Summer is here and festival season is among us. There’s an epic selection of music festivals to choose from, and they are guaranteed to be the highlight of your summer. Whether you’ve attended festivals before or you’re a first time goer, whether you’re into electronic dance music or country, there’s something for everyone this summer.
Badlands Music Festival
July 4 – 14, 2019
Badlands Music Festival is part of Calgary Stampede 2019, an annual rodeo, exhibition, and festival held in Calgary. That means that aside from listening to great live music, you can also experience the world’s richest tournament style rodeo while you’re in the city. Headliners include Kascade, RL Grime, Tiësto, Tim Hicks, and Gord Bamford.
July 19-28, 2019
One of Edmonton’s most prominent festivals, this event offers rides, games, music, food, and adventure – there’s something for everyone at K-Days. If rides and games aren’t enough to leave you excited and wanting more, maybe the parade of full brass bands, beautiful floats, and fireworks will do the trick. Headliners include The Offspring, Dillion Francis, Lil Mosey, AJR, Kip Moore, Bush, and T-Pain.
July 26-27, 2019
With a long history of successful rock shows in Alberta, Chaos AB is a must for all the rock and metal fans out there. Alberta’s newest rock festival is headlined by Disturbed, Slayer, Rob Zombie, and Marilyn Manson. If you want to live the ultimate rock experience in the province’s capital, this is the festival for you.
August 3-4, 2019
There’s a reason why this two-day festival is the largest EDM event in western Canada, and why over 35,000 fans are expected to attend this year. With over 20 DJs across 3 stages, Chasing Summer is the perfect way to celebrate summer. The stacked lineup includes headliners like The Chainsmokers, Above & Beyond, Steve Aoki and Alesso.
Edmonton Folk Festival
August 8-11, 2019
Since it started in 1980, Edmonton Folk Festival has been a renowned event. Set in the lush river valley with the city skyline as its backdrop, this is the festival for listening to good music and connecting with friends. This years performers include Amanda Shires, Andrea House and Mitch Watkins, Andy White, and so many more!
Devon & Edmonton, AB
EPCOR Riverfest is taking place at two beautiful parks, Devon’s Voyageur Park and Edmonton’s Laurier Park. Celebrate the river valley park system at EPCOR RiverFest by floating on the river in a raft, canoe, and more. After the float, continue the summer adventures with outdoor activities like cycling, hiking and paddling.
August 15-18, 2019
Extreme Mudfest is an event like no other, this four-day mud and music festival has nightly performers, a softball tournament, an Extreme MudRun, and a variety of mud racing and truck demolition. With on-site camping options, and a pavilion to keep the party going after the concerts end, this festival is guaranteed to be a good time. The lineup includes Default, Tim Hicks, Andrew Hyatt, and Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion.
FVDED In The Park
July 5-6, 2019
Though Surrey isn’t necessarily on a spot cropping up on major city lists, it should be, and it probably will be soon. It’s the second-largest city by population in British Columbia, and home to world class reserves, digital art centres, beaches, and galleries. If you’re interested in seeing some of the biggest acts in the industry like Khalid, ZEDD, and Tory Lanez, while visiting a city where there’s a mixture of parks, culture, and everything in between, then FVDED In The Park is the festival for you.
Squamish Constellation Festival
July 26-29, 2019
If you’re looking for an excuse to travel to one of the most beautiful settings in Canada, how about a festival with exceptionally curated music, art installations, and local craft beverages? Squamish Constellation Festival, located in a city dubbed as the Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada, is the festival to attend if you want to listen to great music and explore a city with beautiful scenery. Headliners include Jessie Reyez, Bahamas, Serena Ryder, Half Moon Run, A Tribe Called Red, and Wintersleep.
Rockin’ River Music Fest
August 1-4 ,2019
Rockin’ River Music Fest, located in Merrit, BC – also known as the ‘Country Music Capital of Canada,’ is the ultimate festival for all of the country fans out there. This family-owned and operated country music festival has six campgrounds where fans can stay on site and experience fun summer activities like swimming, biking local trails, and taking day trips on horseback. Lineup includes Jason Aldean, Brothers Osborne, Old Dominion, Maren Morris, and Kane Brown.
Winnipeg Folk Festival
If you want to visit a festival where you can enjoy the outdoors, relax, and discover new artists, then you should definitely attend Winnipeg Folk Festival. Known for its welcoming and relaxed atmosphere, with nine stages, and over 75 artists performing across genres, this festival is a unique experience you won’t want to miss.