OK! It is officially the mid-point of summer. It is officially time to scrunch all 8 months of summer dreaming into the always down to party running around flailing in fields best friends of the year months of July and August. If your winter dreams include big skies accompanied by acoustic guitar, dancing barefoot like a pirate to accordions, eating from food trucks and car trunks, setting up tents at dusk, sipping sweet Wells scotch, and walking beneath big owl heads on stilts, look no further than some of the stunning summer music festivals of northern/central BC. This list is not exhaustive but will get the ball rolling!
Midsummer Music Festival – Smithers BC, July 3/4/5
Local favs: Black Spruce Bog, Rachelle Van Zanten, Miss Quincy & The Showdown
From afar: Pick a Piper, Adrian Glynn & Fringe Percussion, Napoleon Skywalker
Arts on The Fly – Horesfly BC, July 10-11
Home town legends: Pharis & Jason Romero, Bernadette Ducharme, Marin Patenaude, Little Horsefly Country Band
Must see: Sam Tudor, Sober Becky, Blocktreat, Dawn Pemberton, Power Duo
Atlin Arts & Music Festival - Atlin BC, July 10th-11
Holy macaroni: Ian Tyson, Death, Dana Sipos, Soda Pony
Visual Art: Jeanine Baker, Emma Barr, Mary Beattie
Willow River Daze – Willow River BC, July 11th
Black Spruce Bog! And best Chili making contest! CHILI!!
Prince George 100th Anniversary Celebration Lheidli T'enneh Park July 17 - Prince George BC
Music in a Park:The Pucks! Black Spruce Bog!
Pucks and Bogs ! OMG Canada.
Canolafest - Taylor BC, July 18th
Headliner: The Roadhammers – Juno nominated country
Local Favs: Lorissa Scriven, Folky Strum Strum, CC Brooks and The Dog Pony Show
Bella Cool Music Festival - Bella Coola BC, July 18th/19th
Oh me oh my: Fred Penner, Barney Bentall, Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, Logan Staats, CR Avery, Miss Quincy & The Showdown
Grassy Plains Music Festival - Grassy Plains BC, July 17th-18th
PG Proud: Kym Gouchie, Black Spruce Bog
Hootstock Music Festival – Forest Grove BC, July 24-25
Must see: Winona Wilde, Twin Peaks, Joey Only, Red Haven, Doug Koyama, The Grid Pickers, Dead Body Juice
Stomping around dancing bands: Saturn Alien, Tax Free Liquor, Devil In The Woodshack, Folky Strum Strum
Artswells Festival of All Things Art – Wells BC, July 31-July2
You may have heard of: The Wooden Sky, Rodney DeCroo, Copilots, Sarah Burton
BC Favs: Bend Sinister, Colin Cowan & The Elastic Stars, Kym Gouchie, Navaz, The Chimney Swallows, Twin Peaks
Robson Valley Music Festival – Dunster BC, August 14-15
Check Out: Compassion Gorilla, Buckman Coe, Quique Escamilla, Old Time Honey
If you missed them earlier: Twin Peaks, Black Spruce Bog, Dead Body Juice
Music on The Mountain – Fort St James BC, August 21-23
Say goodbye to summer with: Drum & Bell Tower, Liz Stringer, Annie Becker, Barefoot Caravan, Dave Soroka, Devon Cayote, Dido Ne Drum & Dance