CranFest X – 2021 Info

August 20th – 22nd

A Full Moon Reconnection with Family and Friends Musical Campout Weekend

  • Friday Afternoon thru Sunday Morning
  • Ticket Info: order tickets on our Get Tickets Page – **(tickets are being sold in advance online only, no ticket sales at the door)
    • $15 for Friday
    • $20 for Saturday
    • $30 for the 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!)
  • Ticket numbers are limited this year so everybody can have a bit of extra elbowroom. If you’d like to ensure you can attend, it’s recommended that you order your tickets now as some ticket categories are nearly full.
  • CranFest X Facebook Event Invitation Link
    • 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 20thGuest arrival starts at 2:00 for camping setup and kid/adult games throughout the afternoon.
    • Outdoor Movie ~ 11:00 – The Matrix (free popcorn at movie time)
    • Quiet Sleepy Time 12:30-8:00a out of respect for our neighbours, our kids, and our hard working volunteers
  • SATURDAY, Aug 21stkid/adult games throughout the day, maybe a walk down to the beach/dock.
    • Live Music from ~5:00 – 11:00
      • 9:30-11:00 – Daryl Chonka (SSI)
      • 8:00-9:00 – Duck Creak (SSI)
      • 6:30-7:30 – Katie Lee and Sean Cronin
      • 5:30-6:00 – Marty & The Max feat. Chris Martell (SSI)
      • Special tweener appearance by Harry Warner
    • Dreamland Silent Disco w/3-track Headphones ~ 11:15 ~ 12:30ish
    • Quiet Sleepy Time 12:30-8:00a out of respect for our neighbours, our kids, and our hard working volunteers

  • Food Options:
    • Greg Bellavance Welding‘s Big BBQ trailer grill onsite, byo favourite grillables
    • Roly Poly Rice Balls hopefully available for dinnertime 🙂
    • Fruit Freezepops available at various times throughout the weekend
    • Bicycle Blender Kid-Made Apple Blackberry Slushies
    • Saturday morning brunch time Kid-Made Pancakes w/Blueberry Sauce and coffee
    • Fernwood Road Cafe is just down the road for delicious breakfast, lunch, snacks & drinks

  • All Ages Fun Activities Include:
    • Rock Painting Station – BYO Favourite Rock
    • Dancing
    • Volleyball
    • Badminton
    • Water Misting Station
    • Ping Pong
    • Bocce
    • Giant Chess
    • Giant Checkers
    • Giant Jenga
    • Croquet
    • Soccer Games
    • Telescopes
    • Horseshoes
    • 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 Always Free) Festival Celebration Weekend Benefit Thing

What began in 2010 as a one-off SSI Family Co-Op Preschool BBQ has evolved slowly into a recurring community summer weekend event. In our first year, legendary band Lane 31 joined our kid bbq 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 and grateful to have gathered together a core gang of good friend volunteers who help keep things rolling 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 impromptu evening of live music, we strive to keep the numbers of people attending within the realms of positive family/friend and community connection – we aim to stay reasonably small and respectfully fun.

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 your kids and their grandparents 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.


Previous CranFests

2021 CranFest X ~ Aug 20-22 – we’re back!

2020 CranFest – the year Live Music took a hard break

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

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

  • Saturday:
    • Lane 31 (SSI)
    • Band of Kids (SSI, Vancouver)

CranFest Collaborators

This event comes together because of a great little community of good friend volunteers whose participation and collaboration over the years has been Invaluable, Essential, and Very, Very Much Appreciated. These are the people to thank for anything and 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, Greg B, Joe A, Ellis & Claire, Aki & Akiko, Nomi L, Daryl C, James C, David K, Jack & Candace, Enaunda, Rasha & Nadia, Lara G 🙂

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, Bellavance Welding, Fernwood Road Cafe

And last but not least, it’s You and your Families, our Community, who bring your kids & your parents 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. And ourselves, too 🙂