Kootenay Festival Tour
photo by Keya White
June 24-25 Revelstoke Music Festival
Set in Revelstoke, this two-day two-stage festival features rock, funk, world and ska. Last year’s highlights included bands like Econoline Crush, Wassabi Collective, Shane Philip, Earthbound, and Turtle Mountain, to name a few. Beer gardens, vendors and camping are available on the festival grounds. $80, early bird and day pricing available. www.revfest.ca.
July 15-17 Nakusp Music Fest
This festival is all about rock and roll. Set on Upper Arrow Lake with two stages highlighting Honeymoon Suite, Spirit of the West, Kevin Costner & Modern West, Grapes of Wrath, Soul Asylum and The Doobie Brothers. Includes family programming, beer gardens, camping and vendors available, $225, early bird, day and VIP passes available. www.naksupmusicfest.ca
July 15-17 Starbelly Jam Music Festival
Nestled in Crawford Bay Park along Kootenay Lake, Starbelly is a special festival with music from around the world. Two stages, an eclectic lineup, full children’s schedule, workshops, and food, craft and other vendors available at the festival grounds. $95, with early bird, senior, youth and day pass pricing. www.starbellyjam.org
July 21-23 Creston Valley Fest
This annual event in Creston at the Mountain Park Resort features live entertainment, battle of the bands, beer gardens, 50/50 draw, a food concession, and vendors. $60, advance and day tickets are available. www.mountainprk.com/events.html
July 22-23 Littlefest
A little longer this year, beginning Friday evening and continuing through Saturday night highlighting alt-roots and indie music. Set in the Slocan Valley, this festival got its name because it’s little - maximum attendance of 500. $80, with advance and day pricing. www. littlefest.ca
July 29-31 Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival
This family-friendly festival provides a natural amphitheater surrounded by pristine wilderness with performances set on a floating stage off Kootenay Lake. To celebrate its 20th year, the festival is featuring Dan Mangan, Delhi 2 Dublin,David Gogo, Mark Hummel & the Blues Survivors, Paul Peress, Jim Byrnes and Mr. Something Something. $123, day tickets available. www.kaslojazzfest.com
August 5-8 Shambhala Music Festival
Shambhala, a celebration of music, art and life, is held on the Salmo River Ranch with six stages and is known for featuring the best in up and coming electronic music talent e. Operating since 1998, the festival is now a 12,000 people “city” and recently won Best Large Event at the prestigious Breakspoll Awards. $260, all early bird tickets sold out. Early entry available. www.shambhalamusicfestival.com
August 5-6 Kimberley Music Festival
A family-oriented event with a variety of entertainment, food and vendors, this festival is a “rock band extravaganza” highlighting bands from the Kootenays and more. Details will be announced as the date approaches, $20 per person call 250-427-7145 for details.
August 13-14 Elko Festival
Just 20 minutes from Fernie, this festival includes music, humour, poetry and storytellers with afternoon and evening performances at the Community Hall. High Feast dinner, pancake breakfast, Cowboy Church and Black Powder Shoot along with children’s programming available. $28, call 250-529-7418 for details.
August 19-20 Wapiti
Wapiti – Fernie’s Music Festival is organized by The Fernie Music Festival Society, a non-profit society created just for this purpose and made up of a group of Fernie people that love their town, music and music festivals. Preparations are underway for this alt-rock, indie music festival with a launch party set for May 13 to release the official lineup. Tickets are $40, early bird and day pricing available. www.ferniemusic.com