Lots of different kinds of music will be taking centre stage in the Cowichan Valley over the next month, at three very different music festivals.
This year is the 30th anniversary of the Islands Folk Festival. This long running event takes place at Providence Farm, a working organic farm with programs to help the physically and mentally challenged. The 400 acre peaceful farm is a great venue for the Folk Festival, although it won’t be quite as peaceful during Folk Festival weekend! Dates for the festival are July 18, 19 and 20th, festival gates open at 3 pm on the Friday. Some well-known great Canadian performers are featured this year such as Spirit of the West and Murray McLauchlan, Daniel Lapp and David Gogo, as well as other noteworthy acts from around the world. You can still get tickets for this great summer event in the Cowichan.
The very next weekend after the Folk Festival it’s the turn of Rock of the Woods Music Festival. The purpose of Rock of the Woods is to “bring arts, culture and awareness to the community of the Cowichan Valley”. There is a large emphasis on sustainability and leaving a small footprint at this smaller rock music festival being held on July 25, 26 and 27th at the Rock of the Woods ranch near Duncan. Now in its fifth year and its second location, the dedicated volunteers, as with any such event, help make this festival possible. Headliners include Bubba Sparxxx, Robert DeLong, Pack A.D., Dope Soda, Dougal Bain.
Finally there is the biggest festival of the three, the Sun Fest Country Music Festival on the August long weekend, July 31 through August 3rd, at the Cowichan Exhibition Grounds. Starting out as a 1-day rock festival at Providence Farm twelve years ago, this event has morphed and grown into one of the biggest country music festivals around, bringing in big name entertainers while providing a stage for local and regional artists as well. Partial proceeds are donated to local organizations. This year’s headliners include Jake Owen, George Canyon, Dean Brody, Aaron Pritchett and Tim McGraw. Find out about tickets on the Sun Fest website.
Camping is available at all three events, but if you’d like a little more comfort and a hot shower here and there, not to mention great breakfasts and peaceful sleeps, there are many Bed & Breakfasts in the Cowichan Valley offering great festival accommodation. But don’t wait any longer to book as this next month is a busy month with music festivals alone!