Festival season is coming up, and Chipotle just announced the cities and partial lineups for the fifth year of its Cultivate Festival. I wasn’t aware of Cultivate until recently, but I love the idea. A free, family-friendly music festival with sustainable and culinary activities sounds like a great way to spend a day.

Unfortunately, Cultivate won’t be near where I live this year, but it will be in Phoenix (April 18), Kansas City (July 18) and Minneapolis (Aug. 22) with free performances from top indie rock bands like Twenty One Pilots, Walk the Moon, Jared & the Mill and more. The music, chef and events lineups will change with each location.

I’m sure the music is what will draw most people to Cultivate, but once they get there they’ll find more than just a free all-day concert. The festival also includes areas where kids can do crafts and plant seeds and exhibits where festivalgoers can learn about sustainability topics like GMOs and factory farming. There will also be chef demos by celebrity chefs like Andrew Zimmern of "Bizarre Foods" fame in Minneapolis as well as local chefs.

The food and beverages will be a cut above normal festival food, too. Chipotle’s culinary team will serve up items like gorditas, kale salad and tacos (including the vegan Sofritas filling). An artisans hall will have additional regional and artisanal foods. Beer will be local and wine will be sustainable. The food and beverages won't be free, but they will be “on par with Chipotle restaurant pricing.”

Between now and March 1, Chipotle is running a contest for a trip for two to any of the 2015 Cultivate festivals. To enter, check out the Chipotle Flyaway Sweepstakes rules

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Chipotle's free Cultivate Festival has music, chefs and more
This spring and summer, Chipotle's free festival brings food, music and ideas to Phoenix, Kansas City and Minneapolis.