Music festivals are all the rage. In the last few years alone they’ve become more popular than ever with cities all over the world, Vancouver included, meeting the consumer demand for live music. While trendy festivals like Coachella, Burning Man, and Ultra Music Festival tend to take center stage on a global scale, we don’t have to go far to experience the festival vibe!
Vancouver has birthed some great music and art gatherings for the masses.
We’ve listed six local music festivals you need to attend in 2018:
6 Khatsahlano! Music & Art Festival
When| July 7, 2018
Where| West 4th Avenue
West 4th is more than just a street lined with shops and restaurants. It’s home to the ultimate street festival, Khatsahlano!
This two day event draws a crowd of over 60,000 visitors and features an array of activities from art installations to family-friendly attractions and big name musical acts! Also – extended patios, which means extended happy hour! Totally our jam.
5 FVDED in the Park
If there’s ever a reason to drive over a bridge and head to the ‘burbs, it’s definitely for FVDED. Pronounced “faded,” this event is open to all ages, but is especially popular amongst Generation Z. Marketed as Western Canada’s largest urban music festival, this year’s lineup features Future, Kygo, Kaskade, and Kehlani and more!
When| July 6 and 7, 2018
Where| Holland Park, Surrey BC
4 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival
Presented by the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society, the annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival returns for another year of jazz – and some rock. This year the festival announced its Imperial Series, sponsored by The Georgia Straight and will feature headliners like Cherry Glazer and Deerhoof.
Something we’re suuuuuper excited for is the addition of Grammy Award-winner Macy Gray who is scheduled to perform at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on June 28!
When| June 22 – July 1
3 Vancouver Folk Festival
Highly celebrated and revered not only in Canada but also internationally, the Vancouver Folk Festival has been entertaining the masses for 40 years.
A presentation of the best traditional and contemporary folk and roots artists, Vancouver Folk Festival spotlights over 60 local and international acts, filling Jericho Beach with music and magic! And what better backdrop than a beach?
Stay tuned for full line-up announcement early May!
When| July 13-15, 2018
Where| Jericho Beach Park
2 Westward Music Festival
With over 100 artists in their lineup, Westward Music Festival
Produced by MRG Concerts and spread throughout multiple venues, Westward Music Festival premiered for its first year in 2017 and is back with a bolder and more eclectic group of artists, including Grammy nominee Kali Uchis.
When| September 13 – 16, 2018
Where| Downtown Vancouver
1 Skookum Festival
When| September 7-9, 2018
Where| Stanley Park
In life, you can either go big or go home and SKOOKUM festival is definitely going BIG. Shaking up the festival scene, this three-day event will be a space where music and art intersect. Topping the highly curated lineup are a few names that may ring a bell, such as The Killers, Florence and the Machine, Metric, The Arkells, St. Vincent, and Mother Mother!
Another thing that gives SKOOKUM serious edge over other festivals is that they promise to offer something for the foodies; spotlighting some of our city’s best restaurants, craft breweries, winemakers, and mixologists. Add in contemporary music, multimedia art installations, and pop-up performances and you’re in for the ultimate creative experience.
All we have to say is if you haven’t purchased your pass yet, what are you waiting for??
Did we miss any? Let us know!