Sound On Sound Fest is a three-day (November 4-6, 2016) music and live panel discussion festival that will take over the grounds of the Sherwood Forest Faire, a Renaissance landscape located just forty miles outside of Austin in McDade, Texas.
For music-loving families, this festival will offer something for all ages. The best part, children ages 10 and under get in for free with adults holding single day, three-day, and VIP “Treat Thyself” weekend passes to SOS Fest! The Kids’ Kingdom sounds like a dream come true with a wide range of activities that has been put together by the talented staff at Do512Family. The fun includes:
- Dress up games with temporary tattoos
- Fake nose rings
- Hair wrapping
- Face painting
- Faerie tea parties
- Crafts including make-your-own dragon eyes
- Come-and-go reptile farm from Austin Reptile Shows
- Hat and Story making with Creative Action
- Rody Pony jousting with Toy Joy
- Fun games with Austin Bat Cave
In addition to the activities above, KUTX’s Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child has produced three days of incredible live music on the Come & Tyke It Stage.
Friday, November 4: Calliope Musicals, Koo Koo Kanga Roo
Saturday, November 5: Koo Koo Kanga Roo, The Telephone Company, Thor & Friends
Sunday, November 6: Hey Lolly Brass Band, The Telephone Company, Jad Fair
Bands performing include Phantogram, Explosions in the Sky, Purity Ring, Run the Jewels, Big Boi, Descendents, and more. To kick off the festival weekend, the Sound On Sound Fest “Late Knights” Kick-Off Parties (a.k.a. Knights) will take over Mohawk, The Sidewinder, Barracuda, Beerland, and Empire on Thursday, November 3. Anyone with an official Sound On Sound Wristband gets free access to the Knights shows and holders of the VIP Treat Thyself pass get priority access at each venue.
For the complete lineup and information on the Late Knights Shows, click here.
What’s It Cost
Kids 10 and under get in for free!
Single-day passes ($89 plus fees), three-day GA passes ($169 plus fees), “Treat Thyself” (VIP) weekend passes $445 plus fees), and camping passes ($75 plus fees) to SOS Fest are available for purchase now. More details here.
How To Get There
If you don’t feel like driving, SOS Fest invites attendees to travel to the festival via the festival shuttles, which are managed in partnership with Austin Tour Company. The official festival pick-up and drop-off location is in downtown Austin at Mohawk Austin (912 Red River). Multiple shuttles will run daily from noon to 3 a.m. on Friday, November 4 through Sunday, November 6. Daily shuttle schedules will be available via the SOS Fest website, festival app, and fest social media pages. If purchased in advance via the festival website, SOS Fest shuttles are $5 a person per day or $10 for the weekend.
Where To Stay
Pack up the family for a camping excursion! Family camp sites will be available and set a little farther back from the live music and late night shows. Three-day on-site camping passes on the Sherwood Forrest Faire grounds cost $75 per person with additional options available for renting tents or space for RV parking. The festival camping area will have a 24-hour diner hosted by purveyors of fine hot dogs Frank, a general store selling provisions and packaged goods, a private bar area, and private showers with hot water. The camping grounds will also host nightly shows including the SOS Knights: Comedy Club and the Disco Dungeon, a late night outdoor dance club open from 12:30 a.m. to 3 a.m.