CranFest X – 2021 Dates

August 20th – 22nd

A Full Moon Reconnection with Family & Music Campout Weekend

  • Friday Afternoon thru Sunday Morning
  • Ticket Info
    • $15 for Friday
    • $20 for Saturday (includes Sunday morning Musical Yoga)
    • $30 for the Whole Weekend
    • Kids 16 & under FREE with accompanying adult
    • Onsite Parking & Camping included (no street parking please)
    • (please keep dogs & cats & kangaroos safely at home, thanks!)
  • Tickets will be available at the CranFest X eventbrite website in July
  • CranFest X Facebook Event Invitation Link (tba)
    • Please feel free to share news of this event appropriately and privately with your very good friends/families, keeping in mind it is geared for All Ages – from Babies to Great-Grandparents. Thank you for your discretion.
Mapstone – Dreams



  • FRIDAY, Aug 20th – Guest arrival starts at 2:00 for camping setup and kid/adult games throughout the afternoon.
    • Live Music from ~7:00 – 11:00
    • Outdoor Movie ~ 11:15  Movie TBA (free popcorn at ~ 11:00)
    • Quiet Sleepy Time 12:30-8:00a out of respect for our neighbours, our kids, and our hard working volunteers
  • SATURDAY, Aug 21st – kid/adult games throughout the day, maybe a walk down to the beach/dock.
    • Live Music from ~6:00 – 11:00
    • Dreamland Silent Disco 3-track Headphones ~ 11:15 – 12:30
    • Quiet Sleepy Time 12:30-8:00a out of respect for our neighbours, our kids, and our hard working volunteers
  • SUNDAY, Aug 22nd – morning Live Music Yoga w/Daryl Chonka ~ 9:30-11, led by (TBA)

  • All Ages Fun Activities
    • Dancing
    • Volleyball
    • Badminton
    • Water Misted Trampoline
    • Ping Pong
    • Bocce
    • Croquet
    • Soccer Games
    • Basketball
    • Telescopes
    • Slacklines
    • Hula Hoops
    • Sack Races
    • Water Squirters & Balloon Launchers
    • Kiddie Pool & Playgym
    • Propane Firepit

What’s a CranFest?

CranFest is an Annual Salt Spring Island Community Family-Friendly Camp-Out Solar-Powered Full-Moon Non-Profit Live-Music&Art Outdoor-Couch-Popcorn-Movie Astronomical-Adventure All-Ages Multi-Generational Musical-Yoga Reasonably-Priced (Kids Free!) Festival Celebration Weekend Benefit Thing

What began simply as a one-off SSI Co-Op Preschool Family BBQ in 2010 has evolved slowly and purposefully into all of the above. In our first year, legendary band Lane 31 joined us on a whim and played in the dirt and in the dark for some fun and dancing, and questions began the following year about doing it again – and again…

Throughout the ensuing years, we have been very fortunate to have gathered together a core gang of good friend volunteers who help keep things moving along by generously donating their time and energy, providing inspiration and great ideas and people-power. Our collaborative intentions have remained focused on keeping this a Family-Friendly and Community-Connecting weekend event where we can continue to raise our kids together, fostering and modelling responsibly fun behaviour.

Although the numbers of friends/families attending and the numbers of musicians performing have increased a bit since our first evening of music, we strive to keep the numbers of people attending within the realms of positive family/friend and community connection – we aim to stay small and sustainable.

We are powered by the people and James Cowan’s solar/bike power generator trailer creation, and we are energized by the great vibes that our very talented musician friends bring to our humble little homemade stage.

We hope you’ll bring all your kids and your parents and campout for the weekend, it’s a great way to join in on all the fun connecting with friends and families, both old and new.


CranFest History

2021 CranFest X ~ Aug 20-22 – Fingers Crossed

2020 CranFest – the year Music took a hard break

2019 CranFest IX ~ June 29 – throwback to the original CranFest I (our wedding year gift 🙂 )

2018 CranFest VIII ~ July 27-29

2017 CranFest VII ~ July 4-6

2016 CranFest VI ~ July 15-17

2015 CranFest V ~ (3-Day Long Weekend) July 31-Aug 2

2014 CranFest IV ~ Aug 8-10

2013 – nope, took a break

2012 CranFest III ~ Aug 11

  • Saturday:
    • The Earthmen (SSI/Victoria, BC)

2011 CranFest II ~ Jul 16

2010 CranFest I ~ Jul 10 – a Co-Op Preschool BBQ

CranFest Collaborators

This event comes together because of a great little community of friends, whose participation and collaboration over the years has been Invaluable, Essential, and Very, Very Much Appreciated.  These are the people to thank for everything that goes on at CranFest.

Mark & Terena, Bruce E, Ken L, Michelle F, Ozzy F, Vi F, John H, Jim & Sheri, Gary & Andrea, Jamie F, Jo & Simon, Shauna D, Dan L, Alex & Sarah-Jane, David M, Harry W, Nic F, Jhafari, Tara & Martin, Dave V, Josh & Jess, Bodhi, Gaurang & Chris M, Wendi G, John R, Dennis L, Naomi J, Shay, Johnny A, Shannon & Kalvin, Pete & Vic, Joe A, Nomi L, Daryl C, James C, David K, Jack & Candace, Enaunda 🙂

Tree House Cafe, Guayaki, SSI Fruitcicles, Rhonan & SS Water, Living Water Media Services, Fogarty Accounting, Island Escapades (Now Coastal Current Adventures), Al’s Gourmet Falafel and Fries, Fix Tacos, Earth Candy, Roly Poly Riceballs, Fernwood Road Cafe

And last but not least, it’s You and your Families, our Community, who bring your kids and your smiles and pitch your tents to make sharing this fun weekend experience together such a rewarding and positively connecting event.

Thank you all for helping us raise our kids together.