There’s nothing like a really good outdoor music festival, to fall in love with the great outdoors, live music and getting to know people that share the same passion and fun. Here’s some favorite festivals in the west. Visit their websites and Facebook pages for more info and ticket details – direct links to their website is accessible by clicking on their festival name and poster.
Get ready for the 2022 Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival, July 21 – 24 in Fort Langley, BC.
Featuring a Friday Night All-Star Blues Show, 6 – 10 pm at the Historical Fort, this festival gives Blues Lovers a place to enjoy live blues music close to home. Four bands to hear in 2022 on the feature night:
Sue Foley, Brent Parkin, The Mojo Stars & Terminal Station.
In 2022, the Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival has its largest free programming in its history. You’ll enjoy six outdoor stages over the weekend of July 23 & 24. Another fab blues act to catch is the Laurie Morvan Band from California, playing Sat., July 23 @ 4 pm on the Fort Langley Community Hall stage.
Staged in one of BC’s loveliest parks – Heritage Park, 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. There’s shaded day stages and some of the finest folk, world, roots, blues and brilliantly “un-categorizable” music from across Canada and around the world. Always looking for folk to help, consider volunteering to make this festival happen. On-site camping is limited but always a pleasure if you’re one of the lucky ones!
For 25 years, just over the border of Washington state, at the Deming Logging Grounds, you’ll find one of the funnest and friendliest blues festivals – Mount Baker Rhythm & Blues. Lloyd & Marsha bring a special flair to the festival scene with the relationships they’ve made with many well-known musicians, volunteers and of course, the festival goers. Be sure to check it out!
Not to be missed – great camping too!
Look for our banner along the fence.
The Nanaimo Music Festival started in 2011 and is a great 3 day festival on Vancouver Island. It’s stage is set 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.
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.
Heading into it’s 30th 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.
A full week of blues workshops, concerts and special events culminates in 4 days & nights of non-stop music on MainStage, followed by the Twilight Blues dance parties! Bring your family down to Shaw Millennium Park to enjoy world class music, our colourful arts market, delicious cuisine by local food trucks, cool beverages by Last Best Brewery & Distillery, and get your festival souvenirs signed by artists in the merchandise tent! Sit in the shade in our giant tent, lay your blanket on the grass and enjoy the sunshine… and bring your dancing shoes!
Since 1999, the Edmonton Blues Festival has been in full swing. Cam Hayden, the founder, has been involved in the music industry for most of his career and out of it blossomed this incredible festival held every August in Hawrelak Park. They’ve attracted many big names in the Blues scene and the Amphitheatre is perfect for listening to live music outdoors. A beautiful spot surrounded by water.
Rumour has it that the city of Edmonton will be closing the part for 3 years, beginning 2023, so this may be your last chance to attend for a while (unless they find a new home for the next couple of years).
Twenty-three years of delivering the blues is pretty stellar. We hope you get the opportunity to check out this great Canadian festival!