CranFest VIII – 2018 Dates

  • July 27th – 29th, 2018 – A Full Moon Weekend with Music & Family Campout
    • Friday Afternoon thru Sunday Morning
    • Ticket Info: (online ticket sales now available at the CranFest VII eventbrite website)
      • $30 for Friday
      • $40 for Saturday (includes Sunday morning Musical Yoga)
      • $50 for the Whole Weekend
      • Kids 15 & under FREE with accompanying adult
      • Onsite Parking & Camping included (no street parking please)
      • (please keep dogs & cats & kangaroos safely at home, thanks!)
    • CranFest VIII Facebook Event Invitation Link
      • Please feel free to share news of this event appropriately 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

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 grown slowly and purposefully into everything you see above. That 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. Throughout the past 8 years, although the numbers of friends/families attending and the numbers of musicians performing have increased, our 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. We are powered by a collaboration of good friends and James Cowan’s solar/bike power generator trailer creation.

We hope you’ll bring both 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.


  • Weekend Entertainment Schedule:

    • Friday – Guest arrival starts at 2:00 for camping setup and kid/adult games throughout the afternoon/evening
      • Live Music from ~5:00 – 11:00
        • 9:00-11:00 Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra – Fresh from John’s awesome house concert this week
        • 7:45-8:15 Luke Wallace returns for another inspiration set
        • 6:30-7:30 Robert Johnson
        • 5:00-6:00 Jesse & Morgan of Arcadian Suns
        • Outdoor Movie ~ 11:00 Repo Man (free popcorn at ~10:45)
      • Quiet Sleepy Time 12:30-8:00a out of respect for our neighbours, our kids, and our hard working volunteers
    • Saturday – kid/adult games throughout the day, maybe a walk down to the beach/dock…
      • Live Music from ~4:00 – 11:00
        • 9:00-11:00 Mapstone will be headlining Saturday night again, this time as a 5 piece band
        • 7:15-8:30 Road Waves from Niagara Falls will be joining us this year
        • 5:45-6:45 We are excited to welcome back Yael Wand featuring Alan Wardroper
        • ~ 4:00-5:30 We’re very happy to have the Hilltop Pranksters kicking off the afternoon
      • Quiet Sleepy Time 12:30-8:00a
    • Sunday – morning Live Music Yoga with Mapstone from 9:30-11
  • Food Vendors
    • Fix Tacos Fri & Sat evening
    • Roly Polyu Rice Balls available in the afternoons
    • Salt Spring Island Fruitcicles available at various times throughout the weekend
    • Bicycle Blender Kid-Made Apple Blackberry Slushies
    • Kid Made Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce and coffee for brunch time Sat & Sun mornings
  • All Ages Fun Activities
    • Dancing
    • Volleyball
    • Badminton
    • Water Misted Trampoline
    • Ping Pong
    • Bocce
    • Croquet
    • Soccer Games
    • Basketball
    • Light-up Zipline
    • Telescopes
    • Slacklines
    • Hula Hoops
    • Sack Races
    • Water Squirters & Balloon Launchers
    • Archery
    • Kiddie Pool & Playgym
    • Propane Firepit


Online ticket sales now available

Online ticket sales now available at the ticketing page. Ticket numbers will be limited. Please send us a quick note on the Participate page if you’d like to be on the mailing list for future CranFest invitations and/or to participate in some fashion.

CranFest Collaborators

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

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

Tree House Cafe, Guayaki, SSI Fruitcicles, Rhonan & SS Water, Fogarty Accounting, Island Escapades, Al’s Gourmet Falafel and Fries, Fix Tacos, Earth Candy

and last but not least, it’s You and your Families, our Community, who show up and make sharing this fun experience together such a rewarding and connecting event.

Thank you all for helping us raise our kids together.