Music, dancing, dust, beer, food trucks, a bad burn and a lost iPhone – no summer is complete without attending a music festival. The Kootenays is home to many music/art festivals and while each one is unique, they all have the following in common: incredible talent, delicious food, locally brewed beer, fresh air, a mountain setting, and a creek/river or lake for cooling off…. there really is no better place to enjoy music.
Here’s a round-up of what is still upcoming this season:
Wapiti Festival in Fernie BC, August 12-13
Wapiti is an indie music and visual art festival held in beautiful Fernie BC. The festival features well-known and emerging indie artists including Shred Kelly, Yukon Blond, Terra Lightfoot and Bear Mountain. The festival also promises to be a feast for the eyes with 15 artists contributing to an art expo and a Wonderwalk – storytelling through illustration, featuring artist Brina Schenk.
Golden Music Festival – August 19-20
Imagine being in a natural amphitheatre, a small valley at the foot of tall mountains. This is Golden BC, a perfect place to hear music and fall asleep beneath the stars. This year’s festival has an excellent line-up including The Bright Light Social Hour, Skye Wallace, We Are The City and Cobra Ramone.
Invermere MusicFest Aug 19-21
Having a festival right next to a lake creates all kinds of conflicts; does one dance wildly in front of the stage? Or does one don a swimsuit and listen to the music while floating serenely? Situated at Kinsmen Beach Greenspace with Lake Windermere as a backdrop, this festival features a mix of high energy rock and eclectic folk. Daytime music workshops are an amazing way to gain insight into the process of creating music. This is a family friendly event. Don’t forget to pack swim suits and sunscreen!
Ponderosa Music Festival – Aug 19-21
Surrounded by pine trees and the winding Kettle River, The Ponderosa Music festival is all about camping. After listening to an incredible roster of indie bands including Black Mountain, Royal Canoe and the Pack A.D. could anything be more comforting than knowing you only have to walk a short distance to where your tent and cozy sleeping bag await?