Whether you’re into drug-induced daytime dance parties, laid-back rock vibes, beach blankets and picnics with a side of music, or epic EDM energy, there’s a summer music festival in BC with your name on it. BC has got a lot to offer in the terms of music festivals. We’ve worked out a list of all the music festivals in BC to give you the details, ticket info, and a preview of the lineup for each one.

No matter what kind of music you’re into, there’s a music festival ready for you! Check out our full list of 2018 music festivals in BC below.

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June Festivals

Breakout Festival 2018

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When is it? June 9-10, 2018
Who’s performing? Migos, Tory Lanez, 6lack, Lil Pump, A-Boogie wit da hoodie, Pressa, Ski Mask the Slump God, and more… (full lineup)
Where is it being held: PNE Amphitheatre, Vancouver, BC
How much for tickets:  $99-150 for 2 day pass
How much is camping? No camping.
What to expect: Vancouver’s first outdoor hip-hop and R&B festival taking place at the PNE Amphitheatre for two days of world-class acts and DJ sets.
Website: https://www.breakout-festival.com

Victoria’s Ska & Reggae Festival

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When is it? June 20 – 24, 2018
Who’s performing? The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Ozomatli, Panteon Rococo, Freddie McGregor, and many more…(full lineup)
Where is it being held: Various locations around Victoria
How much for tickets:  $149.50 for a full festival pass, $64.50 for the weekend shows
How much is camping? No camping.
What to expect: A diverse mix of ska and reggae acts in various venues around Victoria to keep you dancing all night.
Website: https://victoriaskafest.ca

Vancouver International Jazz Festival

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When is it? June 22 – July 1, 2018
Who’s performing? Kamasi Washington, Macy Gray, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, and more. (full event listings)
Where is it being held: Various locations in Vancouver (e.g. Pyatt Hall, Vogue Theatre, Queen Elizabeth Theatre)
How much for tickets: No festival passes, you’ll have to pay per performance at various venues around Vancouver. Tickets range from $34-$50. A lot of free events outdoors in public places as well.
How much is camping? No camping.
What to expect: The smooth sounds of jazz.
Website: http://www.coastaljazz.ca


July Festivals

FVDED in the Park

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When is it? July 6-7, 2018
Who’s performing?
Future, Kygo, Kaskade, Ferg, Kehlani, Illenium, AC Slater, Graves, and more (full lineup)
Where is it being held: Holland Park, Surrey
How much for tickets: 2 day passes: $200 (Tier 2) and $220 (Tier 3)
How much is camping? No camping
What to expect: A popular festival in the middle of the city with a stacked lineup of amazing DJs, rappers, and those in between.
Website: http://fvdedinthepark.com

Basscoast

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When is it? July 6 – 9, 2018
Who’s performing?
Lineup to be announced soon.
Where is it being held: Merritt, BC
How much for tickets: Tickets are already sold out, so time to start scouring Craigslist. Read through this to make sure you’re getting a legit ticket: https://basscoast.tickit.ca/transfers 
How much is camping? Included in your ticket or splurge for $800 or $1000 for luxury tents, $1500+ for cabins.
Who should go: People who like electronic music, psychedelics, dancing, smaller festival settings, local DJs, good times and art.
Website: http://basscoast.ca

Vancouver Island Musicfest

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When is it? July 13 – 15, 2018
Who’s performing?
Passenger, Ry Cooder, Walk Off the Earth, Al Lerman, Blaine Dunaway Quintet, and more… (full lineup)
Where is it being held: Comox Valley Fairgrounds
How much for tickets: Day passes cost: $99 – $110, weekend pass for $195 online or $220 (gate price)
How much is camping? Camping passes are still available on a pastoral acreage bordering the forested banks of the Tsolum River. (info)
What to expect: An intimate musical experiences in a natural setting on the Island that’ll give you the feeling that “everything’s gonna be alright”
Website: http://www.islandmusicfest.com

