since 2006)