Gatherings are back in southeastern British Columbia this summer and fall. Find a music festival or fun community event to plan your next north-of-the-border adventure around!
June 2-4: Sunfest in Castlegar. This annual community celebration typically includes live music, food and merchandise vendors, a parade and other entertainment.
July 21-24: Shambhala Music Festival, Salmo. A long-running celebration of electronic music and culture. The popular event reportedly transforms into the largest city in the region for five days each July.
August 4-6: Kaslo Jazz Fest, Kaslo. This laid-back world-class music festival featuring jazz, blues, folk, and world music has attracted big names and talented emerging artists since 1992. The floating stage and astounding acoustics turns Kaslo Bay Park into a natural amphitheater. Join other festival goers dancing in the sand, swimming or paddling around the stage, or relaxing in the grass.
August 11-12: Wapiti Music Festival, Fernie. An annual indie music festival amidst Fernie’s stunning mountain scenery. Stay for a while and ride and hike the amazing local trails.
August 26-September 4: FishOut Derby, Castlegar. Come fish for invasive walleye and northern pike for a chance to win prizes, including a $1,000 grand prize.
September 9-16: Kootenay Beer Week. Events in celebration of regional craft beer will take place in various communities across the West Kootenay.
September 15-16: Between the Peaks Music Festival at RED Mountain Resort in Rossland. A new festival at the base of RED hosting a variety of Canadian, international, and local acts on multiple outdoor stages, plus food, beer and cider, and easy access to Rossland’s killer bike trails.
September 16: Kootenay Beer Festival, Nelson. A capstone event to Kootenay Beer Week, which runs from Sept 9-16.
September 23: Great Canadian Beer Festival on Tour in Cranbrook. Canada’s oldest beer festival lands in Cranbrook. Presented by BC Ale Trail, craft beer lovers can enjoy delicious brews sourced from coast to coast at Belmont Park from 12-5 p.m. (OTO) //