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Free Music Events in South Eastern B.C. Summer Festivals in B.C.’s Rockies and Okanagan Valley

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British Columbia is jammed packed with festivals this summer and music is definitely among the top for most entertaining. Whether it’s jazz, rock, folk, country, blues or any other musical style that suits your taste, there is a vast amount of live music performances taking place across the province to choose from.

So, to narrow it down, here is a guide to some of the music events and concerts happening in south eastern B.C. for the serious festival seeker. And the best part is – these concerts are all free!

British Columbia Rockies

Music in the Park

Location: Nakusp – Sparrow Lakes

Come enjoy free music with the whole family every Wednesday night in July and August. Bring a lawn chair and spend the evening relaxing to great music in a beautiful outdoor setting. Performances will be happening rain or shine so bring the sunscreen and the umbrella!

July 1 – August 26


Thompson Okanagan

Music in the Park

Location: Kamloops – Riverside Park

The Rotary Bandshell at Riverside Park will be hosting free musical entertainment every night this summer. Local, national and international musicians will be performing, weather permitting. Check out the website for a full schedule and any last minute changes.

July 1 – August 31


WOW Wednesday on the Wharf

Location: Salmon Arm – Salmon Arm Marine Park Gazebo

WOW Wednesday on the Wharf is a series of summer evening musical concerts. The performances will include everything from jazz and rock to Dixieland and folk. Held in the Salmon Arm Marine Park gazebo, listeners are invited to bring a deck chair or blanket to sit back and mellow out to great music. Admission by donation.

June 3 – August 26 Concerts begin at 7pm in June and July; 6:45pm in August.


Civic Sounds Concerts

Location: Vernon – Vernon Library & Museum

Downtown Vernon welcomes residents and visitors alike to experience the musical sounds of summer. Every Thursday night in July and August, guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to the Museum to enjoy live musicians and outdoor performances.

July 1 – August 31


These are just a few of the wonderful music festivals and events taking place in south eastern British Columbia this summer. There are also a number of events and festivals happening all over the province, including free concerts and performances taking place in the Fraser River area, Vancouver and on the Islands.

So, make the most of the summer and get out there and enjoy the music!

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