Music Festivals

There’s nothing like a really good outdoor music festival, to have you fall in love with the great outdoors, live music and getting to know people that share the same love. Here’s some of our favorite festivals. Be sure to visit their websites and/or Facebook pages for more info and ticket details – direct links to their websites are included in the festival name.

Mount Baker R&B Festival 

Going for over 22 years, just over the border at the Deming Logging Grounds, this is one of the funnest and friendliest of blues festivals with a bit of rock thrown in, usually on Saturday night. Lloyd & Marsha bring a special flair to the festival scene with the relationships they’ve made with some great musicians, volunteers and of course, the festival goers. Be sure to check it out!

Not to be missed – great camping too!


Nanaimo Music Festival

The Nanaimo Music Festival started in 2011 and is held the 3rd weekend of August. It’s a great 3 day festival held on Vancouver Island held in downtown Nanaimo at the beautiful Maffeo Sutton Park, right on the waterfront. Classed as “Boutique Blues Festival of Choice” they have been bringing first class acts to the area attracting blues fans from far and wide. The festival features many local acts as well as some well known international artists.

This year the line-up is an incredible mix of first class blues artists you don’t want to miss. Featuring Walter Trout, Ana Popovic, Mr. Sipp, Brandon Santini, Powder Blues, Crystal Shawanda, Tsa Cru, Sue Foley, Eric Gales, David Gogo…. the list goes on….

Each night after the festival, the Queens Hotel is the place to be where many of the artists that played that day congregate to jam creating some great sounds and memorable moments. The dance floor is always packed, so be sure to get there early.

Here’s a video of the making of the 2018 poster:


Mission Folk Music Festival

Staged in one of BC’s loveliest parks, overlooking the Fraser River, the Mission Folk Music Festival presents a festival renowned for its mix of accessibility and easy-going comfort, affordability and small-town friendliness, shaded day stages and some of the finest folk, world, roots, blues and brilliantly “un-categorizable” music from across Canada and around the world.


Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival

Heading into it’s 27th year, the Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES festival long ago established itself as one of the summer destination spots for fans and lovers of music ranging from Blues to Bluegrass, Celtic to Cuban and Americana to Afro-beat.

From humble beginnings of stand alone folk shows in Salmon Arm community halls, ROOTSandBLUES grew into a major western Canadian outdoor event that has played host to patrons from all over western Canada and the Pacific North West.

Enjoy music from Thursday to Sunday, with great camping right across the road from the festival grounds. This year artists include: Ruthie Foster, Lil’ Jimmy Reed, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, Sue Foley, Jack de Keyzer, Al Lerman, Jack Semple, Valdy and many others. Full line-up announced in June.