Starbelly Jam Music Festival

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When is it? July 20 – 22, 2018
Who’s performing?
My Son the Hurricane, After Funk, Begonia, Declan O’Donovan, Heavy Airship, iskwe, and more… (full lineup)
Where is it being held: Crawford Bay, BC
How much for tickets: $75 for a day pass, or $125 for a full weekend pass
How much is camping? No official camping information. Check Google for nearby camping sites.
What to expect: A laid back festival put on by a community-minded group of volunteers with great food, great people, lots of happy kids, and room to play.
Website: https://starbellyjam.org

Centre of Gravity

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When is it? July 27 – 29, 2018
Who’s performing?
Wu-Tang Clan (including Method Man, RZA, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and more), Zedd, French Montana, Keys N Krates, and more.
Where is it being held: Kelowna, BC
How much for tickets: General admission passes will start at $149.95
How much is camping? No camping
What to expect: Not just a music festival, this beach party in Kelowna features tons of DJs, musicians, sports (volleyball, wakeboarding, skateboarding, BMX) and lots of other fun stuff.
Website: http://centerofgravity.ca

Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2018

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When is it? July 13-15, 2018
Who’s performing?
Ry Cooder, Neko Case, Darlingside, Iskwe, So de Madera, more to come… (full lineup)
Where is it being held: Jericho Beach, Vancouver
How much for tickets: Adult weekend pass: $155, Day tickets: $60-80, Student: $125
How much is camping? No camping.
What to expect: Folk music, a beautiful setting (amazing sunsets), a really good craft market, laid back vibes.
Website: http://thefestival.bc.ca/

Rock the Shores

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When is it? July 13-15, 2018
Who’s performing?
Full lineup to be announced soon…
Where is it being held: Colwood, BC
How much for tickets: $109 for General Admission, $209 for VIP
How much is camping? No camping information available yet.
What to expect: A good ol’ rock n’ roll festival in Colwood, BC. Back from its 2017 hiatus and ready to rock!
Website: http://rocktheshores.com

Phillips Backyard Weekender

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When is it? July 20-22, 2018
Who’s performing?
The Revolution, Reggie Watts, Keys N Krates, Kelis, Too many Zooz, !!! and more… (Full lineup)
Where is it being held: The Phillips Backyard (2010 Government Street, Victoria, BC)
How much for tickets: $107 for a full weekend pass, $40 fora single day ticket
How much is camping? No camping.
What to expect: A fun music festival at the backyard of the Phillips Brewery. Beer and beats, what could be better?
Website: http://backyardweekender.com/


August Festivals

Rockin River Music Festival

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When is it? August 2 – 5, 2018
Who’s performing?
Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Dallas Smith, Joe Nichols, Luke Combs, Meghan Patrick, and more… (full lineup)
Where is it being held: Merritt, BC
How much for tickets: 4-day general admission: $285, 1 day access pass: $60 – $140
How much is camping? $70 – $262 depending on how long you’re staying
What to expect: Remember the Merrit Mountain Music Festival? Expect something similar with country music, cowboy hats, short shorts, and lazing by the river…
Website: https://rockinriverfest.com

Shambhala

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When is it? August 10 – 13, 2018
Who’s performing?
Claude VonStroke, Feed Me, Justin Martin, Destructo, Snails, Malaa, Gramatik, REZZ, The Glitch Mob, Mr. Carmack, Boombox Cartel, Brasstracks and much more!
Where is it being held: Salmo River Ranch, BC (near Nelson)
How much for tickets: Tickets sold out in mere minutes, so time to start scouring Craigslist.
What to expect: A dreamy, nature-loving oasis in the middle of BC, all-night dance parties, amazing costumes, chilling by the river, drug induced dancing, lazers, and lots of fun. Life changing.
Website: http://www.shambhalamusicfestival.com

