5 Things You Need to Know About the Life is Good Festival This Weekend

From parking to location to a schedule of events, find out what's happening at the Life is Good festival in Canton this weekend.

Dave Matthews, Tim Reynolds, Michael Franti and a wide variety of other renowned artists are about to descend on the Canton area. 

The reason? The 2012 Life is Good Festival is about to begin. The event kicks off Saturday and resumes Sunday. As such, attendees should beef up on their knowledge about the festival's logistics and other information by checking the Life is Good Festival FAQ page.

Here are five things you need to know about the festival:

1. General Information and Entry to Event

The Life is Good Festival is held at Prowse Farm in Canton. Gates for the festival will open at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday and close at about 9:30 p.m. 

Parking lots are located near Prowse Farm. Attendees are encouraged to take the MBTA Commuter Rail to the event. Bus shuttles to and from the Rte 128/University Ave train station will run all day. For those that do choose to drive, the following parking is available, according to the festival's directions page:

  • If driving from the north via Rte. 95 South/Rte. 128 South, take Exit 13 "University Ave, Railroad Station". Take a left off the exit onto Blue Hill Drive and proceed straight to the MBTA Parking garage. 
  • If driving from the north via Rte. 93 South - at the Braintree split, merge right, continuing on Rte. 93 South and connecting to Rte. 128 North. Take Exit 2B "Milton, Rte 138N" and proceed straight to the lights, then take a left onto Royall Street. You will be guided by our staff to parking lots on Royall Street. 
  • If driving from the south via Rte. 3 North or coming from the south via Rte. 24 North, connect onto Rte. 93 South/Rte. 128 North. Take Exit 2B "Milton, Rte 138N" and proceed straight to the lights, then take a left onto Royall Street. You will be guided by our staff to parking lots on Royall Street.  
  • If driving from the south via Rte. 95 North, continue on Rte. 95 to Rte. 128 North, then take Exit 13 "University Ave, Railroad Station". Continue off of the exit onto  and proceed straight to the MBTA Parking garage on your left. 

There is accessible parking for those who have a valid, state-issued, accessible parking tag, at both off-site parking areas, which include the Royall Street Offices located off I-93 Exit 2B and the University Ave/MBTA rail station located off I-95 Exit 13. Accessible shuttle vans will be provided. Parking lots will be distinguished by color, so remember the color when you park.

2. Two-Day Passes and Sunday Tickets are Sold Out

According to the Life is Good Festival ticket page Thursday night, tickets for Saturday's portion of the festival are still available. However, the interested attendees should continue to check the Life is Good website even though some tickets are sold for information regarding additional ticket purchases. 

3. You Will be Allowed to Leave and Re-enter the Festival

Attendees of the festival will be allowed to enter and leave the festival as they wish, so long as they have tickets on hand each time they enter the festival gates.

4. What You CAN and CAN'T Bring to the Festival

Items Allowed Into the Festival:

  • Strollers, small wagons
  • Blankets (must be 6'x8' or smaller) - attendees CANNOT insert stakes, poles, or any other objects into the ground, or use of ropes, cords, tape, etc.
  • Soft-sided coolers
  • Regular-size/unframed backpacks
  • Two factory-sealed water bottles up to 1 liter each
  • Empty Camelback, Nalgene or other empty clear plastic container
  • Small digital cameras or point-and-click 35mm cameras
  • Binoculars

Items NOT Allowed Into the Festival:

  • Umbrellas
  • Framed or large backpacks
  • Glass containers of any kind
  • Skateboards, scooters, or personal motorized vehicles
  • Bicycles inside the festival grounds (bike racks are available onsite next to the church entrance)
  • Fireworks and explosives
  • Instruments
  • Laser pointers
  • Picnic baskets
  • Lawn furniture
  • Large or hard-sided coolers (including thermoses)
  • Tents
  • Pets or live animals (except service dogs)
  • Video or audio recording equipment
  • Professional still camera equipment (no detachable lenses, tripods, big zooms, or commercial use rigs)
  • No illegal vending is permitted

5. The Full Schedule


  • Billy Davis - 1 p.m.
  • Muck and the Mires - 1 p.m.
  • Allen Stone - 1:30 p.m.
  • Katie Herzig - 2:30 p.m.
  • Soulive - 3:15 p.m.
  • Ryan Montbleau Band - 4:15 p.m.
  • Sara Bareilles - 5:15 p.m.
  • Eric Hutchinson - 6:15 p.m.
  • Michael Franti & Spearhead - 7:15 p.m.


  • Billy Davis - 1 p.m.
  • Orange Television - 1 p.m.
  • Air Traffic Controller - 1:30 p.m.
  • Sarah Jarosz - 2:25 p.m.
  • ALO - 3 p.m.
  • The Infamous Stringdusters - 4 pm..
  • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue - 5 p.m.
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - 6 p.m.
  • Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds - 7 p.m.


  • The Fresh Beat Band - 11:15 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Josh & The Jamtones - 1-1:45 p.m.
  • Kidz Bop Kids - 2:15-3:15 p.m.
  • Dan Zanes and Friends - 3:45-5 p.m.


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