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10 BC Festivals You Need to Know About

As the sun starts to make an appearance in the Okanagan we are reminded that summer is almost here! That means it’s time to start planning your music festival schedule! We are here to help you pick the festivals that you NEED to attend this summer..  This list includes multiple music genres and pricing options, so there’s a festival for every music lover out there. Enjoy!

1. Tall Tree Music Festival


When: June 23rd – June 26th
What: Folk, rock & electronic music festival
Where: Port Renfrew, BC
Who’s Performing? Beats Antique Live, Tokyo Police Club, Shapeshifter NZ, East Star All-Star, DJ Nu-Mark
Stay: Party on at the on-site campground
How Much? Full festival pass $200

“Tall Tree Music Festival is a celebration of community spirit, the environment, and artistic creativity. In its 8th year, the festival showcases world-class musical and artistic talent and continues to have a positive impact by building sustainable and positive relationships between artists, nature, the community, and Port Renfrew’s residents and businesses. The Tall Tree Music Festival presents attendees with an exciting opportunity to engage with vibrant demographics in a incredibly scenic and intimate environment.” – (Source



2. Pemberton Music Festival


When: July 13th – July 16th
What: Rock, indie rock, hip hop, EDM & comedy festival
Where: Pemberton, BC
Who’s Performing? TBA
Stay: On-site camping options available
How Much? Standard weekend pass is $369
Bonus Activities: comedy, food & arts

“Grab your friends and leave the world behind for a four-day celebration beneath epic Mount Currie in Pemberton Valley. Full of dancing, food, friendship, and of course — the best music EVER!”  – (Source Pemberton Music Festival Facebook)



3.Center of Gravity


When: July 28th – July 30th
What: EDM music/sports festival; just an all around good time
Where: Kelowna, BC
Who’s Performing? Snoop Dogg, Marshmello, Schoolboy Q, Cash Cash, Lil Dicky
Stay: Local hotels, hostels and B&B’s
How Much? For pricing please click here
Bonus Activities: 
Center of Gravity has so many activities we couldn’t possibly name them all! Here’s our favorites: bikini contest, beach volleyball, motor zone, gauntlet games, skateboarding and more

“Canada’s Hottest Beach Festival is back! Now in it’s 10th year, the much anticipated Monster Energy Center of Gravity returns to Kelowna’s City Park July 28 – 30, 2017. Produced by Wet Ape Productions and Live Nation Canada, the biggest, adrenaline-pumping festival to hit the Okanagan includes three days packed with extreme sports, sandy beaches, bikinis, and some of the biggest DJ names in the world.” –  (Source Center of Gravity Facebook)



4. Shambhala Music Festival


When: August 11th – August 14th
What: Celebration of music, art and life
Where: Salmo River Ranch, BC
Who’s Performing? Datsik, Delta Heavy, Calyx & Teebee, Jauz, Kill The Noise, Liondub and sooooo many more
Stay: You gotta love their on-site camping option
How Much? Standard weekend pass is $395
Bonus Activities:  Artisan market, local art showcase

“This is Canada’s premiere Electronic Music Festival. Cutting edge Talent, Lights and Sound come together in Paradise to give life to a non -sponsored family run anomaly. Seeing it for yourself is the only way to understand exactly what is Shambhala.” – (Source Shambhala Music Festival Facebook)



5. Salmon Arm Roots & Blues


When: August 17th – August 20th
What: Family friendly roots, blues, folk and dance festival
Where: Salmon Arm, BC
Who’s Performing? Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Martin Harley, Booker T, Livingston Taylor
Stay: Bring your tent because it’s time to camp on-site!
How Much? Standard weekend pass is $169
Bonus Activities:  Dance lessons, artisan market, kid zone, workshops

“The Festival features a profusion of roots, blues, folk, dance, and world music on five outdoor stages. Also featured: Beer gardens with stage views, Global Food Village, Artisan Market, Workshops, Family Fun Zone (kids 12 and under free), and pre-registered camping starting Thursday, August 17, 2017 adjacent to the Festival grounds. The Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival has become one of the best festivals in Western Canada. Come and experience the beautiful BC interior and make the festival one of your stops – you’ll have the time of your life!” – (Source Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival Facebook)



6. Rockin’ River Musicfest


When: August 3rd – August 6th
What: Country music festival
Where: Merritt, BC
Who’s Performing? Toby Keith, Willy Nelson, The Band Perry, Brett Kissel and more 
Stay: Keep the party going all night long at the on-site campground
How Much? Standard Weekend Pass is $249
Bonus Activities: Pre-event talent contest, mechanical bull riding, bikini contest, cornhole tournament, human foosball and best of all you can lounge in the River so bring your floatie! 