Cumberland Wild

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When is it? August 18 – 19, 2018
Who’s performing?
Elliott Brood, Defunk, Five Alarm Funk, Bend Sinister, The Pack AD, Kitty and the Rooster, and more… (full lineup)
Where is it being held: Cumberland, BC
How much for tickets: $135 for general admission
Camping? Walk in tenting available for $40
What to expect: A two-day, two-stage music festival in the heart of Cumberland Village. A festival that brings that gritty hometown feel, world-class talent, and a legendary village.
Website: https://cumberlandwild.com/

Ponderosa Arts & Music Festival

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When is it? August 17 – 18, 2018
Who’s performing?
Full lineup announcement on May 11, 2018.
Where is it being held: Rock Creek, BC
How much for tickets: $239 for 3-day festival pass
Camping? Camping options available for $33+ or RV site pass for $109
What to expect: A unique festival in a breathtaking setting next to the Kettle Valley River, which most people spend the day tubing down between musical acts
Website: http://www.ponderosafestival.com


September Festivals

SKOOKUM Festival

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When is it? September 7 – 9, 2018
Who’s performing?
The Killers, Florence + The Machine, Metric, Arkells, The War on Drugs, St. Vincent, Mother Mother, Chromeo, Greata Van Fleet, and a whole lot more… (full lineup)
Where is it being held: Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC
How much for tickets: Passes are $320
How much is camping? No camping.
What to expect: With the loss of Squamish & Pemberton Music Festivals, Vancouver was lacking a big-name festival. Now, SKOOKUM has stepped up to the plate to offer amazing acts, entertainment, and more – in the centre of the city.
Website: www.skookumfestival.com

Rifflandia

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When is it? September 13 – 16, 2018
Who’s performing?
Full lineup not released yet.
Where is it being held: Victoria, BC
How much for tickets: Tickets are $125 for earlybird
How much is camping? No camping.
What to expect: Victoria residents know how to party. More laid back and fun than other festivals. Good way to end off the summer with a BANG!
Website: http://rifflandia.com

Westward Music Festival

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When is it? September 13- 16, 2018
Who’s performing?
 Blood Orange, Kali Uchis, Rhye, Poppy, Angel Olsen, Honne, Kelela, Metz, and more… (full lineup)
Where is it being held: Vancouver, BC
How much for tickets: All access wristband = $150.00, Individual shows cost ~$18 – 30
How much is camping? No camping.
What to expect: A new music festival in the heart of Vancouver taking place across 15 live music events with multi-genre lin-ups at venues including the Vogue Theatre, Biltmore Cabaret, and Fortune Sound Club.
Website: www.westwardfest.com

 

Bummer, these festivals are cancelled for this year:

  • Tall Tree Music Festival (On hiatus for 2018)
  • Atmosphere Music Festival (replaced with Cumberland Wild)
  • Squamish Festival (check out SKOOKUM for a replacement)
  • Pemberton Music Festival – (maybe one year it’ll come back…)

Are we missing any music festivals? Let us know in the comment section!

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  1. Bev James

    July 6 – 15 – Harrison Festival of the Arts with Buffy St. Marie, Chilliwack, Shane Koyczen – beautiful lakeside setting; dance on the beach; 40th anniversary!!!

    July 20 – 22 – Mission Folk Music Festival – overlooks the Fraser Valley, family friendly, camping, 30 years of great music!

  2. Meghan

    2 Rivers Remix
    May 18-19 in Lytton, BC

    (from the Georgia Straight):

    Q’emcín 2 Rivers Remix (2RMX) is a FREE 2-day outdoor feast of contemporary Indigenous music and culture hosted by the Nlka’pamux nation and the Village of Lytton May 18-19, 2018. 2RMX will showcase more than 18 original Indigenous musical artists including headliner ISKWÉ, the soulful 2018 Juno-nominated Cree/Dené Trip-Hop Artist (based in Hamilton, Ontario) and special guest TA’KAIYA BLANEY, 16 year-old Tla’Amin Singer/Songwriter/Activist who won Best Music Video at the 2017 American Indian Film Festival.

  3. Darlene J Glennie

    Coombs blue grass festival Aug 3,4,5 (C.H.R.C.O.) on Vancouver island.