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.

  4. Nomi

    July 20th – 22nd, join ICESCREAM YOU SCREAM MUSIC FESTIVAL and celebrate their second year in the game!

    Located in the Columbia Valley 2km north of Fairmont Hot Springs, British Columbia a sought after piece of land locals and festival goers call “the point,” gives IYS and its family a place to call home every summer.

    2017 was an insane year and the IYS crew kicked off the beginning of a beautiful era with an incredible line up. In 2018 they’ve come back with an even greater vibration. With talent from far and wide, they’ve rounded up more incredible artists and creative performers like: DEFUNK, JELLYNOTE and SAMMY SENIOR… to name a few.

    Come celebrate this beautiful piece of land and cool off with ICESCREAM YOU SCREAM!

    Check out their Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/167001807355525/?ti=icl

    Tickets available at: https://www.showpass.com/icecream-you-scream-2018/

  5. Fruit Loop

    Skookum VIP Weekend passes all sold out? Wtf is this. I know you dont gotta be rich to spend $400 on a weekend pass to a music festival but I feel like it was people who know money isn’t an issue for them that scooped them all up. Lame.

  6. Paul Michal

    Wapiti Music Festival – August 10-11 in Fernie. In its eighth year, Wapiti consistently delivers the best in Canadian indie music. This year’s highlights include Wintersleep, Elliot Brood, Shred Kelly and My Son the Hurricane.