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 2017 music festivals in BC below.

Quick links: June  |  July  |  August  |  September

June Festivals

Victoria’s Ska & Reggae Festival

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When is it? June 14 – 17, 2017
Who’s performing? The Boom Booms, Tarrus Riley, Dean Fraser, Blak Soil Band, Mad Caddies, The Kints, Los Furios, and more… (full lineup)
Where is it being held: Various locations around Victoria
How much for tickets:  ~$20 per event depending on the artist
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 2, 2017
Who’s performing? Seu Jorge (tribute to David Bowie), Antibalas, Kandace Springs, Ziggy Marley (full event listings)
Where is it being held: Various locations in Vancouver (e.g. Frankie’s Jazz Club, Performance Works)
How much for tickets:  No festival passes, you’ll have to pay per performance at various venues around Vancouver. Tickets range from $22-$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

Tall Tree Music Festival

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When is it? June 23 – June 26, 2017
Who’s performing?
Tokyo Police Club, Shapeshifter NZ, East Star All Stars, Beats Antique Live, DJ Nu-Mark (full lineup)
Where is it being held: Browns Mountain, Port Renfrew, BC
How much for tickets: Festival pass: $200, Camping Pass: $60 (you can also buy single day tickets)
What to expect: local talent, no negative energy, a community event that takes place on the side of a mountain near the Juan de Fuca provincial park.
Website: https://talltreemusicfestival.com/2017


July Festivals

FVDED in the Park

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When is it? July 7-8, 2017
Who’s performing? 
The Chainsmokers, Wiz Khalifa, Partynextdoor, Dillon Francis, Ty Dolla $ign, Yellow Claw (full lineup)
Where is it being held: Holland Park, Surrey
How much for tickets: 2 day passes: $200, 1 day pass $120
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 7 – 10, 2017
Who’s performing?
The Funk Hunters, Smalltown DJs, Sango, Quantic, J. Phlip, and more (full lineup)
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 14 – 16, 2017
Who’s performing?
Barenaked Ladies, Emmylou Harris, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Bruce Cockburn, and more… (full lineup)
Where is it being held: Comox Valley Fairgrounds
How much for tickets: Day passes cost: $99 – $110
How much is camping? Camping is already sold out, so you’ll need to get a hotel or something nearby.
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 21 – 23, 2017
Who’s performing?
Deep Forest, The Boom Booms, Oka, Slocan Ramblers, Five Alarm Funk, Antidoping, and more… (full lineup)
Where is it being held: Crawford Bay, BC
How much for tickets: $70 for a day pass, or $118 for a full weekend pass
How much is camping? Not sure about camping
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 28 – 30, 2017
Who’s performing? 
Snoop Dogg, Marshmello, Schoolboy Q, Excision, Lil Dicky, Cash Cash, Peking Duk, etc… (full lineup)
Where is it being held: Kelowna, BC
How much for tickets: Tickets cost $190 for general admission (3 days)
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 2017

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When is it? July 13-16, 2017
Who’s performing? 
C.R. Avery, Barenaked Ladies, Blick Bassy, Begonia, Belle Game, Shawn Colvin, Roy Forbes, and more… (full lineup)
Where is it being held: Jericho Beach, Vancouver
How much for tickets: Adult weekend pass: $155, 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/


August Festivals

Rockin River Music Festival

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When is it? August 3 – 6, 2017
Who’s performing? 
Toby Keith, The Washboard Union, Brett Kissel, Willie Nelson & Family, Kacey Musgraves, and more (full lineup)
Where is it being held: Merritt, BC
How much for tickets: 4-day general admission: $249, 1 day access pass: $60 – $140
How much is camping? $70 – $390 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 11 – 14, 2017
Who’s performing?
Adventure Club, Mat the Alien, DJ Jazzy Jeff, A-Trak, Z-Trip, Datsik, The Funk Hunters, Bleep Bloop, and more… (full lineup)
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

Atmosphere

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When is it? August 18 – 20, 2017
Who’s performing?
Half Moon Run, CloZee, DiRTY RADiO, Kytami, DJ Shub, Entangados, Frivolour, Sabota, and more… (full lineup)
Where is it being held: Cumberland, BC
How much for tickets: $175 for general admission
Camping? Walk in tenting available for $40
What to expect: A boutique dance festival with the best of live and electronic music in the intimate west coast village of Cumberland.
Website: https://atmospheregathering.com

Ponderosa Arts & Music Festival

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When is it? August 18 – 20, 2017
Who’s performing?
Wolf Parade, Austra, Five Alarm Funk, Bear Mountain, Psychic Ills
Where is it being held: Rock Creek, BC
How much for tickets: $120+ for general admission
Camping? Camping options available for $33+ or RV site pass for $67
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

Rifflandia

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When is it? September 14 – 17
Who’s performing?
Moby, Zeds Dead, July Talk, A Tribe Called Red, Dear Rouge, Z-Trip
Where is it being held: Victoria, BC
How much for tickets: Tickets are $100 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 14 – 17
Who’s performing?
 A Tribe Called Red, Pup, Vince Staples, Hannah Georgas, Bishop Briggs, Youngblood, Dear Rouge
Where is it being held: Vancouver, BC
How much for tickets: All access wristband = $224.50, Individual shows cost ~$15 – 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, Biltmore Cabaret, and Red Truck Brewery.
Website: www.westwardfest.com

 

Bummer, these festivals are cancelled for this year:

  • Squamish Festival (we’ll never give up hope for its return)
  • Rock the Shores 2017 – postponed until 2018
  • Pemberton Music Festival – ouch, this one hurts.

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

  1. Hey, good post, love content you guys are putting out. One problem, you’re missing Legends of the Valley festival on August 23rd in Lake Cowichan! I went last year it was a really good time

  2. Pemberton is cancelled as well 🙁

  3. The Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival!

  4. Hexistential Festival in Sechelt is going to be fun. Experimental type stuff. Lightning Dust is playing…thats the electronic side-project of Black Mountain’s Josh and Amber.
    Maybe see you there?
    Theres camping too I believe.

  5. Hey there! You forgot Motion Notion in Golden, BC on August 24-28th 🙂

  6. Missing festivals: Princeton Traditional Music Festival in August; Cannafest in August, Grand Forks. Both are/were awesome!!!

  7. Also missing Wapiti Music Festival in Fernie. Just happened. Was awesome.

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