Rockin’ River Music Festival is guaranteed to be the best party of the summer with outlaw country legend Willie Nelson, 2015 Grammy Award Winners The Band Perry, four-time platinum artist Toby Keith, JUNO Award Winner Brett Kissel, Nashville’s sharpest rebel Kacey Musgraves, and Roots Artists of the Year award winners The Washboard Union headlining. This is a festival you won’t want to miss! – (Source Rockin’ River Music Festival Facebook)



7. Sunfest


When: August 3rd – August 6th
What: Country music festival
Where: Cowichan Valley, BC
Who’s Performing? Toby Keith, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Brett Kissel
Stay:  On-site camping
How Much? Full event general admission $249
Bonus Activities: Volleyball, linedancing, ziplining

“On August long weekend Sunfest attracts thousands of Country music fans from all over the island, the province and now boasts an international fan base.  Sunfest is more than just a concert, it’s a vacation destination. Thousands of  people will be attending the biggest Sunfest yet during the hottest weekend of the Summer!” – (Source



8. Penticton Peach Festival


When: August 9th – August 13th
What: Multifaceted festival. Check out their website for a full list of activities
Where: Penticton, BC
Who’s Performing? 54-40, Trooper, Aaron Pritchett, Cory Marquardt, Powder Blues
Stay: Nearby hotels, motels and campgrounds
How Much? FREE thanks to their sponsors!
Bonus Activities: Chef’s Cook Off, peach bin races, kiddies Day, Reel Peach Film Festival, Slo-Pitch

“The Penticton Peach Festival has 5 days of action packed entertainment for all ages. Whether you’re into music, sports, cooking, dancing or parades, you will find something to make you smile.” – (Source Penticton Peach Festival Website)



9. Atmosphere Gathering


When: August 18th – August 20th
What: Gathering for music lovers, dancers and people looking for an immersive festival experience
Where: Cumberland, BC
Who’s Performing? Half Moon Run, CloZee, DiRTY RADiO, Kytami, DJ Shub, Entangados
On-site campground
How Much? Tier 3 Weekend Pass is $175
Bonus Activities: Workshops, dance-offs, games, on-site markets 

“We take three stages of musical mastery, mind tingling workshops and place it upon a beautiful landscape sprinkled heavily with art and splendour. Then we mix it with serious dance-off competitions and ridiculous games. Next we throw in two handfuls of culinary and market-type vendors. Finally we spread it onto a thick layer of beautiful happy people and bake it in the sun for three days.” (Source Atmosphere Gathering Facebook)



10. Sunshine Music Festival


When: September 2nd – September 3rd
What: Soul music, funk music festival
Where: Palm Beach, Powell River, BC
Who’s Performing? Dawn Pemberton, En Karma, Roots Roundup, Sophia Danai
Stay: Campgrounds in Powell River, or at local hotels and inn’s
How Much? Standard Weekend Pass $55
Bonus Activities: Craft market, beach activities

“The 36th Annual Sunshine Music Festival is set to take place during Labour Day Weekend of 2017. The Festival is a celebration of music from across Canada and the world. 

Expect to see world class performances in a picturesque setting at Palm Beach Park on the waterfront. Shop at the craft market and enjoy some tasty treats from the many food vendors. Year after year, the festival gets better and better.” – (Source



(Bonus) 11. Rifflandia


When: September 14th – September 17th
What: Music festival at multiple locations across downtown Victoria
Where: Victoria, BC
Who’s Performing? Yet to be announced
Stay: Local hotels, Hostels and B&B’s
How Much? Standard Weekend Pass (early bird) $100

“This September 14-17, the tenth edition of Rifflandia Festival will transform the city of Victoria, featuring a truly diverse line-up of artists across numerous stages, all within walking distance in the city’s beautiful and historic downtown core. Stay tuned for festival announcements and updates.” – (Source Rifflandia Facebook )

Okay so we threw in one bonus festival, we just couldn’t help ourselves! Which festivals will you be attending?! Did we miss one? Share it with us in the comments below. Happy festival planning!



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