The arrival of warm weather signals the beginning of music festivals all over the country. The tripcentral.ca team has put together a list of the top ten upcoming Canadian outdoor music festivals. Whether you like country music or hard rock, we’ve got you covered! So grab your sunscreen and get ready to have a good time. All that’s left to do is book your flight and hotel– and we’ve got that covered too!
10. Craven Country Jamboree
For the past 30 years, Saskatchewan’s beautiful Qu’Appelle Valley has been home to this country music festival, running for four days in July. In addition to the music, there are other activities to participate in. Karaoke, bull-riding, and hypnosis, anyone?
Where: Craven, Saskatchewan
When: July 11-14
Highlights: Tim McGraw, Dixie Chicks, Scotty McCreery
9. Rockin’ the Fields of Minnedosa
This non-profit effort has resulted in 10 years of rock and roll. In between your favourite acts you can golf, fish, or relax on the beach.
Where: Minnedosa, Manitoba
When: August 2-4
Highlights: Theory of a Deadman, The Trews, Monster Truck
8. Winnipeg Folk Fest
Over 80,000 attendees are present during this festival. For their 40th anniversary, there will also be an array of events taking place.
Where: Winnipeg, Manitoba
When: July 10-14
Highlights: City and Colour, Serena Ryder, Whitehorse
7. Edmonton Folk Fest
The festival takes place in downtown Gallagher Park and is organized by a not-for-profit society who works to bring you the best in folk music.
Where: Edmonton, Alberta
When: August 8-11
Highlights: Feist, Rosanne Cash, Bruce Cockburn
The second annual VELD festival takes place in August at Downsview Park. Over 30 electronic dance music acts will perform to an enthusiastic crowd.
Where: Toronto, Ontario
When: August 3-4
Highlights: Steve Aoki, Deadmau5, Steve Angello
The Calgary Stampede welcomes more than 700,000 guests each year, many of whom are gearing up to see the concerts lined-up, among the many other activities.
Where: Calgary, Alberta
When: July 5-14
Highlights: Carly Rae Jepson, KISS, Tim McGraw
4. Boots and Hearts Festival
This festival boasts an impressive line-up of over 30 country music bands, making it the largest Canadian country music festival.
Where: Bowmanville, Ontario
When: August 1-4
Highlights: Jason Alden, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry
Started in 2006, this festival hosts over 100 fan-favourites on the picturesque Ile Ste-Hélène.
Where: Montreal, Quebec
When: August 2-4
Highlights: Ben Howard, Ellie Goulding, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
This festival showcases both local and international talent in many musical styles. It’s the event of the summer, spanning over ten days and bringing together energetic crowds in Canada’s capital.
Where: Ottawa, Ontario
When: July 4-14
Highlights: RUSH, Alice in Chains, The Black Keys
1. The Festival d’été de Québec
With 1.5 million attendees, 12 stages, and an exhaustive line-up of performers from every genre, this festival is not to be missed! Quebec City hosts almost 200 successful artists in addition to other talented performers, such as stilt-walkers and acrobats, and numerous activities for children.
Where: Quebec City, Quebec
When: July 4-14
Highlights: Bruno Mars, Carly Rae Jepson, Down with Webster
Tickets for most of these festivals are still available! They only happen once a year, so whether you head to the events in your city or venture across Canada, you’ll be sure to have a summer to remember! To arrange transportation and accommodation, visit our website.