Revelstoke Mountaineer regional summer festival guide

Here's our guide to the best local festivals in the B.C. Southern Interior. Get out there this summer!

The Bass Coast festival. Photo: contributed

This summer make a plan to head to one of the amazing musical festivals around B.C., your one stop shop for singing, sunshine and scenic views. Can’t decide which festival is right for you? Check out our festival guide for what you need to know about what’s going on in our area.

Bass Coast Music Festival

July 7–10 in Merritt, B.C.

Arrive with an open mind to Bass Coast; performances are curated to introduce the audience to new things. While the sound at Bass Coast is predominantly electronic there is literally something for everyone at this intimate music festival: workshops on movement to astrology, cooking classes, yoga and mediation and of course amazing beats!

The ninth year of the festival brings several artists to the line up including; B. Bravo, Egoless, Loofah and Moresounds.

Tickets: Sold out.

Motion Notion. Photo: Third Eye Arts

Motion Notion

August 24—28 in Golden, B.C.

Motion Notion has always been a festival located off the beaten path. An exploration of nature, art and electronic music located at the majestic Beaverfoot Lodge festival grounds. Spend the weekend camping along side the river, making new friends while listening to headliners Datsik, Avalon, Koan Sound and Dirty Phonics or try your hand at creating a dreamcatcher, enjoying a couple’s massage or learning to hula hoop.

Tickets: Early Entry Pass: Thursday – Monday $299

Weekend Pass: Friday – Monday $269

Summer Stomp & Burnout

July 20—23 in Sicamous, B.C.

Calling all gear heads! this festival is for you! Sunny Sicamous is the location for this event which features rock ’n’ roll, motorcycle games and stunts, wet T-shirt competitions and tattoo booths. Adults only are privy to the musical stylings of Lee Aaron, The Stampeders and the Wild! But be sure to bring the whole family by for the free family event held on Main Street on Friday and Saturday

Tickets: Weekend pass (including tent camping) $100, Friday or Saturday pass $60

Photo: KAMP Festival

KAMP Festival

June 30—July 3 in Kootenays, B.C.

The KAMP Festival is a summer camp for adults! The environment created encourages self expression, inspiration for personal growth and self awareness. Nestled on the edge of the Kootenay Mountains in B.C. at the Whatshan Lake Retreat Centre this festival boasts dozens of activities categorized by Arts & Crafts, Movement & Play, Music & Media and Knowledge & Skills.

Featured artists in the lineup include DUB FX, Big Wild, Humans and Witches Brew.

Tickets: Full Weekend pass $280 if bought before May 31, $320 after June 1

Merritt Rockin’ River Fest

August 3—6 in Merritt, B.C.

Pull out your plaid, your cutoffs and your cowboy boots. Fuel up that lifted Chevy shortbox. You’re going to need them all at B.C.’s premier country music festival in the country music capital of Canada. Mechanical bull riding, human foosball and a beach stage are reason enough to spend your long weekend attending this outdoor honky tonk! Then factor in an all star line up including Toby Keith, The Band Perry, Brett Kissel and Willie Nelson and you’ve got one heck of a show.

Tickets: General Admission: $249 (excluding camping), $139 one day pass

Photo: Kaslo Jazz Festival

Kaslo Jazz Etc. Summer Music Festival

August 4—6, Kaslo Bay Park, B.C.

The 25th anniversary of this intimate and laid-back musical festival promises to be a good one! A medley of blues, jazz, Latin, folk, world music and much more will take to the infamous Kaslo Bay Floating stage regarded by USA Today as one of the “Top Ten Places to get outdoors and be in tune.” Dance in the sand, swim around the stage or relax in the grass while listening to performers including Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Jerry Cans and Fred Penner.

Tickets: Advance Weekend Pass $195 incl. tax

Photo: Shambhala

Shambhala Music Festival

August 11—14 at the Salmo River Ranch, B.C.

No festival guide would be complete without including Canada’s premier electronic music festival. Celebrating its 20th anniversary Shambhala draws a crowd of about 10,000 people annually to this 500-acre farm outside of Nelson.

Immerse yourself in the celebration of amazing art, music and organic food in one of the most beautiful festival venues of the world and be adopted into this energetic crowd as one of the “farmily.”

Dance and be free while listening to The Orb, Datsik and Adventure Club on six unique stages all with their own style and flair.

Tickets: Sold out.

Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival

August 17—20 in Salmon Arm, B.C.

The Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival prides itself on providing world class, culturally diverse music from blues, bluegrass, Celtic, Cuban to Afro-beat to an inclusive and multi generational audience.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with a line up including Dylan Menzie, DJ Shub and Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, the festival continues to focus on tying incredible music with culinary delights from an international food village, a zone for children, tranquil camping and an artisan market place featuring Canadian made goods.

Tickets: Gate Price $189 for Weekend Pass

This story first appeared in the June issue of the print Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine.